The Non Zero Sum Art Games



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Curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan

Co-curated with Katherine Nolan (Portugal) & Aoife Giles (Dublin)

The Non Zero-Sum Art Games was part of Culture Ireland’s ‘Culture Connects International Programme’, marking Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Produced by MART and curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.

The Non Zero Sum Art Games opened concurrently on March 7th with a live video link between three venues in three separate countries.

A Non Zero Sum Game is in game theory a situation where one decision maker’s gain (or loss) does not necessarily result in the other decision makers’ loss (or gain) – a win-win game. They generally have both competitive and cooperative elements. Players engaged have some complementary interests and some interests that are completely opposed.

‘The Non Zero-Sum Art Games’ was a program of exhibitions and performances focusing on the power that Art and people have to transform the socio/political psyche of the public in three European cities; Dublin, Lisbon & Athens all whom have recently hit by financial crisis.

Two groups of five Irish Artists travelled to both Athens & Lisbon to work under rules, financial and time restrictions imposed by the curators.

Rules include:

  • Artists are playing against each other to win a game with no results.
  • Artists may not bring any materials or equipment with the exception of 1 Mobile Phone & one Laptop
  • Artists will be given €100 to source materials / equipment in the host country.
  • Artists must work with at least one local artist / resident.
  • Artists will showcase their work on 7 March.
  • All artworks will be destroyed when show is complete.

Dublin: Co-curated by Aoife Giles.

To coincide with MART’s Lisbon & Athens Exhibitions, MART hosted 2 Portuguese and 2 Greek artists in Unit 4 Gallery.

Exhibition Featuring: George Gyzis, Orlando Franco, São Trindade, Maria Tzanakou.

Athens

Five Irish artists land in Athens and had five days to create a piece of installation or sculpture artwork working under a set of Rules and Regulations, opened as an exhibition on 7 March.

Athens – metamatic:taf Exhibition Featured: Andrew CarsonAdam GibneySamantha McGahonMatthew NevinCiara Scanlan.

Also featuring collaborations with Greek Artists : Stefanos Athanatos, Panos Profitis, Kyrgiakos Tsiftsopoulos, George Gyzis, Maria Tzanakou, Christos Papasotiriou.

Lisbon – Co-curated with Katherine Nolan

The Performance event consisted of 5 performance artists arriving in Portugal on Sunday 3 March, working in Plataforma Revolver from 4-7 March devising 5 performances, they performed at an opening event on 7 March.

Lisbon – Plataforma Revólver. Event Featured: Vanessa DawsFrancis FayEleanor LawlerKatherine Nolan, Aine Phillips.

Also featured collaborations with Lisbon Artists; Rui Mourao, Nuno Lacerda, Pedro Azevedo, Marias Teixeria, and Sara Maia.

 




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Freedom of Movement




Freedom of Movement

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani

Curated by Deirdre Morrissey supported by Directors Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.

The exhibition is kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, an IMMA Production Residency, Goethe Institut Dublin and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

Opening reception: Thurs 24 August 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition continues: 25 Aug – 22 Sept 2017

Gallery Open: Tues – Sat, 1pm -6pm

Closing event: Late Opening for Culture Night, Friday 22 September 2017 – 5-9pm

 

The MART Gallery’s curatorial vision for 2017 is to select artists who work under the parameters of risk and political agitation, creating powerful, informative and experimental work. We are delighted to present ‘Freedom of Movement’ an exhibition of film work by renowned German artists Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani.

MART first introduced the work of Fischer & el Sani to Ireland in 2014 when the artists presented film works ‘Narita Field Trip’ and ‘Spelling Dystopia’ in an exhibition curated by Barry Kehoe.  Both pieces were created when the artists were Associate Professors at the School of Art and Design in Sapporo City University in Japan and explored tensions that arise between the forces of globalisation and specific local narratives.

Always keen to build upon established relationships with international artists, MART has invited Fischer and El Sani back to Dublin for the presentation of two recent film installations ‘Identity’s Rule of Three’ (2015) and ‘Freedom of Movement’ (2017) These films pose questions on various aspects of human identity and society, the limits of geographical, artistic and social structure, and race relations.

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani are visual artists and directors who have worked collaboratively since the 1990s and both live and work in Berlin. Through their work they have explored narratives in various sites around the world juxtaposing hidden histories with the lived experiences of contemporary society and questioning cultural perspectives

Fischer & el Sani have participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Seoul Media City Bienniale (2014, 2012), Aichi Triennale (2013), Curitiba Biennale (2013), the Istanbul Biennale (2007), the Gwangju Biennale (2008, 2002, 1995), the Sydney Biennale (2002), Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002), Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (1999).

Their solo shows have been hosted by, among others: Maxxi Museum, Rome (2017), K21 – Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf (2016), MART, Dublin (2014), Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães, Recife (2013), the Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, Berlin (2012), the Austin Museum of Art – Arthouse, Austin (2012), the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (2010), the Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (2010), Kunsthaus Glarus (2009), the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2007), Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (2005), Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (1998)

Identity’s Rule of Three

HD, colour, stereo, 20 min., 2015

An an­i­mated film that seizes the highly controversial de­bate around the planned pre­sen­ta­tion of eth­no­log­i­cal col­lec­tions in the re­con­structed Berlin City Cas­tle as an op­por­tu­nity to en­vi­sion a dif­fer­ent fu­ture. Play­ful and yet se­ri­ous, it ex­plores ques­tions of au­then­tic­ity and iden­tity of the in­di­viduum, art, ar­chi­tec­ture and so­ci­ety.

Identity’s  Rule of Three is a collaborative work of Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani and Bertold Stallmach.

Freedom of Movement

3 chan­nel video in­stal­la­tion, HD, 9:45 min, 2017

Evok­ing the Olympic marathon from Rome 1960, in which the Ethiopian Abebe Bik­ila con­quered the African con­ti­nent’s first gold medal, run­ning bare­foot and be­com­ing a sport­ing leg­end and a sym­bol of an Africa that is free­ing it­self of colo­nial­ism, Fis­cher & el Sani have re­con­tex­tu­alised amidst Rome’s ra­tio­nal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture, a new race in­volv­ing refugees and im­mi­grants stak­ing a claim to their “free­dom of move­ment”, also un­der­stood as the pos­si­bil­ity of being welcomed in an­other coun­try.