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Škart, See-Saw Play-Grow, Installation view of the Serbian Pavilion of the 2010 Venice Biennale
Škart, See-Saw Play-Grow, Installation view of the Serbian Pavilion of the 2010 Venice Biennale

On 10 December ADA organizes the first edition of Breakfast at Noon, a new series of public events in which two or more guests are invited to ADA’s breakfast table to reflect on issues concerning the position of the artist and the way one speaks through his or her work.

For this first edition the guests will be the Belgrade based collective Škart and the artist duo Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum. Both guests have a practice, which connects exhibition making with working with groups and individuals in specific social contexts. ADA invites Škart, Jaio and van Gorkum to give a brief presentation of their work, and to discuss issues such as the collective art practice, the role of audience participation and the notion of free time in relation to artistic practice.

Škart is a collective founded in 1990 at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. While experimenting through their work, they focus primarily between the medium of poetry and design. “Architecture of the human relationships” is their main concept. Through a constant flux within the collective which has been present since the very beginning, the members collaboratively work to develop new values. They are particularly capable, through the process of making, to embrace 'beautiful’ mistakes and tirelessly strive to combine work with pleasure. Recent exhibitions include the 2010 edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture; My experience in notebook/Moje iskustvo u svesci, KCB gallery, Belgrade (2010) and The Origin of Wishes, Space Gallery, London (2009). Skart has also conceived and organised numerous workshops, such as Calendar of lies, Igalo, Montenegro (2010) and Protest Poster, with the group Cactus in London and Graz (2010).

Working collectively since 2001, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum have worked with film, actions, publications, and installations to create projects that explore the agency of individuals and communities in the context of particular social and political climates. For Plaatselijke verordening (Local ordinance, 2010), the artists located six wooden billboards erected by the city of Rotterdam each time there are local elections to be used as surfaces for political postering. Having replaced the boards with new structures and transferred the old ones into an exhibition venue, Jaio and van Gorkum showed documentation of the territorial and pictorial struggle that had taken place as rival parties deployed their posters in a bid to win publicity. Solo projects include Quédense dentro y cierren las ventanas/ Stay inside. Close Windows and Doors, produced by Consonni, Bilbao, and Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht (2008). Group exhibitions include The People United Will Never Be Defeated, TENT Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); Gure Artea 2008, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008).

Please Note: The breakfast will take place at the Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum in Rotterdam. Due to the limited amount of space available (15 guests maximum) you are kindly requested to reserve a spot via info@adarotterdam.nl. The entrance is free, including food and drinks.

Practical Information:
Saturday 10 December 2011 | 12:00 - 14:00
Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum, Nieuwemarkt 1a, Rotterdam
email: [javascript protected email address]
tel: info@adarotterdam.nl


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