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Art Lives in the Age of Global Transition

Drawing inspiration from The Role of a Lifetime (2003), a work by artist and filmmaker Deimantas Narkevičius WE ARE THE TIME will explore the role of lifetime and life experience as a crucial source of ideas and inspirations, as a force that shapes ones’ art practice. Life experience is always generated as the intersection between the personal rhythm of one’s life and the larger societal perspective. How do we position ourselves in time?  What are the decisive moments in our personal lives? What is our relation to the historical moment or context? How do we weave them into our life-narratives? The reflection on historical moments and situations together with one’s personal experience converge into a generative force that searches form in a work of art, an image, a gesture or informs one’s entire practice. The work of art becomes thinking history out loud.

From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street – we are witnessing a desire for transition, but its direction is still open. This momentum belongs to the youngest generation of artists who will contribute to it with their work and shape it with the way they form fleeting communities. Can we imagine our lives and our work after twenty years?

With the advent of digital technologies and new regimes of representation, the rapid changes in our media-environment suggest very different ways of relating to the materiality of images and to their veracity. The network condition we live in, offers unprecedented possibilities to have simultaneous and multiple perspectives on events with social and historical significance. This implies a very different mode of historicizing, of writing down our memories. It is in this vortex of eventfulness we have to find ourselves again.

The project WE ARE THE TIME consists of 3 curatorial blocks:

Lectures on Wednesdays
with Deimantas Narkevičius – Alena Alexandrova – Foundland (Lauren Alexander & Ghalia Elsrakbi) – Stefan Majakowski – Ruth Noack – Sylvia Mieszkowski – IRWIN (Borut Vogelnik) – Bojan Fajfrić – Ernst van den Hemel – Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson – Rosa Barba – Rana Hamadeh – Tony Chakar – Martha Colburn – James Beckett – Brandon Labelle – Derek Jarman – Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec – Artists in Occupy Amsterdam – Wendelien van Oldenborgh – Rossella Biscotti – Kathrin Rhomberg – Jeffrey Babcock – Christoph Schlingensief – Flora Lysen – Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield – Francis Alÿs – Charles Esche – Gabriëlle Schleijpen – on
November 16, November 23, November 30, December 7, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, February 22

Conference-festival 2012 & Shadow Cabinets
Monday March 12, Tuesday March 13, Wednesday March 14, Thursday March 15, Friday March 16

Shadow Cabinets

The SHADOW is a thing that has always spoken to the imagination of people. It is a Doppelgänger who always follows you, everywhere you go. It is a space where that, which cannot tolerate the brightness of day, takes place. It is the night during the day. It protects us from the burning sun and provides a shelter where we can meditate and ponder. It is a platform for artistic expression and gives depth to our view of things. It is a space describing a second possibility. The space where alternatives can be nurtured until they are ready to step into the light.

The CABINET started its linguistic existence as a term for a room which served as a study or retreat, furnished with books and works of art.

We bid you welcome to the shady places of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie during the conference We Are The Time. Retreat to the Shadow Cabinets to ponder and meditate. Visit rooms furnished with videos, sounds, performances, books, poetry and other arts. Copy the alternative first!

In our Shadow Cabinets you will find the Pirate Cinema for Historical Contextualization, the F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. Radio Station with daily broadcasts from the Rietveld Academie’s Glass Pavilion, a Soul Rebel Movement poetry workshop, a The Living Rooms discussion, a 3 hour lecture on film title design by Albert Wulffers, a search into the Metaphysics of Youth, We Are Neighbors (of the Rietveld Academie), ‘Chicago Boys While We Were Singing They Were Dreaming, a study group and 70´s revival band’, a Create Your Legal Identity -workshop by Heath Bunting, a World Question Transmission Center, and a Magic Mauss hunt. Shadow  Cabinets take place in the main building of  the Rietveld Academie  but outside of the Gym, where the lectures take place. The Shadow Cabinets offer you alternative activities and interventions on a more intimate scale. For some you of them will have to sign in, but most are open to all. Several Shadow Cabinets are designed by student workgroups that came into being during a series of We Are The Time-seminars. You will find detailed information about each conference day’s “shadow” program – always in the black rectangles.