Defne Ayas
Since 2003
Works in United States of America

BIO
Defne Ayas is the Director of Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam as of January 2012. Before that, Ayas worked as a director of programs of the Prince Claus Fund Partnership of Arthub Asia and as an art history instructor at New York University in Shanghai. Ayas has also been a curator/programmer of PERFORMA since 2004, the biennial of visual art performance based in New York City, where she has managed the programming and curatorial partnerships with a consortium of 80+ cultural institutions across New York City and (co-) organized acclaimed projects with an international roster of artists and curators. She remains a curator-at- large at Performa.

Ayas' recent projects include Double Infinity"-an ambitious cultural exchange project with Van Abbe Museum in Shanghai (with Charles Esche & Davide Quadrio), Blind Dates (with Neery Melkonian) at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, as well as live works and projects for Performa09 by numerous artists including Ahmet Ogut, Yeondoo Jung, Rabih Mroue, Dexter Sinister, Paul Elliman, Guido van der Werve, Khatt Foundation, and Alicia Framis across Manhattan venues such as Asia Society, Art Production Fund Lab, PS122, Bidoun Magazine and the Marshall Chess Club. Ayas supervised Performa09's Writing Live program for emerging art critics and directed the biennial's Architecture & City focus, introducing first-time collaborations with Storefront for Art and Architecture, Common Room, Van Alen, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and Public School (for Architecture). She also directed Performa's Futurism related research seminars on architecture, graphic design, and noise music in China (March-June 2009).

With Arthub's Davide Quadrio, Ayas also co-organized "The Making of the Silk Roads," an acclaimed performative symposium featuring 35 artists, curators and scholars across Asia (BUG, Bangkok, August, 2009), co-produced "RMB City Opera," a stage performance by Cao Fei in Turin, Italy (Artissima November, 2009), and Final Cut, a city-wide new media festival featuring live works by Christian Marclay and Feng Mengbo among others, in collaboration with the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation in 2008.

At Performa07, Ayas presented Beijing-based “Long March Project” with projects by Qiu Zhijie and Xu Zhen throughout New York institutions including The China Institute, Museum of Chinese in Americas and The Studio Museum in Harlem (with Lu Jie). She installed "Bring Me the Head of.." by artist Serkan Ozkaya in New York and Shanghai restaurants, among many other projects, and organized “Open City,” the first show of Yoko Ono’s in Istanbul in 2008 (with Selim Birsel). In 2006, Ayas was a co-curator of “Mercury In Retrograde” at De Appel in Amsterdam and invited artist Michael Blum to re-stage the Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co., an established Jewish bank turned into a controversial looting institution during WWII in the Netherlands.

In 2005, Ayas worked extensively as the consortium liaison for Performa's first edition, supervising the participating venues' programming for the biennial, and acted as the artist liaison for artists such as Carey Young, Sislej Xhafa, Cliff Owens, and Melik Ohanian while studying at de Appel in Amsterdam and preparing "This May Be What Parallel Play Looks Like” for Sculpture Center, NYC, a video program featuring works Ahmet Ogut, Emily Jacir, Erkan Ozgen, Sener Ozmen, Jakup Ferri, and Yael Bartana.

In 2004, Ayas was the participating curator of public.exe: Public Execution, an exhibition exploring the definition, distribution, and reception of public art in the age of new media at Exit Art in New York and "Democracy is Fun?,” at White Box, NYC, in 2004 (both with Michele Thursz and Anne Ellegood). Ayas's actions have been reviewed by Art in America, New York Times, Frieze, LA Times, Asia Art Pacific, and Timeout New York.

Ayas has served (or continues to serve) as an advisor and consultant for a number of projects and institutions including Artissima, 8th Gwangju Biennial, Center for Contemporary Art in Kabul, Artist Pension Trust and has lectured throughout Asia, including at Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), Rogue Art (Kuala Lumpur), PIST (Istanbul), Zendai Museum, Moca Shanghai, Shanghai Literary Festival, China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and Architectural Association London (Shanghai) as well as at the Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Chinese in Americas (New York).

Ayas completed De Appel Curatorial Program in Amsterdam and received her Masters from ITP at NYU in 2003.
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EVENT

DEMOCRACY IS FUN? opening at White Box/New York


Dates:
Thu Oct 21, 2004 00:00 - Sat Oct 09, 2004

DEMOCRACY IS FUN?
October 21 - November 6, 2004

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 21st, 6-8pm
With "Speech for the End of the World",   Randall M. Packer, Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology
&
ELECTION NIGHT event: Tuesday, November 2, 2004
a night to unite for the democratic practice, featuring screenings, and performances by Larry Litt and Screensavers Group.

