Exhibitions / “I Told You So” Conference | WE ARE THE TIME Rietveld Academie Amsterdam [curating]

16.03.2012 to 16.03.2012

I TOLD YOU SO Conference for WE ARE THE TIME week conference festival: Curator Alfredo Cramerotti asks what the relationship between gossip and the history books is. Or between a general election and eternity. - - - - - - In response Cathy Haynes explores the improbabilities of temporal cartography; Tai Shani presents ‘registers’ of representation and an over-identifying actress. Sally O’Reilly demonstrates the alien nature of historical speeches and Fay Nicolson digs up un-archived legacies of art education. The day ends with a final concert of the Chicago Boys While We Were Singing They Were Dreaming at the F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. radio station (in the Rietveld Academie’s Glass Pavilion). - - - - - - - - http://wearethetime.info - - - - - - - - Life experience is always generated as the intersection between the personal rhythm of one’s life and the larger societal perspective. How do we position ourselves in time? How do we weave the historical moment into our life-narratives? From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street – we are witnessing a worldwide desire for transition, but its direction is still open.This momentum belongs to the youngest generation of artists who will contribute to it with their work and shape it with the way they form fleeting communities. The network condition we live in, offers unprecedented possibilities to have simultaneous and multiple perspectives on events with social and historical significance. This implies a very different mode of historicizing, of writing down our memories. It is in this vortex of eventfulness we have to find ourselves again. - - - - - - - Framework & concept WE ARE THE TIME: Gabriëlle Schleijpen in collaboration with Alena Alexandrova and Aneta Szylak, Grant Watson, Jorinde Seijdel, and Alfredo Cramerotti. - - - - - - Production: Jort van der Laan, Anna Hoetjes (WORLD QUESTION CENTER REDUX) - - - - - - - SHADOW CABINETS: Arnisa Zeqo, Laurie Cluitmans, Clare Butcher, Natasha Ginwala, Simon Ferdinando, Renee Ridgway, Taf Hassam and their respective student work groups. Production: Joris Lindhout - - - - - - - Communication design: Jakub Straka, Daiva Tubutyte