Project 35 participating in the 2nd Annual Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival

Downtown Greenfield, MA
2 – 10 pm
October 9, 2010

The Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival presents cutting edge video art works from around the world in Greenfield, MA. The downtown is transformed into a temporary arts district with a selection of contemporary video art exhibitions displayed in a variety of historic buildings. The festival provides a unique and exciting venue for the public to encounter contemporary art in wonderful architectural spaces. Greenfield Community College, Fostering Art and Culture, and the University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts partner, with the support of the Greenfield Business Association, Greenfield building-owners, local businesses and the Mayor’s Office, to make the festival an unforgettable event.

On the occasion of the 2nd annual Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival, works by renowned international and local artists are integrated with a selection from Independent Curators International's Project 35, a new program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. By expanding the network reflected by Project 35, these additions not only demonstrate video as a far-reaching medium, but as something also found in one's own backyard.

For more information about the festival, please visit it's Website at

Image: Tracey Moffatt, Other, 2009




Henry Open House: Fall 2010

Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington
15th Ave NE and NE 41st
Seattle, WA 98195
October 1, 2010

Celebrate the opening of the Henry Art Gallery's presentation of Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Talking Transfers
Henry Auditorium
Join exhibiting artists Jordan Kantor, Matt Keegan, Carter Mull, Lisa Oppenheim, Amanda Ross-Ho, Siebren Versteeg, and Erika Vogt for an intellectual prefunk with a panel discussion moderated by Seattle University Assistant Professor of Art History Ken Allan. This panel offers personal perspectives from the artists on the themes explored in the exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture curated by Sara Krajewski. Attendees are welcome to attend the Henry Open House Members Preview immediately following the discussion.

6:00 - 8:00 PM Member Preview / Patron Lounge
8:00 -10:00 PM General Admission
Dance to classic, live Sixties Soul with The Witness, Glow-in-the-dark slideshow with Sol Hashemi, Image Transfer-inspired games in the Skyspace with Dawn Cerny and Joey Veltkamp, Design a cover for The Stranger, Gratis beer, wine, and delicious treats from Cupcake Royale

Image credit: Sean Dack, Building (Sir Norman Foster), 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami




Project 35 Screening

Lifehouse, 33 Sinari Daranijo, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
August 27, 2010

Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Friday, August 27th.
4:00 - 7:00 pm

For more information contact Oyinda Fakeye on +234 7055680104 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Photo credit: Ho Tzu Nyen, Episode 3, Tang Da Wu – The Most Radical Gesture, from 4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art, 2005




Project 35 Screening and Talk

Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos Nigeria
August 26, 2010

Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Thursday, August 26th. This event will also be accompanied by a talk.
Screening: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Talk: 12:00 pm

For more information contact Oyinda Fakeye on +234 7055680104 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Photo credit: Sammy Baloji, Memory, 2005




Project 35 Screening

E Për7shmja, Tirana, Albania
August 17, 2010

Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Tuesday, August 17th.
8:30 pm

E Për7shmja exists somewhere between a library/bookstore, publishing house, poetry reading, film screening, gallery and a coffee house.

Photo credit: Kota Ezawa, Lennon Sontag Beuys, 2004




Project 35 Screening

Qendra Sociale (Social Center), Tirana, Albania
August 16, 2010

Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Monday, August 16th.
8:30 pm

Qendra Sociale is the physical space for the gathering and manifestation of a collective initiative to advance critical discourse and political thought under the auspices of a think tank, a newspaper, various publications, and a strong web presence in Albania and internationally. Qendra is a common space, a social act founded on the idea of developing and supporting artistic and cultural events along side political engagement. For more information about the social center, please visit their blog at

Photo credit: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Topic 1: Contemporary Art, 2006




Experimental Geography Panel Discussion

The Graduate Center, CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
6-7:15 pm
July 20, 2010

Experimental Geography gathers artists whose work not only explores the earth’s surface, but also provide points of departure that exceed the strict terrain of art. Ranging from the deeply poetic to the strictly empirical, these works toy with the complicated mixture of aesthetic poetry, geographic materiality and empirical fact. This panel discussion featured Experimental Geography exhibition curator Nato Thompson, artists Lize Mogel and Trevor Paglen, and David Harvey, social theorist and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Watch videos of the entire panel discussion on YouTube

This event was co-organized by Independent Curators International (ICI) and The Graduate Center in conjunction with the James Gallery’s presentation of Experimental Geography on view at The Graduate Center from June 24-August 27, 2010.

