Lauren Wetmore and Renan Laruan winners of the Encura grant


From a pool of 80 applications, The Conversation by Lauren Wetmore, and Lightning Studies: Centre for the Translation of Constraints, Conflicts and Contaminations by Renan Laruan have been chosen as the winners of the Encura grant, which provides the opportunity for a curatorial research residency at Hangar.

The Conversation by Lauren Wetmore is a research project based around the topics of surveillance and control, and their relationship with contemporary culture. At the heart of this project is a day-long curated event.

Named after Francis Ford Coppola’s 1975 psychological thriller about a paranoid surveillance expert, The Conversation will attemppt to replicate and disturb the ways in which our behaviour, language, and society are influenced by the aggressive and oblique forms of control imposed through digital and analogue surveillance practices.

The project Lightning Studies: Centre for the Translation of Constraints, Conflicts and Contaminations by Renan Laruan concentrates on discursive architecture generated from horizontal scenes of knowledge.

The formation of an institution serves two main purposes: to become a reference point which undoes proposals by the so-called pedagogical models, positioning translation as a critical method and praxis of pedagogy; and to be a vector for the exploration of partially visible modes of organization, e.g. the co-production of discursive elements, conceptual histories, and incidental alternatives by practising questioning and the interjection of texts and images.

Lauren Wetmore and Renan Laruan will complete a curatorial research residency at Hangar during a month-long period, taking place between November 2015 and February 2016. Both curators will work on and develop their projects together with the artists in residency at Hangar’s studio spaces.



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