Participating Artists:
Anne-Marie Schleiner / Bjørn Melhus / Hug & Magnan /
Jonah Bruckner-Cohen/ Kendell Geers/  Larry Litt/
Michael Anderson / Pursue the Pulse/ Randall Packer
/ Ricardo Miranda Zuniga / Serkan Ozkaya / Assume
Vivid Astro Focus / Sisley Xhafa            
 
Actions:
Bikes Against Bush/ Blame Show/ Bush League /
CoDECK / Contagious Media/ Experimental Party /
Freedom Salon / K48 / Majority Whip / Screensavers
Group/ Six Feet Under: Make Nice / Imagine Festival
 
Concept origin: Eleanor Heartney and Larry Litt
Organized by Michele Thursz and Defne Ayas.
http://www.michelethursz.com/democracyisfun/
 
New York, NY - From October 14 - November 6, 2004,
White Box will present Democracy is Fun?, an
exhibition that explores how the cross-pollination of media, technology and culture impacts artistic
production and the social mechanism of art in politically tense times. Inspired to propose a new possibility for
curatorial process in the upsurge in election-related exhibitions and adhering to the spirit of democracy, Democracy is Fun? is organized to provide a physical and virtual platform to demonstrate, document and archive curatorial and artist-led actions with a proficiency of technological production tools. Democracy is Fun? brings together, through a collective production-survey, a group of actions with the purpose to unite various perspectives on American politics. Through the interruption of singular actions, Democracy is Fun? exposes the distinctive concerns of these cultural producers as a whole, while accentuating a stance of democracy which can hold many perspectives.

http://www.michelethursz.com/democracyisfun

For further information and/or images please contact 212-714-2347 or
info@whiteboxny.org

White Box is a 501[c][3] not-for-profit arts organization.  Donations are Tax Deductible to the Full Extent of the Law.
 
WHITE BOX
525 West 26th Street
New York, NY  10001
Tel 212-714-2347
 
www.whiteboxny.org


OPPORTUNITY

Election night at DEMOCRACY IS FUN?


Deadline:
Tue Nov 02, 2004 00:00

DEMOCRACY IS FUN?
October 21 - November 6, 2004

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 21st, 6-8pm
With "Speech for the End of the World",   Randall M. Packer, Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology
&

ELECTION NIGHT event: Tuesday, November 2, 2004
a night to unite for the democratic practice, featuring screenings, and performances by Larry Litt and Screensavers Group.

Participating Artists:
Anne-Marie Schleiner / Bjørn Melhus / Hug & Magnan /
Jonah Bruckner-Cohen/ Kendell Geers/  Larry Litt/
Michael Anderson / Pursue the Pulse/ Randall Packer
/ Ricardo Miranda Zuniga / Serkan Ozkaya / Assume
Vivid Astro Focus / Sisley Xhafa            
 
Actions:
Bikes Against Bush/ Blame Show/ Bush League /
CoDECK / Contagious Media/ Experimental Party /
Freedom Salon / K48 / Majority Whip / Screensavers
Group/ Six Feet Under: Make Nice / Imagine Festival
 
Concept origin: Eleanor Heartney and Larry Litt
Organized by Michele Thursz and Defne Ayas.
http://www.michelethursz.com/democracyisfun/
 
New York, NY - From October 14 - November 6, 2004,
White Box will present Democracy is Fun?, an
exhibition that explores how the cross-pollination of media, technology and culture impacts artistic
production and the social mechanism of art in politically tense times. Inspired to propose a new possibility for
curatorial process in the upsurge in election-related exhibitions and adhering to the spirit of democracy, Democracy is Fun? is organized to provide a physical and virtual platform to demonstrate, document and archive curatorial and artist-led actions with a proficiency of technological production tools. Democracy is Fun? brings together, through a collective production-survey, a group of actions with the purpose to unite various perspectives on American politics. Through the interruption of singular actions, Democracy is Fun? exposes the distinctive concerns of these cultural producers as a whole, while accentuating a stance of democracy which can hold many perspectives.

http://www.michelethursz.com/democracyisfun

For further information and/or images please contact 212-714-2347 or
info@whiteboxny.org

White Box is a 501[c][3] not-for-profit arts organization.  Donations are Tax Deductible to the Full Extent of the Law.
 
WHITE BOX
525 West 26th Street
New York, NY  10001
Tel 212-714-2347
 
www.whiteboxny.org


EVENT

Democracy is Fun?


