The establishment of Open Space came about in a mapping out of a “conceptual forcing” and creating cross-border dialogues. The idea emerged in mid 2007 with the urge to build and create interconnected routes concerned with European space, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe and the Balkans on a non-profit based constituency. The mechanisms have aimed to introduce certain dynamics by operating within the realm of an “institution”, serving as a hub, connecting all the complexity of strands together. As the founder of Open Space, I decided to establish it in Vienna, as owing to the city’s gateway position between East and West Vienna has a lot to offer.
The initiative aims to bring diverse creative practices together to encourage exchange and joint projects. This aims to explore the future, generating new ideas to improve transnational networks as well as creating a zone of communicative transfer in a particular socio-cultural setting and reveals how culture-specific conditions in and/or beyond its trans-locality facilitate new kinds of creative connections within multi-directional models of curating.
In combination with existing values, this engenders a connection to explore the mechanism for a critical engagement of creative production leading to pluralistic approaches. This is where the new edition of Open Space came to live. Now we function as an online forum whose primary focus is to bring different critical perspectives on art and visual culture to the surface in order to reach to broader audience.
The following list shows who are who in the coordination team within its management structure:
Associate Professor, Dr Gülsen Bal
Initiation: Director, Head of Development of Projects and Programmes
Gülsen Bal, PhD – Dr., graduated from London Guildhall University in the field of time-based media and studied MA degree in Critical Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, where she undertook a research degree.
She is the Director, Head of Development of Projects and Programmes at Open Space - Zentrum für Kunstprojekte in Vienna. Bal, the founder of Open Space, aims to create facilitating for contemporary creative practice concerned with contributing a model strategy in search for new outlines of the possible practices.
After its three years successful activities with Open Space program, aiming to offer the most vital facilities for contemporary art in Vienna on the basis of an essential geopolitical stand in which a political position and a certain creative/artistic agenda offer new potentials; Bal decided to engage with a shift on overarching structures at a turning point where Open Space functioned as Open Space, Open Systems at a transitory year period in its 2011 program while the new structural changes introduced. The initiation functions as Open Systems with an active involvement of advisory board members in 2012 in search for new interactions between creative and ‘not-yet-formalized’ practices. The new outline of Open Systems is an online forum to publish a quarterly journal on various subjects as well as host an interdisciplinary online exhibition within the context of ARTSLAB. Its primary focus is to bring different critical perspectives on art and visual culture 2013 onwards. Along the side of this, a platform for discussion shall be organised in four different cities by each guest editors. In this manner, an exhibition covering a selection of the four editions of ARTSLAB will be produced in Vienna.
In addition, she is currently lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University as well as teaching part time at Yeditepe University in the Art Management Department for a MA-degree course. She taught visual cultural studies and curatorial practices at Technische Universität Wien in the Visual Culture Department (2008–2013).
And, she sits on the Advisory Board of Third Text – Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture Magazine (Routledge, London) as well as of Cultural Critique Journal (The University of Minnesota Press), Minneapolis. Bal is called upon as a juror and critic at several boards.
