BLOCK 19: SIX GATES TO CAUCASUS

TETSI GROUP
ALEKSI SOSELIA, GALAQTION ERISTAVI & TAMAR MUSKHELISHVILI

GUESTS:
WATO TSERETELI & VATO URUSHADZE: CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART, TBLISI
MAMUKA JAPHARIDZE: SHINDISI FIELD ACADEMY
NINO SEKHNIASHVILI & LALI PERTENAVA: GALLERY NECTAR
GEORGE SPANDERASHVILI
TARA MCDOWELL
CARL-OSCAR SJÖGREN, KARIN LINDEROTH & ALEXANDRA WINGATE:
NON EXISTENT CENTER, STÄLLBERGS GRUVA
JOSÉ LUIS RODRIGUEZ: TRANS EUROPE HALLES

JANUARY 29 – FEBRUARY 23

INTRODUCTION

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If we imagine a gate we might think of an entrance to another state (national or mental) – it might be a place for phantasies, political negotiations, economical transactions, or even magical disappearances or dreams.

Caucasus for sure is a backdrop for dreams and myths, but also of conflict, war and traces of a fallen soviet empire. The region is naturally framed between big civilizations by the Black and Caspian seas, the big Caucasus Range, steps and diverse mountain ranges. From west it met Greek-Roman-Byzantine-European, from north: Scythes-Alan’s – Khazars – Slav’s, from east: Iranian – Mongols – Seltchucs, from south: Mesopotamian – Arabic…. The Great Silk Route was not only passing through the Caucasus – it was a crucial exchange point for goods between east and west.

During three weeks the Tbilisi based Tetsi Group will work together with invited artists to explore the idea of gates as a format for artistic interaction and learning. The concept of the gates brings the whole program of this thematic block into an processual uncontrolled artwork and proposes an understanding of art not primarily as objects on display, but rather as the creation of openings and journeys.

PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 7th

GATE #1

6 pm
Opening of the Archive of Georgian Video Art. The archive will be open during all public evenings.

7 – 9 pm
SUPRA LECTURES
We gather around a dinner table where food, drinks and short lectures will be served. Wato Tsereteli, Tara McDowell and Tetsi Group introduces themes and questions for this block: artist-run platforms, independent art education, self organized systems, alternative academies and the educational turn in contemporary art.

9 pm
FLASHBACKS TO THE BEGINNING OF PERESTROIKA
Introduction by Wato Tsereteli followed by screening of the film The Step by Aleksander Rekhviashvili

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FEBRUARY 9 th – 12 th

GATE #2

NEXT REALITY – Collaborative workshop with Wato Tsereteli & Vato Urushadze from The Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi

Thinking of humans like Leonardo (art & science) Gandhi (spirituality & politic) and finally physical achievements in the Guinness book of records: What real potential has each one of us? This short and intensive collaboration squeezes a huge material into limited time and space, giving opportunity for participants to think outside their usual scales of work, and realize sketches of large social, political, environmental projects.

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FEBRUARY 11th

GATE #3

6.30 – 9.00 pm

Presentations and artist talks at Galleri Box with Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi, Wato Tsereteli, Mamuka Japharidze and Nino Sekhniashvili

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FEBRUARY 12th

GATE #2:2

6 pm
SOUP & POTLUCK – Join us for dinner

7 pm
NEXT REALITY – Opening of exhibition, by Wato Tsereteli, Vato Urushadze and the participants of the workshop

8 – 10 pm
Guided introduction to the Archive of Georgian Video Art – Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi and Tamar Muskhelishvili. Three of the founders of the archive introduces and shows a seclection of works.

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FEBRUARY 14th

GATE #4

7 pm
FROM ENERGY-CRISIS ART TO ENERGY-CONFLICT ART
An evening with dinner, performance by Mamuka Japharidze who also presents Shindisi Field Academy intermingled with lectures by Nino Sekhniashvili & Lali Pertenava from Gallery Nectar in Tbilisi. Gallery Nectar is an artist run space and the scene for so called outsider or marginal artists. Mamuka Japharidze is running the Shindisi Field Academy where he is creating a bio-farming permaculture environment as platform for artistic practise and learning.

