Co-Founding Director of Perpetuum Mobile
Ivor Stodolsky is Co-Founding Director and Curator of Perpetuum Mobile and an internationally active curator, writer and theorist. He received a joint honours in Philosophy and Mathematics at Bristol University and completed his MRes at the London Consortium (Birkbeck, Tate, BFI, ICA). His doctoral research at Helsinki University was centred on the Russian cultural underground of the 80s and 90s. During his time in academia, he was a CIMo and Ehrenrooth Fellow and worked for several years at the Alexander Institute. Prior to this, he worked in global media as Associate Editor of Project Syndicate, ‘The World’s Opinion Page’. Earlier he co-founded alternative art projects and spaces in London, Vienna and St. Petersburg. Today, aside from curating and institution-building, Ivor is an editor and contributor to journals and publications and a speaker on art, politics and philosophy.
Ivor has curated exhibitions and events at international biennials including the Arts Assembly (Manifesta, Murcia 2009), the Perpetual Pavilion (Venice Biennale 2009), the Street Art Assembly (Ekaterinburg Biennale 2012), Re-Aligned+Media Impact (Moscow Biennale 2013), the School of the Displaced (Kiev Biennial, 2015) and the AR Pavilion (Athens Biennale, 2017), along with participation as a speaker at others, including Dak’Art (Senegal, 2016). Museum shows include “The Raw, The Cooked and the Packaged – The Archive of Perestroika Art” at Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki(2007), “Re-Aligned Art from Russian, Ukraine and Belarus” at Tromsø Kunstforening (2013) and the series “Outside Insiders– Pluriculturalism in Contemporary Art and Culture” at Moderna Museet Malmö (2013-2014). In public space, Ivor has curated events such as “Re-Public – Russian Art in the Streets” (Kiasma, Urb Festival 2013), and the 10-day “To the Square 2” (Checkpoint Helsinki/Helsinki Festival, 2014) and “Safe European Home” (Hungaricum, Berlin, 2014). He has also contributed to galleries and art-spaces such as Another Vacant Space (2009), Momentum (Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin 2014) and Forum Box (Helsinki 2014). He has taught and held workshops at academies including CAFA (Beijing 2011), Aalto University (Helsinki 2011) and the Beaux-Arts (Paris 2012).
Currently, Ivor Stodolsky’s curatorial practice centres on Perpetuum Mobile (PM), a mobile institution he co-founded and directs with Marita Muukkonen since 2007. PM develops larger-scale thematic projects and platforms that come to encompass exhibitions, conferences, workshops, residencies, publications and films relating art, politics and philosophy. Ongoing thematic projects include the Re-Aligned Project, with over 10 iterations including Helsinki, Berlin, Moscow, Tromso, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow, Edinburgh, Cairo; Artists at Risk (AR) with AR Pavilions in Athens 2017, Istanbul 2017 and Madrid 2017; the Perpetual Romani Pavilion, The Arts Assembly, Sino-Fi, the PM Commons Collection and the PLURIiversity. Recently, a new “collective residency” programme included commissioning a film project from the widely known Russian collective Chto Delat?/What is to be Done?. Recent curatorial publications include The Square (a newspaper), video-interviews for the Re-Aligned Project and an upcoming anthology under the working title Pre-Mondial for OR Books of New York.
Perpetuum Mobile established the Artist at Risk (AR) platform based on residency work initiated in 2014. The AR-Safe Haven Helsinki residency for visual art practitioners and musicians at risk has secured funding and gained national recognition, winning the “Annual Art Act Award” at ArtHelsinki in 2016. In 2017, AR launched new residencies in Athens in collaboration with the Athens Biennial; in Berlin in collaboration with SAVVY Contemporary; at Saari Residence in Mynamäki, Finland; and Wysing Art Centre, near Cambridge, UK. AR-residencies in Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona are being developed further. In 2016, PM’s Artist at Risk (AR) platform was honoured with the “European Citizen’s Prize” (Civi Europaeo Praemium) of the European Parliament.