The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

Artist Talk: Vivian Ziherl

Vivian Ziherl

Visiting curator Vivian Ziherl introduced her forthcoming multi-platform project Frontier Imaginaries through a series of symbolic and material triggers in an "Artist Talk". Working through a methodology of 'lineology' - borrowed from scholar Timothy Ingold - she will seek to narrate the 'frontier' as a site of the remattering of the common into commodity through figures such as the 17th century silver thaler of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, the grave of 19th century economist Johann Heinrich von Thünen, and the 1974 spaghetti-western farce Don't Touch the White Woman. Frontier Imaginaries is conceived as a contribution to emerging debates around liberal governance, settler-colonial constructions, oiko/eco politics and the capacity of aesthethic work within these increasingly urgent negotiations.

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Vivian Ziherl is a curator at the performance and feminist focused contemporary art institution If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want to be Part of Your Revolution. Vivian's recent projects include "StageIT!" at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2012) and a performance program co-curated with Hendrik Folkerts. From 2011-2012 she was an associate curator at Kunstyerein, Amsterdam. Vivian is a former participant of the de Appel Curatorial Programme and holds degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies and Visual Art.