October 1, 2014

Ricardo Basbaum: The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation

SFU Galleries at Simon Fraser University
Ricardo Basbaum, collective-conversation, 2013. Text, voices, live reading, live recording (with Daniela Mattos, Faia Díaz, Jesus Lopez Vilar [Vili], María Asunción, Arufe Carredano, Pedro de Llano, Ricardo Basbaum, Rocío Figueroa Guisande). Exhibition view from diagrams, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Photo: Mark Ritchie. Courtesy CGAC.

The Audain Gallery and the Audain Visual Artist-in-Residence program of the School for Contemporary Arts is pleased to welcome Ricardo Basbaum as an artist-in-residence this fall. This coincides with an exhibition of Basbaum’s work, The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation, in the Audain Gallery.

Since the early 1990s, Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum has incited artistic encounters by inviting people to engage with and respond to systems of symbols and rules embedded in objects, scripts, diagrams, maps and games. In his projects, Basbaum quotes artistic and graphic communication tactics that are both vernacular and abstract, thereby easy to learn, interpret and memorize. Through interaction with these fluid sets of visual and linguistic terms for the production of an artwork, Basbaum seeks to collectively consider the material, social and spatial membrane between artist, contemporary art system, art object and participant.

The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation is an emerging exhibition that frames the gallery as a critical site of pedagogical and artistic production. Over its eight-week installation, the project will accumulate conversations, experiences, and audio, visual and print documents initiated by Basbaum with students and invested publics.

Basbaum lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. His work has been exhibited at Logan Center Gallery, Chicago; Secession, Vienna; The Showroom, London; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; the 30th Bienal de São Paulo; 2012 Busan Biennale; and dOCUMENTA 12. Basbaum is the author of Manual do artista-etc (Azougue, 2013) and Além da pureza visual (Zouk, 2007). He is also a professor at the Instituto de Artes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago (2013).

Artist talk
Wednesday, October 15, 6pm, free
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts World Art Studio
149 W. Hastings Street

Wednesday, October 29, 6pm
Audain Gallery
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings Street
As part of his residency, Ricardo Basbaum will teach a course within SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts with Sabine Bitter titled “The production of the artist as collective conversation.” The course will provoke a conversation amongst students through reading, writing, editing and speaking, on how the role and image of the artist is constructed. The culmination of this collective conversation will be performed live in the Audain Gallery. A recording of the performance will then be installed in the gallery for the remainder of the exhibition.

Exhibition tour
with Amy Kazymerchyk and Sabine Bitter
Saturday November 22, 1pm, free
Audain Gallery
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings Street
Join us for a tour of the exhibition led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk and SCA assistant professor Sabine Bitter. Afterward, walk with us to the Satellite Gallery for a 2pm tour of The Port, led by curator Cate Rimmer, then continue to Contemporary Art Gallery for a 3pm tour of Shimabuku, led by director Nigel Prince.


Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?
Ongoing throughout the exhibition Audain Gallery
Would you like to participate in an artistic experience with Ricardo Basbaum’s NBP (New Bases for Personality) object? You just have to accept to use the NBP, for up to one week, for performing a solitary or collective experience. The object can be signed out with the gallery sitter. If you document the experience through text, photography, video or audio, you can add your records to the NBP public archive, and submit them to the Audain Gallery at [email protected] for inclusion in the exhibition’s archive display.


The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation is presented by SFU Galleries and the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU, as part of the Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program.


About Audain Visual Artist-in-Residence
This program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities and the community at large. In keeping with the experimental nature of the School for the Contemporary Arts, the terms of engagement are open and change from artist to artist. The cornerstone of the residency is the sharing of artistic research. The program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.


About Audain Gallery
Audain Gallery opened in 2010 and is named after patron Michael Audain. The gallery is located in downtown Vancouver in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, along with SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. The gallery advances the aesthetic and discursive production and presentation of contemporary art through a responsive program of exhibitions that support engaged pedagogy. Focusing on the ways in which contemporary art is socially formed and formative, the gallery initiates local, national and international projects, including exhibitions by visiting international artists through the Audain Visual Artists-in-Residence Program.




Ricardo Basbaum's upcoming artist residency and exhibition at School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

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