And You, What Do You Seek?, AYREEN ANASTAS & RENE GABRI
Over a period of two evenings, the artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri would like to invite those interested to take part in a kind of performative screening and seminar situation.
The subject of the seminar is the question which they have been asking themselves and others in Armenia over the course of this year. It is derived from the last and unwritten chapter of René Daumal’s book Le Mont Analogue. Roman d’aventures alpines, non euclidiennes et symboliquement authentiques: And you, what do you seek? The question links to a longer term inquiry the artists have undertaken looking at how historical forces (in Armenia namely, of the Genocide, the Soviet Revolution/Union, and the Independence/War) continue to haunt and interrogate our present.
On the evening of the 28th, the seminar begins inside a cinema where a film screening and performative lecture will take place. This evening should set the ground for the subsequent afternoon on the 29th to discuss and reflect on some of the issues which are raised during screening.
More than a presentation of a finished work and its celebration, the artists hope to open up and continue to develop a space for reflection and consideration. And invite those interested to take part to please sign up in advance, since space is limited.
Among the animators of the seminar in addition to Ayreen and Rene will be the critic and theorist Hrach Bayadyan.
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri are artists who have started collaborating since 1999, which is the beginning of 16 Beaver, a collective space and context for rethinking the nexus between life, art, and politics. Their habits are many and changing, especially since inhabiting with friends and neighbors a small village in the mountains of Armenia. Their relation to art is in its potential to unmake as much as it is to make. Thus, art is not just another field of human activity or doing but a potential space to rethink all activities and doings.
Hrach Bayadyan – cultural critic, theorist researching media and postcolonialism. Born in 1957 he lives and works in Yerevan, Armenia; teaches Media and Cultural Studies at the Yerevan State University.
Since space is limited, we ask for those who are interested to rsvp in advance, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org Please indicate if you are able to come for one or both days and priority will be given to those who will be able to follow the two evenings.
The project is realized under the Financial Support for Art Projects program of Armenia Art Foundation and is presented in the framework of The Mount Analogue, 1st edition of STANDART, Triennial of Contemporary Art in Armenia.
November 28, Tuesday, 20:00-21:30
Cinema Moskva (18 Abovyan street)
November 29, Wednesday, 17:00-21:00
Armenia Art Foundation (3 Abovyan street)