What is Left?, freiraum (Vienna, 2015) | To what end?, Camera Austria (Graz, 2015) | “Say what?”, Galeri Zilberman (Istanbul, 2015) | “Places of Transition”, quartier21 INTERNATIONAL/ MuseumsQuartier Wien (Vienna, 2014) | BALKAN(S) NOW (Status seminar and artistic survey): Vienna Art Fair - ‘VIENNA Live’, Vienna 2013 / Mestna galerija, Ljubljana 2013 / Remont, Belgrade 2013 | A selection for ‘100 CURATORS 100 DAYS’, Saatchi, London 2012 | It’s in the ‘can’, Open Systems - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2012 | PIXXELPOINT – International New Media Art Festival 2011: Let’s Get Ready, Metropolitana Gallery, Gorizia / Nova Gorica City Gallery, Nova Gorica / Tir Gallery, Mostovna Cultural Centre, 2011 | Ist dies alles?, Open Space, Open Systems - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2011 | Never that's when..., Open Space, Open Systems - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2011 | No Ifs, No Buts, DEPO, Istanbul 2010 | the truth worth to risk..., Underground City 21 Festival, Vienna 2010 | Ohne Wenn und Aber, Open Space - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2010 | Visual Notes part of Communication Networks (Art institutions and New Publics) project, Mestna galerija, Ljubljana 2010 | A step to the right, Open Space - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2009 | Co-curatorial for the 28th Biennial of Graphic: The Matrix: An Unstable Reality, Gallery Škuc, Ljubljana 2009 | 5th Attitude Festival, Centre for Contemporary Public Art, Macedonia 2009 | Try, Live, Paton Gallery, Ljubljana 2008 | I MYSELF AM WAR!, Open Space - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2008 | FOLDED-IN, Open Space - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2008 | Stay here, Contemporary Art Festival: „product“, Varna 2008 | Gone City, MAGAZINE4, Bregenz | The Temporary Zones, Open Space - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2008 | Nobodies Story, :/ Seconds, Leeds 2007 | Semionauti II -produced by Border Crossing, Neon Gallery, Bologna 2007 | territories of Duration, Karşı Sanat, Istanbul 2006 | Semionauti I - produced by Border Crossing, Care/of, Fabrica del Vapore, Milan 2006 | Plateaux – „out there / aus dort“, Künstlerhaus MOUSONTURM (Archive), Frankfurt/Main 2005 | where It was, shall I be - wo es war, soll ich werden... , Diyarbakır 2005 | Border Crossing- Tur reTur… , Künsöffering, Oslo 2004 | Different/ciation, MiArt, Milan 2003 | Short & Sharp, Gallery 291, London 2003
A publication of an essay “Focus: Resistant Feminist Operating Levels” in Festschrift edited by Rudolfine Lackner, Vienna 2011 | A publication of an essay “Nowhere to turn to?” in Communication Networks (Art institutions and New Publics) edited by Alenka Gregorič & Bojana Piškur, Ljubljana 2010 | A publication of an essay “Connection Zones” in Tactics of Invisibilty edited by Daniela Zyman, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König 2010 | A publication of an essay “Mapping the Shifting Borders: Beyond Point Zero” in New Media Technology, Science and Politics edited by Marina Grzinic and Tanja Velagic, a Loecker Verlag publication, Vienna 2008 | “The Disputed Urge to Surge”, Third Text, London 2008 | “Settled in Mobility?”, Toplumbilim, Istanbul 2007 | “When Unavoidable Knocks on the Door”, ARTMargins, NY 2007 | “Strangers with Angelic Faces”, Third Text, London 2007 | “Uncompromising Hostility”, Afterimage, NY 2006 | “A Piece of Sky Is Missing!” – An interview with Guy Brett, Mute, London 2006 | “Subjects in space”… , ISEA (the inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) Amsterdam 2006 | “Open Systems, Sanat Dünyamız”, Istanbul 2005 | “Interactive Integrated Media”, Sanat Dünyamız, Istanbul 2005 | “Revival of Essential Values”, Rh+ Sanat, Istanbul 2005 | “Rethinking of Everyday Life: Martha Rosler”, Rh+ Sanat, Istanbul 2005 | “Developing the Negative? - Focus on Anri Sala”, Sanat Dünyamız, Istanbul 2005 | “I U She together”, Sanat Dünyamız, Istanbul 2005
