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Floating gardens, agoras and other places for Practices for Everyday Life -

Time: Monday 22 July, 4 – 7.30 pm
Place: Studio # 4, Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor, Stockholm

The conversations will be in English.
Hobbes Levithian 

Taking the seminar Practices for Everyday Life that was held in the project room at Maria skolgata in June as a point of departure, studio grant holder Fernando García Dory invites to a public discussion in his studio with curator Stephanie Smith.

There also be an intervention by Kultivator, an arts collective based on the island of Öland, together with Richard Saxton, head of the arts organisation M12 from Colorado, USA, and editor of the forthcoming book A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier.

The occasion will be an opportunity to continue to reflect on some of the questions that were raised during the seminar, such as the role of art and the function of the artist in attempts at challenging the ways we relate to each other and our environment.
Stephanie Smith´s research over the past few years has focused on socially engaged public art practice, which has prompted the question of how to best support such practices from inside the museum, and more specifically at the Smart Museum of Chicago, which she directs. A key question for both Fernando Garcia Dory and Stephanie Smith is how artistic practices that, either through specific functional applications to daily life, or by representing particular positions, propose visions that contain the possibility of other political and economical structures, and how all this happens in relation to the institution. More specifically, at a time when the financial crisis in Greece and elsewhere is multiplying its manifestations, both the curator and the artist find themselves involved in the upcoming 4th Athens Biennale 2013 and cannot but respond to this bleak situation through a pertinent question: Now what?
Stephanie Smith works at the intersection of contemporary art, experimental museum practice, and the public sphere. As Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, she has established the museum’s reputation for challenging thematic exhibitions that address complex relationships between contemporary art and social issues. Her critically acclaimed projects include Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art (2012), Heartland (2008-2009, in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven); and Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art (2005). Smith is also an editor with the international art journal Afterall, and co-directs New Projects—an urbanism studio, research center, and exhibition space. She has lectured at venues from Arizona State University to the Sharjah Biennial (UAE) and in addition to extensive publications through the Smart, her writing has appeared in journals and books including Afterall, Parkett, Service Media (2012) and Land Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (2006). She is currently part of the curatorial team working on the Athens Art Biennale, to happen in Autumn 2013.

Fernando García Dory’s work engages specifically with issues affecting the contemporary relationship between culture and nature, embodied within the contexts of landscape, the rural, desires and expectations related with identity aspects, crisis, utopia and social change. He studied Fine Arts and Rural Sociology in Madrid and Amsterdam. Interested in the harmonic complexity of biological forms and processes, his work addresses connections and cooperation, from microorganisms to social systems, and from traditional art languages such as drawing to collaborative agroecological projects, actions, and cooperatives. García Dory is an Iaspis studio grant holder during June - July 2013.

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