Pérez Art Museum Miami Launches Research Residency

Pérez Art Museum Miami Launches Research Residency With Series of Performative Lectures and Projects by Independent Curator and Art Critic Guillaume Désanges.

MIAMI – January 14, 2014 - Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will kick-off a series of performative lectures and programs this January as part of its new PAMM Researcher-in-Residence program.  The residency invites individuals active in the creative and cultural sector to South Florida to explore ideas relevant to their work and to engage with the community through public programs guided by each researcher’s personal practices and points of interest. The first three PAMM Researchers-in-Residence will be Guillaume Désanges, Primary Information and Bik Van der Pol. Through an ongoing partnership, PAMM neighboring downtown Miami arts organization, Cannonball, will house the visiting artists, curators, critics, writers and collectives, and will present related programs. 

The PAMM Researcher-in-Residence program provides participants with a new context for research and an opportunity to connect with South Florida’s unique cultural setting, resources and communities. The duration of the residencies will vary from continuous month-long stays to multiple, shorter visits. Culminating projects emerging from the residencies are not predetermined; however, the process itself will be made transparent to the museum’s publics through platforms such as publications, web projects, art installations, talks, performances, screenings and workshops.

“Increasingly, cultural practitioners in a variety of disciplines are sharing aspects of research once thought of as the hidden or private work that leads to an installation, art object, publication or performance,” said PAMM Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs, Emily Mello. “By fostering a dialogue on each researcher’s process, PAMM will investigate multiple and mutable definitions of research in the domain of contemporary art and encourage the active exchange of ideas. Research is rich with the potential to become itself a new form, narrative or catalyst--perhaps most exciting when its course meanders, creating changed intentions and unexpected outcomes.”

The first PAMM Researcher-in-Residence is independent curator and art critic Guillaume Désanges, who, over the course of his month-long residency in January, will present several performative lectures and projects that revisit pivotal moments in contemporary art. He will develop a new series titled CURATED SESSIONS, during which a guest will be invited to publicly brainstorm with him to create a diagrammatic scheme for an exhibition. For the first session, hosted by PAMM, Désanges has invited Barcelona-based artist Dora García to construct a critical show about the relationship between art and knowledge.

Primary Information, an organization devoted to printing artist books, artist writings, out of print publications and editions, will also begin its residency  in January with an exploration  of  the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry. Further details on programming related to their residency will be announced later this month.  

A roster of current confirmed programs follows below.

About Guillaume Désanges
Guillaume Désanges is founder and director of Work Method, a Paris-based agency for artistic projects. He has organized numerous international exhibitions, projects, and lectures. He also coordinated the artistic projects of Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers between 2001 and 2007. Previous exhibitions include, "Pick-Up" at Public>, Paris 2004 and STUK, Leuven (Belgium), 2008, "Untouchable, The transparency Ideal" at Villa Arson, Nice and Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, in 2006-2007, "Jiri Kovanda Vs rest of the World" at gallery gb agency, Paris, De Appel (Amsterdam), Centre d’Art Santa Monica (Barcelone), "Child’s Play", Biennale Periferic, (Iasi, Rumania), Nam June Paik Center (South Korea), "Michel François, Plans for escape" at SMAK (Belgium), "Erre" at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, "2001-2011 : Suddenly-Yet"at the French National School Gallery and "Amazing ! Clever ! Linguistic !, An Adventure in Conceptual Art" (Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria, 2013). In 2007-2008, he was an invited curator at Centre d’Art Contemporain La Tôlerie and in 2009-2011 at the art centre le Plateau-Frac Ile de France, Paris, for a series of shows called "Concrete Erudition". He is a member of the purchase commission of the FRAC Lorraine. He teaches at Paris Sorbonne University.

About Bik Van der Pol
Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol work collaboratively since 1995 as Bik Van der Pol. They live and work in Rotterdam. Bik Van der Pol explore the potential of art to produce and transmit knowledge. Their working method is based on co-operation and research methods of how to activate situations as to create a platform for various kinds of communicative activities. They often work on location, use, reuse and reactivate the work of others—be they from the world of art, journalism, media or history—and confront the visitors with situations in which they themselves have the last word. Recent work include the performances What if the moon were just a jump away? (2013), Biennale of Mercosul, Porto Alegre; Not all those who wander are lost (2013) Hoog Catherijne, Utrecht; the collaborative project Between A Rock and A Hard Place (2011) in Sudbury and the Frieze project accumulate, collect, show (2011) at the Frieze Art Fair, London. They are currently the course directors of the School of Missing Studies at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

About Primary Information
Primary Information is an organization devoted to printing artist books, artist writings, out of print publications and editions.  Formed in 2006 by Miriam Katzeff and James Hoff, Primary Information fosters intergenerational dialogue through publications by emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Focusing on conceptual practices begun in the mid-1960s that continue today, their program emphasizes the strategy of using publications as an extension and mode of art making. The organization’s program involves three distinct components: (1) the publication of lost or unpublished material still vital to contemporary discussions, (2) the publication of books by contemporary artists, and (3) the publication of editions in other forms, such as records or posters. As a non-profit, Primary Information, is interested in how the relative ease of distribution and affordability of a publication may reach audiences globally in a way that is distinct from objects made for galleries and museums.

