2013 Visible Award / Events

The Silent University in Oxford and London – Full programme

Visible 2014 London

On 14 December 2013, the second edition of the Visible Award was awarded to The Silent University, a knowledge exchange platform initiated by the artist Ahmet Öğüt and led by a group of asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants. In recognition of the award, the London branch of The Silent University will produce a two-day event, with the first day organised in collaboration with the Oxford Migration Studies Society and the Refugee Studies Centre.

The event will focus on drawing together members of The Silent University in dialogue with artists, curators, and theoreticians who are working on projects that deal with migration issues in the legal framework of Western democracies. The Visible Award, which in its mission is looking for art that ‘leaves its own field and becomes visible as part of something else,’ is proud to accompany The Silent University in its encounter with the academic realm outside of the space of art.

The Silent University 
The 2013 Visible Award Ceremony
OXFORD
20th of May, from 3 to 8 pm
At: Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University
RSVP: register here

Visible Award 2013 Ceremony

3.00 – 3.10 pm – Welcome speech by Dawn Chatty (Refugee Studies Centre)
3.10 – 3.15 pm – Video presentation on The Silent University
3.15 – 3.25 pm – Introduction to the day by Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander (Visible)
3.25 – 3.35 pm – Video on the jury motivations from Van Abbemuseum open jury session
3.35 – 3.45 pm – Paolo Naldini from Pistoletto Foundation and Andrea Zegna from Fondazione Zegna present the Visible Award 2013 to Ahmet Öğüt
3.45 – 3.55 pm – Ahmet Öğüt acceptance speech

The Silent University in Oxford

4.00 – 4.15 pm – Lecture by Behnam Al-agzeer – Ten Types of Arabic Calligraphy (in Arabic)
4.15 – 4.30 pm – Lecture by Mulugeta Fikadu – Sexually Transmitted Diseases & the History of HIV
4.35 – 5.15 pm – Panel Discussion with Silent University consultants moderated by Professor Bridget Anderson, Deputy Director of COMPAS.
Migrant communities & networks, and social exclusion in the UK & Europe
5.15 – 5.30 pm – Coffee break

5.30 – 6.30 pm – Open Discussion with Silent University guests moderated by Ahmet Öğüt .
The role of artists and institutions in challenging popular narratives about migrants
6.30 – 7.30 pm – Visible Award 2013 Ceremony reception

Consultants and Contributors: Carlos Cruz, Uvindu Kurukulasuriya, Geraldine Takundwa, Miriam Binsztok, Karin Waringo
Guests: Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation), Emily Fahlen (Coordinator, The Silent University Stockholm), Jonas Staal (New World Academy)

The Silent University
LONDON
21st of May, from 6 to 9:30 pm
At: The Showroom, London
RSVP: register here

The Silent University in London

6.00 – 6.15 – Welcome speech by Emily Pethick (The Showroom director) and Ahmet Öğüt (The Silent University initiator)
6.20 – 6.30 – presentation by Miguel Teixeira, Silent University lecturer (In Portuguese)
6.30 – 6.40 – presentation by Beatrice Kibolo, Silent University lecturer (In French)
6.40 – 6.50 – presentation by Brigitte Nongo, Silent University lecturer (In French)

7.00 – 8.00 – Panel Discussion with Silent University consultants moderated by Catherine Crooke (MSc Candidate, Refugee & Forced Migration Studies, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford)
Migrant communities & networks, and social exclusion in the UK & Europe
8.00 – 8.15 – Coffee break

8.15 – 9.30 – Open Discussion with Silent University guests moderated by Ahmet Öğüt
The role of artists and institutions in challenging popular narratives about migrants

Consultants and Contributors: Aafke Beukema toe Water, Candela Delgado-Marín, Ali Kaviani, Alina Müller, Emily Okito, Francesco Ponzo, Loveness Sibanda, Georgina Sleap, Yegeta Zega.
Guests: Lawrence Abu Hamdan (artist, London), Christine Eyene (independent curator, London).