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Open Call: PERPETUUM LABS/BAC Part 1 – Curating the Political

Open Call: PERPETUUM LABS/BAC Part 1 – Curating the Political

Venue: Baltic Art Center (BAC), Visby
Date: June 13-15, 2013

In our times of systemic economic and political crises, rising public indignation and anxiety, artistic projects and exhibitions addressing political issues are once again at the forefront of critical attention.

The objective of Curating the Political, the first in the new series of PERPETUUM LABS / BAC, is to engage in a sanguine comparative debate on prominent professional curatorial and artistic projects addressing the relation of art and politics. The next instance in this series will be Curating the Social, PERPETUUM LABS / BAC 2 at Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki.

PERPETUUM LABS / BAC 1 – Curating the Political is a 3-day event consisting of professional debate and criticism, presenting constructive and dissenting opinions on curatorial practices. The LAB will use prominent case-studies in curatorial practice as starting points, while
 drawing on theoretical texts, academic research and activist practice. Each LAB will also develop new approaches and potentials for future
 projects. (For example, it may be possible to develop a case study with young curators based around the events at the political week Almedalsveckan, that takes place in Visby every July.)

Bringing together established curators and artists by invitation and younger-generation Nordic and Baltic-resident participants by open call, PERPETUUM LABS / BAC Part 1 – Curating the Political seeks to develop analytical and nuanced positions starting from diverse set of
 well-informed standpoints.

The topics of the 3-day Curatorial Peer-to-Peer are the following:

• What are contemporary “political” artistic and curatorial strategies, their pitfalls (e.g. appropriation by the institutions being critiqued)
 and successes? What is critical art, radical art, subversive art, provocative art, activist art, etc.? Is this current language of the
 intersection of politics and art appropriate and sufficient?

• How are politics, art and political action related? Is “art for the sake of politics” legitimate? Is the demand for “autonomy” only 
tactical, is it strategic, or truly a philosophical position? What is the relation of art, its “laboratories” and Realpolitik? Is political
 art living up to its self-conception of being ahead – or at least abreast – of our times?

• What role can/does contemporary art play in examining and articulating the current political state of affairs? How do large-format exhibition projects approach, present, and reflect on acute political and social conflicts? What complications emerge?

• Discussions will be based both on recent projects of the invited international experts and a selection of recent exhibitions, biennials
and projects. These will include projects like dOCUMENTA (13), Berlin Biennale 7, Truth Is Concrete (Steirischer Herbst, Graz) and Meeting 
Points 6.

The activities include individual presentations of participants-projects, tutoring in working groups and collective discussion formats – both traditional and innovative, such as the Valuation Chamber format developed by The Arts Assembly. The maximum number of participants will be 10. The working language is English.

LAB Mentors (in alphabetical order)

Bassam el Baroni, Curator, Alexandria/London. Co-founder of the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF); co-curator of Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain; co-curater of the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Norway; curator of the 36th eva International Biennial, Limerick City, Ireland, 2014.

Nicoline van Harskamp, Artist, Amsterdam, addresses the function and power of the spoken word, and its ability to influence perception and shape thought, both of which are instrumental to politics. Her most recent and ongoing project,Yours in Solidarity, addresses the contemporary history of anarchism through a correspondence archive.

Vladan Jeremic, Curator, Artist and Activist, Belgrade. Co-creator with Chto Delat/What is to be Done? of Partisan Songspiel. A Belgrade Story ; Curator, I Will Never Talk About the War Again, Färgfabriken in Stockholm (2011) and Kibla, Maribor (2012); co-initiator of Call the Witness – 2nd Roma Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial.

Marita Muukkonen, Curator, Helsinki. Co-founder of Perpetuum Mobile; previously Curator at HIAP – The Helsinki International Artists-in-Residence Programme; Curator at FRAME – The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange; Editor of FRAMEWORK – The  Finnish Art Review; 2001-2005 at NIFCA The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art.

Livia Paldi, Curator,Visby. Director of BAC. Curator and chief curator at the Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest (2005-2011). Curatorial agent of dOCUMENTA (13).

Ivor Stodolsky, Curator and Theorist, Helsinki/Berlin. Co-founder of Perpetuum Mobile and The Arts Assembly and co-initiator of the Perpetual Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009;  Currently curating the RE-ALIGNED ART project (Helsinki, Berlin, Tromso and Stockholm). Relevant recent publications include “A Multilectic Anatomy of Stiob‘ and Poshlost‘”, Laboratorium vol. 3, 2011.

