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Mar 24, 2011 7:00 PM

Windows on Madison - Barbara Holub - The Blue Frog Society | A Habitat Without Territory

A Habitat without Territory is a project for Windows on Madison, curated by Jaroslav Andel (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague) and presented by the Czech Center New York in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

CREATING A HABITAT WITHOUT TERRITORY: NEW VALUES, NEW COMMONS

Do we need new values? New commons? Barbara Holub suggests a new approach in the Habitat without Territory of the Blue Frog Society

Panel Discussion at the Austrian Cultural Forum: March 24, 7pm

A Habitat without Territory by Barbara Holub is a project for Windows on Madison, curated by Jaroslav Andel (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague) and presented by the Czech Center New York in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

The pieces are text works announcing the (non-territorial) Habitat of the Blue Frog Society, relating to various sources, including „the democratic emblem“ by Alain Badiou. While referring to the maritime signal flags and to flags as symbol of conquest and territorial claim, the pieces  propose to reinvent our notion of territory.

Speakers at the ACFNY event include Barbara Holub (artist), Jaroslav Andel (curator of Windows on Madison and Artistic Director at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague), Kristian Nammack (patron, collections consultant), Shamina De Gonzaga (Director of World Council of Peoples for the United Nations).

The discussion moderated by Olympia Kazi, Director of the Van Alen Institute, will explore the idea of "shares" of the non-territorial habitat as a new form of collecting, as parts of a collective piece of art: What does it mean to collect art as process, partaking in the development of the habitat?

Blue Frog Society is the name of an installation piece by Barbara Holub that was featured in the Future of the Future exhibition that has been on view at Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art last year. The installation was an assembly of mirror placards, the type one would use for a demonstration, lying on the floor as if the demonstration had just ended. The mirrors were covered in multi-layered writing and featured the society’s ideas on how to establish habits that could lead to a better future. Taking the idea of dialogue to her art project, the Blue Frog Society is also an assembly of sorts for people who have visions for a better future as well as solutions for present problems and want to encourage others to reconsider the quality of life beyond economical values – a concept which seems alien to the neoliberal governance of our time.

The Blue Frog Society claims a new habitat, “a habitat without territory,” not just as an idea, but as a messenger of a new future, which will be presented for the first time in New York in Windows on Madison, a new public art project which uses windows of the Czech Mission to the UN located at 1109 Madison at 83rd St.

By way of an imaginary new species, Barbara Holub's project addresses the issues of territory and habitat that go to the very foundation of the dominant socio-economic system.

Holub belongs to a growing number of architects and artists who explore broader social issues in their practice. She discusses the ideas behind the Blue Frog Society at length in her recent publication, "found, set, appropriated," (Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg).


For more information about the artist, please visit www.transparadiso.com

Supported by Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Venue:

Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, NYC

Date

Mar 24, 2011 7:00 PM

Organizer:

Czech Center


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