As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and postponed activities, Biofriction has set up Braiding Friction, a series of Working Groups and online events to instigate an informed discussion on the current situation and possible scenarios.
The video is the online streaming that presents the research of the working group Staying in Touch: post-coronavirus art curating.
In April 2020, artists Robertina Šebjanič, Louise Mackenzie, Karolina Żyniewicz and Isabel Burr Raty were invited by Dalila Honorato to develop research on the theme of “Staying in Touch: post-coronavirus art curating” as part of the collaborative digital art residency Braiding Friction. Working remotely across Slovenia, the UK, Poland, Belgium, Greece, USA and Portugal the group developed a speculative fiction in which art is the virus and art practitioners act as frontline workers. Braiding historical and contemporary art, architectural and bio-art practices, the group developed potential futures for post-pandemic art spaces, resulting in a fictional account of a series of art exhibitions that coincide with a pandemic event. The research was synthesised in the form of a pseudo-documentary premiered by the Creative Europe project BioFriction on 23rd July 2020.
The first part of the videoconference there is the streaming of the final documentary.
In the second part, the workgroup members answer some questions about their research and the coronavirus in relation to curatorial practices.
Dalila Honorato, Ph.D, is Tenured Assistant Professor in Aesthetics and Visual Semiotics, Ionian University, Greece, and collaborator at the Center of Philosophy of Sciences, Univ. Lisbon, Portugal.
Robertina Šebjanič, based in Ljubljana, is an internationally exhibited and awarded artist.
Karolina Żyniewicz is an artist (2009 graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Department of Visual Arts) and researcher, PhD student (Nature-Culture Transdisciplinary PhD Program at Artes Liberales Faculty, University of Warsaw).
Isabel Burr Raty (BE/CL) is an artist and filmmaker working between Brussels and Amsterdam.
Louise Mackenzie is an artist working across contemporary visual art practice, new media (bio) art, film and sound.