About Cannonball
Based in downtown Miami, Cannonball, www.cannonballmiami.org, is a non-profit arts organization known for its advocacy and innovative programs supporting today’s artists. Core initiatives include: SeminArt, providing free educational and professional development services to artists; LegalLink, an in-house legal advice and referral service for artists and arts organizations; and the Residency Program, which offers long-term live/work space for local artists and short-term residencies for visiting cultural producers. Cannonball is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Harpo Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About PAMM
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. This mission is reflected in the initial installation of its permanent collection of art from the World War II era to the present, AMERICANA, at the new home of the 29-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM). Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the facility opening in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013, is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming. The facility features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with sprawling galleries, shaded outdoor verandas, a waterfront restaurant and bar, a museum shop, and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).


Thursday, January 9, 2014: MARCEL DUCHAMP
A performance by Guillaume Désanges and Frédéric Cherboeuf
Free with museum admission
Auditorium (Space is limited. First come, first seated.)

Both pioneer of the founding principles of postmodern art and chess player, Marcel Duchamp remains a mystery.  Between captivation and admiration, this creation personifies, invokes and evokes the inventor of the readymade. Far from an academic interpretation, this show takes us into Duchamp’s work allowing for an experience of chance and magic. MARCEL DUCHAMP: A performance by Guillaume Désanges and Frédéric Cherboeuf is produced as part of the PAMM Researcher-in-Residence program.

A panel discussion with Ryan Haley, James Hoff, and Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information and Ruth and Marvin Sackner
Free with museum admission
Auditorium (Space is limited. First come, first seated.)

This conversation, illustrated with materials related to two specific publications and the current exhibition A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, will explore sites for encounters with word and image. Considering the book as site, in addition to the archive, exhibition, and web, panelists will discuss how these encounters function in their projects.

Primary Information has published several projects with materials by writers and artists well-represented in the Sackner Archive, including most recently the republishing of An Anthology of Concrete Poetry, the first comprehensive American anthology focusing on the international movement that began in the early 50s. Edited by Emmett Williams and originally published in 1967 by Something Else Press, this seminal book has been out of print for four decades. This event will also serve as a launch for the new edition. Collectors Marvin and Ruth Sackner, who often call their collection an “archive of archives,” will discuss their book in progress, The Art of Typewriting, which will be published by Thames & Hudson in 2015.

Thursday, January 23, 2014: HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE IN 20 MINUTES
A performative lecture by Guillaume Désanges
Free with museum admission
Auditorium (Space is limited. First come, first seated.)

Independent curator Guillaume Désanges suggests that a lecture can be considered as a living exhibition. A history of performance in 20 minutes aims at dividing the history of performance into 10 gestures which are played live: 1 - Appearing, 2 - Receiving., 3 - Holding back , 4- Escaping, 5 - Aiming, 6- Falling, 7 - Crying, 8 - Biting, 9- Emptying oneself , 10 - Disappearing, discussing very subjectively those ten gestures.  HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE IN 20 MINUTES is produced as part of the PAMM Researcher-in-Residence program.

Saturday, January 25, 2014: Art Criticism belongs to everyone
A public workshop by Guillaume Désanges *at Cannonball*
Free and open to all (Space is limited to 15. Reserve your seat by emailing splash@cannonballmiami.org.)
Cannonball, 1035 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

As part of its ongoing partnership with PAMM, Cannonball will host a public workshop by independent curator and art critic Guillaume Désanges. “Art Criticism belongs to everyone” takes a refreshing approach to the theoretical and practical aspects of critical writing on art. Désanges’s three-hour workshop will explore what is at stake (if anything!) in art criticism and how to reappropriate it in a personal manner through a logic of liberation, experimentation, and non-intimidation. Through open discussions and writing exercises, workshop participants will examine the histories, economies, techniques, semantics, and critiques of art criticism. A Ph.D. in art history or any other related “skills” are not required to participate. 

Guillaume Désanges is a Visiting Resident at Cannonball as part of Pérez Art Museum Miami’s Researcher-in-Residence program.

Thursday, January 30, 2014: CURATED SESSION 1: Open files with Dora García
A project by Guillaume Désanges in collaboration with Dora García
On-going during museum hours, 10am-9pm
Free with museum admission
Vattikuti Learning Theatre (Space is limited. First come, first seated.)

Independent curator and critic, Guillaume Désanges begins a new series which proposes to curate a show over a one or two day period with an invited guest. For this session Dora García, a Barcelona-based artist, will publicly brainstorm with the curator, according to thematic links to her work, and to immediately formalize it using documents, images, texts, words, ideas, and objects placed on boards. The result of this live research is an exhibition - or a diagrammatic scheme for an exhibition - something between the actual show, its catalogue, and its working notes. CURATED SESSION 1 : Open files with Dora García is produced as part of the PAMM Researcher-in-Residence program.

For more information about related programming past January, visit pamm.org/calendar.


Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is provided by the City of Miami. Pérez Art Museum Miami is an accessible facility.