Afterall / The Showroom Seminar with Eyal Weizman

Saturday 31 October 2009. 01:00 – Thursday 22 October 2009. 01:00

665 The Lesser Evil

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ

In this seminar, Eyal Weizman will present 'Only the Criminal Can Solve the Crime', chapter three of a trilogy concerned with the political and theological question of the lesser evil. (Chapter one, 'Arendt in Ethiopia', and chapter two, 'The Best of All Possible Walls', will be on display in advance of the lecture.)

Eyal Weizman is an architect based in London, where he is the director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His books include The Lesser Evil (Nottetempo, 2009), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007) and A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003). Weizman also co-authored an article on Israel's future colonisation that appeared in Afterall issue 20.

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Paulo Herkenhoff on the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo

– Thursday 22 October 2009. 01:00

Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Art, London

Free admission

Paulo Herkenhoff will discuss his curatorial project for the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo (1998). Herkenhoff used the cultural concept of 'antropofagia' (cannibalism) as the basis for an international exhibition that is today considered as a landmark in the history of biennials.

This event is part of Afterall's research and publication project Exhibition Histories, which focuses on exhibitions of contemporary art from the past fifty years that have changed the way art is seen and made.

Talk introduced by Mark Nash, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art, RCA. Chaired by Teresa Gleadowe, Series Editor, Exhibition Histories, Afterall.

A collaboration between Afterall, the RCA and TrAIN.

Book Launch – Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel by Amna Malik and Michael Snow: Wavelength by Elizabeth Legge

– Friday 9 October 2009. 01:00

Please join us to celebrate the launch of the two latest titles in the One Work series Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel by Amna Malik and Michael Snow: Wavelength by Elizabeth Legge

Conor Donlon Books
210 / Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9NQ
RSVP to l(dot)valles(at)afterall(dot)org

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Afterall / The Showroom Seminar with The Otolith Group

– Saturday 3 October 2009. 01:00

No booking required but places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ

The Otolith Group was formed in 2002 by London artists Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar. Their works have been exhibited in museums and biennials worldwide including Tate Britain and The Hayward, London, The International Centre of Photography, New York and Documenta 12. They are the curators and editors of the exhibition and publication 'The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of The Black Audio Collective', and are co-curators of 'Three Early Films: Harun Farocki' at Cubitt (2009) and 'Against What? Against Whom?' (2009) in collaboration with Tate Modern and Raven Row (2009). The Otolith Trilogy (2003-2009) was presented at 'A Long Time Between Suns Part l and ll', their two part exhibition, at Gasworks and The Showroom, London, 2009.

Afterall / Showroom Seminar with Irit Rogoff

Saturday 11 July 2009. 01:01 – Monday 21 September 2009. 01:01

Participation: A User's Guide
Seminar with Irit Rogoff

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ

What does it mean to take part in culture beyond the roles that culture assigns to us, beyond the roles of viewers and voters, listeners and demonstrators, visitors and protestors? Can we find new modes of engagement within the spaces of contemporary art, perhaps by galvanising the attention that these spaces demand, in search of some other form of inhabitation?

Over the past few years of thinking and writing about 'participation', I have been struck by just how much our terminology of 'art', 'exhibition', 'audience', etc. fails to capture the emergent dynamics within the expanded field of art. This talk explores the different models of participation which we forge through affective regimes, sites of knowledge-production and circulation, conversation and unexpected exchange, as well as the possible new vocabulary we need in order to work critically with it.

Chris Marker: La Jetée by Janet Harbord Book Launch

Tuesday 19 May 2009. 01:00 – Monday 21 September 2009. 01:00

Institut français du Royaume-Uni
17 Queensberry Place
London SW7 2DT

To celebrate the launch of the latest title in Afterall's One Work series, Chris Marker: La Jetée by Janet Harbord, we are pleased to invite you to a special event at the French Institute in London, with a screening of Marker's films La Jetée and Remembrance of Things to Come, introduced by Janet Harbord.

Chris Marker's La Jetée (1962) is considered one of the greatest experimental films of all time. This short film, a compelling science-fiction story set in a post-apocalyptic future, where humanity searches to save itself through experiments in time, is composed almost entirely of black-and-white photographs. It will be also be a rare opportunity to see Marker's more recent Remembrance of Things to Come (2002) which is both a documentary portrait of the French photographer Denise Bellon and a reflection on the two momentous decades between 1935 and 1955.

Following the screenings, drinks will be served and copies of the book will be available at a special discounted price.

Afterall / Showroom Seminar with Annie Fletcher

Saturday 25 April 2009. 01:00 – Monday 21 September 2009. 01:00

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ

Annie Fletcher is curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, where she developed a two-year project, 'Be[com]ing Dutch' during 2007-2008. With Frederique Bergholz she is the co-director of the rolling platform If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution which initiates programmes of performances and art projects realised in collaboration with various partner institutions in the Netherlands and beyond. Fletcher and Bergholz are also co-curating Art Sheffield 10: the fifth city-wide biennial festival in March and April 2010.

This event is free, but there is a limited capacity. Please RSVP to Emily Pethick, to secure a place. Related background reading will be sent out to those who RSVP.

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Shelf Life: A Big Day for Small Press

Saturday 18 April 2009. 01:00 – Monday 21 September 2009. 01:00

USC Gin d. Wong Auditorium
850 West 37th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Please visit us at this freewheeling bazaar of smart, fun, cool, strange, beautiful, outrageous, idiosyncratic, rare, limited, low-run, hard-to-find, much-coveted, and bound-to-become-important books, magazines, and objects from many of the finest independent artists, publishers, and vendors around. With free food and music by DJ Wendy Yao (Ooga Booga).

