It's the Political Economy, Stupid
 

NeMe and the Art History and Theory Research Lab (Cyprus University of Technology) present:
It’s the Political Economy, Stupid
an international exhibition and a pre-opening seminar.

With the collapse of the international markets in 2008 and the subsequent bail-outs of financial institutions in many countries including Cyprus, came the unprecedented criticism of governmental collusion with financial imperialism. This criticism has most recently given us waves of protest and resistance worldwide, at a time when the deterritorialised flow of finance capital is melting down all that was once solid, into raw material for market speculation. The exhibition represents a significant response to this crisis. It derives its title from US presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign statement, It’s the economy, stupid, modified to It’s the political economy, stupid, by philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

EXHIBITION

Curators: Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette.
Participating artists: Filippo Berta, Christopher Christou, Noel Douglas, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Paolo Cirio, Yevgeniy Fiks / Olga Kopenkina / Alexandra Lerman, Field Work, flo6x8, Melanie Gilligan, Institute for Wishful Thinking, Jan Peter Hammer, Alicia Herrero, Sherry Millner & Ernie Larsen, Suzana Phialas, Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler, Isa Rosenberger, Dread Scott, Marios Theophilides, Pavlos Vrionides.
Venue: NeMe Arts Centre, corner of Ellados and Enoseos streets (opposite Katholiki Church), Limassol.
Opening: Monday, 10 November, 8:00pm
Duration: 11 November-6 December
Tuesday-Friday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00-13:00

SEMINAR

Time and venue: Monday, 10 November, 5:00pm-7:30pm, Pefkios Georghiades Hall, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol.
Speakers: Gregory Sholette, Oliver Ressler, Areti Leopoulou, Andreas Panayiotou, Noel Douglas.
Moderator: Antonis Danos.
[Presentations and discussion in English]

Sponsors

Main Supporter: Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
Supported by: The Austrian Embassy Cyprus, Municipality of Limassol, ndline, The Copy Shop.
Media Sponsor: Kanali 6.

Το NeMe και το Ερευνητικό Εργαστήριο Ιστορίας και Θεωρίας της Τέχνης (Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου), παρουσιάζουν:
It’s the Political Economy, Stupid
διεθνής έκθεση και ημερίδα.

Με την κατάρρευση των διεθνών αγορών το 2008 και τις μετέπειτα διασώσεις των χρηματοπιστωτικών ιδρυμάτων σε πολλές χώρες, συμπεριλαμβανομένης και της Κύπρου, ακολούθησε η άνευ προηγουμένου κριτική της συμπαιγνίας μεταξύ των κυβερνήσεων και του οικονομικού ιμπεριαλισμού. Η κριτική αυτή προκάλεσε κύματα διαμαρτυρίας και αντίστασης σε όλο τον κόσμο, καθώς η χωρίς σύνορα ροή οικονομικού κεφαλαίου μετατρέπει οτιδήποτε ήταν κάποτε συμπαγές σε πρώτη ύλη με σκοπό την κερδοσκοπία. Η έκθεση, η οποία αποτελεί μια σημαντική αντίδραση σε αυτή την κρίση, αντλεί τον τίτλο της από το σλόγκαν της εκστρατείας του Αμερικανού προεδρικού υποψήφιου Bill Clinton, It’s the economy, stupid, παραλλαγμένο σε It’s political economy, stupid, από τον φιλόσοφο Slavoj Zizek.

ΕΚΘΕΣΗ

Επιμελητές: Oliver Ressler και Gregory Sholette.
Καλλιτέχνες: Filippo Berta, Christopher Christou, Noel Douglas, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Paolo Cirio, Yevgeniy Fiks / Olga Kopenkina / Alexandra Lerman, Field Work, flo6x8, Melanie Gilligan, Institute for Wishful Thinking, Jan Peter Hammer, Alicia Herrero, Sherry Millner & Ernie Larsen, Σουζάνα Φιαλά, Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler, Isa Rosenberger, Dread Scott, Μάριος Θεοφιλίδης, Παύλος Βρυωνίδης.
Χώρος: Κέντρο Τεχνών NeMe, γωνία Ελλάδος και Ενώσεως (απέναντι από την Καθολική), Λεμεσός.
Εγκαίνια: Δευτέρα, 10 Νοεμβρίου, 8:00μμ
Διάρκεια: 11 Νοεμβρίου-6 Δεκεμβρίου
Τρίτη-Παρασκευή: 5:00μμ-9:00μμ
Σάββατο: 10:00πμ-1:00μμ

ΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ

Ώρα και χώρος: Δευτέρα, 10 Νοεμβρίου, 5:00μμ-7:30μμ, Αμφιθέατρο Πεύκιος Γεωργιάδης, Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, Λεμεσός.
Ομιλητές: Gregory Sholette, Oliver Ressler, Αρετή Λεοπούλου, Αντρέας Παναγιώτου, Noel Douglas.
Συντονιστής: Αντώνης Δανός.
(Οι παρουσιάσεις και η συζήτηση θα διεξαχθούν στην Αγγλική).

