Think Tank Programme by decree


									Fire Station Artists’ Studios and Kuratorisk Aktion Think Tank Programme

Opportunity for 4 artists and 2 curators, whose work is socially engaged, to develop
their practice and a project proposal with the international curatorial collective
‘Kuratorisk Aktion’ which was founded by Danish curators Tone Olaf Nielsen and
Frederikke Hansen in 2005.

Application deadline: Fri 12th Feb 2010.

Public Hearing – Thursday 28th January 2010 @ 11am.

To find out more about the Think Tank ‘Kuratorisk Aktion’ will present their practice
and initial ideas for the programme in the Fire Station on January 28th 2010 at 11am.
Pre booking is essential.

For further details on the Public Hearing and Think Tank Programme, contact: Fire
Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lwr Buckingham St, Dublin 1. Email: Tel: +353 (0) 1 8069010


Aims of Think Tank
The aim of this Think Tank programme is to support artists and curators based in
Ireland whose practice is socially engaged. In addition to working with two
experienced international curators, it will offer the opportunity for participants to
engage in a process of reflection and critique around this ever expanding area of arts
practice. It will also offer participants the opportunity to develop an in-depth project
proposal with experienced practitioners over a period of time, thereby gaining
valuable critical feedback in the process. The Think Tank is also an excellent
opportunity for participants to network and develop links internationally.

Structure of Programme
In order to allow time and space for in depth reflection, the programme will take place
over a 10 month period from June 2010 - April 2011. The curators, in discussion with
the participants, will identify 2-4 critical questions or areas for investigation during
the Think Tank and agree on how the programme will be structured.
The programme will involve five two day intensive sessions in which participants will
meet with the curators in Dublin and other potential locations around Ireland.
Participants will have the opportunity to test ideas, receive critical feedback, develop
their research and working methodologies as well as locating their practice within a
wider social and political framework.
It is envisaged that two sessions will take place in 2010 and three sessions will take
place in 2011. The first session will take place in June 2010 and the final one in April
2011. All participants will be set tasks from session to session with an agreed amount
of email / skype communication between themselves and Kuratorisk Aktion between
sessions. Locations and dates for all other meetings in Think Tank Programme will be
confirmed at a later date.

Outcomes of Programme
On completion of the Think Tank all participants will have developed an in-depth
project proposal. These proposals will be presented publicly at the end of the
programme. (It is up to all the participants to seek their own funding to potentially
realise their proposal. It is not the responsibility of the Fire Station or Kuratorisk
Aktion to commission or fund these proposals. However the Fire Station and
Kuratorisk Aktion may be able to advise or assist on funding opportunities if and
when they arise.)

Public Hearing:
Following a research trip to Dublin in January 2010, Kuratorisk Aktion will present
on their practice and initial ideas for the Think Tank on Thursday 28th January
11am -12.30pm in the Fire Station Artists Studios in Dublin. All are welcome to
attend this hearing, but pre-booking is essential. For those interested in applying to the
Think Tank, it is recommended you attend in order to learn more about the work of
Kuratorisk Aktion, as well have the opportunity to meet the curators and discuss ideas
around the Think Tank and what the programme might entail.


There is no application form for this programme. All applicants are asked to submit in
hard copy only.

   1. Covering letter - explaining your practice and reasons for applying to the
       Think Tank programme. Max 500 words.
   2. Current CV
   3. Documentation of your work. Can include any of the following
       - Up to six still images (photographs, laser prints, CD Rom)
       - Up to six minutes of DVD – you must cue a pre selected piece.
       - Catalogues or books.
Do not send us original artworks or master copies .
Closing date for receipt of application is Wed 10th February 2010.
A selection panel will meet to review to work and a decision will be made by 1st
March 2010.

Contact details:
All enquiries to : Tel: 01 8069010
Applications to be posted to :
Office Manager, Fire Station Artists studios, 9-11 Lwr Buckingham St, Dublin 1.

What are the costs involved?
The Think Tank programme is offered free of charge to the selected participants.
However all participants will be expected to cover their own travel, food, and
accommodation as well as any materials expenses.

Who can apply?

The Think Tank is open to all artists and curators based in Ireland both North and
South, who identify their practice as socially engaged. Artists and curators who are in
Third Level, Postgrad and PhD programmes are not eligible to apply.


Kuratorisk Aktion is an independent curator’s collective engaged in a critical practice
which focuses on the complex relations between historical colonialism, capitalist
globalisation and post- colonial forms of inequality. In a broad body of projects,
ranging from cross-disciplinary exhibitions to film programs, publications, and public
discussions, Kuratorisk Aktion has strived to raise consciousness on the politics of
representation and translate this consciousness into practice. From 2005 – 2006
Kuratorisk Aktion was employed by NIFCA , the Nordic Institute for Contemporary
Art which culminated in the project Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial
Exhibition Project in Five Acts
Their most recent project is Tupilakosaurus: Pia Arke’s Issue with Art, Ethnicity and
Colonialism, 1981-2006, the first comprehensive examination of the work and legacy
of Pia Arke, the Greenlandic- Danish artist who died in 2007. Currently exhibiting in
Copenhagen it will tour to Greenland and Sweden in 2010.

Tone Olaf Nielsen is primarily known for her work as an independent curator on
interdisciplinary projects like Democracy When!? Activist Strategizing in Los Angeles
(Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, 2002) and Minority Report:
Challenging Intolerance in Contemporary Denmark (different locations in the city of
Aarhus, Denmark, 2004). She characterizes her curatorial practice as activist, and her
strongly politicized projects explore the possibilities of using the exhibition medium
as an activist tool for social change. Nielsen is also active as a visual artist within the
collective, Goll & Nielsen, which she co-founded with visual artist, Morten Goll, in
1998., ,,

Frederikke Hansen has been involved in running and curating several independent
art spaces, including LXX (Aarhus), Galleri Campbells Occasionally (Copenhagen),
and Frø (Berlin). From 2000-04, she was working as curator at the Shedhalle in
Zurich, Switzerland. Projects include: Pedigree Pal: New Definition of Family (2001),
Making Peace: Shifting Paradigms of Peace and War (2003), Musik Didactique:
Content and Message in Electronic Pop-Music After Techno (2003), and Citizen
Queer (2004).Through curating and writing, Frederikke Hansen has been engaging
feminist and queer politics within Western contemporary art since the mid-1990s.
situating herself and her practice in a critical dialogue with fellow cultural workers
and activists.


Located in Dublin’s North East Inner City, the Fire Station Artists’ Studios was
established in 1993 to address the needs of professional visual artists. It primarily
provides subsidised combined living and working studios for Irish and international
artists, large scale sculpture workshop facilities and training opportunities for artists.
A key policy of the Fire Station is to contribute to the debate on collaborative and
socially engaged arts practice, through a commissioning process that incorporates
critique. Past projects commissioned by the Fire Station include Inner Art (1997),

The Memorial, (1998-2000), Consume (1997-2000) and Daedal(us) (2003), Moore
Street Lending Library (2005) 100 Flowers to Bloom (2006) and 12 Angry Films
(2006). Since 2002 the Fire Station has run an annual Studio Award which supports
professional visual artists who work in a socially engaged context. Previous selected
artists for this award have included Natasha Fischell, David Jacques, Ciara O Malley,
Rhona Byrne, Christine Mackey and ‘The Third Person’. In 2008/9 Polish artist Artur
Zmijewski was invited to develop a project in Dublin as part of this award resulting in
the film ‘Two Monuments’.


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