The World Turned Inside Out, Courtesy of APFEL

The World Turned Inside Out, Courtesy of APFEL

The World Turned Inside Out
25 May-18 August 2013 (and onwards)

Could secularized narratives and the impasse of modern rationalism be producing a world devoid of wonder? But consider that knowledge never draws straight lines…

The World Turned Inside Out revolves around the following series of events:

Saturday 25 May (12­-3 PM):
Aslı Çavuşoğlu (Istanbul) on Lapis Lazuli and Ancient Blue, with Sarah Searight (art historian and collector, London) and Robert Kluijver (political analyst, The Hague).

Thursday 13 June (7-9 PM):
Landings (curators Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl, Berlin/Amsterdam) on ‘Sensing Grounds: Mangroves, unauthentic belonging and extra-territoriality’, with Rana Hamadeh (artist, Rotterdam).

Thursday 20 June (7-9 PM):
Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore) on Mythical Tigers and Southeast Asia’s Communist Legacy, with Max-Philip Aschenbrenner (dramaturge, Vienna) and Robert Wessing (scholar and anthropologist, Amsterdam).

Thursday 27 June (7-9 PM):
Julieta Aranda’s (New York/Berlin) Exercises on Desire and ‘Exotic Matter’, with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (Director Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) and Miguel Alcubierre (Director Nuclear Sciences Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City).

Thursday 11 July (7-9 PM):
Jennifer Wen Ma (New York/Beijing) on the Search of the Garden of Eden, with Hans Ausloos (Professor in Biblical Studies, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve).

Thursday 25 July (7-9 PM):
Shezad Dawood (London) on Parallel Universes  and a Possible Film, with Hicham Khalidi (curator, Brussels) and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (curator and critic, Beirut).

Thursday 1 August (7-9 PM):
Kader Attia (Berlin) on the Culture of Fear and the Construction of Evil, with Lotte Arndt (writer and journalist, Paris) and Ana Teixeira Pinto (writer, Lisbon).

OFF-SITE EVENT (in the Lilla Hareskov Forest, Denmark):
Saturday 13 July (12-3 pm): Deirdre M. Donoghue (Rotterdam) on (m)other voices, in collaboration with Oda Projesi (artist collective, Istanbul) and Astrid Noack’s Atelier (Copenhagen). 

Please note that seating is limited.
Kindly sign-up by sending an e-mail to [email protected].
All events are held in English.
Admission fee: 5,-.

Drafting from unexpected maps and courses of knowledge, and reactivating pre-modern anchors, Witte de With enables the development of artistic practices in collaboration with a set of international protagonists who, by linking and delinking across fields, seek to debunk historical narratives guided by traditional educational models. These investigations set in motion new paths of inquiry respectively, replete with desire, curiosity, and speculation.

On 25 May 2013 The World Turned Inside Out begins with a dynamic series of seven events taking place at Witte de With throughout the summer and orchestrated by the program’s protagonists and their guests from the fields of the arts, academia and science. Continuing into the Fall of 2013, lines of inquiry extend into the curatorial, educational and online publishing activities of Witte de With, and culminate with the establishment of a collaborative network of partner organizations, both in Rotterdam and throughout the world.

Julieta Aranda tries to understand the nature of ‘exotic matter,’ by way of transhistorical apples –  objects that both define us as beings capable of acquiring knowledge and that represent our material state: bound to the world… Ho Tzu Nyen follows the millenary cosmo-ecological path of the mythical Malayan Tiger, which continues to haunt South East Asia colonial and communist histories. Also stretching times and geographies, Landings (curators Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl) survey the mangrove as an ‘in-between’ place  that becomes a motif to conceive modes of unauthentic belonging and extra-territoriality, extending its recent launch event at Witte de With: Imperial Pastoral: On Constructions of RuralityLandings will initiate a conversation with Rana Hamadeh and present works by Roberto Chabet (courtesy of the Asia Art Archive), Bonita Ely, Rana Hamadeh, Irene Kopelman, Tejal Shah, Lawrence Weiner and Terue Yamauchi, along with photographic materials from the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam) and the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum (Dunwich). Jennifer Wen Ma contemplates the various occurrences of the Garden of Eden, from Western medieval paintings to Chinese and Middle-Eastern mythologies, inviting a Kunqu opera singer to voice the utopian projections of lost paradises. Kader Attia observes the construction of evil through the unfolding of the colonial gaze in the pages of early twentieth-century printed matter. Riffing on science-fiction and anthropological concepts of indigenousness, non-linear time, and the politics of language, Shezad Dawood embarks on fictional journeys towards a ´possible film´that stages encounters with the mystical. Aslı Çavuşoğlu drifts into the depths of lapis lazuli’s ancient blue, linking the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan with Witte de With, in her search for delirium, absentness and the intangibility of the sky.