Dates:
Thu Oct 21, 2004 00:00 - Sat Oct 09, 2004

DEMOCRACY IS FUN?
October 21 - November 6, 2004

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 21st, 6-8pm
With "Speech for the End of the World",   Randall M. Packer, Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology
&
ELECTION NIGHT event: Tuesday, November 2, 2004
a night to unite for the democratic practice, featuring screenings, and performances by Larry Litt and Screensavers Group.

Participating Artists:
Anne-Marie Schleiner / Bjørn Melhus / Hug & Magnan /
Jonah Bruckner-Cohen/ Kendell Geers/  Larry Litt/
Michael Anderson / Pursue the Pulse/ Randall Packer
/ Ricardo Miranda Zuniga / Serkan Ozkaya / Assume
Vivid Astro Focus / Sisley Xhafa            
 
Actions:
Bikes Against Bush/ Blame Show/ Bush League /
CoDECK / Contagious Media/ Experimental Party /
Freedom Salon / K48 / Majority Whip / Screensavers
Group/ Six Feet Under: Make Nice / Imagine Festival
 
Concept origin: Eleanor Heartney and Larry Litt
Organized by Michele Thursz and Defne Ayas.
http://www.michelethursz.com/democracyisfun/
 
New York, NY - From October 14 - November 6, 2004,
White Box will present Democracy is Fun?, an
exhibition that explores how the cross-pollination of media, technology and culture impacts artistic
production and the social mechanism of art in politically tense times. Inspired to propose a new possibility for
curatorial process in the upsurge in election-related exhibitions and adhering to the spirit of democracy, Democracy is Fun? is organized to provide a physical and virtual platform to demonstrate, document and archive curatorial and artist-led actions with a proficiency of technological production tools. Democracy is Fun? brings together, through a collective production-survey, a group of actions with the purpose to unite various perspectives on American politics. Through the interruption of singular actions, Democracy is Fun? exposes the distinctive concerns of these cultural producers as a whole, while accentuating a stance of democracy which can hold many perspectives.

http://www.michelethursz.com/democracyisfun

For further information and/or images please contact 212-714-2347 or
info@whiteboxny.org

White Box is a 501[c][3] not-for-profit arts organization.  Donations are Tax Deductible to the Full Extent of the Law.
 
WHITE BOX
525 West 26th Street
New York, NY  10001
Tel 212-714-2347
 
www.whiteboxny.org


EVENT

Public Broadcast Cart + Video Program II: Hackers, Crackers, and Graffiti


Dates:
Sat Jul 24, 2004 00:00 - Tue Jul 20, 2004

Saturday, July 24, 2004  noon-3PM

Walking Tour meets at Exit Art
Public Broadcast Cart: Ricardo Miranda Zuniga

Final location: Nikola Tesla Corner, 40th St and 6th Ave at Bryant Park

Public Broadcast Cart is a shopping cart outfitted with a dynamic microphone, a mixer, an amplifier, six speakers, a mini-FM transmitter, and a laptop with a wireless card. The audio captured by the microphone on the cart is fed through the mixer to three different broadcast sources. The laptop sends the audio to the thing.net's server from which the audio is broadcast on line at http://radio.thing.net. The Public Broadcast Cart is designed to enable any pedestrian to become an active producer of a radio broadcast. The cart reverses the usual role of the public from audience to producer of a radio broadcast and online content.

 
Saturday July 24, 2004  3PM

Video Program II: Hackers, Crackers, and Graffiti
1) Low Level All-Stars by BEIGE and Radical Software Group (RSG)
2) Wild Style by Charlie Ahearn
3) The Hacktivists: Information War by Ian Walker
*additional programming TBA

 

Exit Art
475 Tenth Avenue (corner of 36th Street)
New York, NY 10018

212-966-7745

www.exitart.org

 

www.exitart.org/public.exe

 

Sponsorship

public.exe: Public Execution is supported with a grant from the

National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 


EVENT

public.exe: Public Execution / What is Public Art?: Looking at the Past, Present, and Future


Dates:
Tue Jun 29, 2004 00:00 - Mon Jun 28, 2004

Tuesday, June 29, 6.30-8pm
Panel Discussion at Exit Art (back gallery)
What is Public Art?: Looking at the Past, Present, and Future

Moderated by Anne Ellegood, co-curator, public.exe: Public Execution

Participants: Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director, Queens Museum of Art; Anne Pasternak, Artistic Director, Creative Time; Warren Neidich, artist included in public.exe

Exit Art

475 Tenth Avenue (corner of 36th Street)

New York, NY 10018

212-966-7745

www.exitart.org

 

www.exitart.org/public.exe

 

Sponsorship

public.exe: Public Execution is supported with a grant from the

National Endowment for the Arts.