Cairo pavilion: Manuals for Failure
Premiering the work of Dina Danish in the Netherlands, Manuals for Failure offers four instances which engage humorously and repetitively with the refusal of definition and fixity. These performative actions, recorded in video, speech or print, frame the artist in self-designed settings governed by impossible rules, or demands that cannot be met. The series of exercises the artist runs through mechanically, meticulously – if not compulsively – are funny, yet also alienating.
Dina Danish is a multi-media artist. She attended The American University in Cairo, where she received her B.A. in art, followed by an MFA at California College of the Arts. Currently she is a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and has been selected as a finalist for the SECA of SFMOMA award.
Nat Muller is an independent curator and critic based between Rotterdam and the Middle East. Her main interests include: the intersections of aesthetics and politics; issues of representation, media art, and contemporary art in and from the Middle East. Together with Mediamatic she is preparing a comprehensive site-specific project for 2010.
Where and when
From 20:00 hrs at Mediamatic BANK, Vijzelstraat 68, Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Biennale 2009
The Amsterdam Biennale 2009 presents the contemporary art scene from all over the world. More than thirty international curators from the Mediamatic network provide their view of art in their city. With weekly openings of the pavilions. Go here for more information.