Defne Ayas
Since 2003
Works in United States of America

BIO
Defne Ayas (b.1976) is the Director of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam as of 2012.

During her directorship, Witte de With commissioned Dai Hanzhi: 5000 Artists (with UCCA, Beijing, 2014); Moderation(s) by artist Heman Chong (with Spring, Hong Kong, 2012-2014); The Humans - a theatrical play by writer and artist Alexandre Singh – and its monthly summits Causeries (2012-2013); the open archive and collection Tulkus 1880 to 2018 by artist Paola Pivi (with Castello di Rivoli, 2013-2018) as well as the award-winning exhibition The Temptation of AA Bronson (2013). In addition, Ayas launched Witte de With’s new online platform WdW Review (www.wdwreview.org).

While in Shanghai (2005-2012), Ayas co-founded Arthub Asia in 2007 – an Asia-wide active research and production initiative.

Ayas remains a Curator-at-Large of New York-based PERFORMA, where she has organized projects with an international roster of acclaimed artists, architects, curators, and writers, and where she directed biennial’s architecture, writing and print programs since the biennial's first edition in 2005.

In September 2012, Ayas co-curated the 11th Baltic Triennale (with Benjamin Cook, LUX, in collaboration with artists Ieva Misevičiūtė and Michael Portnoy) to great acclaim, as well as the Istanbul and Bandung city pavilions as part of the Intercity Project of the 9th Shanghai Biennale.

She is a Board member of the Rijksakademie (Amsterdam); an advisory board member of PAC (Milan), Jan Van Eyck Academy (Maastricht), Collectorspace (Istanbul), SAHA (Istanbul), Protocinema (Istanbul) and Art Review Asia (Beijing); and a curator at large of Spring Workshop (Hong Kong). Ayas has taught at New York University between 2006-2012 and has lectured at Columbia University, New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Museum for Chinese Art, New York, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, de Balie, Amsterdam, and Art Basel among other institutions. A patron of ArtInternational, Istanbul, she served on the jury of various fairs including Art Rotterdam, Art Brussels, and Artissima, Turin.

Ayas occasionally contributes to publications such as Yishu Journal, A Prior, Mousse and Creative Time Reports, and was nominated for ICI¹s Independent Curatorial Vision Award in 2012.
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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.