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FEBRUARY 18th

GATE #5

6 pm
SOUP & POTLUCK – Join us for dinner

7 pm
POST-INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE SCARS: RE-ANIMATION
Post-industrial landscape scars are traces of twentieth-century utopian visions of society. An evening focusing on artistic work and interventions in abandoned industrial areas and their social context.
An eveing with Tetsi Group – Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi, George Spanderashvili, Tamar Muskhelishvili, Non Existent Center, Ställbergs gruva – Carl-Oscar Sjögren, Karin Linderoth & Alexandra Wingate, Trans Europe Halles – José Luis Rodriguez

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FEBRUARY 21st

GATE #6

A MAN WAS GOING DOWN THE ROAD
A site specific exhibition and evening created by Tetsi Group creating a gate between Gothenburg, Tbilisi and Rustavi. There will be cocking, eating, talking and art-works, concluding the three weeks of processual meetings between Tetsi Group and the Gothenburg art scene.

GATE #1: SUPRA LECTURES + FLASHBACKS TO THE BEGINNING OF PERESTROIKA

gate 1

FEBRUARY 7th

6 pm: Opening of the ARCHIVE OF GEORGIAN VIDEO ART

7 – 9 pm: SUPRA LECTURES
We gather around a dinner table where food, drinks and short lectures will be served. Wato Tsereteli, Tara McDowell and Tetsi Group introduces themes and questions for this block: artist-run platforms, independent art education, self organized systems, alternative academies and the educational turn in contemporary art.

REPORT FROM TBILISI: ON CURATING’S EDUCATIONAL TURN. Lecture by Tara McDowell
In 2012, representatives from more than a dozen alternative, artist-run schools from all over the world convened in Tbilisi, Georgia to examine and contest the current state of experimental art education. The rubric for this gathering was the 1st Tbilisi Triennial, but rather than mounting a conventional exhibition, the organizers put forward a discursive project that foregrounded lectures, screenings, workshops, and events. Two key contexts for the undertaking were the profound challenges to higher education presented by the Bologna Process in Europe and the post-Soviet cultural and political landscape of Georgia. Tara McDowell participated in the project, and in this talk reflects on the project and its desires, aims, and effects within the context of the so-called educational turn in contemporary art, and the specific site that is Georgia.

9 pm: FLASHBACKS TO THE BEGINNING OF PERESTROIKA
Introduction by Wato Tsereteli followed by screening of the film The Step by Aleksander Rekhviashvili.
This rarely screened fiction movie documents the preconditions for perestroika or even the co-creation of them. It is shot in 1984 and produced during 1986. The film gives a historical context of what the soviet regime actually was and how individual protest manifested towards it.

Open pricing policy is applied, pay what you think reasonable from your situation. Food is included.

GATE #2: NEXT REALITY – COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP

WATO TSERETELI & VATO URUSHADZE – CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART, TBLISI

workshop WITH BUILDING A WOODEN STRUCTURE

FEBRUARY 9 th – 12 th

Thinking of humans like Leonardo (art & science) Gandhi (spirituality & politics) and finally physical achievements in the Guinness Book of Records, inevitably a question occurs: What real potential do each one of us have?

This short and intensive collaboration creates an experienced proof of collapsing time and squeezing huge material into limited time and space, while giving opportunity for participants to think outside their ususal scales of work, to practice a bit of megalomania and realize sketches of large social, political, environmental projects.

The workshops consist of 3 days of intensive work, and a 4th day where we build an exhibition with presentations of the work done.

PLACE: Skogen, Masthuggsterrassen 3, Gothenburg

DATES: February 9-12, 2015

SCHEDULE: February 9-11, 9.30 to 12.30 is working-time for all participants. This is followed each day by a some hours for the participants own work. In the evening the group gather for a soup, resumé and discussion from 5-7 pm. On February 12th an exhibition is built and presented at Skogen at 7 pm.

INFO & RESERVATIONS: anders.t.carlsson@skogen.pm, 073-924 9241

NO SET FEE – to participe, make a donation that you can afford.