Studio Miessen provides The World Turned Inside Out with a spatial framework that proposes a space of assembly to generate an ongoing reinterpretation of the material on display, including readings, rehearsals, screenings as well as archival installations. The spatial set-up draws inspiration from ancient archeological sites, where images, symbols, icons, artworks and other objects of curiosity offer insights into the protagonists’ inquiries.

Working in parallel with the on-site activities of Witte de With, an ancient site in the Danish forest of Lilla Hareskov  will become a stage for the launch of new lines of inquiry by Deirdre M. Donoghue. The artist reflects on the maternal figure as a thinker and a producer of knowledge, rather than as a subject of representation and as a domestic figure inseparable from human emotions.

In the company of these protagonists, Witte de With continues to be a mediating agent for artists and thinkers with the aim to upset linear narratives of knowledge with the ambition that art will turn the world inside out. As The World Turned Inside Out continues throughout the Fall of 2013, a growing network of interlocutors from the arts, humanities and politics will shift away from familiar twentieth century references to instigate another mindset -one that reflects on the diversity of materials, cultures, religions and histories, and puts them into work through public talks, live events, film premieres, and performances.

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The World Turned Inside Out is a program conceived by Defne Ayas (Director), and developed together with Amira Gad (Associate Curator) and Virginie Bobin (Assistant Curator).

