New Frontiers for the Art Fair Format

Section106: New Frontiers for the Art Fair Format

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. 6:30-8pm
Panel Discussion at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Str. New York, NY 10013

Presented by RadiatorArts. Hosted by Fridman Gallery

Panelists: Jade Niklai, Gh Hovagimyan, Raphaele Shirley, Tamas Veszi, Deborah Zafman,
Joro De Boro

Reception following the panel with music by DJ Joro-Boro


The first iteration of this two-part debate will be on March 4th at Fridman Gallery; the second will be on May 11th, 2014 at the Emily Harvey Foundation.

In the first part the panelists will talk about current formats of art fairs, addressing what works and what doesn’t, and how art is represented (or not) within these formats. What are some potential new perspectives? What is Section106 ( and what can it bring to the table? Can an art fair be transformed into a social statement? Is there a contradiction inherent in this new hybrid format?

This panel will investigate the expansion of the exhibition space from a gallery and art fair context into a larger geographical and conceptual setting. Next, it will discuss possibilities for emerging galleries and artists to be visible on a higher level and in new ways.

Finally, the panelists will analyze Section106’s approach, which aims to bridge the gap between the art market and artistic integrity, while focusing on cross-pollination between architecture, art and the social sphere.

About the participants:

Jade Niklai is a curator with a focus on contemporary art, architecture and design. She has fulfilled curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000-2001), the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2002) and at London’s Architecture Foundation (2005-2007). She has also worked in the commercial sector as the founding director of a leading art dealership in Melbourne and as the first and only curator in Norman Foster’s 40-year architecture practice, Foster + Partners (2008-2009). Jade holds a BA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (2000) with a dissertation in performance art and Central Eastern European politics; and an MA in Art Curatorship from the School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne(2004) with a thesis examining the museology of design. Jade works as Blood Mountain’s founding director since January 2010 and as a freelance art writer Flash Art US and Hungary and as a juror for the Esterhazy Foundation,

G.H. Hovagimyan is an experimental artist working in a variety of forms. An Internet and new media pioneer, his works ranges from hypertext works to digital performance art, interactive installations and HD video. His works have been exhibited at MoMA, Mass MoCA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, The Walker Art Center, Jeu De Paume, MAC Marseille, MAC Lyon, Pompidou Center, Lincoln Center, ICA The Clocktower, The Kitchen, The Alternative Museum, Eyebeam Art & Technology, List Visual Arts Center, La Gaite Du Lyrique, Stuttgart Kunstverein, Steim Institute, the Moscow Center for Contemporary Art, Postmasters Gallery, Pace Digital Gallery. His works are in the collections of The Walker Art Center, The Whitney Museum, The Alternative Museum, Computer Fine Arts Collection and Perpetual Art Machine

Raphaele Shirley is a French-American arts organizer and multi-media artist. As an arts organizer she has founded collectives and festivals, overseen exhibitions, curated shows internationally. To cite a few: she is the co-founder of Perpetual Art Machine [PAM], a video-art collective of over 2000 members. In 1998 she was a founding memeber of The New York International Fringe Festival. She was video pioneer Nam June Paik’s assistant from 1997 -2002, where she helped develop his monumental laser works and oversee his touring Retrospective. Her art work and collaborative projects has been exhibited or had interventions in venues such as the Museum of Moving Image, S.R. Guggenheim, Chelsea Art Museum and Post Masters Gallery in New York, the NCCA Moscow, 2nd Moscow Biennial and at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Museum of Modern Art, Linz, Austria and Art Basel/Miami 2006. She participated in 2009 and 2010 in the artist residency/sail boat expedition to the Arctic Circle, Norway. Raphaele is currently the co-director of project Section106.

Deborah Zafman earned her Ph.D. in the history of art from UC Berkeley. She formerly ran a contemporary art gallery in Paris and before that she worked as an independent curator and art critic. In 2011, Deborah left Paris to co-found Zafman-Greenberg Art Advisory in New York City. Her international exposure & varied experience in the art world coupled with a myriad of art world contacts throughout Europe & the United States define her unique approach to advising clients. Most recently, Deborah received certification as a fine art appraiser through the Appraisers Association of America.

Tamas Veszi is a multimedia artist with an academic background in painting. He is the founder ofRadiatorArts – Radical Mediator for the Arts – and project Section106. With these two directorial and curatorial projects, Veszi is seeking a departure from the standards of our industry to set content back at the center of debates and invigorate cooperativeness. His activities as a community initiator bridge a gap between his restless interest for the questions of embodiment and formlessness. Veszi has exhibited his work internationally in Canada, Hungary, England, Germany, France, Austria, Italy and throughout the United States. As RadiatorArts’ director, Veszi has collaborated with the Embassy of Israel, Art Market Budapest, and organized international exchanges with La Couleuvre Art Center in Paris (France) and Bäcker Strasse 4 Gallery in Vienna (Austria). Tamas Veszi lives and works in New York. He is currently the director of RadiatorArts Center and co-director of project Section106.

Joro-Boro is a DJ and producer who plays and promotes local dance music from different parts of the world. The resulting style can be called many things – he chooses to call it etnotech, glitch-folk or post-national bass. He is also an installation artist/performer (under the name Joro De Boro) who works with sound and video to address problems of representation, cultural production/distribution/consumption, myth, immediacy and authenticity. His work centers around a character called ‘The Charlatan’ and involves costumes, computers, bones, megaphones, samplers, fake flowers, midi triggers, hair gel, rhinestones, trash bags, latex, and LED.

About Fridman Gallery:

Fridman Gallery opened its doors in November 2013, as a venue for cultural discourse and contemporary art. In its first season, the gallery is collaborating with prominent curators to exhibit the work of up-and-coming and established artists, as well as hosting a series of lectures and concerts. For additional information on our program, please go to, and visit us in person at 287 Spring Street, NYC!


Images for Jade Niklai for Section106 Panel

Current Fair Samples

Temporary Housing Samples

G. H. Hovagimyan

Event Images


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