Please see full bios on BAC’s website at


Applicants must be resident in one of the Nordic or Baltic countries. They should have considerable experience and/or education in curatorship or exhibition practice.

Application procedure

Applicants are asked to include the following documents:
1. A short c.v.
2. A statement of motivation explaining how PERPETUUM LABS / BAC could support your curatorial interests and projects, and how you intend to structure your contribution (approximately 2 pages)
3. Specification of whether support for travels and/or accommodation will be required to attend the seminar. Only very limited funds are available for students. We recommend you apply to funding bodies at the national, regional or university levels as soon as possible. If a letter of acceptance is needed in advance, please let us know the relevant deadlines.

Please send the files in PDF format. All questions should be directed to

Important dates

Deadline for submitting applications: March 25, 2013.
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2013.

PERPETUUM LABS /BAC is a cooperation between BAC and Perpetuum Mobilε,

The project is supported by

Nordisk Kulturfond / The Nordic Culture Fund

Riksutstallningar / The Swedish Exhibition Agency


Non-Aligned / Re-Aligned. Lost Notes from the Underground




Past the Post- 35 IS


Lost Notes from the Underground

…and into the fire.

Curated by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen
of Perpetuum Mobile

Vernissage April 27that 17.00

another vacant space.
(event on facebook)

Lost Notes from the Underground

Locked in a wardrobe behind the artist Vladimir Semenov’s kitchen table for nearly twenty years, The Archive of Leningrad Conceptual Artwas discovered by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen during curatorial research for the retrospective survey exhibition The Raw, The Cooked and The Packaged – The Archive of Perestroika Artat the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, 2007-2008.

another vacant a warranted way-station for these lost notes from the Russian underground.

Leningrad Conceptualism,unlike its famous and distant Moscow relation, was virtually unknown at the height of its activity. The Archive’s documentary evidence is like a report from the scene of the crime. Composed on crisp rice-paper, meticulously collected in numbered, Soviet-order folders, are the precise typewritten instructions for performances carried out in near anonymity by the group “Seminar” between 1986 and 1988. These exacting descriptions are accompanied by photographs, textual and graphic relics and traces. It is a unique work of Soviet bureaucraticism: all that survived of this ephemeral group of “non-aligned” marginals, save a few precious minutes of crumbling 8mm films, screened here at another vacant space for the first time.

..and into the fire.

The voice of the youngest generation of Russian non-conformist artists stands its ground in dialogue with both illustrious and newly discovered predecessors. In the large-format photograph which documents the street art work eternal flame, T-Radya, 23, paints with Molotov cocktails. His subject is memory. This surprisingly versatile artist’s work is exhibited here as a taster, a pre-launch of the forthcoming thematic exhibition project A RE-ALIGNED ART. This project commences at the Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway, in Autumn 2013. The work’s clear historical stance, its striking aesthetics, its arresting methods, all speak of a newly “re-aligned” art in our era.


For a little comic relief, bridging the era of the non-aligned and the re-aligned, lies the madness of 1990s post-modernism. This will be represented at the opening of NON-ALIGNED / RE-ALIGNED, by a screening of Yuris Lesnik, Vladislav Mamyshev “Monroe” and Timur Novikov’s unbearably amusing Pirate TV. Reporting from the Leningrad-St. Petersburg art scene at the height of the USSR’s catastrophic collapse, this mock television news show, which legend says hijacked the public airwaves, had the Soviet Union’s first public transvestite, Vladik “Monroe”, as its anchor news-woman..

About the Curators

Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen are the co-founders of PERPETUUM MOBILE, a curatorial vehicle and means of mobilization. They describe it as a “conduit and engine to bring together art, practice and inquiry”. The current international RE-ALIGNED project brings their work on Russian non-conformist art at Kiasma into the present, and is projected to broaden its scope at further exhibition venues. Further ongoing processes, among others, are the Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion (Venice 2009) and The Arts Assembly (Manifesta 8). Ivor Stodolsky is a curator, writer and editor, whose theoretical practice is a background to much of Perpetuum Mobile’s investigations. Marita Muukkonen is a curator, known internationally for her work at NIFCA, FRAME and FRAMEWORK and HIAP TALKS.

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Vernissage April 27that 17.00

another vacant space.

