Friday, October 18, 2013, 6 pm
Global Citizenship / Capacete

6 pm
Global Citizenship
Lecture by Charles Esche (Director Van Abbemuseum, Artistic Director 31st Biennial São Paulo, Eindhoven / São Paulo), presentation and discussion with Gülsen Bal (curator, author, Vienna), Rosa Barba (artist, Berlin), Boris Buden (philosopher, author, Berlin), Gülsün Karamustafa (artist, Istanbul), Dan Perjovschi (artist, Bucharest)
9 pm
Presentation, screening, and music performance with Helmut Batista (Director Capacete, Rio de Janeiro), Amilcar Parker (artist, São Paulo), Siri (music performer, Rio de Janeiro)

Charles Esche, in his lecture, portrays the image of the traveling artist and its Neo-Renaissance. The democratization of artistic mobility through residency programs and the biennial boom at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st Century is confronted with yet a more recent phenomenon: oligarchs, who devote themselves to art and its protagonists, and, accordingly, collect and promote it. This creates a paradoxical situation: on the one hand, being an artist still promises individual fulfillment, on the other hand an obscure reserve army of artists emerges, who every day reproduce the promise of global art under precarious conditions. Which possibilities of political emancipation in this global scenario are left for artists today? After the lecture, Gülsen Bal, Rosa Barba, Gülsün Karamustafa and Dan Perjovschi debate this issue from artistic and biographical points of view, and discuss this together with philosopher and cultural theorist Boris Buden.

Helmut Batista, in 1998, founded the residency program Capacete in Rio de Janeiro and later in São Paulo (until 2013), later followed by mobile formats, such as the Summer Academy. Capacete grew into one of the most important platforms for international cultural exchange in Brazil and Latin America. The focus of the program was not so much on the artistic production but on the exchange and initiation of processes. As a conclusion and in cooperation with Portikus, Frankfurt / Main, the film
Ecstatic (2013) was created for the Capacete exhibition there (until 20 October 2013), together with the artist Amilcar Parker, a visual reflection on Brazil today. The film is accompanied by a live-soundtrack by the Brazilian music performer Siri.

In English language

Admission free