Basak Senova: CrossSections
The Angewandte hosts one of the PUBLIC Meetings
of the CrossSections project in Vienna. The meeting will be a conversation between the curator of the project Basak Senova
and some of the participating artists of the project including Ricarda Denzer, Barbara Holub, Isa Rosenberger, Andrea Löbel
and Klaus Schafler.
CrossSections is designed as an interdisciplinary platform for explorations
into artistic research, dialogue, and production. The project employs an open format to reflect upon “process” with the intent
to articulate critical reactions to the political, economic, and social disturbances facing us today. Over the course of three
years (2017–2019), with the participation of 19 artists, diverse scholars and cultural workers, various meetings, workshops,
exhibitions, performances, talks and book launches are being held in three cities: Vienna, Helsinki, and Stockholm.
Developed and curated by Basak Senova, CrossSections aims at discussing and sharing diverse realities, conditions, and strategies
in different geographies. By placing the artistic production at the center of its research and plot, it is being shaped by
the cumulative interdisciplinary input and data through meetings, residencies, performative presentations, and publications
in the course of three year. Its research process involves different focus groups, institutions and educational bodies engaging
with re-positioning perspectives by giving priority to the production. CrossSections provides various types and lengths of
research and production based residencies for project participants, which are affiliated with the partner institutions.
The partners of the project are Kunsthalle Exnergasse – WUK in Vienna; iaspis – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s
International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, and NFK –
The Nordic Art Association in Stockholm; Nya Småland in different locations in Sweden; HIAP – Helsinki International Artist
Programme and Academy of Fine Arts – University of the Arts Helsinki in Helsinki; Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia in
Tallinn; and Press to Exit Project Space in Skopje. CrossSections is primarily supported by its partners. The project and
associated book are generously supported by the Saastamoinen Foundation.
Up to this point, the project has been
a discursive act by accommodating the range of activities that support the on-going researches of artists with the aim to
observe and record their methodologies. Furthermore, CrossSections goes one step further in to rendering these researches
by discussing and exhibiting how these wide-range of methodologies are come to surface.
The project is not overarching
any debates about the validity or reception of artistic research. By taking all possible approaches –with their similarities
and divergences of the artists’ working processes, the artists of the CrossSections Project will talk about how the project
communicated the potentials of the research along with the end product as the artwork. In this talk, the role of the audience
in shaping the modes of presentations of the project will also be discussed.