About the participants
Aranda, Julieta Julieta Aranda (b. 1975, Mexico City) lives and works between Berlin and New York. Central to Aranda’s practice are her involvement with circulation mechanisms and the idea of a “poetics of circulation”; the possibility of a politicized subjectivity through the perception and use of time, and the notion of power over the imaginary. As a co-director of the online platform e-flux together with Anton Vidokle, Julieta Aranda has developed the projects Time/Bank, Pawnshop, and e-flux video rental, all of which started in the e-flux storefront in New York, and have travelled to many venues worldwide. Aranda's work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova (2013), Art Basel, Miami (2012), Museo d'arte contemporanea, Roma (2012) Documenta 13, Kassel (2012), N.B.K., Berlin (2012), Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2012), Venice Biennial, Venice (2011), Stroom, Den Haag (2011), Creative Time, New York (2011), Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2011), Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (2011), New Museum (2010), Solomon Guggenheim Museum (2009), New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY (2010), Kunstverein Arnsberg (2010), MOCA Miami (2009), Witte de With (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007), 2nd Moscow Biennial (2007) MUSAC, Spain (2010 and 2006), and VII Havanna Biennial. In 2010 she participated in Witte de With’s Morality program.
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Attia, Kader Kader Attia (b. 1970, France) lives and works in Berlin. He spent his childhood between France and Algeria, and later graduated from the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD) in Paris. Using his own background that has been defined by several cultures simultaneously, he explores the impact of Western cultural and political capitalism on the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as how this residual strain of struggle and resistance to colonization impacts the mind of any immigrant as a territory. In series of works that employ different materials, symbols and scale, Attia explores questions of community, diversity, belonging and exile and the tangle of identity conflicts in the age of globalization. Attia’s work has been widely exhibited at major international institutions including the ICA, Boston (2007); the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011); the Tate Modern, London (2011); MoMA, New York (2012); dOCUMENTA(13) (2012); and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013).   
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Çavuşoğlu, Aslı Aslı Çavuşoğlu (b. 1982, Turkey) lives and works in Istanbul. Çavuşoğlu is an artist whose projects examine the way in which cultural and historical facts are transformed, represented, and interpreted by individuals. Working across various media, Çavuşoğlu often assumes the role of an interpreter, writer or facilitator in her projects in order to highlight the precarious and subjective nature of our shared histories. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Arter, Istanbul (2013); Delfina Foundation, London (2013); Gallery NON (2013); MAK Museum, Vienna (2013); Frieze Projects, London (2012); Art Museums of Bergen Permanenten, Bergen (2012); 11th Baltic Triennial of International Art, Vilnius (2012); Performa11, New York (2011);  Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin (2010), FRAC Corse, Corsica (2010), Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009) and Hisk, Gent (2009).
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Chabet, Roberto Roberto Chabet (b. 1937, Manila) is a pioneering Filipino conceptual artist. His works are a result of the process of unravelling fixed notions about art and meaning. His drawings, collages, sculptures and installations, questioning modernity and are highly allegorical. Chabet studied Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas where he graduated in 1961. He was the founding Museum Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from 1967-1970 where he initiated the first Thirteen Artists Awards, giving recognition to young artists. He led the 1970s conceptual art group Shop 6 and taught from 1971 to 2002 at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. Since the 1970s, he has also been organizing landmark exhibitions featuring vanguard works by young artists, many of whom are among the most active and innovative artists in Manila today. He is the recipient of the 1972 Republic Cultural Heritage Award, the 1972 Araw ng Maynila Award for the Visual Arts and the 1998 Centennial Honor for the Arts.
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Dawood, Shezad Shezad Dawood (b. 1974, London) lives and works in London. Dawood is a visual artist who was trained at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and the Royal College of Art before undertaking a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dawood works across various media, and much of his practice involves collaboration, frequently working with a specific network around a given project or site. These networks map across different geographic locations and communities, and are particularly concerned with acts of translation and restaging. Dawood’s work has been exhibited internationally, including as part of ‘Altermodern’ at Tate Britain, the 53rd Venice Biennale (both 2009), and the Busan Biennale (2010). Recent projects include a solo touring exhibition that opened at Modern Art Oxford in 2012, and an upcoming solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London (2014). Dawood has been nominated for the Jarman Award 2012. In London he works as a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster.
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Donoghue, Deirdre Deirdre M. Donoghue (b. 1971, Finland) lives and works in a Rotterdam. Donoghue is a performance and visual artist, writer, curator, with a background in photography, theatre and directing. She received a BA in photography at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, and a MA in Fine Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute, the Netherlands, and The Plymouth University, United Kingdom. In her work she often sets up social scenarios and specifically framed human encounters where multiple relations can be set into motion and through which the production of new knowledge systems via a cross-disciplinary approach becomes mobilized. These encounters are recorded and subsequently presented through mediums such as video, performance, writing and installation. She is a co-founder of ADA, Area for Debate and Art, where she has been co-curating and developing its public program since 2008 and curated the project The Open Office for Words (2008-2010), a monthly, pod-casted series of cross-disciplinary research including lectures, talks and discussions taking place in a thematic, reference library setting, which came into being for a couple of hours each month. She is the initiator and co-editor of Resonant Bodies, Voices, Memories (2009), a publication on body, language and memory.
