“Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module,” 2014. Exhibition View: New Museum. Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner
The Spaceship Skype Sessions are a series of talks held in the Fifth Floor gallery during the run of “Report on the Construction of the Spaceship Module,” an exhibition guest curated for the New Museum by tranzit.org. The sessions involve in-person participants in conversation with remote respondents, dialed in via Skype. Within the exhibition’s simulated interior of a spaceship, the dialogues mimic the experience of an astronaut calling Earth while on an outer space expedition.
Tranzit.hu Director Dóra Hegyi will speak with artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh about her complex new body of work “Beauty and the Right to Ugly.” The piece draws inspiration from the multifunctional community center, Karregat, which opened in Eindhoven in 1972, at the time, a bold experiment in architecture and social design. In the two-screen video installation, van Oldenborgh traces the concepts of participation and self-determination embedded in the Karregat project. Together with Hegyi, van Oldenborgh will investigate terms like “participation” and “self-determination,” different valences within today’s neoliberal economies, and discuss the broader production and research involved in the initiation of this ambitious new work.
Wendelien van Oldenborgh is a noted international artist who has had recent solo presentations at institutions and art spaces, including tranzitdisplay, Prague (2012), and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2010). Her work has been included in group exhibitions and biennials including “Art Turning Left,” Tate Liverpool (2013), “Dear Art,” +MSUM Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana (2012), and the 54th Venice Biennale, Danish Pavilion: “Speech Matters” (2011). In 2011, with Binna Choi, she published the book A Well Respected Man or Book of Echoes.
*Free with Museum admission
Running time: One hour*