At 1pm, a panel discussion on independent publishing, featuring:
BRUCE CAEN (artist, publisher of No Magazine and author of Sub-Hollywood)
JOE CARDUCCI (writer, producer, former A&R executive of SST Records)
BRIAN KENNON (artist and publisher of 2nd Cannons)
RACHEL KUSHNER (critic, novelist, and editor of Soft Targets journal)
AARON ROSE (artist and publisher of ANP Quarterly)
EMILY ROYSDON (artist and editor of LTTR)
V. VALE (founder/publisher of Search & Destroy and RE/Search Magazines)

Admission is FREE.

Organized by Ewa Wojciak and Michael Ned Holte (USC Roski School of Fine Arts).

Exhibitions and the World at Large

– Friday 3 April 2009. 01:00

This symposium, organised by Afterall and TrAIN, examined the contemporary art exhibition in a global context by considering three case studies from 1989, a pivotal year for both art and politics: 'Magiciens de la Terre' at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, 'The Other Story' at the Hayward Gallery, London, and the third Bienal de La Habana.The event opened with a keynote speech by Sarat Maharaj and other invited speakers included Thomas Boutoux, Sonya Boyce, Jean Fisher, Cuauhtémoc Medina and Gerardo Mosquera.

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Afterall / Showroom Seminar with Neil Cummings

Saturday 28 March 2009. 01:00 – Monday 21 September 2009. 01:00

The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London, NW8 8EH

Cummings will present the film Museum Futures: Distributed (32min), made in collaboration with Marysia Lewandowska and commissioned by the Moderna Museet for Stockholm's Jubilee year in 2008. Museum Futures: Distributed is a machinima record of the centenary interview with Moderna Museet's executive Ayan Lindquist in June 2058. It explores a possible genealogy for contemporary art practice and its institutions, by re-imagining the role of artists, museums, galleries, markets, manufactories and academies.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion on issues related to the films exploration of how we might imagine the future of art practice, arts institutions and the museum.

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CAA Conversations Lounge

Thursday 26 February 2009. 01:00 – Monday 21 September 2009. 01:00

Thursday 26 February 2009. 11 am - 4pm.
Friday 27 February 2009. 11am - 4pm.
Saturday 28 February 2009. 11am - 2pm.

CAA Book and Trade Fair
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

As a complement to the College Art Association's 2009 Annual Conference program sessions, Afterall hosts a series of 30-60 minute conversations offering insights into Los Angeles and its cultural history, present and future. Scheduled events include interviews with local artists, roundtable discussions, and talks by critics, curators and scholars that bridge the distance between early artistic developments and current practice.

Art and the Moving Image Book Launch

Thursday 18 December 2008. 01:00 – Monday 21 September 2009. 01:00

Kuerfurstenstrasse 156
10785 Berlin

Gluehwein will be served

Art and the Moving Image: A Critical Reader
Tanya Leighton, ed.; Charles Esche, general ed; Tate, London, in association with Afterall, 2008.

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Art and the Moving Image Conference

Sunday 7 December 2008. 01:00 – Monday 21 September 2009. 01:00

BFI Southbank

For the past fifty years, the love/hate affair between art and cinema has triggered vital aesthetic, social and political responses that constantly renew the way we understand our age. This symposium traces the story from early spatial experiments with film and video technologies to the current widespread use of projected images in museums and galleries.

This event also marks the launch of the critical reader Art and the Moving Image. Series editor Charles Esche will introduce presentations (including short screenings) by a number of the authors: Sabeth Buchmann on Helio Oiticica's Quasi-Cinemas, Bruce Jenkins on Fluxfilms and William Kaizen on the changing status of video. The artist Chantal Akerman will present her own work. Esche will close the event by chairing an open discussion on Art and the Moving Image with the writer and LUX Assistant Director Mike Sperlinger.

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Or call the BFI Box Office: +44 (0) 20 7928 3232
Tickets £15, concessions £11

Making Strange: Rooftop Sci-Fi at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Thursday 14 August 2008. 01:00 – Friday 28 August 2009. 01:00

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Thursday 21 August 2008.
Thursday 28 August 2008.
Screenings are FREE and begin at 8:15 pm

To celebrate Afterall 18, please join us for a three-week rooftop series of sci-fi inspired films and artists videos screened atop the landmark Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. In the high season of summer blockbusters, this series presents low-fi cult features and artist videos that use elements of science fiction to cast new light on earthly struggles and everyday phenomena. Outer space is used as a metaphor for psychological inner space, post-apocalyptic futures and interplanetary utopias are imagined through the quotidian lens of social progress, and android life illuminates human dysfunction on Earth. <\p>

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Bas Jan Ader: All is Falling

Thursday 4 May 2006. 01:00 – Thursday 24 September 2009. 01:00

Red Lion Square Lecture Theatre
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London

Afterall, in conjunction with Camden Arts Centre, presents a film screening and panel discussion on the occasion of the exhibition 'Bas Jan Ader: All is Falling', and Jan Verwoert's Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous, a new publication by Afterall Books.

The discussion will be chaired by Andrea Phillips, MA Curating, Goldsmiths and will include Theo Tegelaers, De Appel and Jan Verwoert, a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory.