Tuesday, 1 April 2008

The ICF & Axel Lapp Projects - 5th Berlin Biennial

Axel Lapp Projects
4th April 2008

International Curators Forum launches its 2008 programme with an intimate afternoon salon at Axel Lapp Projects to mark a light performative parenthesis around the 5 Berlin Biennial, When things cast no shadow, curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic.

Using the freedom of speech in an uncontested space the ICF will explore the possibility of breaking with conventions, exploring the 24/7 economy as a temporal structure well suited to Berlin. The Curator and critic Axel Lapp will lead a conversation on these themes and discuss the rise of the independent gallery scene in Berlin and its resonances with the curatorial agendas of the Biennial.

The salon will also be an opportunity to see a selection from the current exhibition a season of films that feature work by Sonia Boyce & David Bickerstaff [UK], Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson [UK], Jeanne van Heeswijk & Marten Winters [NL], Mona Jas & Holger Friese [D], Sonia Khurana [IND], John Sealey [UK].

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An Introduction to the ICF

In 2007 the newly formed International Curators Forum (ICF) staged two International Symposia and facilitated a group of over eighty arts professionals on a curatorial networking project. This experience has given us a unique insight into the needs of contemporary curators and in particular those from culturally diverse backgrounds. It ideally positions the organisation to consolidate its reputation and constitution as a leading provider of skills development and business opportunities for professional curators:

"An organisation which marks the changes, disruptions, and interventions that occur across major biennials over the next decade and documents these processes to allow future and emerging curators to discover, learn and develop their professional practice." David A Bailey July 2007

The next phase of the ICF will maintain the momentum and inspiration of the 2007 'Tactical Interventions' and create a portfolio of activity that consolidates key partnerships and explores a wider range of professional development opportunities for curators such as master classes, residencies, workshops and salons. For this programme we are looking to work with partners and funders both within and beyond England and the European Union. We are looking to use our base in England as a foundation upon which to grow our work internationally.

photos © Julia Waugh.