2013.10.10 - 2013.10.10
New Perspectives On Curatorial Practice
Ekaterina Degot about Bergen Assembly 2013 – Monday Begins on Saturday
Bergen Assembly – An Initiative for Art and Research is a new international triennial based in Bergen, Norway, the first edition taking place August 31 – October 27, 2013. The triennial is the outcome of a long process of reflection and deliberation. Following a proposal put forth by the City of Bergen to establish an international biennial, the idea was thoroughly discussed during the Bergen Biennial Conference in September 2009. The conference organized by Bergen Kunsthall, aimed to generate new research and critical discourse around the model of the biennial and its proliferation worldwide, and it was followed by he publication The Biennial Reader (Hatje Cantz / Bergen Kunsthall) in 2010, the most comprehensive survey of the biennial topic published to date.
The Moscow based curators Ekaterina Degot and David Riff are appointed curators of the first edition of Bergen Assembly, which has taken the form of an international exhibition, publication and a symposium. Spread over 11 art venues in Bergen, the exhibition Monday Begins on Saturday, presents the positions of approximately 50 artists working in a variety of media. The works are outcomes of critical-imaginative research into the heightened contradictions and particular injustices of our time. As a contemporary rewriting of the Soviet fantasy novel Monday Begins on Saturday by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, from which its title is derived, the exhibition is conceived as an archipelago of fictitious research institutes that defamiliarize the existing identity and implications of the exhibition’s venues.
For the lecture series New Perspectives on Curatorial Practices, Curator Ekaterina Degot will give a presentation of the exhibition Monday Begins on Saturday, after a short introduction by director Evelyn Holm, reflecting on development of the triennial after the conference in 2009. www.bergenassembly.no
Ekaterina Degot Ph. D, is an art historian, writer, and curator based in Moscow. For many years a journalist and art critic with a sharp political position, she has also written for several international publications about Soviet modernism, contemporary Russian society, and its art scene. She has been a guest professor at various American and European universities and is currently a professor at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.
Besides many art historical and anthropological shows based on research, she curated (with Cosmin Costinaş and David Riff), the first Ural Industrial Biennial in Ekaterinburg, 2010; the discussion platform of the first Kiev Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2012; and was co-curator of Time/Food at Stella Art Foundation in Moscow, 2012. She recently co-edited the book Post-Post-Soviet?: Art, Politics and Society in Russia at the Turn of the Decade (2013).