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Bassam El Baroni

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Artistic and research interests

Bassam El Baroni is assistant professor in curating and mediating art at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University. He was founding director of the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF) a now closed non-profit art center in Alexandria, Egypt from 2005 – 2012 and co-curator of the 8th edition of Manifesta – the European Biennial of Contemporary Art – in Murcia, Spain, 2010. He co-curated the Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway, 2013 and curated the 36th edition of Eva International - Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, 2014. Other notable projects include curating ‘What Hope Looks like after Hope (On Constructive Alienation)’ at HOME WORKS 7, Beirut, 2015 and ‘Nemocentric’ at Charim Galerie, Vienna, 2016.

He has been a member of the faculty at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, the Netherlands since 2013 teaching theory, supervising MA theses, and organizing cooperative study groups around diverse research areas such as 'robotics and visual culture'. He is a regular contributor to international symposia and curatorial workshops.

El Baroni’s research interests include curatorial theory and history; contemporary art theory; exhibitionary practices; neo-rationalist, realist, and speculative philosophies in their convergence with art practices and artistic research; the bearing of political theory (with emphasis on pluralism and democracy) on art; theory and practice of dialogue; site-specifity and cultural institutions in light of contemporary socio-technological transformations; digital culture and contemporary art; art and globalization; the impact of financialization on art discourses, methodologies, and practices; and the implications of neuroscientific research on visual culture.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

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Research Output

Desertification as Worldmaking

El Baroni, B., 30 Mar 2020, Construction Site for Possible Worlds. Beech, A., Wiltgen, J. & Mackay, R. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  • Post-Agonistic Publicness

    El Baroni, B. & Reed, P., 19 Nov 2018, A City Curating Reader: Public Art Munich 2018. Warzsa, J. & Reed, P. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    The Post-Agonistic Institution: Four Positions on the Structural Relation between Art and Democracy

    El Baroni, B., 1 Nov 2017, How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse. O'Neill, P., Steeds, L. & Wilson, M. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Notes on the Question of Audience

    El Baroni, B., 1 Oct 2015, Future Publics The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People - A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art. Hlavajova, M. & Hoskote, R. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Art and the Iron Lung: When Sovereignty Becomes Detrimental and Art Subtly Strikes Back

    El Baroni, B., 1 Aug 2014, Sweet Sixties: Specters and Spirits of a Parallel Avant-Garde. Schöllhammer, G. & Arevshatyan, R. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Projects

    Profi4 El Baroni A80500

    Mäkelä, K. & El Baroni, B.

    01/04/201831/08/2022

    Project: Academy of Finland: Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles

    Activities

    Nishant Shah

    Bassam El Baroni (Host)
    28 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a visitor

    MFA Degree Show Seminar - Kuvataideaktemia, Helsinki

    Bassam El Baroni (Speaker)
    9 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    MASS Alexandria Study Program

    Bassam El Baroni (Visiting lecturer)
    3 Jan 20196 Jan 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisit abroad

    David Beech

    Bassam El Baroni (Host)
    5 Dec 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a visitor

    Press / Media

    Christine Tohmé in Conversation by Rayya Badran

    Bassam El Baroni

    04/01/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance