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Fay Nicolson

"Mass media" is the field work where curatorial collective taking part in Manifesta 8, Chambers of Public Secrets (CPS), run their activity: Mass Media as new reality's agents creators, their relation with other researching fields, as History or Art and their communication with real facts. Included in its program, CPS, has invited british artist Fay Nicolson for coordinating a project with local newspaper La Verdad. Nicolson is an artist, writer and educator, who has been related to visual and written press. With this project she studies boundaries between art and press production, from a material point of view and in a cultural sense, as well as the different ways narrative and documentation built ideas. For her project Fay Nicolson is going to work with six european professionals from different work fields, not artistic. British artist wants to obtain through her work new forms of approaching Murcia and its cultural landscape and also open new communication, representation and analysis ways, in contexts related to mass media and art. These pages will be published in local newspaper La Verdad. Fay Nicolson has already started to work with her first collaborator, Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares, a typographer, geographer and designer from Libanon living in Holand. As the director, Huda works on researchs related with arabic typography at Khatt Foundation, and is interested in the cartography and the arabic past of the Region of Murcia. Both, Fay and Huda, have had their first meetings with medievalists from Murcia, as María Martínez Martínez, Medieval History professor at University of Murcia and author of several publications in collaboration with Antonio Parra Pujante, also from Murcia University. Fay Nicolson and Huda are visiting Region of Murcia these days, the cities of Murcia and Cartagena to find the traces of the arabic past that still survive in both cities, for creating the first of the different parts composing the final project, which will be presented at European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Manifesta 8, in Murcia.



Today a group of four cultural producers based in Africa, consisting of Jimmy Ogonga (Nairobi Arts Trust/Center for Contemporary Art of East Africa), Gabi Ngcobo (Center for Historical Reenactment, Johannesburg), Mia Jankowicz (Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo) and Khadija El Bennaoui, starts a discussion on the feasibility of a nomadic Pan African biennial of contemporary art.

The project Incubator for a Roaming Pan African Biennial was initiated by Bassam el Baroni, of the curatorial collective Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum (Egypt), under the aegis of Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, which will take place in the Region of Murcia (Spain) in dialogue with northern Africa from the 9th of October 2010 until the 9th of January 2011.

The Incubator will develop in the format of a website, a publication, a workshop and a public symposium. The latter is due to take place in Murcia during Manifesta 8 (date to be later determined).


David Rych has finished its workshop "Encounter" at the Centro Párraga

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David Rych, an Austrian artist, is creating for Manifesta 8 a piece created in a video workshop in which six inmates of third degree from the prison of Sangonera and six young people from the educational centre "Las Moreras take part. The workshop took place from 12th to 16th of July and finished with an encounter between both groups on 19th of July at the Centro Parraga.
This encounter refers to the title of the piece, "Encounter," whose aim is to give visibility to certain minority groups. According to the artist, "My work is not only based on a social action, but also entails media activism.

The installation will be exhibited in one of the rooms of MUBAM, where the visitor will see on a screen the encounter of both groups, as well as, in some individual monitors, the recordings of each participant. It is a very interesting and very educational work, which can be visited by any public.


New opening dates

Out of respect for the General Strike, recently scheduled for September 29th 2010 in Spain, Manifesta 8 has decided to postpone its date of Opening from September 29th -30th and October 1st 2010 to:

PRESS DAYS: OCTOBER 7th-8th 2010

By changing the opening date, we hope to give all our guests the opportunity to be present at the opening weekend of Manifesta 8 in the Region of Murcia, Spain.
Please contact the Manifesta 8 office in Murcia for more information and assistance:
Phone: 0034 868 950 750
Email: contact@manifesta8.es / accreditation@manifesta8.es


Manifesta 8 presented in ARCO 2010

The presentation at el Salón de los Amigos de ARCO of the next edition of Manifesta 8, that will take place from October 2, 2010 through January 9, 2011 in the Region of Murcia in dialogue with Northern Africa, was the star parallel event during the opening of ARCO 2010.
The presentation was held by Pedro Alberto Cruz, Regional Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, introduced by Hedwig Fijen, Director of International Foundation Manifesta and the representatives of the three collectives which make up the curatorial team of Manifesta 8: Bassam El Baroni - Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (Egypt), Khaled Ramadan - Chamber of Public Secrets (Denmark, UK, Lebanon) and Vit Havránek - tranzit.org (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia).
Mr. Pedro Alberto Cruz, noted that Manifesta 8 is a global project, built around the local realities related to each edition, in a sort of a weaving operation that ends in a newly constructed fabric for the region in which is located, a total rupture in the concepts of sender and receiver as one of the most relevant project derivations, and remarking that in this case, the Murcia region is an agent, and not a mere recipient, of the Biennale. Regarding the venues for Manifesta 8, Cruz was pleased to have succeeded in also getting unconventional spaces, which will allow visitors from Murcia and Cartagena to walk the existing urban landscape following the conceptual directions marked by Manifesta 8. Venues include Museo Hidráulico de los Molinos del Río Segura, the MUBAM (Museo de Bellas Artes de Murcia), the Espacio AV, the Parraga Center in Murcia, and the MURAM (Museo Regional del Arte Moderno), the Parque Torres Auditorium, the ARQUA (Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática) and the Former Autopsies Pavilion in Cartagena.
In addition, emblematic spaces in both cities like the Pavilion 2 of the Artillery Barracks, the Former Post and Telegraphs Office or the panoramic restaurant El Parque are being recovered for the public and re-opened after years in disuse.
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Office Manifesta 8 in Murcia
Pabellón 5, Antiguo Cuartel de Artillería
C/ Madre Elisea Oliver Molina, s/n
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Office Manifesta 8 in Cartagena " Museo Regional de Arte Moderno" (MURAM)
Plaza de la Merced, 15-16
30202 Cartagena

Office "Quiosco del puerto"
Muelle Alfonso XII
Cartagena 30201

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