Exhibition, Lectures, Workshops COMMONS LAB

COMMONING THE NETWORKS: A FEMINIST METHODOLOGY, 2015 © Cornelia Sollfrank

Thu, 03/30/2017 -
Sat, 04/22/2017

Studio XX

4001, rue Berri # 201
H2L 4H2 Montréal

COMMONING THE NETWORKS: A FEMINIST METHODOLOGY, 2015

+commons+digital+art+feminism+ | Cornelia Sollfrank

The exhibition COMMONS LAB is an experimental setting created by German artist Cornelia Sollfrank. The gallery of Studio XX hosts an open and usable structure that makes various formats for a collective research process available. The idea of the Commons provides the central speculative tool for the investigation of the present as well as for the creation of future scenarios.

Commons are resources created or maintained by a community for their joint use value. Commons are characterized by modes of ownership beyond the private/state dichotomy and by collective ways of dealing with the respective resources. The concept refers to common goods, but a special emphasis is put on the social relations and negotiations necessary to produce and protect them. The goods within a commons are not subject to the conditions of market exchange; they are shared goods and as such an expression of a state of being-with. Digital media products offer an especially rich field of investigation in this respect due to their propensity for abundance.

The framing questions for the research are, how new forms of organization and collaboration can bring forth a new kind of cultural works and social relations, how feminist principles can contribute to foster the transformative aspects of the commons and help to realize the vision of an inclusive, diverse and democratic form of organization, and what role art and an expanded understanding of aesthetics can play in the advancement of the commons as a political project.

The methods used for producing and sharing knowledge include interviews, conversations, lectures, dialogues, screenings and workshops. The statements of the four internationally working curators Magda Tyzlik-Carver, Ela Kagel, Ruth Catlow and Daphne Dragona on commons and curating will be presented as video interviews and contribute to the alignment of local and translocal initiatives. All activities aim at involving Montreal-based artists and experts.

The exhibition is part of Sollfrank’s research on the production of a ‘vocabulary of forms’ for transformative, social encounters as a response to political pathologies. - Cornelia Sollfrank

EXHIBITION:
Studio XX
4001 Berri St #201, Montreal
March 30 – April 22, 2017. Opening March 30, 2017
https://studioxx.org/en/fbr/commons-lab-resources-people-processes-%C2%A0cornelia-sollfrank

LECTURES:

TRIAL AND ERROR: SPECULATIVE CONCEPTS FOR AN OPEN & COLLABORATIVE SOCIETY
Artist talk with Cornelia Sollfrank followed by a Q+A with exhibition curator Erandy Vergara
Wednesday April 5th, 2017, 6PM
McGill University, IGSF seminar room | Location: 2nd floor, 3487 Peel St.

ART AND SPECULATIVE COMMONS
Lecture by Cornelia Sollfrank
Monday March 27th, 2017, 5PM
Université Concordia
1515, Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest
11é etage, local EV 11.705

WORKSHOPS:

THE SURPLUS OF SHARING BOOKS: BUILDING A FEMINIST LIBRARY ONLINE
Saturday April 1 2017, from 1PM to  5PM at Studio XX
$10 (Free for Studio XX members)
Registration: ateliers@studioxx.org

* UNLOCK: GENDERED EXPERIENCES OF TECHNOLOGY
Tuesday, April 4th 2017, from 6PM to 9PM at Studio XX
$10 (free for Studio XX members, Friends of Goethe members and Goethe-Institut students)
Registration: ateliers@studioxx.org
 
 

 
Cornelia Sollfrank (PhD) is an artist, researcher and university lecturer, currently living in Berlin (Germany). She has studied painting at the Academy of Art in Munich and Fine Art at the University of the Arts Hamburg, and got her PhD from University of Dundee (UK). Her means of expression include writing, performance, sound, video and (other) Internet-based formats. Recurring subjects in her artistic and academic work about digital cultures are authorship, self-organization, gender and techno-feminism. As a pioneer of Internet art, Cornelia Sollfrank built up a reputation with two central projects: the net.art generator – a web-based art-producing ‘machine,’ and Female Extension – her famous hack of the first competition for Internet art.


 
This exhibition/event is part of Germany @ Canada 2017, an exciting cultural program presented by the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy highlighting the German-Canadian friendship in honour of Canada's sesquicentennial year. Running from coast to coast and throughout the year, the program brings a dynamic sampling of German contemporary culture to Canada. Under the motto “Germany @ Canada 2017 – Partners from Immigration to Innovation / L’Allemagne @ Canada 2017 – Partenaires: de l’immigration à l’innovation”, this celebration includes over 40 events - concerts, exhibitions, conferences, performances and film screenings.
 
Updated program details can be found at: SoGerman.ca / SiAllemand.ca and goethe.de/canada

Germany @ Canada 2017 Logo mit AA und GI new © Goethe-Institut Studio XX Logo © Studio XX
 

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