Artquest projects which took place in 2008
- Op Ed: John Keiffer on politics in art
- 3rd Annual Artquest Jumble Sale - 28 June 2008
- Total Madrid - August-September 2008
- New Life Berlin - June 2008
- OZ - January-March 2008
- Forum 2007/08 - October 2007-March 2008
- Value Added: Roles, participation and economies in contemporary visual practice - 12 November 2008
Total Madrid was a three-month studio residency project organised in collaboration with artist-led gallery space Liquidacion Total, Madrid. allsopp&weir (Paul Allsopp and Andy Weir) received a bursary, travel costs and studio space in Liquidacion's galery space in the heart of Madrid. The starting point for allsopp&weir's work (mainly in video) is what a 'political' or 'critical' aesthetics could mean today in the context of global capitalism.
Liquidación Total is a non-profit cultural association based in the Malasaña quarter of Madrid. Since 2002, Liquidación Total has offered a programme distinct from commercial or public galleries, preferring instead to generate one-off projects. Responding to an impression of Madrid as lacking in an artistic and creative presence beyond museums and galleries, Liquidacion Total aims to present emerging artists, international inter-generational exchange, create a dialogue among different social agents and present non-market oriented art projects.
Liquidacion Total emphasises its international programme, diverse and collaborative discourse with their audience, creative freedom for artists and their non-profit nature. They understand the importance of creating a network with the other art spaces both nationally and internationally, collaborating with, amongst others, El Ojo Atómico, Los 29 Enchufes, La Enana Marrón, Cruce, Rakkett (Norway) and Galerie für Landschaftkunst (Germany).
Wooloo.org is a Berlin-based, now in Copenhagen, artist-led organisation providing opportunities for networking and exhibition for visual artists. Their aim is to foster new and relevant opportunities for emerging artists, collaborating with curators and art institutions around the world. In June 2008 Wooloo organised NEW LIFE BERLIN, a contemporary art festival dedicated to new modes of moving and existing.
Curated from their online art community, NEW LIFE BERLIN connected the critical resources of a global network of artists with a specific geographical location of importance to today's cultural production. NEW LIFE BERLIN investigated the much-discussed 'online community', raising questions about its effectivenessand exploring how it is bound and governed. In contrast to traditional art festivals and biennials NEW LIFE BERLIN did not represent a set of cultural conclusions, but created a model for a fluid cultural landscape.