Biesentalerstraße 16

Berlin D-13359



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The AA at Manifesta 8, Spain

Arts Assembly – CPS

A Reflexive Organ of CPS, Curators of Manifesta 8

A Perpetuum Mobilεzation

The Arts Assembly – CPS is a programme of critical evaluations of the Chamber of Public Secrets (CPS), in its capacity as a curatorial team of Manifesta 8.

An Arts Assembly (AA) is a reflexive model for cooperation in the creative field. It unites a diversity of actors in a new genre of formats based on participatory action through peer-to-peer platforms. One can imagine it as a self-constituting parliament. Each AA is structured and tailored to develop a unique modus vivendi for each unique context. In its work for CPS-M8 the AA will operate as a reflexive and critical organ. The membership of  AAs includes artists, philosophers, writers, curators and other intellectuals and art-actors. The CPS AA at Manifesta 8 will include experienced members of the first Helsinki AA. It will “constitute” Charters to evaluate works and processes in public Assemblies.

The early-stage list of participants includes: CPS (Curators at Manifesta 8 ), Perpetuum Mobilε, Parfyme (, Copenhagen), S.a.L.E. (Venice) and Damian Le Bas (London)..

A documentary film by Perpetuum Mobilε for CPS-M8 will be co-produced by the AA with the Finnish-Iranian director Hamy Ramezan.

for certain Chambers of the AA-CPS at M8.

If you would like to be part of the process in Spain please contact

Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen at

A preliminary map of the project (click to enlarge):

Arts Assembly - CPS at Manifesta 8

The Arts Assembly

A Reflexive Organ of the CPS

Perpetuum Mobilε

Manifesta 8, 2010-2011

    The overall goal of the Arts Assembly – CPS is to reflect, analyse, reformulate and critically represent the CPS process at Manifesta 8 through procedures which are both analytical and performative as new works and evaluations.

The Arts Assembly – CPS is a programme of critical evaluations of the Chamber of Public Secrets (CPS) in the context of Manifesta 8. It is piloted by Perpetuum Mobilε.

An Arts Assembly (AA) is a reflexive model for cooperation in the creative field. It unites a diversity of actors in a new genre of formats based on participatory action through peer-to-peer platforms. Each AA is structured and tailored to develop a unique modus vivendi for each unique context. In its work for CPS – in its capacity as a curatorial team for Manifesta 8 – the AA will operate as a reflexive and critical organ.


The First (Pilot) Arts Assembly

The First (Pilot for a) ARTS ASSEMBLY  took place 20-22 November, 2009 on the Island of Suomenlinna, and at an Open Door Session (Bar Llamas).

For Detailed and Updated Information, go to this page:

What is an Arts Assembly?

An Arts Assembly is a reflexive model for co-operation in the creative field. It unites a diversity of actors in new “formats” based on participatory action through peer-to-peer platforms. There are several Chambers of the Assembly.

The Value Chamber (aka the Auction Chamber):

This chamber was first conceived (during the collapse of casino-style markets) after the fashion of auctions: through bids and counter-bids according to a procedure.  Given the absurd volatility of market valuations, the Value Chamber is designed to provide non-monetary procedures for the evaluation – critical, practical, aesthetic, political, philosophical or otherwise – of artworks presented to it.

The Chamber of Public Secrets:

Many ideas, histories or movements are public, but not known…

The Chamber of Diversity and Pre-Universalism:

This Chamber’s title springs from our conviction that it has long been time to get past the ‘posts’ — post-modernism, post-histoire, post-Soviet, post-colonial, post-national, etc. — and turn to the ideational creativity involved in formulating the oncoming epoch: the pre.

The Copyist Chamber:

The Kamera Kopista, as it is also known, researches models of theoretical, performative, artistic and empirical knowledge; creative content; and creates copies of it and it’s context (the Art Assembly event itself) in other spaces, events and contexts. It claims that the avant-garde producer today is one that shares, copies and clones its work.

The Arts Assembly’s Open Door Party

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Saturday, 21 November 2009
19:00 – 23:55
Bar Llamas
Iso Roobertinkatu 14
Helsinki, Finland

Random Shots from the Pilot:

The AA in Gallery Augusta, Suomenlinna

.alternative economy cultures seminar – Kiasma

Pixelache – Kiasma Theatre, Hels, Friday 3rd April, 10.00 – 18.00

This seminar includes ZCom founder and Chomsky associate Michael Albert, Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation (Thailand) and many renowned artists and activists in the field.

Ivor and Marita will be chairing the keynote session, and have helped Andrew Gryf Paterson, the quiet force behind the seminar, to realise this substantial gathering of minds on a pressing issue:

See Video Documentation in upcoming posts.