Learn more about Experimental Geography.

Image caption: Lize Mogel, Mappa Mundi, 2008




People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Haverford

Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA
June 29, 2010


Tuesday, June 29, 6:30 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Lecture by Curator Harrell Fletcher on People’s Biennial and his own practice.


Thursday, July 1, 2010
Artists are invited to attend one of the following open call events with Curator Harrell Fletcher.

Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041

Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102




People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Winston-Salem

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
750 Marguerite Drive
Winston-Salem, NC
May 20, 2010

During the curators’ visit to Winston-Salem this month, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is holding two special public events to introduce the curators and to celebrate North Carolina practices being considered for People's Biennial.

Details are as follows:

Curator’s Talk & Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, May 20 @ The Enrichment Center
4265 Brownsboro Road (corner of Marshall and Salem Streets across from the Hewitt Business Center)
7 p.m.– 9 p.m.

True to the unconventional philosophy of “People’s Biennial,” the curators of this project are not your typical curators. Harrell Fletcher is a pioneering artist in the field of socially-driven art, and a professor at one of the first universities in the country (Portland State) to teach social practice as a medium on par with painting or sculpture. Jens Hoffmann has worked in some of the most prominent galleries in the world (London ICA; Wattis Institute, San Francisco), but his approach is consistently unorthodox. Coming from a background in theatre, Hoffmann uses every seeming constant in the exhibition process as the opportunity for experimentation. Join Fletcher and Hoffmann as they provide a lively overview of their practices, and discuss their motivations for organizing the “People’s Biennial.” Following their presentations, the curators will be joined by Independent Curators International (ICI) Deputy Director Renaud Proch, and SECCA Curator of Contemporary Art Steven Matijcio, for an open forum discussion. This is the public’s opportunity to participate in the project. SECCA invites thoughts, opinions, recommendations and feedback to make the “People’s Biennial” a project that truly represents all facets of creativity in North Carolina.

Please come to the Enrichment Center on Thursday, May 20 for an evening of free-flowing conversation and brainstorming.

“Show & Tell” Public Forum
Saturday, May 22 @ Krankies
211 East Third St.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Over years of organizing projects that celebrate process as much as product, curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann stretch the notions of what can be considered art. This question fuels the philosophy of “People’s Biennial.” On Saturday, May 22, people from across North Carolina will be presenting their work to the curators for the “People’s Biennial” as Fletcher and Hoffmann make their final selections for the exhibition. Five people will be chosen to participate in the nationally touring show. By attending, members of the public will have the opportunity to be part of the process. SECCA will be documenting the day with photos and video, and some of this documentation will be included in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition. This is also a day to connect with your community and discover the great things being done in North Carolina. Participants will be laying their work out on tables and speaking to the curators throughout the day. SECCA invites you to see their work, meet the artists, and enjoy an event filled with the unexpected. From crochet, hairstyles, woodworking and robots to handmade guitars, books, photography, drawing, sculpture and video, this is an unparalleled opportunity to discover what everyday people are creating all around us.

For additional information on these programs, please contact Endia Beal, SECCA programs assistant, at (336) 397-2109 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).




Project 35 Screening & Discussion with Susan Hapgood

The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Trinity College Dublin
C. Dublin, Ireland
May 13, 2010

Susan Hapgood, Director of Exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI), will introduce a special screening of Project 35, an exhibition of video works selected by 35 international curators at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin on May 13.

Prior to this event, Susan will speak at EV+A in Limerick on May 12 for the Series of Space day long seminar. Covering both professional and personal terrain, Susan Hapgood will reflect upon the ways space and scale intertwine deeply throughout her daily practice of conceiving contemporary art exhibitions, developing them in collaboration, and eventually sending them out into the world. She will travel from the global to the imaginary with short stops at many places in between, unabashedly playing with the ideas in Georges Perec’s Species of Space.

Both events are free and open to the public.




FAX Talk with João Ribas

Burnaby Art Gallery
6344 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby, Canada
3:30-5 pm
May 8, 2010

The Burnaby Art Gallery presents a lecture with João Ribas for their presentation of FAX.

