PARTITION

PARTITION

By Static Gallery/Void

Gallery 1, City Factory Gallery (above Void Gallery/Derry)

Two day meeting 16/17 July 2013 (limited public seating)

Installation open to public 28 July – 31 August 2013

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: II-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Mondays.

A Void Gallery SITES commission as part of Derry City of Culture 2013

PARTITION

PARTITION invites a group of theorists, curators and artists to attend a two-day meeting at Gallery 1, City Factory Gallery, Derry on the 16/17 July 2013.

The participants are: John Byrne, Mary Conlon, Anna Dezeuze, Aislinn O’Donnell, Mark O’Kelly, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Francesco Manacorda, Seamus Nolan, Frederic Pradeau, Paul Sullivan, Padraig Timoney, Katherine Waugh, Eyal Weizman, Stephen Wright, George Yúdice.

The Gallery will have a PARTITION built to create Room 1: Debate and Room 2: Exhibition.

The Partition will interrogate the intellectual and physical line, the threshold, the divide, the wall between two sets of opposing ideas and conditions.

The question is what – if anything – should be located in Room 2?

The question itself allows us to consider not only the relevance of the art object and the gallery in contemporary art production and presentation, but also the industry that supports and governs their respective existences.

The propositions and arguments developed by the participants over the two-day meeting will either render Room 2 obsolete/empty (yet potentially even more charged due to its continued emptiness, especially in a white cube environment and the expectancy to show an exhibition to a public) or it will be the site of an exhibition.

The project also speculates on the role of the architect in the design of the future gallery. As many exhibitions, biennales and art events take place outside of the ‘designed’ gallery space in locations such as redundant and/or refurbished industrial or commercial/civic spaces or even decommissioned airports, and as the proliferation of artists working in non-object based practice continues, architects and new gallery commissioners are left with somewhat of a design problem, that is, what exactly are they designing the new spaces for?

All the discussions of PARTITION will be audio recorded and the deliberations will be transcribed live. These thoughts, insights and observations will form the content for two PARTITION publications. PARTITION 1 will be released on Friday 19 July 2013, two days after the initial meeting. Two stenographers will be employed to transcribe the event live. PARTITION 2 will be released in October 2013 and will include a wider review of the entire project including a series of external reviews.

Concept/Producer: Paul Sullivan/Static

Curator: Damien Duffy/Void

PARTITION is part of the Void SITES programme for City of Culture 2013.

Thanks to Hadrien Laroche and Elisabetta Sabbatini at Embassy of France in Ireland for their work on PARTITION during the project’s early development.

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