Fogo Island Inn (Newfoundland, Canada)
19–20–21 July 2013

Islands have long been considered laboratories for the study of evolution. Their restricted scale, isolation, and clear boundaries create unique selective pressures. As such, the requirements to maintain, renew and preserve the realities of every island will be unique—a logic that extends to the idea of rural locations in general.

‘Urban renewal’ has been widely discussed, while ‘rural renewal’ is only now gaining momentum as a point of interest. Local knowledge — including nature as a source of information — traditions and heritage, all fall within its rubric of preservation. While local traditions may be threatened in many communities around the world, the speed with which they face extinction in rural areas is accelerated by the real threat of depopulation and resettlement, and a seemingly concomitant focus on investment in urban areas. What are the implications of this phenomenon of global urbanization for rural populations? And for the knowledge, traditions and heritage that are specific to each location?

Acknowledging the urgency of these questions, the Fogo Island Dialogues will consider whether islands can still be said to exist or whether they have been subsumed into the territory of globalism, through increased flows of communication, connectivity, corporatism and travel. Is this a new Pangæa? Or has globalization made us all (islanders, metropolitans and everyone in-between) insular? Do our communities become more defined when viewed through the eyes of others? As such, are the challenges facing islands, or, more broadly, rural communities, all that different from those in urban centers? In addition, what exactly is being preserved and by whose authority? Perhaps local knowledge isn’t relevant or exportable to other sites. At what point does tradition become history?


Erika Balsom (Lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College; London); Paul Dean (Geologist; St. John’s); Zita Cobb (Co-Founder, Shorefast Foundation and Fogo Island Arts; Fogo Island); Amira Gad (Associate Curator, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art; Rotterdam); Fabrizio Gallanti (Associatee Director, Programs, Canada Centre for Architecture; Montreal); Piero Golia (Artist; Los Angeles); Rosemary Heather (Director of Publications and Communications, Fogo Island Arts; Toronto); Gareth Long (Artist; London/Vienna); Tom McDonough (Associate Professor and Chair, Art History, Binghamton University; Ontario); Lars Müller (Publisher; Baden); Lívia Páldi (Director, BAC-Baltic Art Center; Visby); Judy Radul (Artist; Berlin); Simon Rees (Curator, MAK–Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst; Vienna); Dieter Roelstraete (Senior Curator, MCA; Chicago); Nicolaus Schafhausen (Director, Kunsthalle Wien and Advisor Fogo Island Arts/ Shorefast Foundation; Vienna); Kitty Scott (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Art Gallery of Ontario; Ontario); Todd Saunders (Architect, Saunders Architecture; Bergen); Tobias Spichtig (Artist; Zurich); Jack Stanley (Director of Programs, Fogo Island Arts; Fogo Island); Monika Szewczyk (Visual Arts Program Curator, Logan Center for the Arts; Chicago); and current artists from Fogo Island Arts’ residency program: Katie Bethune-Leamen (Artist; Toronto); Mark Clintberg (Artist and Writer; Montreal); Janice Kerbel (Artist; London); Silke Otto-Knapp (Artist; London); Jerry Ropson (Artist; Sackville).


MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna
17–19 November, 2013

Fogo Island Dialogues: Culture as Destination considers the digital as a place that challenges knowledge consumption and complicates the status quo. A particular focus is given to the tensions digital culture creates with the physically rooted world that sees things produced, and objects, people, and places interacted with. Through this framework, Culture as Destination examines the digital as a destination, and by extension, one associated with a notion of the Museum without Walls. To what extent does the digital enable or augment the notion of the “museum without walls”? And then how can this museum act as a destination when it specifically espouses movement, flux, and, ultimately, disavows the destination?


Tulga Beyerle (Co-Founder of Vienna Design Week and an independent curator and writer; Vienna), Nigel Clark (Chair of Social Sustainability, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University; Lancaster, UK); Amira Gad (Managing Curator, Witte de With; Rotterdam); Pedro Gadanho (Curator of Contemporary Architecture at MoMA; New York); Nikolaus Hirsch (Rector of Städelschule and Director of Portikus; Frankfurt); Maria Lind (Director of the Tensta Konsthall and an independent curator and writer; Stockholm); Gareth Long (Artist; London/Vienna); Vanessa Joan Müller (Dramaturgist, Kunsthalle Wien; Vienna); Simon Rees (Curator, MAK; Vienna); Nicolaus Schafhausen (Director, Kunsthalle Wien and Advisor to Fogo Island Arts/Shorefast Foundation; Vienna); Jack Stanley (Director of Programs, Fogo Island Arts; Fogo Island); Marcus Verhagen (Art Historian and Critic; London).