Curated by Ribas, FAX invites artists, architects, designers, scientists, and filmmakers to think of the fax machine as a drawing tool. Read more about the exhibition here. The exhibition was co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York, and ICI, and circulated by ICI.

All Burnaby Art Gallery Lecture Series events are free of charge, however seating is limited. To reserve your spot call 604.297.4422. For more information visit




Project 35 Screening

Converge Curators Forum, Art Chicago
The Merchandise Mart
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Chicago, IL
April 30, 2010

ICI will present special screenings of Project 35 in the NEXT Talk Shop during the Chicago Art Fair from April 30-May 3, 2010.

Project 35 is an evolving exhibition of video works selected by 35 international curators and designed in a flexible presentation format, reflecting the diversity and unique nature of the many national and international art spaces ICI partners with. For Project 35, each curator has been invited to select one artist’s video that they think vital for contemporary art audiences across the globe. The result heralds the new decade, and showcases a new exhibition concept for ICI, with an eclectic compilation of works that reveal the global reach that video has achieved as a contemporary art medium today. It is most fitting that this project begins with Guy Ben-Ner’s Berkeley’s Island (1999), which refers to George Berkeley’s famous dictum “to be is to be perceived”. It is the curators’ and ICI’s hope that these videos are “perceived” by diverse communities within the exhibitions spaces that Project 35 will travel to, inspiring debate and functioning as an international catalyst for dialogue and exchange.

Read more about Project 35 here

Photo credit: Robert Cauble, Alice In Wonderland or Who is Guy Debord?, 2003




Project 35 Screening

Mexico City, Mexico
8:30 pm
April 16, 2010

Independent Curators International presents Project 35, a screening of videos selected by curators from around the world. This event is presented as part of ZONAmaco and has been sponsored by Casa Vecina-Espacio Cultural, through the Fundación del Centro Histórico A.C.

This event is private and by invitation only.

Photo credit: Dan Halter, Untitled (Zimbabwean Queen of Rave), 2005




People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Rapid City

Dahl Arts Center
713 7th Street
Rapid City, SD
April 8, 2010

The People’s Biennial exhibition planners are coming to this area April 8-10 to review art for an exhibition that will travel nationwide in 2010-2012. They are looking for under-appreciated art by creative people of all kinds.

Want to be a part? There are several ways to get involved:

Join the Conversation
Friday April 9, 7 pm • Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, SD
Learn about this unique opportunity to exhibit nationally in the ICI People's Biennial. Hear about the work of Jens Hoffmann and Harrell Fletcher. Exchange thoughts on creating art in our isolated region.

Show Them What You’ve Got
Thursday April 8 • 10am – noon • Sacred Heart Church – Pine Ridge, SD
Thursday April 8 • 4pm – 6pm • OLC, Piya Wiconi Campus - Kyle, SD
Saturday April 10 • 11am - 3pm • Dahl Arts Center - Rapid City, SD

Bring your artwork and/or images to these informal sessions where exhibition planners will meet with artists. All participants in the open call sessions will be photographed with their work and documented as a part of the project during the exhibition. The goal is to discover five artists from our region to be included in this unique exhibit opportunity.

Nominate Artists
(yourself or your friends)
Send images and contact info to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more information:

Image caption: works viewed in Kyle, SD (April 8, 2010)




The Storyteller: Stories and Panel Discussion

The New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
and Tishman Auditorium
New York City
April 7, 2010

The National Theater of the United States of America:
Wednesday, April 7, 2010—6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Admission: Free

On occasion of the exhibition The Storyteller at Parsons, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics are pleased to present the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA). The company performs an excerpt from their new play, THE GOLDEN VEIL, followed by a discussion about their practice.

Written by company member Normandy Sherwood and created collaboratively by the ensemble, THE GOLDEN VEIL is what NTUSA refers to as "cautionary entertainment." A distillation of the company's design aesthetic and their re-writing of the history of American entertainment, it is a three-person play performed on an entirely hand-crafted, collapsible set. The play explores the picaresque narrative in the tradition of Nathaniel West’s A Cool Million and Thackeray’s Barry Lyndon and the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. At the same time, it illuminates how teller and circumstances of telling shape the stories and myths we share as Americans.

Confounding Expectations XI: Open Cover Before Striking
Thursday, April 8, 2010—7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
Admission: Free

This panel discussion examines the viability of the conventionally printed and published book —monographic, serial, facsimile, high-value, low-budget, no-budget, and otherwise—as a means of artistic production in view of digital media. At a time of mass convergence, when much of the social experience is structured by virtual, electronic means, how might the physical and material residue of small-scale publications distinguish themselves from a space apart for resistance and subjectivity? Moderated by Gil Blank, the panel includes artists Roe Ethridge and Collier Schorr, alongside with James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information.

The Aperture Foundation, publisher of Aperture magazine, is a not-for-profit institution dedicated to the support and advancement of photography as a fine art. In collaboration with the Photography Program in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Confounding Expectations XI is generously supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Henry Nias Foundation, the ASMP Fund, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. The lecture series has been hosted by The New School since 2001.

Collier Schorr, artist and author of Blumen (2010)
Roe Ethridge, artist and author of Rockaway, NY (2008)
James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff, publishers and founders of Primary Information
Gil Blank, photographer and founding editor of Influence magazine




Project 35 Screening

2640 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA
7 pm
March 30, 2010

Free and open to the public.

LAXART is pleased to present a special screening of Project 35, a program of single-channel videos that was instigated by Independent Curators International (ICI). 35 international curators were invited to each choose one work from an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting selection unfolds in four chapters over a period of a year, and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues worldwide.

Next Tuesday, Kate Fowle, ICI’s Executive Director, will introduce the first chapter of Project 35 at LAXART. In this first compilation, the works range from re-interpretations of philosophical propositions to uprisings and protests in South Africa, propaganda news broadcasts in China, and emerging youth culture in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. The selection also points to developments in the practice and reveals a diversity of approaches now taking to the medium, using various animation techniques, as well as borrowing from the language of cinema, performance, and even YouTube to produce works that weave between documentary and fiction.

With videos by: Guy Ben-Ner / Robert Cauble / Kota Ezawa / Dan Halter / Tuan Andrew Nguyen & Phu Nam Thuc Ha / Edwin Sanchez / Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz / Yukihiro Taguchi / Zhou Xiaohu

Curated by ICI and: Zoe Butt / Mai Abu ElDahab / Lu Jie / Mami Kataoka / Constance Lewallen / Raimundas Malasauskas / José Roca / Franklin Sirmans / Kathryn Smith

Project 35 is produced and circulated by ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from the Cowles Charitable Trust; Foundation for Contemporary Art; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Toby Fund; the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.

Image caption: Edwin Sanchez, Clases de cuchillo (knife lessons), 2006-07





The Storyteller: Film Screenings

Parsons The New School for Design
Kellen Auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street
New York City
March 27, 2010

Friday, February 5
2:30 pm - Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, The Battle of Orgreave
4:00 pm - Liisa Roberts, What's the Time in Vyborg? (with an introduction by the artist)

Saturday, February 20
2:30 and 3:45 pm - Omer Fast, Spielberg's List

Friday, March 5
3:00 and 4:30 pm - Omer Fast, Spielberg's List

Saturday, March 27
2:30 pm - Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, The Battle of Orgreave
3:45 pm - Liisa Roberts, What's the Time in Vyborg?

Admission is free and open to the public.




The Storyteller: Talk Series

The New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
New York City
February 24, 2010

Pablo Helguera: What in the World
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

On the occasion of the exhibition The Storyteller at Parsons, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics are pleased to present a talk by Pablo Helguera. Providing an unauthorized biography of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Helguera digs out little-known stories around the remarkable curators and other colorful figures of its past, while at the same time reflecting on the social role of individuals in museums and the way in which they influence the reading of objects and the larger narratives of collections.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, and performance. His work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances, and written fiction.

Aleksandra Wagner / Goes West
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics are pleased to present a talk by Aleksandra Wagner. Grounded in her memory of a purchase of A Thousand and One Nights in the Serbian translation by Stanislav Vinaver, Wagner chooses the shortest month of a year, February, to tell stories about the acts of storytelling in education and in psychoanalysis. One story a night, one page each, shared on the night of March 3.

