Contemporary Dialogue Foundation (CDF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) art organization which fosters contemporary art dialogue in various spheres of human expression including art (visual art, music, films, writing, poetry, etc.), science, business, and social relations by implementing various educational projects and programs.
Founded in the Summer of 2008, CDF ART CLUB started as a discussion group where art professionals shared their observations on contemporary art practices with their peers. In the Fall of 2009 discussion group events led to the forming of a nonprofit art organization called The Contemporary Dialogue Foundation (cdf) with the purpose of engaging the public in the international contemporary art discourse.
Contemporary Dialogue Foundation (CDF) runs an alternative exhibition space called Projector. It is a non-traditional exhibition space where artists’ artwork (or documentation) is displayed as projected images in the form of a slide show. Projector's goal is to create discussion among international art spaces/artists by presenting innovative contemporary visual art exhibitions, followed by a discussion event that encourages contemporary art discourse in the world community as an ongoing international contemporary art cultural exchange. Projector Online is an extension of our exhibition space Projector providing the world community with a curated content for local projection events. Organizations or individuals can play the slide show of the exhibition images provided on this site at the any art or public spaces anywhere in the world.
This panel discussion focused on a dialogue between Chinese, Australian and Iranian contemporary art, by viewing artworks from Shanghai photographers and comparing it with two other art scenes in Iran and Australia. This event allowed for the opportunity to meet with the artists and curator of the Rotating Shanghai II exhibition from China, and other participating art spaces/artists from Australia and Iran, through online video conference.
Farhad Bahram, Artist and intern at the Contemporary Dialogue Foundation.
Abby Chen, Curator and Deputy Director of the Chinese Culture Foundation of SF
Taraneh Hemami, Artist and Curator
Curator: Liu Congyun, Curator/Art Critic in Shanghai.
Artists: LU Yuanmin, WANG Yaodong, ZHOU Ming, CAO Youtao, DAI Mouyu, YAN Minglei, WANG Jianxin, CAI Hongsuo, YANG Yongliang, ZHU Feng, WANG Yanling, LIU Yue
William Seeto, an independent curator and a visual artist
Sue Callanan, an artist and board member of Articulate Project Space
Margaret Roberts, an artist and board member of Articulate Project Space
Sohrab Kashani, Artist, Curator and Director of Sazmanab Project
Articulate Project Space (APS) is a not for profit Incorporated Association in Sydney Australia that supports an alternative project/ exhibition program that emphasizes spatial, critical and or cross-disciplinary practices. A key concern is the spatial relationship of artworks and their physical location. APS is comprised of a group of visual artists with similar ideas and other connections to the APS studios. APS coordinates a curated documentation program called the Project Space Project – its aim is to create interest in project spaces as an exhibition practice that focuses on the conceptual processes that go into art making, and the relationships formed between artworks and the places where they are made.
Sazmanab Project is a non-profit project space in Tehran initiated by artist/curator Sohrab Kashani. Sazmanab Project organizes exhibitions, events, talks and workshops, runs projects and makes collaborations on projects initiated by other project spaces and artist initiatives. Sazmanab Project is comprised of an exhibition space, a studio, a library and a cafe that hosts Sazmanab’s walk-by cinema, a unique platform that showcases videos and special programs. Sazmanab Project also offers artist-in-residence and curator-in-residence opportunities to international artists and curators.
The Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco was founded in 1965 to preserve, promote, and influence the course of Chinese and Chinese American culture in the United States. The Chinese Culture Center has operated as its primary program site since 1976. Since the 1980’s, the Center has introduced numerous cutting edge Chinese contemporary arts exhibitions to audiences in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. With the founding of Gallery 1.5, CCF highlights the groundbreaking concept of multifaceted cultural interpretation to the arts community in San Francisco and in China with artist incubation, young artist series, and international exhibitions opening in 2012.
The Contemporary Dialogue Foundation has been collaborating with Ars Citizen as its non-profit partner organization to help with preparations for their 2017 San Francisco Launch. It has been very educational and productive effort, enriching both organizations and providing a sound foundation for exciting art and culture happenings in the near future. Stay tuned.... Ars Citizen is a local and global connector between the best contemporary artists working today and pioneering companies who aspire to make art a catalyst for civic life and culture. We are wishing Ars Citizen the very best in 2017!
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