The Contemporary Art Institute UB unifis the body of several initiatives related to the organisation. The activities are complementing the Biennial troughout the year by a more local implementation of the general public and cultural circles in Mongolia. The Contemporary Art Institute UB hosts the LAM residencies, the public art program ART PUBLIC UB and the constitution of the MOCA UB and the related art collection.
THE PUBLIC ART PROGRAMOur future occurs in public spaces, squares and parks. The park is an artificially designed natural environment built with the purpose of local recreation. We meet there unintentional and interests free of any economic restraint. The park symbolizes the opposite of pollution and visual overloading of the public sphere.LAM is planning to initiate a new public arts program in central Ulaanbaatar. The aim of the public arts program is to support public participation on issues of environmental art, sustainability and nature protection and to start a new point of discussion on this issue. In 2016, LAM has prepared the planning, logistics, agreements and initiate the program with events that will take place during the art week ART PUBLIC UB from September 27th - October 04th 2017.From 2017 onwards, a public call for artistic proposals by Mongolian artists is planned to be established. One or more artists selected will realize a work on the basis of their proposals. This yearly ongoing program might be pursued at a later date with a collaboration of international and Mongolian artists. In the cultural agenda of Ulaanbaatar this program will be complemented with openings, small events etc. The detailed program will be completed by end of this year; the public arts program will round off the presence and agenda of LAM within the urban context of Ulaanbaatar.
The Artists residency
A traditional Yurt (Turkish) or Ger (Mongolian word for home) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomadic people in the steppe of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a steam-bent wheel (crown, compression ring). The roof structure is often self-supporting but large gers may have interior posts supporting the crown. The top of the wall of self-supporting gers is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. Modern gers may be permanently built on a wooden platform and use modern materials such as steam bent wooden framing or metal framing, canvas or tarpaulin, a perspex dome, wire rope, or radiant insulation.
To install a new residency on this other basis offers a broad scale of opportunities. We would like to offer the possibility to artists from Ulaanbaatar and meet with international artists to keep alive their experience of the steppe. In contradiction to the dense areas in the city, the exposure to this environment brings up quite naturally different experiences in exploring individual artists skills. The program is planned to be started in 2017. Participating artists will be selected on the basis of a public call. The program will be run in accordance to the nomadic life.
LAM ART AWARD
The LAM arward is honoring an exceptional work of a Mongolian artist. The first LAM award was lend 2014 to Ganzug Sedbazar for his work: water flows, wind blowes for the 3rd Land Art Biennial. LAM was proud to present Ganzug at the opening of 55. Venice Biennial at Palazzo Zorzi.
The second LAM award 2016 was dedicated to Munguntsetseg Lkhagvasuren for her work Taliin Bumba.
MOCA UBThe Museum of Contemporary Art UB (in progress) is collecting contemporary artworks for a permanent collection in Mongolia. The collection consits of contemporary art works from international and mongolian artists as Edgar Endress | Gankhuyag Lkhamsuren | Herman de Fries | Jaceek Tylicki | beside others.