July 20. Ana Alenso: green and yellow/ boom and bust

green and yellow
boom and bust

Friday, July 20, 19:00-21:00

Ana Alenso builds an allegorical cosmos showcasing the economic, social and ecological risks and disequilibria implicit in natural-resource extractive industries, with a particular focus on those pertaining to hydrocarbons. During the cultivation phase of TIER.space, she will create a sculptural intervention that combines plants, water and industrial elements. Objects such as an oil barrel and glass water bottles—familiar shell-like traces of destructive global consumerist traffic—are brought in conversation with living plants. Light, heat, growth, moisture, will transform the sculpture over the course of the following months.

The opening of this project will be accompanied by an installation of works: La enfermedad holandesa tropical and The future of oil, both of which are related to the speculative and metaphorical contents found within certain political economy phenomena, most specifically those associated with boom-and-bust cycles, the Dutch disease and the resource curse. Such phenomena occur predominantly in natural-resource-rich nations where corruption and violence become commonplace, paving the way for authoritarian regimes to rise to power. An example of this paradox manifests itself within the artist’s native country, Venezuela, which has the world’s second largest oil reserve, and yet is submerged in one of the worst humanitarian and economic crises of recent history.

More info: www.anaalenso.com

  July 17. Jacob Remin: *something is wrong on the internet* / *cloud flares*

broken harddrives and broken bodies. shifting bits and crunching metals. jacob remin takes us through the infrastructures of “cloud computing” and “harvesting the rare earth”.

the internet runs on computers and therefore it can be redesigned. but when the network is internalised and the source code disappears, where do we turn when things get creepy?

change your system: be the turing complete user. quitting mainstream internet as a possible act of self care and resistance. tune in, phase out, get weird.

Tuesday, July 17, 19:00

Jacob Remin’s practice is a critical meditation over technology and the power structures it creates. in a world based on technology, JR questions the norm and the natural, while creating spaces for conversation. his works are manifested in the meeting between light, space, composition and interaction.

JR lives and works in copenhagen, denmark.


  July 14. Elena Tejada-Herrera, Videos from This Woman: Performance Documentation 1997-2010. Book presentation by Florencia Portocarrero

Elena Tejada-Herrera is a leading figure of feminist performance and video art that opened an area of inquiry and action almost unexplored throughout the history of Peruvian performance: the assertion of the artist’s body in its sexual, racial and social otherness or specificity as a vehicle to critically intervene in the public space and break the silence and fear imposed by the dictatorial regime in Peru in the late 90s. In 2001, awarded with a grant from the Virginia Common Wealth University, the artist moved to the United States. The immigration process profoundly affected her practice and led her to use video-performance as a solitary form of artistic and citizen affirmation.

Videos from This Woman: Performance Documentation 1997-2010 is the first critical and long-overdue revision of the work of Elena Tejada-Herrera and results from the exhibition of the same name that took place at Proyecto AMIL (Lima, Peru, 2016). Edited by Florencia Portocarrero, the publication compiles the work of Tejada-Herrera through an extensive portfolio specially created by the artist and includes unpublished essays by: Portocarrero; the artist Armando Andrade Tudela; and the curator Miguel A. López. The book also presents a dossier of texts by the artist (originally circulated as an independent edition in 1999) and a conversation between Tejada-Herrera; the visual anthropologist Karen Bernedo; the artist Claudia Coca; and the performer, teacher and cultural promoter, Lorena Peña. The design of Videos from This Woman: Performance Documentation 1997-2010 is the outcome of a collaboration between vm& estudio grafico and the artist.

Saturday, July 14, 19:00

Florencia Portocarrero is a researcher, writer, and curator based in Lima. She received her BA in clinical psychology at the Catholic University of Peru, where she also earned an MA in psychoanalytical theory. From 2012–13 she participated in the De Appel Curatorial Program in Amsterdam and in 2015 completed an MA in contemporary art theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. Portocarrero’s writings on art and culture regularly appear in contemporary art magazines such as Atlántica Journal, Artishock, and Terremoto. During 2017/2018 Portocarrero was a grant holder of KfW Stiftung’s program ‘Curators in Residence: Curating Connections’ in collaboration with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. In Lima she works as a public program curator at Proyecto AMIL, and is a co-founder of Bisagra, one of the few independent art spaces in the city. She recently edited Videos From This Woman: Performance Documentation 1997–2010, a monograph on the work of the artist Elena Tejada-Herrera.

