Participants: David Maroto, Emre Hüner, Aslı Seven
Focusing on the textual components in Emre Hüner’s exhibition [ELEKTROİZOLASYON]: Unknown Parameter Extro-Record and the processes leading up to it, this online conversation will reflect on how Meliha Erem’s Hypernauts – a collection of short fiction as an extension of the exhibition – and fragments from the unfinished film script available in the exhibition publication articulate with and across the sculptural, visual and spatial components of the exhibition and the film. The conversation will take a multi-faceted approach to “the artist’s novel” as a new medium: speculative tools for world-building; plasticity of ‘the novel to come’ as a permanent horizon for production; biosemiotic secretions of an organism in transition, devouring and metabolizing and everything it touches.
Artist and author of the recently published double book The Artist’s Novel. A New Medium and The Fantasy of the Novel, David Maroto proposes the concept of the artist’s novel as a new medium in visual arts. Featuring David Maroto, Emre Hüner and Aslı Seven, the online conversation will provide the occasion to critically engage with [ELEKTROİZOLASYON] through Maroto’s research on the artist’s novel and discuss his theoretical and practical insights through the lens of Emre Hüner’s exhibition at Arter.
David Maroto is generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund.
The event will be held in English.
Online communication platform: Zoom
Meeting ID: 899 7830 6704
Approximate duration: 1 hour
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*The event will be recorded. Event durations may vary according to participants’ contributions.
David Maroto is a Spanish visual artist based in the Netherlands and a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art, with a research project called "The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts", which has been recently published in a two-volume book (Mousse Publishing). Maroto has an extensive international artistic practice: Havana Biennial; Biennale Warszawa; Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam); Kanal Centre Pompidou (Brussels); W139 (Amsterdam); A Tale of a Tub (Rotterdam); Artium Museum of Contemporary Art (Vitoria); Extra City (Antwerp); S.M.A.K. (Ghent); EFA Project Space (NYC); Galerie La Box (Bourges); a. o. In 2011, he spent time at a residency in ISCP New York, where he met curator Joanna Zielińska and began a collaboration called The Book Lovers, a research project based on the creation of a collection and bibliography of artists' novels with the continuous support of M HKA (Antwerp). The Book Lovers explore the different ways in which the artist’s novel is employed as a medium in visual art, exactly as installation, video, or performance. The collection and bibliography are complemented with a series of exhibitions, performance programmes, publications, commissions, and pop-up bookstores. This collaboration has enabled them to engage with a host of international institutions, including De Appel (Amsterdam); Whitechapel Gallery (London); Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw); CCA Glasgow; Fabra i Coats (Barcelona); Index (Stockholm); Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw); a. o.
Maroto has published numerous articles and edited various publications, including Artist Novels (Sternberg Press, 2015); Tamam Shud (Sternberg Press, 2018); and Obieg magazine no. 8 – “Art & Literature: A Mongrel’s Guide” (2018), as well as the recent paper “Hybridisation, Impurity, Contamination: The Emergence of the Artist’s Novel” (Soapbox Journal for Cultural Analysis).
Working with drawing, video, sculpture and installation, Emre Hüner’s practice focuses on constructed narratives and eclectic assemblages which explore the subjects of utopia, archaeology, and ideas of progress and future through the re-imagination of architectural entities and speculations on the materiality of organic and artificial forms.
The artist’s recent solo exhibitions include Neochronophobiq (Protocinema, New York and STUK, Leuven, 2017), Hypabyssal (Marso Gallery, Mexico City, 2016), Floating Cabin Rider Capsule Reactor Cycle (CCA Kitakyushu, 2015), and Aeolian (RODEO, Istanbul, 2013). Hüner’s works also took part in various group exhibitions, including CMD P for 2079 (Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, 2020), Further Thoughts on Earthy Materials (Kunsthaus Hamburg, 2018), Planet 9 (Kunsthalle Darmstadt, 2017), 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), and Manifesta 9 (2012).
Hüner attended Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and participated in artist residencies at Artpace San Antonio (Texas, 2019), AGA LAB (Amsterdam, 2019), Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee, 2017), ISCP (New York, 2014), Princeton University (2010), the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam, 2010), Apexart (New York, 2009), and at the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul, 2009). The artist lives and works in Istanbul and Amsterdam.
Aslı Seven is an independent curator and writer based between Istanbul and Paris. Her research and curatorial projects focus on infrastructural and intangible forms of violence embodied within landscape and built environment, with an emphasis on fieldwork, ficto-criticism and collaborative artistic processes as generative methods towards healing, caring and community building.
Seven obtained a doctoral degree in Artistic Research from ENSA Bourges and EESI Poitiers-Angouleme in 2019 and holds a research MA in Political Science and International Relations from Université Paris 1 Panthéon La Sorbonne. Since 2014, she has collaborated as a curator and writer with Arter, Protocinema, The Pill, Pi Artworks, Galerist and Bilsart in Istanbul, and CNAC Magasin (Grenoble), Galerie La Box (Bourges) and thankyouforcoming (Nice) in France. Since 2018 she has lead workshops and taught as guest lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London; Arter Research Program, Istanbul; ENSA Bourges; HEAR Mulhouse and MOCO Montpellier. A member of AICA Turkey, C-E-A (French association for Curators) and a collaborator of ICI (Independent Curators International), Aslı Seven participated in the ICI Curatorial Intensive, held in Manila, Philippines, with the support of the SAHA Association in 2016. In 2020, she was the recipient of a CNAP and Cité des Arts research grant and residency in Paris.