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Ely, Bonita Bonita Ely (b. 1946, Mildura) established her reputation as an environmental artist in the early 1970s through her work on the Murray Darling rivers. She works across various media and has often addressed feminist, environmental and socio-political issues. Ely’s artwork is part of in national and international collections and has been selected for prestigious national and international events. Recent solo exhibitions include the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2009), the Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2009), the Performance Space, Sydney (2006) and Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City (2003–2004). In 2010 she was invited to exhibit in the group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, and at Cambelltown Arts Centre, Cambelltown, NSW. Ely is Head of the Sculpture, Performance and Installation Department at COFA, University of New South Wales, where she is a founding member of the Environmental Research Institute for Art (ERIA).
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Ginwala, Natasha Natasha Ginwala (b. 1985, Pune) lives and works in Amsterdam. Ginwala is an independent curator, researcher and writer. Currently, she is an advisor and core member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014). She has pursued post-graduate studies at The School of Arts and Aesthetics (JNU), New Delhi, and participated in de Appel Curatorial Programme 2010/11, Amsterdam. Recent projects include Landings, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art & other partner organizations; The Museum of Rhythm at the Taipei Biennial, 2012; and INexactly THIS at Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents, 2012. In 2012, she taught on the Masters of Artistic Research, University of Amsterdam and Sandberg Institute as well as the Studium Generale Programme at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Ginwala has been guest editor of TAKE on Art Magazine, New Delhi (issue 5: Curation) and recent writing has appeared in publications such as Afterall Online, Art Agenda, C Magazine, Mint (The Wallstreet Journal), e-flux journal, Manifesta Journal, among others.
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Hamadeh, Rana Rana Hamadeh (b. 1983, Beirut) lives and works in Rotterdam. Hamadeh is a performance and visual artist who is interested in a curatorial approach within her artistic practice. She works on long term discursive research-based projects that involve different levels of collaborations, and that are presented to the public in the form of lecture-performances, audio/text based installations, mind maps, and public/documented conversations. She initiated in 2008 and 2011 two ongoing research-based projects, 'GRAPHIS N˚127' and ‘Alien Encounters’, under which she has been producing different art works, publications and texts. Her work has been presented at Beirut, Cairo (2013), The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2012), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2011/2008), Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2010), Teylers Museum, Haarlem (2010) and New Museum, New York (2009). She is currently auditing within the Curatorial Knowledge PhD programme at Goldsmiths University, London.
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Ho, Tzu Nyen Ho Tzu Nyen (b. 1976, Singapore) lives and works in Singapore. Tzu Nyen has a BA in Creative Arts from Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (2001), and an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore (2007). He is interested in investigating history and ideas through audio-visual means, often making films, videos and theatrical performances that are related to historical and philosophical texts and artifacts.  Recent one-person exhibitions of his work include MAM Project #16 at the Mori Art Museum (2012), the Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and Earth at Artspace, Sydney (2011). Some of his recent exhibitions include Homeworks 6, Beirut (2013); the 5th Auckland Triennial (2013); No Country, at Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); the 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial (2009); the 1st Singapore Biennale (2006), the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2005), and the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale (2004). His theatrical experiments have been presented at Theater der Welt (2010), the KunstenFestivaldesArts (2006, 2008) and the Singapore Arts Festival (2006, 2008). His first feature film HERE premiered at the 41st Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival (2009) and his medium length film, EARTH, premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival (2009).
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Knottnerus, Bauke Bauke Knottnerus lives and works in Rotterdam. He graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven with his project Phat Knits: Gigantic knitted furniture of which the biggest where created for the MOMU in Antwerp. He also worked for Marije Vogelzang Eatingdesign and over the years developed his love of food. Besides his own design practice he also works as Banquetingmanager for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.
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Kopelman, Irene Irene Kopelman (b. 1974, Córdoba) lives and works in Amsterdam. Her work as an artist explores the relationship between science and art. From 1994 to 2000 Kopelman studied at the National University of Córdoba School of Arts. In 2002/3 she was a resident of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Kopelman has participated in a number of exhibitions in Europe and Argentina, including the Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2006), 713 Gallery, Buenos Aires (2007), The Drawing Center, New York (2007), and the Motive Gallery, Amsterdam (2010). Together with Mariana Castillo Deball she has formed the Uqbar Foundation that organised the project ‘A for Alibi’ in collaboration with de Appel in Amsterdam in 2007, and the project ‘fuga di un piano’ in 2008 at Manifesta 7 in Rovereto.
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Lindhout, Claartje Claartje Lindhout lives and works in Amsterdam. She has worked as a chef since 2000. She was taught the art of cuisine by head chef s of many restaurants, like restaurant Vermeer, which was awarded with a Michelinstar. With years of experience in professional kitchens, Lindhout now extends her profession by writing cookbooks and by exploring the visual side of gastronomy. Her intuitive approach, conceptual thinking and cultural awareness form the base of her work as a foodstylist.
