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

Digital Culture Evening: Killer Instinct at the New Museum


Dates:
Fri Dec 12, 2003 00:00 - Tue Dec 09, 2003

Digital Culture Evening in conjunction with the "Killer Instinct" exhibition at New Museum of Contemporary Art
Dec 12, 2003 6:30 - 8PM
Zenith Media Lounge
Free

"Killer Instinct" panel moderated by Alex Galloway. Participants include Cory Arcangel, artist; Shamim Momin, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; and Anne-Marie Schleiner, writer and gaming artist.

"Killer Instinct"
December 12, 2003 - February 1, 2004

Once considered a pastime for kids, games are now a full-fledged part of adult life, situated as a shared public culture not unlike television. Games come off the screen and to life in this exhibition including sculpture, video, painting, and, of course, Ataris and computers. Besides experimental hacks of commercial games, Killer Instinct features artists who use game hardware and software for social commentary as well as in the development of musical and filmic projects. Player, viewer, artist, curator or critic -- the cross-pollination of gaming and art spheres allows visitors to assume several of these roles during the course of the exhibition. Killer Instinct is organized by Anne Barlow and Rachel Greene.

For more information visit http://www.newmuseum.org/killerinstinct.

About the Digital Culture Evenings

The New Museum's Digital Culture Evenings aim to provide an array of opportunities for emerging artists to create and present works using the most innovative technologies available and to familiarize the general visitor with digital media. Digital Culture Evenings include artist presentations, performances and interactive events, as well as theory and research based discussions about broader issues in digital culture. Topics encompass a variety of subjects in addition to art including commerce, entertainment, and science.

About the Zenith Media Lounge

The New Museum's Zenith Media Lounge is New York City's only museum space dedicated to the exhibition and exploration of digital art, experimental video and sound works. Located on the New Museum Store level, programming in the Zenith Media Lounge is ongoing and is always free.

About the New Museum of Contemporary Art

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 1977 and located in the heart of Soho, is the premier destination for contemporary art in New York City. With an annual schedule of dynamic exhibitions, the Museum presents the most innovative and experimental work from around the world. Debate and discussion about contemporary culture are encouraged through a broad range of educational programs, publications, performances, and new media initiatives. The New Museum recently announced plans to build a new, 60,000 square foot facility at 235 Bowery. Visit www.newmuseum.org for more about the New Museum.


EVENT

Lansing-Dreiden at the Digital Culture Evening at the New Museum of Contemporary Art


Dates:
Thu Nov 13, 2003 00:00 - Tue Nov 04, 2003

NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART PRESENTS Lansing-Dreiden

Digital Culture Evening
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2003, 6.30-8.00 PM
Location: Zenith Media Lounge

The New Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Lansing-Dreiden at the Zenith Media Lounge on Thursday, November 13, 2003.

This Digital Culture Evening will profile new works being released by Miami's collective, Lansing-Dreiden. The New Museum will host an installation of Lansing-Dreiden's two new animated music videos, An Effect of the Night and A Sectioned Beam, 2003, as well as stills from A Sectioned Beam. The evening will also celebrate the release of Lansing Dreiden's CD: A Sectioned Beam E.P., as well as their newspapers, Death Notice I and II. Organized by Anne Barlow and Defne Ayas, the event will take place from 6:30-8 PM, during which time the artists will be available to discuss their work.

Lansing-Dreiden is a collective of young artists who describe themselves as "an organization of like-minded people and computers, seeing no distinction between art and commerce - or anything else." Interested in exploring the question of "truth" versus "fiction," Lansing-Dreiden produce work in various media including animated video, drawings, music and newspapers. Lansing-Dreiden was founded in 2000 and has been included in exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum and the Rivington Arms and Lawrence/Feuer/LaMontagne galleries in Manhattan.

Zenith Media Lounge is a digital and media art technology collaboration with Zenith Electronics Corporation. Zenith Media Lounge exhibitions and public programs are supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

New Museum of Contemporary Art
General Information
Location 583 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 (between Houston and Prince Streets in SoHo)
Web Site www.newmuseum.org
Telephone 212-219-1222
Fax 212-431-5328
Email newmu@newmuseum.org

Museum Hours
Tuesday


EVENT

New Media Projects at the New Museum of Contemporary Art


Dates:
Tue Oct 21, 2003 00:00 - Tue Oct 21, 2003

Digital Culture Evening: New Media Projects
Thursday, 23 October 2003, 6.30-8.00pm
New Museum of Contemporary Art/ Zenith Media Lounge
583 Broadway
(between Houston and Prince Streets)
New York

New Media Projects is a special evening, profiling a selection of the most engaging digital work produced by young artists from art and new media programs in New York. Following a presentation of each project, selected artists will talk informally about their work with Mark Tribe, Founder of Rhizome.org, Michel Thursz, independent curator, and the audience.

Selected artists are as follow (by presentation order):

DANIEL SCHIFFMAN
http://www.shiffman.net/portfolio/
Category: Software Art/ Interactive Video Installation
School: Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU
Title: Reactive

DIANA PARRINGTON
http://www.dianaparrington.com
Category: Weblog
School: School of Visual Arts MFA Photography and Related Media Program
Title: www.dianaparrington.com

ERIC FORMAN
http://ericforman.com
Category: Robotics
School: Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU
Title: Autonomous Robotic Sculpture

THE MILLEFIORE EFFECT
http://www.millefiore.com/
Category: Wearables
School: Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU
Title: FRONTv3.0

AHMI WOLF & MARK ARGO
http://bass-station.net/
Category: Wireless Art
School: Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU
Title: Bass-Station

JAMES CLAR
http://www.lachoyboy.com
Category: Physical Computing
School: Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU
Title: 3-D Display Cube

Visitors are encouraged to bring their laptops with wireless modems to interact with Ahmi Wolf and Mark Argo's Bass-Station, a wireless share server designed for communities to exchange information.

New Media Projects is part of the New Museum's Digital Culture Evenings series, and is organized by Anne Barlow and Defne Ayas, in collaboration with Mark Tribe, Founder of Rhizome.org and Michele Thursz, independent curator.

About the Digital Culture Evenings
The New Museum's Digital Culture Evenings aim to provide an array of opportunities for emerging artists to create and present works using the most innovative technologies available and to familiarize the general visitor with digital media. Digital Culture Evenings include artist presentations, performances and interactive events, as well as theory and research based discussions about broader issues in digital culture. Topics encompass a variety of subjects in addition to art including commerce, entertainment, and science.

About the Zenith Media Lounge
The New Museum's Zenith Media Lounge is New York City's only museum space dedicated to the exhibition and exploration of digital art, experimental video and sound works. Located on the New Museum Store level, programming in the Zenith Media Lounge is ongoing and is always free.

About the New Museum of Contemporary Art
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 1977 and located in the heart of Soho, is the premier destination for contemporary art in New York City. With an annual schedule of dynamic exhibitions, the Museum presents the most innovative and experimental work from around the world. Debate and discussion about contemporary culture are encouraged through a broad range of educational programs, publications, performances, and new media initiatives. The New Museum recently announced plans to build a new, 60,000 square foot facility at 235 Bowery. Visit www.newmuseum.org for more about the New Museum.