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AIT SLIDE TALK #34 Haizea Barcenilla

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"Can we curate commons?"
Curator talk by Haizea Barcenilla from Basque country, Spain

Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Capacity: 30
※Booking required / Translation available

can we curate commons?
All photos from "Andrekale", courtesy of Señora Polaroiska

AIT is pleased to host SLIDE TALK #34 "Can we curate commons?" by Haizea Barcenilla, a current curator in residence on December 21, 2016. Barcenilla is staying to undertake her research in Japan until December 31 on a collaborative residency program initiated by AIT and TABAKALERA International Center for Contemporary Culture to exchange curators between Basque/Spain and Tokyo/Japan.

The talk will revolve around the idea of the public and the commons in relation to art practice and art curating which leads to her ongoing research developed as part of her residency at AIT. Her research consists to analyze the ideas of the public and the commons in Japan, especially in relation to the concept of performativity.
In the essay included in a book "Public Places in Asia Pacific Cities", academics have noted that the definition of space in Japan is marked by its use rather than its physicality. This would mean that publicness would be enacted temporarily while being created in certain spaces at specific moments.
At the presentation, Barcenilla particularly picks and introduces the project "Andrekale" produced and curated under "the New Patrons program", as an example of collaborative practice reflecting upon several themes chosen by participants such as urban space, history writing, gender and city empowerment.

Throughout the residency, Barcenilla asks; Can this performative idea be linked to the commons and understood as a social relationship around a resource or a knowledge? What is the role of art and of other cultural practices in the creation of these performative moments of publicness? During her talk, she shares with us some introductory ideas to develop these possibilities to expand further.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 21, 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: 1,000 JPY (800 JPY for students, MAD students and AIT Base members / Free for House and Support members) *All admission include one free drink
*Booking required / Translation available
Translation: Satoshi Ikeda
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo, TABAKALERA International Center for Contemporary Culture
*Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016

Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT SLIDE TALK #34" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission. (Please input @ in normal-width)

[Haizea Barcenilla]
Barcenilla is an art critic, curator and art history lecturer at the University of the Basque Country. Her research revolves around two axes of interest: on the one hand, the ideas of public and common, and how they can influence curatorial practice and artistic research; on the other one, the revisitation of history from a gender point of view.
She has written extensively on both topics, including a PhD about curating and the commons, and also curated and produced various artworks and exhibitions. The recent ones are framed in the New Patrons scheme, in which she helped develop and produce the publication Manual de Uso by artist Andrea Acosta about the Zorrozaurre neighborhood in Bilbao, and the video Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska, with the collaboration of Tabakalera, for the town of Hernani.
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