 

GATE #3: PRESENTATIONS AND ARTIST TALKS @ GALLERY BOX

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FEBRUARY 11th

6.30 – 9.00 pm: Presentations and artist talks at Galleri Box with Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi, Wato Tsereteli, Mamuka Japharidze and Nino Sekhniashvili

This program is happening at Gallery Box!

No fee – no booking in advance.

GATE #2:2: EXHIBITION: THE NEXT REALITY & ARCHIVE OF GEORGIAN VIDEO ART

workshop WITH BUILDING A WOODEN STRUCTURE

FEBRUARY 12th

6 pm: Soup & Potluck – Join us for dinner

7 pm: Opening of exhibition: THE NEXT REALITY
Presentation of the work done in the workshop, by Wato Tsereteli, Vato Urushadze and the participants.

8 – 10 pm: Guided introduction to the ARCHIVE OF GEORGIAN VIDEO ART – Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi and Tamar Muskhelishvili – three of the founders of the archive introduces a seclection of works in the Archive of Georgian Video Art.

Archive of Georgian Video Art, available at www.videoimage.ge, is the first online archive for Georgian video art, currently including around 400 artworks by more than 80 artists, ranging from the 80’s until today. The initiation of the project was caused by the apparent lack and inaccessibility of information about Georgian contemporary art, which implies the need of its contextualization and organization.

Open pricing policy is applied, pay what you think reasonable from your situation. Food is included.

GATE #4: FROM ENERGY-CRISIS ART TO ENERGY-CONFLICT ART

MAMUKA JAPHARIDZE, LALI PERTENAVA, NINO SEKHNIASHVILI

Mamuka. Gate 4

FEBRUARY 14th

An evening with dinner and an ongoing performance by Mamuka Japharidze, intermingled with lectures by Nino Sekhniashvili & Lali Pertenava from Gallery Nectar (Tbilisi). Gallery Nectar is an artist run space and the scene for so called outsider or marginal artists. Mamuka Japharidze is running the Shindisi Field Academy where he is creating a bio-farming permaculture environment as platform for artistic practise and learning.

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7 pm: LALI PERTENAVA: FROM ENERGY CRISIS-ART TO ENERGY-CONFLICT ART: ART BETWEEN POLITICS AND ECONOMY IN GEORGIA (lecture)

The newly post-soviet Georgia of 90s was marked with rising of artistic life. Devastated from war and economic crisis, and, blackout as a result of energy crisis, the streets of Tbilisi experienced artistic interventions; galleries and public spaces, sometimes in candle lights, hosted thought-provoking exhibitions. The generation of the 90s have been called “energy crisis artists” who formed a survival space in a dark social and political crisis. Later on the economic and political priorities have linked the production of profit from natural resources, among them, the production of energy to the main development strategy in Georgia while leaving for the arts and environment the place of indefinable terms. However, the new state order has also given rise to new forms of creative idealism and cultural resistance.

Following the lecture, NINO SEKHNIASHVILI & LALI PERTENAVA from GALLERY NECTAR will introduce some of the concerns and ideas behind their curatorial work. Gallery Nectar is an artist run space placed in Tbilisi, and the scene for marginal artists whose artistic lives do not flow within the mainstream of art. One of the artists they are collaborating closely with is Mamuka Japharidze.

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MAMUKA JAPHARIDZE is one of the most internationally known artists in Georgia, exhibited for example at the 49th Venice Biennale. His work has often touched upon questions of language and our anthropocentric conceptions of things, with an interest in how objects and things might emerge – beyond language – as a threshold or a potential, a state of metaphysical existence.

Mamuka Japharidze is currently running a course in the Center for Contemporary Arts (Tbilisi). The lectures are taking place at the Shindisi Field Academy:

The idea of my teaching is to introduce art students to a new practice, the study of bio-farming and cultivation of medical herbs by practice. Apart of doing that we take time to observe insects, birds and clouds, and we listen to music too; at the end of each day we make food from whatever is provided to us by the season and our garden.

We invest creativity in acting and in collaborative practice. Self-evaluation happens only through participation. We work with the nature and through this we achieve various other possibilities for an art practice.