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Ma, Jennifer Wen Jennifer Wen Ma (b. 1973, Beijing) lives and works between New York and Beijing. Ma moved to the United States in 1986, received her Bachelor of Art from the Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts, Oklahoma in 1993, and received her Master of Fine Art degree from Pratt Institute, New York in 1999. Ma’s interdisciplinary practice spans from installation and video’s to drawing, fashion design, performance, and public art, often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece. Recent solo exhibitions include Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2012), Eslite Gallery, Taipei (2011), Art Space NIJI in Kyoto, Japan (2011), and The Phillips Collection, Washington (2011). Ma was the Artistic Director for The Republic of China Centennial Grand Countdown, Taipei, 2010. She participated in Lingua Franca for St. Moritz Art Masters, the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, and the 2009 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Niigata. Video installations were commissioned by Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2009), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2008), and the National Art Museum of China (2008). Ma’s permanent public projects include multimedia installation for Digital Beijing Building, among others.
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Shah, Tejal Tejal Shah (b. 1979, Bhilai) lives and works in Bombay. She holds a BA in photography from RMIT, Melbourne and has been an Exchange Scholar at the Art Institute of Chicago. Working across diverse media such as video, photography, performance, sound, installation, and drawing, Shah positions her work within a feminist and queer framework. She is currently interested in the intersections of art, ecology and healing in relation to consciousness. Her works also focus on topics of sex, sexuality, body, gender and nature culture while challenging normative social hegemonies. Her latest project, The Balcão, is unravelling a new thread in her praxis. It’s a shape shifting, collaborative and community experiment in embodied learning on a small piece of land in Goa, India. Shah’s works have been exhibited in museums, galleries and film festivals internationally. She was the recipient of the Sanskriti Award in 2009. In 2003–04, she co-founded, organised and curated Larzish – India’s premier International Film Festival of Sexuality and Gender Plurality.
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Weiner, Lawrence Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942, New York, USA) lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Weiner investigated forms of display and distribution that challenge traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object. Since the 1970s Weiner’s wall installations consist solely of words in a lettering painted on walls. Although this body of work focuses on the potential for language to serve as an art form, the subjects of his epigrammatic statements are often materials, or a physical action or process. In the succeeding decades, Weiner explored the interaction of punctuation, shapes, and color to serve as inflections of meaning for his texts. Selected solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; BAK, Utrecht; K21 Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Düsseldorf; Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin (all 2008), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007), Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon (2004), and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2001). Recent group exhibitions include FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2009), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009), and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2009), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2008), and Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto (2008). Weiner received several awards including the Skowhegan Medal for Painting/Conceptual Art (1999), the Wolfgang Hahn Prize (1995), the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1994) and the Arthur Kopcke Prize of the Arthur Kopcke Memorial Fund (1991).
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Yamauchi, Terue Terue Yamauchi (b. 1982, Japan) lives and works in Fukuoka, Japan. She received her BA in Fine art studio practice and critical studies in 2006 from the Goldsmiths College, University of London. Yamauchi creates her conceptually-based projects a variety of media, exploring themes of landscape, scale, human interconnection and human-made spaces. Most recently she has turned her attention towards the relationships between humans and nature. Selected solo exhibitions include Konya Gallery, Fukuoka (2013), Gallery 58, Tokyo (2012), and The Toilet Gallery, London (2006). Recent group exhibitions include Watagata Arts Festival, Archive Centre, Busan (2012), The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (2012), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka (2010 and 2011), and Uferhallen, Berlin (2010).
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Ziherl, Vivian Vivian Ziherl (b. 1982, Brisbane) lives and works in Amsterdam. Ziherl is a former participant of the de Appel Curatorial Programme, and holds degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as Visual Art. She is Curator at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution, an institution dedicated to exploring performance and performativity in contemporary art; as well as undertaking independent projects, research and writing. Recent projects include Landings (2013-14) – a research project that seeks cross-over readings of land history, geomorphology, rurality and corporeality; StageIt! (2012-13) – a performance series co-curated with Hendrik Folkerts at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; as well as 'A Present in Print' summer workshop held as part of the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Festival (2012), and Fluiten in het Donker with de Appel Curatorial Programme 2010/11 at de Appel Boys’ School. From 2011 to 2012 she was an associate curator at Kunstverein, Amsterdam. Ziherl is editor of ‘The Lip Anthology’ co-published by Kunstverein Publications and MacMillan Press; co-editor of the affect theory anthology Reading/Feeling published by If I Cant Dance and Idea Books; and co-editor Paper Exhibition: Selected Writings by Raimundas Malašauskas, published by Kunstverein Publications. She was a founding contributing editor of Discipline Magazine (Melbourne) and her writing has appeared in various magazines including Frieze (London), LEAP Magazine (Beijing), Metropolis M (Amsterdam) and Eyeline (Brisbane) as well as the Journal of Art (Art Association of Australia and New Zealand).
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