She is the author of NEGATION OF COMPLICATED MIRRORS - An Examination of Differential Structures within the “Production of Subject” Realised through Creative Practice, Lambert Academic Publishing (Saarbrücken, 2016). Apart from numerous essay publications, she also edited “Past Futures Manifested”, b-flex publishing (Istanbul, 2014) | “A special issue: Reader: BALKAN(S) NOW” for an interdisciplinary online Journal of Open Systems (Vienna, 2014) | A special issue: Of Many Worlds! / Aus vielen Welten! for an interdisciplinary online Journal of Open Systems, Vienna 2013 | A special issue: Is this all there is? for Journal of Visual Art Practice, Intellect publication in association with National Association for Fine Art Education, London 2012 | Open Space - what is possible in the political potentiality… / Open Space - Mögliche Umrisse von politischen Potenzialität..., Divus, Vienna 2011 | Open Space - what is possible in creative practice / Open Space - Mögliche Umrisse von Kunstpraxis, Divus, Vienna 2010 | Open Space - Mapping contemporary creative practice / Open Space - Schnittpunkte Aktueller Kunstpraxis, Divus, Vienna 2009 | A special issue: Turkey: The Space of Min(d)field for Third Text Magazine - Routledge, London 2008 | Türkiye'de “Dün-Bugün” Dönüşümleri, Taylor & Francis Inc. publication, Istanbul 2008 | Gone City: re-reading “cultural turn” in mobility, a Bucher Verlag publication, Bregenz 2008
Conference & Seminar contributions
Symposium: Power and space, art and the rural, University of Cambridge, Cambridge 2015 | BIBAC - Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures, University of Cambridge, Cambridge 2014 | Platform for Discussiona: READER: BALKAN(S) NOW, Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern, Munich 2014 | Knowledge Partnership: Growing Internationally, santralistanbul, Istanbul 2014 | Images and Events of Radical Will, Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung, Vienna 2013 | Images and Events of Radical Will, Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung, Vienna 2013 | The Unanswered Question. İskele2 - Global Citizenship, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin 2013 | BALKAN(S) NOW (Status seminar and artistic survey): Depot, Vienna 2013 / Mestna galerija, Ljubljana 2013 | Curators´ Network, The Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna 2013 | Signs Taken in Wonder - Searching for Contemporary Istanbul, MAK, Vienna 2013 | Regime des Visuellen, Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung, Vienna 2012 | Drifting Identity Station, Institute für Kunst Space, Vienna 2011 | Trading Cultures, Open Space, Open Systems - Zentrum für Kunst Projekte, Vienna 2011 | System Errors, Institute für Kunst Space, Vienna 2010 | re:solutions – Intervention and Research in Visual Culture, IG Bilden Kunst, Vienna 2010 | Diasporic Viewpoints part of Tactics of Invisibility exhibition, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TB 21), Vienna 2010 | Communication Networks (Art institutions and New Publics), Mestna galerija, Ljubljana 2010 | Vienna Art Scene, Depot, Vienna 2009 | Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition, Bilkent University, Department of Communication and Design in cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures, Ankara 2008 | Focus on: I MYSELF AM WAR!, Depot, Vienna 2008 | The Creative Moment of Encounters - Curatorial Projects, the O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Transart Institute, Linz 2008 | The Bregenz Dialogues, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz 2008 | Spaces of Production: Open Space, Depot, Vienna 2008 | The Space of Min(d)field, Santral, Istanbul 2008 | Open Space, Open Systems…, Labfactory, Vienna 2008 | The Philosophy of the Overlooked, ICA, London 2006 | The work of Gilles Deleuze, Greenwich University, London 2006 | Modus Operandi, Accademia Brera di Belle Arti, Milan 2006 | A Long Journey Eastward, ICA, London 2005 | Engaging Im-Possible, Central Saint Martins College of Art &Design, London 2005 | Dialogue: a journey towards Space/Place…, Diyarbakır 2005
Membership of Professional Associations and Institutes
Global Board of Contemporary Art Associate, Brussels 2011 | IKT - International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Luxembourg 2010 | Culturelink Network, Zagreb 2009 | ACIA - UK branch, London 2008 | IG Kultur Wien, Vienna 2008 | LabforCulture, Amsterdam 2007 | Networked Cultures, London 2006 | Rhizome - Art & Technology Society, NY 2005 | Intute: Art & Humanities, London 2005 | Directory for Contemporary Art, NY 2005