For the evening at Skogen Mamuka Japharidze will bring vegetables and seeds from the farm, prepare food and drinks in an ongoing collective performance.

Open pricing policy is applied, pay what you think reasonable from your situation. Food is included.

GATE #5: POST-INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE SCARS: RE-ANIMATION

An evening with

TETSI GROUP
Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi, George Spanderashvili, Tamar Muskhelishvili

NON EXISTENT CENTER/STÄLLBERG GRUVA
Carl-Oscar Sjögren, Karin Linderoth & Alexandra Wingate

TRANS EUROPE HALLES
José Luis Rodriguez

gate 5

 FEBRUARY 18th

6 pm: SOUP & POTLUCK – Join us for dinner
Skogen will prepare a soup – feel free to pimp our dinner with bread, cheese or anything else you have in your fridge to share. If you just want to join for the soup, you are as welcome!

7 pm: POST-INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE SCARS: RE-ANIMATION
Post-industrial landscape scars are traces of twentieth-century utopian visions of society. An evening focusing on artistic work and interventions in abandoned industrial areas and their social context.

TETSI GROUP focus on art projects in public and social spaces and aim for the integration of socially relevant issues in their work in the former industrial town Rustavi in Georgia. Rustavi city is the biggest monument of soviet power in Georgia. A city, built in late soviet era,,with the biggest metallurgical plant in a country; a workers city that lost everything after the break of the Soviet Union. 25 years have past and still social, economical and cultural life is struggling. People have to travel towards the capital every day to get education or work, or to hang out before coming back to sleep in Rustavi. In 2012 Group Tetsi made the festival Re-Animation which also meant the beginning for the group to start operating in the city. In the spring of 2015, Tetsi group members in collaboration with local artists and residents, will launch the residency program Block 21, which will serve as a continuation of the re-animation of the city.

The art group THE NON EXISTENT CENTER runs STÄLLBERG GRUVA (STÄLLBERG MINE), a arena for contemporary art and thought in Ljusnarsberg, a rural municipality in Bergslagen. Ställberg´s 28 meter high mining tower is the basis for international residences, festival and exhibitions. The arena is an interdisciplinary platform for researching the human existence in a heavily depopulated community.  The critical relationships between centralised cities and the countryside play a central role, as well as the movements of “escape”. This is a place where one seeks the idyllic tranquility of the countryside, one get located escaping war-torn homelands and one leaves escaping the depopulated areas unemployment. The research is practical and integrated with the community, and is given form by artistic, social and political works. We ask: What are the potentials of working with an expanded view of art as ongoing social and political processes? And how does geography and identity relate to these processes? Can the situation of a small so called dying municipality allow us to better know the consequences of global neoliberalism and the current Swedish welfare policies? Through the arena we seek to create possibilities to research and to act socially, politically and artistically in these questions.

TRANS EUROPE HALLES is a European based network of 56 cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists. One of their focus points are on the establishment of new cultural centers in older industrial buildings. TEH have also published books on this topic.

*** The titel for this evening is borrowed from the book Post-Industrial Landscape Scars by Anna Storm.

Open pricing policy is applied: Pay what you think reasonable from your situation.

Ställbergs Gruva

GATE #6: A MAN WAS GOING DOWN THE ROAD

TETSI GROUP

Gate 6

FEBRUARY 21st

7 pm: A MAN WAS GOING DOWN THE ROAD

A site specific exhibition and evening created by Tetsi Group creating a gate between Gothenburg, Tbilisi and Rustavi. There will be cocking, eating, talking and art-works, concluding the three weeks of processual meetings between Tetsi Group and the Gothenburg art scene.

A legend says that the ruins of Vani, some miles inside Georgia from the Black sea, are the remains of the historic site where Jason met his Medea, and from where the golden fleece was taken. This first recorded meeting between the Causasian and the European, and the sparking of events it produced, will serve as a backdrop for the research done.

CREDITS

This block is created in collaboration with Tetsi Group and the participating artists, Galleri Box and Nätverkstan Kultur.

It is supported by the Swedish Institute, Göteborgs Stad, Kulturrådet, Västra Götalandsregionen and ABF medialab.

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