Screening Program

PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating is not only an exhibition, neither is only an intensive program of talks, conferences, debates, presentations, discussions. It combines the two formats, working on a different level: re-desing the exhibition space as a study-space while confronting each other, discuss and grow. It is like you, as visitor, were allowed to enter in to a curator’s mind.
Along this intensive format goes a great screening program both on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The screening program will be held in the AUDITORIUM in Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

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A crucial question to ask is what happens when artists’ struggles at the years of financial crisis are entering the museum walls. Art and economic crisis has become a fashionable topic these days, much appreciated by a number of museums, institutions and foundations that have rushed to incorporate it in their programme, as part of their “struggle showcase vitrine” that tends to also include feminism or anti-colonial perspectives.

Assembling bodies in performances, public engagement projects, radical manifestos readings and community projects have been incorporated in most high-profile art institutions. The museum, in its perceived status of existence as public good, has always been a place where radical ideas found a place to flourish without avoiding at the same time the risks of institutionalization. Nonetheless, it is important to take a closer look at the terms under which these ideas are being incorporated. Is the material artwork simply replaced by the physical presence of the artist without challenging the subject-object relationship, adding other elements to be capitalised? Continue reading “(IM)MATERIAL GESTURES”

Sunday, 6th November

The conclusive day will be devoted to the pursuit of a common PIIGS Code. Thanks to the research of Marianna Liosi we will analyze the “spectatorship of the crisis”, while Emanuele Guidi and Oliver Ressler will discuss the artistic practice of Ressler. Next up, Mauro Folci will present an idealistic possibility of a human life bereft of capitalist accumulation’s, later, Cesare Pietroiusti’s workshop will focus on a plurilinguistic communication, despite different languages.

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Saturday, 5th November

Saturday morning is devoted to the introduction of the latest researches and to the work of some of the artists involved in the project: Giorgio Cugno, Giulio Delvè, Sofia Dona, Anna Lascari, Fiona Marron e Serena Osti. Next up, Marta Pérez will introduce her latest research on the material and economical circumstances of spanish contemporary artists.
The afternoon session of talks will focus on theoretical aspects of each countries current economical system: Sinéad Hogan deals with the “debt issue” with a phenomenological approach. After that, Count(er) Glossary will develop, with the contribution of Federico Montanari, a crisis lexicon analysis from the most unclear anglicism to the well-known lexicon used in economical context. Next up, Giovanni Leghissa, Luigi Fassi, Giandomenica Becchio and Manuel Couret Branco, in different moments, will open a discourse with the purpose to provide an in-depth analysis of the contemporary economical system in order to propose a deconstructive way of thinking.

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TAKE_ACTION is a curatorial installation, concerning about political and aesthetic judgment, understood as action taking, in a plural and democratic fashion. We intend to argue that curatorship, besides selecting, exhibiting, translating and producing a discourse about artworks, can also promote, through a semi-fictional apparatus or a curatorial installation, the conditions for real action taking, and therefore for true political commitment by the audience. Hence, more than allowing a process of intellectual commitment to the themes related to the hegemony of capitalism and the economic crisis, we will assemble the necessary conditions for the viewer to act, indeed, in the world. To accomplish this purpose, we will implement a participatory exhibition process and apparatus (a specific form of network), achieved through the mediation of the aesthetic judgment, understood as political action (in the arendtian meaning of the terms), and therefore instigating political action itself. Continue reading “Take_Action”

Friday, 4th November

Friday talks are devoted to previous exhibitions about economic crisis in PIIGS countries. The first debate will be held by activists and artists from Escuela Moderna and the curators of PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating. The second debate will be held by Michelangelo Corsaro, assistant curator for dOCUMENTA 14 and Laura Preston, editorial assistant for dOCUMENTA14. 
On Friday afternoon we host a section devoted to artists that will last till Saturday morning. With You’ll never work alone. Life, Art, Company and Project, Clara Madaro, the collective Apparatus22 and Parasite 2.0 deal with the idea of project inside contemporary artistic practices. Following that, Irish artists Fiona Marron presents her video After Automation (2013).

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Check the condition. A real-time archive on the emergent curatorial open calls in Spain

In the most outstanding work of Spanish literature, Don Quijote de la Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes said that ‘proverbs are short sentences that come from experience and speculation of our ancient sages’. In Spain, traditional proverbs called ‘refrán’, are quite used regularly.
One of them, ‘por amor al arte’, translated as ‘for art’s sake’ or ‘because of love to the art’, refers to the free labour as a result of a passion: art. It is a saying used in any type of activity, however it assumes a lack of economic report in artistic activity. We can see how the speculation of the sages, which Cervantes made reference, has been maintained over time. It became the norm working ‘for art’s sake’. Especially in the field of art, it has always been perceived the development of unpaid work justified by the mere ‘passion to art’. Continue reading “Check the condition. A real-time archive on the emergent curatorial open calls in Spain”

Irish project for PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating

For PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating we aim to create a platform for discourse around the economic crisis from the perspective of arts and curatorial practice in Ireland. Our starting point however was the identification of key themes that underpin a broader discussion around the crisis across all PIIG countries. Themes that emerged from our initial meetings and informed the methodology for the project were:
Cycles; financial and other. Where does art fit in these cycles? Art world & hierarchy? What is the value systems associated with art? How do people use art? What does it mean to be an Irish artist today / during recession? Continue reading “Irish project for PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating”

Something about the non-exhibition strategy

Thomas Hirshhorn, Too Too – Much Much Necklace, 2010, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Courtesy the artist

We are strictly convinced that a main curatorial ethic should became a theme of our project (see Manifest). This is also relative to our exhibition. That’s why we invited each group (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain) to propose one project that integrates with others in order to create a big one, where a multitude of voices will not only reflect about political, economical and cultural conditions which join us under a common umbrella term like PIIGS, but try also to turn-over such colonial logic reinventing our common identity projection in support of particular political theses, like solidarity to what is judged to be “the poor and mistreated”. Continue reading “Something about the non-exhibition strategy”