Dr Richard AppignanesiConsulting advisory board
Richard Appignanesi graduated with a doctorate in classical art history. He was a co-founder and art editorial director of two publishing companies in the UK, Writers & Readers Publishing Cooperative and Icon Books. He is currently editor of the art and culture journal Third Text and reviews editor of the policy and future studies journal Futures. He is also script editor of the Manga Shakespeare series and at work on the graphic novel adaptation of Freud’s Wolf Man case history. He has written and lectured on art and is the author of the fiction trilogy Italia Perversa (Stalin’s Orphans, The Mosque and Destroying America) and the novel Mishima’s Report to the Emperor. He was co-curator of Pretext: Heteronyms, a Rear Window art exhibition of 21 artists, Clink Street Studios, London, 5 November – 10 December 1995. Co-curator of Heteronymous, a transfer of Pretext: Heteronyms to the Palazzo San Michele a Ripa, Rome, in collaboration with Achille Bonito Oliva and Anna Maria Nassisi, May 1997, and author and co-curator of Fernando Pessoa: the Portuguese Faust, staged in collaboration with Marcello Sambati, director of Dark Camera, at the Palazzo San Michele, 17 May 1997; curator and programme organiser of the Writing Europe conference for the British Council in Kyiv, Ukraine, 29 June – 2 July 2005, and editor of the Writing Europe conference papers in Third Text, no 88, volume 21, issue 5, September 2007.
Sezgin BoynikConsulting advisory board
Sezgin Boynik lives in Prizren and Istanbul. Teaches Sociology in Prishtina University, Department of Turkology. Finished his master thesis on ‘Aesthetical Political Strategies of Situationist International’ in 2003 in Mimar Sinan University Institute of Social Research. Edited isuues of art-ist contemporary art magazine, on Situationists (2004), Finnish Radcal Art (2005). Participated in many conferences like Punk Kongress, Kassel; Serious Pop, Vienna; Klartext, Berlin and contributed to many journals and publications on radical political movements, on nationalism and on punk.
Recently co-edited book “Nationalism and Contemporary Art – critical reader” (by MM publication, Prishtina), ‘Ters Takla : Punk and Underground in Turkey 1980’s and 90’s” (forthcoming from BAS publication, Istanbul) and “ Public Turn in Contemporary Art” (forthcoming Santral, Bilgi University, Istanbul).
Süreyyya EvrenConsulting advisory board
S¸reyyya Evren writes on contemporary art, literature and radical politics. He has published several books in Turkish and several articles in English, German, French and Czech. He is the editor-in-chief and founder of the post-anarchist magazineSiyahi.
Albert HetaConsulting advisory board
Albert Heta is part of the youngest generation of artists in Kosova, that surfaced on the scene immediately after the war in 1999. Heta’s work is characterized by simple and refined formal qualities, and daring, straight-forward political messages, devoid of any kind of ‘political correctness’. His concerns are often local and national. However, rather than being mere political propaganda, Heta’s work, through the particular social concerns, reveals the hypocrisy, the collective lies, and the ironies of the contemporary world.
Lana ZdravkovićConsulting advisory board
Lana Zdravković is researcher (Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies), publicist, political activist, producer (performer and co-founder of KITCH – Institute of Art Production and Research) currently based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Fields of academic interest: nation-state, national identity, nationalism, sovereignty, citizenship, ideology, migrations, social inequality, political engagement, emancipator social praxes. Fields of artistic interest: neoliberalization and economization of the art, political performance, pornography and art kitsch and trash art.
Dörte EliassTranslation, managing editor
Dörte Eliass, born in Hannover, lives and works as translator and editor in Vienna. She is specialised on the translation of art- and cultural scientific texts and has been awarded several translation prizes by the BMUKK.
tresdelinquentesDesign & programmming
Reinhard Lang, Robert Schwieger and Alexander Stern are tresdelinquentes, a creative lab with studios in Vienna & Hamburg.