Institutional Roulette, Malmö Konstmuseum

Institutional Roulette & Paths Not Taken – Peer-to-Peer Review in the Arts, Malmö Konstmuseum

Time for Change – Reality and Visions for Independent Curators
January 26th, 2009 at Malmö Konstmuseum

Perpetuum Mobilε

– curator Marita Muukkonen and independent writer and curator Ivor Stodolsky  –

put forward several suggestions in the presentation entitled:

Institutional Roulette & Paths Not Taken – Peer-to-Peer Review in the Arts

Press Reviews of the Event:

This well-attended event was organised by SoFarAwaySoClose, Sweden.



EKATERINBURG FILM SCREENING «Сырое, приготовленное, упакованное», видеоархив искусства перестроики

This screening from the “Moving Images” Section of “The Raw, The Cooked and The Packaged – The Archive of Perestroika Art” was part of the In Transition project and conference of the Ekaterinburg branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts, Russia.

For more information on this Section, download the whole Exhibition CATALOGUE-NEWSPAPER.

Moving Images Section of the Catalogue

Introduction to the Moving Images Section of the Catalogue

“Representing Perestroyka”, Copenhagen, September 28

A Public discussion and Film Screening

at U-turn Quadiennial For Contemporary Art, Copenhagen.

Perpetuum Mobile (Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen) discuss their work on the period (see ARTICLE)

on invitation of

Chto Delat/What is To Be Done?

Saturday, September 28, 2008, 15:00-17:30 pm

Carlsberg, Copenhagen



ART & RESISTANCE Colloquium, 3 August 2008, Croatia

This summer Perpetuum Mobile is co-organising a colloquium in Split, Croatia, in co-ordination with Alternative Cultures: “Art & Resistance”
Art & Resistance The aim of this colloquium is to examine the possibilities and limits of art’s political potential at the present time. We will be particularly interested in thinking about the idea of ‘resistance’ in relation to art production, practice and the imagination. The program of the colloquium can be downloaded here.


Belgrade-Ljubliana Platform, June 2008

Presentation at the
Belgrade Flyer and Poster

Belgrade Flyer and Poster

St. Petersburg Platform and Debate, Russia May 2008

GEZ-21 Gallery of Experimental Sound, Pushkinskaya 10, St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg Platform Poster

Slideshow: Kiasma Exhibition Walk-Through

Vodpod videos no longer available.

ANOTHER CAGE – Performance, Kiasma Foyer 16 November 2007


A performance by the Russian “Gardes-Marine” choir (dir. Y. Remizov) and its audience, mediated by the artist Sergei Bugaev and the exhibition curators Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen.
1.30 pm, 16 November, 2007


Venäjän merivoimien kuoron ja yleisön performanssi Kiasmassa

Perjantaina 16. marraskuuta Kiasmassa Venäjän merivoimien “Gardes-Marine” kuoron ja yleisön “another cage” – performanssissa jaksottuvat neuvostokuorolaulu ja John Cagen 4’33”. Yleisön ja kuoron välittäjinä toimivat taitelija Sergei Bugaev ja kuraattorit Ivor Stodolsky ja Marita Muukkonen. Yleisö on tervetullut tuomaan performanssiin kännyköittensä ohella kaikenlaisia ääni-, valokuvaus- sekä videolaitteita. Performanssi alkaa kello 13.30.

“another cage” -performanssi liittyy 30. marraskuuta 2007 Kiasmassa avautuvaan RAAKA, KÄSITELTY JA PAKETOITU – Perestroika taiteen arkistot –näyttelyyn. Näyttely on osa Helsingissä järjestettävää tapahtumien sarjaa, joka on omistettu Perestroikalle: sen historialle, perinnölle ja impulsseille, joita se voisi antaa tulevaisuuden kehityskuluille. Tapahtumien keskiössä on Aleksanteri-instituutin kansainvälinen konferenssi REVISITING PERESTROIKA – Processes and Alternatives 29. marraskuuta – 1. joulukuuta. 2007. Konferenssissa pureudutaan sellaisiin laajoihin kysymyksiin kuin oliko Perestroika vallankumous? Vai oliko se vastavallankumous? Mikä on sen tämänhetkinen perintö entisellä Neuvostoalueella, niin kutsutussa lännessä ja alueilla, jotka tunnettiin joskus “sitoutumattomina”? Onko uuden perestroikan aika?