Aleksandra Wagner is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bachelor’s Program, The New School for General Studies, and a Member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Image caption: Visitor at Penn Museum in front of the Dowager Empress Crystal Sphere, c. 1954. Collection Penn Museum Archives




People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Scottsdale

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, Arizona
February 23, 2010

People's Biennial is an experimental, local community-based biennial exhibition that is coming to SMoCA in the fall of 2011.

Artist and co-curator Harrell Fletcher will be in town to discuss the project along with his own internationally renowned, ground-breaking work and practices at Stage 2 Theater located in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, February 23.

Join SMoCA curatorial staff in dialogue with co-curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann to learn more about the People's Biennial and the curators' research on the art and artists in our community at SMoCA on Thursday, February 25.




Project 35 Screening & Discussion

Cape Town, South Africa
7:30-8 pm
February 20, 2010

Kathryn Smith, independent curator, and Senior Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch, and Susan Hapgood, Director of Exhibitions, ICI (Independent Curators International) discuss Project 35, ICI's new evolving exhibition of video works selected by 35 international curators. A selection from the first issue of the series will be presented, featuring work by artists Robert Cauble (selected by Raimundas Malasauskas), Guy Ben-Ner (selected by Mai Abu ElDahab), Kota Ezawa (selected by Constance Lewallen), Dan Halter (selected by Kathryn Smith), Tuan Andrew Nguyen & Phù Nam Thuc Ha (selected by Zoe Butt), Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (selected by Franklin Sirmans), Edwin Sánchez (selected by José Roca), Yukihiro Taguchi (selected by Mami Kataoka), and Zhou Xiaohu (selected by Lu Jie).

For Project 35, each curator has been invited to select one artist’s video that they think vital for contemporary art audiences across the globe. The result heralds the new decade with an eclectic compilation of works that reveal the global reach that video has achieved as a contemporary art medium today.

Project 35 is being launched this month at the Saint Joseph College Art Gallery (West Hartford, CT), and will also be presented at the Goldie Paley Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia, PA); Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science (Sioux Falls, SD); William Benton Museum of Art (Storrs, CT); LAXART (Los Angeles, CA); San Art (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam); Press to Exit Project Space (Skopje, Macedonia); and the NEXT Art Fair (Chicago, IL), with many more locations to be announced.

Image credit: Dan Halter, Untitled (Zimbabwean Queen of Rave), 2005




Super Sunday: Hard Targets

Wexner Center for the Arts‎
1871 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio
February 7, 2010

1-5 pm

Organized and presented by the Wexner Center for the Arts.

What better way to kick off your Super Bowl celebration than exploring the world of sports as seen by contemporary artists?

Visit the Hard Targets and Cyprien Gaillard exhibitions for free and take in a range of fun and engaging activities that bring together art and athletics. As part of the festivities, visitors can also see Go Tigers!, a documentary about high school football in Massillon, Ohio, that ESPN called one of the five best sports documentaries of all time. You can also see a dance performance created by Ohio State dance student Dante Brown in response to Hard Targets.

Read more about the event at the Wexner Center for the Arts website.

Hard Targets is a revised presentation of Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by ICI (Independent Curators International), New York, that was itself an expanded version of Contemporary Projects 11: Hard Targets—Masculinity and Sports, an exhibition organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Image Caption: Catherine Opie, Football Landscape #5 (Juneau vs. Douglas, Juneau, Alaska), 2007




People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Portland

The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th Ave
Portland, Oregon
4 pm
February 6, 2010

For the 2010 Time-Based Art Festival, PICA will present The People's Biennial, a new initiative and experiment in exhibition making by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann. On February 6, the curators will be in Portland to host an intimate talk about their own practice and their aspirations for the show.

Together, they are seeking recommendations from the public about the most interesting work being made right here and right now, specifically by artists and non-artists who are operating outside of traditional presenting institutions and systems. This could include a child who makes incredible science fair projects, a person knitting fantastic clothing, a developmentally disabled artist making engaging drawings or sculptures, a mathematician that composes visually compelling notations, or a sign painter who creates great window displays. Join the conversation and think way outside the white cube.

This event is generously sponsored by the Ace Hotel.




The Storyteller: A Colloquium

Parsons The New School for Design
Kellen Auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street
New York City
January 30, 2010

2-3:30 pm

On the occasion of the exhibition The Storyteller at Parsons, this colloquium brings together the curators and select artists in the exhibition to hold an open conversation about artists' uses of the story form to bear witness to events in the world, as well as their inspirations and collaborations on this project. Panelists include exhibition artists Steve Mumford and Liisa Roberts, and exhibition curators Claire Gilman and Margaret Sundell, and will be moderated by Kate Fowle, executive director of iCI (Independent Curators International), the organizers of the exhibition.

The colloquium and storytelling events are sponsored by the Vera List Center and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design in collaboration with iCI.

Admission is free and open to the public.




Contestational Cartographies Symposium

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
January 28, 2010

Maps represent, maps reveal, maps entice, maps distort. They selectively omit, they unwittingly exaggerate, and they even make outright lies. Though maps strive to project authority and objectivity, they cannot help but embed the biases, blind-spots and idiosyncrasies of their human authors. As our lives are played out in increasingly networked realms, we have become carto-literate as never before; we read maps produced by governments and corporate interests, yes, but also collaboratively author maps online, inscribing new representations of ourselves and our priorities. Contestational Cartographies introduces the thoughts of leading “experimental geographers” who employ mapping techniques in new modes of critical practice and cultural research and, in so doing, help us “read between the lines” of the world around us.

Contestational Cartographies is co-organized by the Miller Gallery and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Produced with support from the CMU School of Art Lecture Series, the Vice Provost for Education, Dorkbot Pittsburgh + the Brillobox.

For more information, visit the Contestational Cartographies website.




ICI Goes West to Portland

The Lumber Room
Portland, Oregon
November 20, 2009

ICI is organizing an open discussion about new ways to develop exhibitions, with artist Harrell Fletcher, curator Kristan Kennedy and additional guests, moderated by Kate Fowle, ICI’s executive director. The evening will include video screenings of Siebren Versteeg’s Fresh Acconci, and works from ICI’s exhibition, Broadcast. Before the discussion or after, take a tour of the lumber room’s distinguished installation of Minimalist art. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. This is the first in a new series of nationwide events that connect ICI exhibitions with current national issues and concerns.




ICI in Louisiana

Hilliard University Museum of Art
710 East Saint Mary Boulevard
Lafayette, Louisiana
September 18, 2009

In conjunction with the Hilliard University Museum of Art’s presentation of Slightly Unbalanced, the exhibition curator, and ICI’s Director of Exhibitions, Susan Hapgood, will lead a discussion on the widespread appearance of psychological themes in contemporary art from the 1960s to the present.




Group FAX

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
New York City
July 25, 2009

For 3 hours on Saturday, July 25, 2009 faxes were exchanged between participating venues in New York, Paris, Mexico City, and Cape Town in the spirit of sharing ideas and information through informal networks. Artworks, texts, and provocations were created and sent ‘live’ in response to what was transmitted.

This event launched a world tour of FAX, curated by João Ribas.

Notes on the Group FAX event at the Drawing Center, Saturday July, 25 or Why is the fax machine obsolete?
By former ICI Intern Pilar Pertusa

In short, because a Blackberry was needed all along!

Many ICI and Drawing Center friends (including FAX show artists Matt Sheridan Smith and Alexandre Singh) stopped by to participate in this fun event that provided a live dialogue with venues in three different countries (and a stray fax sent from Amman, Jordan).

We were all thrilled to see the response the faxes sent from the Drawing Center produced on the other sides of the globe, and it was this enthusiasm that jammed the fax line. Kate Fowle, director of ICI, and Joao Ribas, curator of FAX, labored for three hours over the anachronistic technology that is only able to send or receive documents one file at a time.

We have very quickly grown used to the wonders of email, and its capacity to send and receive large amounts of information in a matter of seconds. And this is the primary reason why reaching a busy signal was unnerving for artists and public alike. On the other hand, frustration was happily flushed away by the sense of collectivity that naturally blossomed among those gathered around the fax machine, and by the light humor that comes with summer afternoons and wine.

Cell phone in hand, we contacted Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City and Serial Works in Cape Town to check out what was going on and the conversations went something like this: “Are you getting anything at all?” “We are getting half pages.” “Wait, we will send it again.” “Hold on, we are getting something from… Mexico now.” “Don’t send anything! Wait! Send it now!”

It is no wonder why other technology has taken over--without a phone, there is no way it would have worked!