Paul Brach Lecture Series: Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle of e-flux
ART: Julieta Aranda was born in Mexico City, currently lives and works between Berlin & New York. Central to Aranda’s multidimensional practice are her involvement with circulation mechanisms and the idea of a "poetics of circulation"; the possibility of a politicized subjectivity through the perception and use of time, and the notion of power over the imaginary.
Anton Vidokle was born in Moscow and arrived to the U.S. in 1981, settling on Broome Street on the Lower East Side. In 2005, Vidokle initiated research into education as site for artistic practice as co-curator for Manifesta 6, which was canceled. In response to the cancellation, Vidokle set up an independent project in Berlin called Unitednationsplaza (2006-2007) — a twelve-month project involving more than a hundred artists, writers, philosophers, and diverse audiences. Located behind a supermarket in East Berlin, UNP’s program featured numerous public seminars, lectures, screenings, performances and various projects. In 2008 Unitednationsplaza travelled to Mexico City and was hosted by PAC, and opened in New York's New Museum for Contemporary Art under the name Nightschool (2008 - 2009).
In 2008, with Brian Kuan Wood, Aranda & Vidokle founded the e-flux journal - a monthly online publication on art and critical theory. During the past three years, the journal published 36 issues containing more than 250 essays by writers such as Steyerl, Rosler, Gillick, Groys, Berardi (Bifo), Toufic, Žižek, Diedrichsen, Raqs Media Collective and numerous other contributors. Vidokle & Aranda also created a time bank for artistic community. The Time/Bank is a platform, where artists, curators, writers and others in the arts can help each other get things done without use of money, but exchanging their time and skills.
At the e-flux space in New York, Vidokle & Aranda direct a program of exhibitions that has included solo shows by Martha Rosler, Gustav Metzger, Adam Curtis, Raqs Media Collective; Mladen Stilinovic; Alan Sekula, Andrei Monastirsky & Collective Actions; as well as group exhibitions such as the Agency of Unrealized Projects, curated jointly with Hans Ulrich Obrist; Animism, curated by Anselm Franke; Out Now, with Paul Chan, Trevor Paglen, Martha Rosler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Jalal Toufic.
- Projects by e-flux:
- Hans Ulrich Obrist interview: