Every presentation is a rehearsal for the next presentation
Workshop curated by Prem Krishnamurthy with Åbäke
The MACRO’s Department for Preventive Education, on the occasion of Deep Publishing exhibition is organising a workshop led by Prem Krishnamurthy with Åbäke.
How can the act of presenting activate connections between ideas, objects, and people? The verb “to present” is often understood to mean “to offer to view; to bring something before the public”. What if instead we were to think of “presenting” as a means of “making things present”?
The exhibition Deep Publishing by Åbäke offers a test case for considering these questions and more. Facilitated by Prem Krishnamurthy—who also served as a curatorial “companion” to the exhibition—this multimodal workshop uses the show as a starting point for a participatory reflection on individual and collective presence. In Spring 2023, Krishnamurthy will embark on a teaching tour across the USA focused on collaborative methodologies for art and design as part of a project called “Department of Transformation”. Here at MACRO, he prototypes those approaches using writing, music, movement, and conversation to open up polyvocal ways of working in and on the world.
To participate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 February with the subject line “Every presentation”. No specific skills are required to join, the workshop will be held in English.
PREM KRISHNAMURTHY is a designer, author, and educator. He directs Wkshps, a multidisciplinary design consultancy and organizes Department of Transformation, an emergent, itinerant workshop that practices collaborative tools for social change. In addition to leading strategic design projects with artists, cultural institutions, and nonprofit organizations across the world, he has curated several large-scale exhibitions. These include Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the 2022 edition of FRONT International, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art; Our Silver City, 2094 at Nottingham Contemporary; and Ministry of Graphic Design in Sharjah, UAE. Previously, Prem founded the design studio Project Projects and the exhibition space P! in New York. He received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communications Design in 2015 and KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s “A Year With…” residency fellowship in 2018. His professional papers were acquired by Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies in 2019. In 2022, Domain Books published his book-length epistolary essay, On Letters.