AND AND AND is an artist run initiative, which will use the time between now and dOCUMENTA (13) in June, 2012 to consider with individuals and groups across the world the role art and culture can play today and the constituent publics or communities which could be addressed. The series of interventions, situations, and occurrences entitled AND AND AND are part of dOCUMENTA (13) and will compose a map of emergent positions, concerns, and possible points of solidarity.
For the eighteenth AND AND AND, Bik Van der Pol and Jan van de Pavert write the following introduction:
"Is it possible to track, follow, and make transparent the flow of capital in the contemporary art world? What are the ethical frameworks of operation behind the scenes of various public art institutions, exhibitions, including biennales and the documenta, and even the more evident and open ones of art fairs, and how are they shaped and informed by the financial crisis now? Can we draw conclusions on what is being produced, in which context it is being produced, and on what becomes visible and what remains hidden during the process? What is the distinct role of the market - both historically, today, and in the future - in all of this, and how is our perception influenced?
As cyclical crises, such as in the early 1980s in the Netherlands, have popped up time and again, almost as a "natural" part of economic dynamics, resulting in renewed demands for hybrid models that reinforce neo-liberal paradigms and solutions for the public domain, and as the cuts in arts funding are about to be applied in the Netherlands once again at the start of 2013, different players in the cultural field are set in a new relation to each other, in a shared arena of competition, confronted with the choice to either compete or collaborate."
"Everyone for Themselves" consists of a school of homework, from May 9-13, a workshop on May 9, and a day-long symposium on May 12. All activities are held at Witte de With, Rotterdam.
The points of departure for the project "Everyone for Themselves" are twofold: Prisoner's Dilemma, a film by the artist Richard Serra made in 1974 where concepts from game theory are used; and the two documentaries about 4. documenta and documenta 5 made by film maker Jef Cornelis. The documentaries were broadcasted by VRT, a Belgian public television station on August 13, 1968 (4. documenta) and July 28, 1972 (documenta 5).
A further point of reference is the upcoming publication "New Games," by writer Pamela Lee in which the author reflects on interactivity in contemporary art in terms of the principles of game theory and its relation to current debates on the political and the social during neo-liberalism.
Key topics to be explored in "Everyone for Themselves" are the accelerated relationship between the art-market and public funding, the shaping of freedom as an ideological illusion, and the deliberate programming of choices. This first edition of "Everyone for Themselves" marks the beginning of the series of collaborative events and workshops dedicated to the research, presentation, and discussion of economic and ethical developments in the field of contemporary art. It was initiated by artists Bik Van der Pol and Jan van de Pavert, and has been developed in collaboration with Liesbeth Levy (Artistic Director, De Unie) and Defne Ayas (Director, Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art).
Date: May 9-13, 2012
Location 1: 51° 55' 8.40" N, +4° 28' 20.94" E
Address 1: De Unie, Mauritsweg 35, 3012 JT
Location 2: 51° 54' 55.72" N, 4° 28' 37.42" E
Address 2: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR
For further details about the program and the different sessions of the symposium, please see the linked pdf.
dOCUMENTA (13) is not responsible for the views or factual claims expressed by the artists and artworks it presents.