The Series : « Aspects of contemporary art criticism worldwide »
Whether they are articles published at the end of an AICA symposium or produced by Switch (on Paper) following an international call for papers, the texts in this dossier bear witness to the diversity, singularity and permanence of an art critic whose place remains more than ever necessary to grasp the issues at stake in the world, placing artists and culture at the heart of the debate. A partnership that materializes a community of spirit and the active support of Switch (on Paper) for art critics, whose status and future are the subject of in-depth reflection.
The Author : Nermin Saybaşılı
Nermin Saybaşılı is a Professor in the Department of Art History at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul. Saybaşılı received her doctorate in visual culture from Goldsmiths College, University of London. As a Fulbright visiting scholar, ... [ read more ]
Born in Iran, Avicenna (980-1037) was a medieval Persan philosopher and doctor of muslim religion; his disciples called him the prince of scholars, the greatest of physician. He studied astronomy, alchemy and psychology. Through its encyclopedic work on medicine – Al-Qanun fi’t-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine) and Kitab al-Shifa (The Book of Healing) – and on science (Danesh Nâma), Avicenna set a broad medical and philosophical synthesis, relying on Aristotle’s logic combined with Neo-platonism, heightening awareness on medicine as an intellectual discipline, compatible with monotheism. He also studied the musical nature of cardiac pulsations. A well-tuned pulse is comparable to consonances, octaves, fifths and fourths as well as rhythmic modes.
From the 18th of March 1915 to the 9th of January 1916, during the First World War, the Dardanelles campaign – also known as the Battle of Gallipoli, opposed the British and French armies against the forces of the Ottoman Empire, the latter winning the conflict. The peninsula of Gallipoli, controlled by the Ottoman Empire, represented a strategic area through which the allied forces could pass provisions and supplies to Russia. This Ottoman achievement remained a celebrated one in Turkey and led to the ascension of Mustafa Kemal, later to become a prominent figure in the war of independence and the country’s first president.
Chaldea was a region situated between lower Euphrates and Tigris rivers. The first inhabitants of the land created the kingdoms of Sumer and Akkad. The Chaldeans were originally a tribe living on the southwest of Babylon. Today, the term « Chaldeans » or « Assyro-Chaldeans » refers to members of the Chaldean Catholic Church, whose liturgical language is oriental Syriac.
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Publishing Partnership with AICA International
This text by Nermin Saybaşılı is published in partnership with AICA following an international call for participation launched at the end of 2019. Out of some sixty proposals for articles, fourteen have been selected and will be published from 28 August as part of Manifesta 13 Marseille within the programme « Les Parallèles du Sud ».
AICA (International Association of Art Critics) is an NGO founded in 1950 under UNESCO patronage for the purpose of reinforcing worldwide freedom of speech in the area of art criticism and ensure its diversity. Its missions include promoting the discipline in the visual arts by contributing to ensuring sound methodological foundations, protecting the moral and professional interests of art critics by defending the rights of all members equally, ensuring permanent communication among all members by encouraging national and international meetings, improving and facilitating information and international exchanges in the visual arts and contributing to reciprocal knowledge and closer understanding between differing cultures.
Associate publisher, the Emerige Endowment Fund
Emerige: a proactive patron of the arts
In the firm belief that art has the power to change our daily reality, Emerige is a corporate sponsor committed to contemporary creativity by bringing culture closer to everyone, but especially the youngest in society. The Emerige Endowment Fund encourages young French artists via its Emerige Revelations Grant Scheme and its support for arts and culture educational programmes.
As a company devoted to building more beautiful cities for everyone, Emerige also contributes to bringing more art into urban communities by acquiring or commissioning contemporary art pieces under the terms of the 1 Building, 1 Artwork charter.
Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta 13 Marseille
This series of publications published in partnership with AICA International (International Association of Art Critics) is one of the 86 projects labeled “Les Parallèles du Sud”, as part of MANIFESTA 13, which will take place in Marseille from 28 August to 29 November 2020.
Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial, which originated in the early 1990s in response to the political, economic, and social change following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent steps towards European integration. Manifesta has developed into a platform for dialogue between art and society by inviting the cultural and artistic community to produce new creative experiences with, and for, the context in which it takes place. Manifesta rethinks the relations between culture and society investigating and catalysing positive social change in Europe through contemporary culture in a continuous dialogue with the social sphere of a specific place.
Manifesta was founded by the Dutch art historian, Hedwig Fijen. Each new edition is fundraised individually and managed by a mix of permanent international team and local specialists. Manifesta is working from its offices in Amsterdam and Marseille.