Lecture by Anton Lederer | | Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, 12 December 2017, 20.00
press to exit project space together with The Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to the lecture by Anton Lederer, co-founder of <rotor> Center for Contemporary Art in Graz, Austria.
In his lecture Anton Lederer will focus on the question of institutional strategies. What kind of art do we want to present and produce? And, whom do we want do address with our cultural activities?
Many art institutions and initiatives face the same situation: There is a well informed but relatively small audience of experts and art lovers. How can we attract other people for contemporary art who often think that it is too complicated and only for insiders? Anton Lederer will follow the idea that an art production which is related to people's personal life circumstances and touches questions of the nowadays society is able to raise strong interest of many.
< rotor > is an association for contemporary art based in Graz, Austria, and was founded in 1999. Most of the association's activities take place in Graz but it participates in, organises or co-organises projects in Styria, Austria and many other European countries.
Contemporary visual art is always the starting point for our programmes, with an emphasis on art production that expressly deals with social, political, economical and ecological issues of our time.
A strong focus on cooperation has always been an essential element of the < rotor > philosophy, as well as acting in networks. This applies to networking within the art field but also, and perhaps even more importantly, to acting beyond the confines of art and involving individuals and organisations working in the most diverse fields in the conception of the programmes.
Moreover, the public space is a highly significant site for < rotor >, as a space where we can make art happen in seeking to leave behind the confines of the art space and actively engage people with art and extend our audience.
Anton Lederer was born in Graz in 1970. In 1994 he started to present art to the public at his own home. Together with Margarethe Makovec, a year later, they named the first initiative as “Raum für Kunst”. Then, in 1999, they founded < rotor > and run this center for contemporary art since then in Graz. Their programme concentrates on socially and politically relevant art production and they have developed a focus on co-operations with the art scenes of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. The public and social realm plays an important role to reach an audience that does not cross the threshold into the art space and to negotiate subjects of social transformation in the public space.