  June 17. Making Unsharp? An encounter with Studio Pararaum

Through an installation, talk and discussion, Studio Pararaum (Meng Li and Linda Zhang) speculate on 10 years of Making Unsharp. Their encounter at TIER.space focuses on the connection between two seemingly divergent technics: image making and casting. Revisiting the premodern technic of camera obscura, they explore the relevance of iterative image casting against today’s technologically mediated world and its potential in architectural perception.

Li and Zhang write, ‘We make architecture by Making Unsharp. To make unsharp is to question the distance between the viewer and what is perceived—without this distance, perception cannot exist. We experiment from within this distance to reveal the impossibility of appearance: of any precise beginning of end, in time or space. We think through making—with material and technology—to precisely make unsharp.’

Sunday, June 17, 13:00-15:00
Talk at 14:00, informal discussion to follow

Meng Li and Linda Zhang are doppelgängers. They both received their M.Arch I AP with distinction from Harvard University GSD as recipients of the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize and the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate. Linda was a Harvard Dean’s Merit Scholar while Meng was a Frank Knox Fellow. They completed their B.Sc.Arch with honours McGill University SOA where Meng was recipient of the Clifford C.F. Wong and the Favretto Scholarships while Linda was a recipient of the Philip J Turner Prize and the McGill Alumnae 75th Anniversary Scholarship. Previously, they worked together for Studio Olafur Eliasson / Studio Other Spaces (Berlin). Prior to Pararaum, Meng worked for Diener & Diener (Basel), Hans Kollhoff (Berlin), and Valerio Olgiati (Flims) while Linda worked for Barkow Leibinger (Berlin), Christian Kerez (Zürich), and WOJR (Boston). Meng Li received the Lyceum Traveling Fellowship while Linda Zhang received the Harry der Boghosian Faculty Fellowship as well as a Fellowship at the ZK/U (Center for Art and Urbanistics). They have been published and exhibited internationally in Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.

Meng Li, Assistentin bei Christ&Gantenbein DArch ETH, Zürich
Linda Zhang, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University RSID, Toronto

  June 14. Manuel Ángel Macía: On Pharmacoloniality

An instance of Manuel A. Macía’s broader research programme on pharmacoloniality, this lecture-performance takes the form of a listening session on Latin American popular music. Turning to the aural spectrum, the session explores and elaborates Puerto Rican Acoustemologist Julio Ramos’ concept of pharmacoloniality. The concept denotes an inverse process of ‘colonisation’, whereby Latin American substances—sugar, tobacco, coffee, cocaine—intervene to stimulate European rationality and co-produce the rhythm of modern temporality.

The event obliquely addresses the propositions of TIER.space, tackling the psychopolitics of cultivation; healing and self-care through narcosis; and the coloniality of sense.

June 14 at 19:00

  June 6. OnCurating issue no. 36 ‘Spaces of Anticipation’ launch at TIER.space

We will celebrate our first event this coming Wednesday, June 6th at 19:00 with the launch of the latest OnCurating issue, no. 36 ‘Spaces of Anticipation’, with contributions from Antonia Alampi, BAR Project (Juan Canela, Andrea Novoa, Verónica Valentini), Luis Berríos-Negrón, Sol Calero, Binna Choi, Céline Condorelli, Valentina Desideri, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Doris Krüger and Walter Pardeller, Teobaldo Lagos Preller, Alex Martinis Roe, Christian Nyampeta, Justo Pastor Mellado, Manuel Segade and Alec Steadman, and edited by Lorenzo Sandoval and Emanuele Guidi.

This issue developed from a research project by Lorenzo Sandoval and Emanuele Guidi that looks at artistic and curatorial practices so as to explore the role and potential of artistic and cultural institutional models. So far, Spaces of Anticipation has taken the form of a symposium with the same title at EACC (Castellón, Spain); the research exhibition Making Room. Spaces of Anticipation, and a second symposium and workshop both at ar/ge kunst (Bolzano, Italy). The term ‘anticipation’ aims at proposing an affirmative approach to the research as intends to elude the use of ‘post-isms’ and ‘future-ism’ terminology, which have been largely employed as parameters to discuss present conditions and their responsibilities.In these terms Spaces of Anticipation aims at gathering practices and relations able to ‘re-territorialize’ existing models of institutions through a genuine ‘desire of becoming’ by acting within present and unexpected conditions.

Various books and printed matter from contributors to this issue of OnCurating will be arranged in the space to expand the contents and trajectories of the publication. A special fermented drink will be prepared by artist Daniel Salomon.

June 6 at 19:00

The Institute for Endotic Research
Donaustr. 84
Berlin 12043

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