Υποστηρικτές

Κύριος Υποστηρικτής: Υπουργείο Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού Κύπρου.
Υποστηρικτές: Αυστριακή Πρεσβεία Κύπρου, Δήμος Λεμεσού,
ndline, The Copy Shop.
Χορηγός Επικοινωνίας: Κανάλι 6

Biographies

Gregory Sholette is a New York – based artist and writer whose recent art projects include “Our Barricades” at Station Independent Gallery, and “Imaginary Archive” at Las Kurbas Center, Kyiv, Ukraine, and whose recent publications include “It’s The Political Economy, Stupid,” co-edited with Oliver Ressler, (Pluto Press, 2013) and “Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture,” (Pluto Press, 2011). A graduate of the Whitney Independent Studies Program in Critical Theory (1996), he received his MFA from the University of San Diego (1995), and BFA from The Cooper Union (1979), and served as a Board Member of the College Art Association (1999-2004). Sholette was a founding member of the artists’ collectives Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980-1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000), remaining active today with Gulf Labor Coalition as well as serving on the Curriculum Committee of Home WorkSpace Beirut, Lebanon. Associate Faculty for the Art, Design and the Public Domain program of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, he is an Associate Professor in the Queens College CUNY Art Department where he co-developed and teaches in its new MFA concentration: Social Practice Queens

Oliver Ressler, lives and works in Vienna and produces installations, projects in the public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. His projects have been in solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; The Cube Project Space, Taipei; and Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk. Ressler has participated in more than 250 group exhibitions, including the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; MASSMoCA, USA; Itaú Cultural Institute, Sao Paulo; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; and at the biennials in Seville (2006), Moscow (2007), Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Gyumri (2012), Venice (2013), Athens (2013) and Quebec (2014). A retrospective of his 17 films took place at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève throughout 2013. For the Taipei Biennale 2008, Ressler curated A World Where Many Worlds Fit; and in collaboration with Ines Doujak he co-curates Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom for Secession in Vienna throughout 2014. Ressler is currently preparing a cycle of solo exhibitions that will be presented at Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; NBK, Berlin; ar/ge kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano; and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo – CAAC, Seville between the end of 2014 and 2016.

Noel Douglas is an Artist, Designer, Activist, Educator, Writer and Musician. He is currently the Programme Leader for the Graphic Arts Cluster (fine art/art and design/graphic design) at the University of Bedfordshire. He has taught art and design and was involved in research projects at The Slade School Of Art, Kingston University and London South Bank University and led numerous workshops and given talks in several art schools in the rest of the UK and Europe, Asia and the USA. He runs an art and design studio and has worked in design research at Phillipps and the Royal College Of Art and at Amsterdam based Multimedia studio Mediamatic. He has exhibited widely and his work is part of the permanent collection of the British Museum, Museum Of London and the V&A and has toured Asia and Africa as part of the ‘Protest’ show put on by the British Council.
Douglas writes regularly for cultural publications such as Eye the International Journal of Graphic Design and his publications include, as Editor Website Graphics Now (Thames and Hudson 1999), and as Art Director, the Regime Change Begins At Home playing cards. His work has been featured in numerous articles and publications such as Adbusters magazine (Canada), Atlas magazine (USA), Art Monthly, Blueprint, Dazed and Confused, The Economist, The Guardian, Malababa (Spain), Mute, NME and Time Out.

Areti Leopoulou is an art historian and curator (PhD & MA History of Art, BA Archaeology-History of Art, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece).
She is currently working as an exhibitions, events/seminars and publications curator (since 2006) at the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki [State Museum of Contemporary Art – The Costakis Collection], as well as the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. She is a member of the AICA-Hellas, the ICOM-Hellenic Committee, and the Association of Greek Art Historians and a member of the editorial committees for several cultural editions, fanzines and research publications. Her work and research focuses on the relationship of art and everyday life, arts’ social and macro/micro-political engagement, and other fields, like political ideologies and the effects of artistic actions.

Andreas Panayiotou teaches social science, communication, and cultural studies courses at the Frederick University Cyprus. He has worked and written on social history and the processes of identity formation in the experience of Cypriot modernity. His broader interests include the effort to decipher patterns and dialectical formations in the interaction between the dynamics of the dominant cultural and political structures in the world system, with social movements and other forms of resistance. His recent works in English are representative of this dual emphasis: “Hegemony, Permissible Public Discourse, and Lower Class Political Culture in Cyprus and the Politics of Memory”, ed. by R. Bryant and Y. Papadakis. 2012. I.B Tauris. “Border dialectics: Cypriot Social and Historical Movements in a World Systemic Context”, “Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society Transformation”, ed. By N. Trimikliniotis and U. Bozkurt. 2012.

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