Lectureseries Fine Arts - Pip Day

Lecture - Pip Day

Lectureseries / 05.05.2021

Practicing Reciprocity: adjusting the substrates.

Reflecting on poetry and theory, as well as artistic and curatorial practices that abandon, adjust, reflect or adopt institutionalised infrastructures and other inherited legacies, this gathering will also open up space to consider relationality and reciprocity as practices, and explore what an “ethics of incommensurability” might entail.

I will look to the theoretical and poetic practices of thinkers like Irmgard Emmelhainz, who follows Eve Tuck and K Wayne Yang’s call for an ethics of incommensurability; poet Layli Long Soldier who - in her long poem Whereas - dissects the flawed legal substrate of the 2009/2010 Apology to Native Peoples of the United States; M. Nourbese Philip, whose long poem ZONG is based structurally on the legal documents produced in a brutal insurance case of the Dutch slave ship Zong; and artist Anna Boghiguian’s tethering together of trade and human migration routes and infra-structures, substructures and substrates. I come at these questions in the context of my work as Director/Curator of the small non-collecting museum SBC Gallery in Montréal (2012-2019), looking at institutional practices within the changing geopolitics in that region over the past 8 years.


Pip Day is a curator, writer, administrator and educator based in Montréal and Berlin. As Director/Curator at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art within the settler colonial contexts of Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyaang/Montréal between 2012 and 2020, she developed dozens of exhibitions, events and long-term research collaborative actions including Sovereignty; Água Viva (after Clarice Lispector); and Colors: for 14 women’s voices (after Julius Eastman), among others. She has worked with artists, writers and curators Anna Boghiguian, Dana Michel, Ursula Johnson, Sepake Angiama, Jackie Wang, Zacharias Kunuk, Irmgard Emmelhainz, María Berríos, Pablo Lafuente, Suzanne Kite, Harun Farocki, Atelier Céladon, Layli Long Soldier, Maria Hupfield, Sarah Pierce, Rike Frank, Tania Bruguera, Pablo Sigg, Ashon Crawley, cheyanne turions and many others. She was Co-Curator of the 2016 Santa Fe Biennial. She was a recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Curatorial Research Fellowship for the project Spatial Practices in Revolution at Centro Tlatelolco, Mexico City (2011 to present). Pip founded the research organization el-instituto in Mexico City in 2008 and was founder and director of teratoma’s Residencias Internacionales en México (RIM) and Estudios Curatoriales, the first curatorial studies program in Latin America, both in 2002. Prior to that Pip was Curator at Artists Space in New York City. She has taught on curatorial programs at Bard College and the Royal College, and was a Lecturer at Goldsmiths’ MFA in Curating. She has published and lectured extensively. 


05.05.2021, 6 pm
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Series-Graphics by: Dominik Hirtel

Lectureseries Fine Arts - Pip Day


05. May 2021, 18:00