I am really looking forward to be in Kassel in August 20 and 21 with friends and colleagues celebrating almost a decade of working on Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera and INSTAR.
Asociación de Arte Útil
In the past months I have been invited for a chat about Arte Útil by Dania Shahkhan and Maha Minhaj who run Poiesis Social Art platform and by Stephanie Drawdy for her Warfare of Art & Law podcast series. Episodes are available here, enjoy!
The city, the island. ATRII/Berlin is a project by Alice Pedroletti developed in line with the research undertaken at ZK/U – Zentrum Fur Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin in 2021 with ATRII / Berlin.
I've contributed to the Zine as part of Alice's project with a Glossary of terms and an Epistolary. The Zine is divided into multiple parts and written in English, Italian, and German - the three languages used during her research.
I was invited as member of Art Workers Italia to the Masterclass Series on Fair Practiced and Fair Pay organised by Curatorial Studies at Kask, Ghent.
The programme consisted in a series of sessions with cultural professionals from different backgrounds to share their experience in good practices, financial sustainability and fair treatment. The aim of these meetings was to observe and reflect on the labour conditions of art workers on both national and international level. This masterclass was intended as an opportunity to bring art workers together to examine the financial, legal and ethical conditions of the cultural ecosystem.
Lecturers and workshops with: Alessandra Saviotti (AWI - Art Workers Italia), Margarita Osipian, Jesse van Winden (Caveat and Jubilee), Kunstenpunt.
Full programme here
The Asociación de Arte Útil calls for the reverse of The University of Manchester’s decision to remove Alistair Hudson from his position as Director of The Whitworth. As an organisation that seeks to advance the principle of art to foster social change, we stand behind Hudson’s and the museum staff’s decision to welcome the statement of support to the Palestinian liberation struggle that Forensic Architecture added to their exhibition ‘Cloud Studies’ in the summer of 2021, and we condemn The University of Manchester’s capitulation to pressure from pro-Israeli government lobbying groups demanding disciplinary action against Hudson.
Hudson and the museum staff have been bringing together art, discourse, public engagement and civic action in innovative ways. Hudson’s career, which includes past directorships at Grizedale Arts and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, speaks for itself, and has been praised by peers and audiences alike. As he once put it, “I propose the institution as a testing ground for new cultural methodologies, responding to the specific urgencies of its context and positioning itself away from the uniform, globalised narratives of art history. This repurposing of the institution is carried out under the rubric and provocations of Arte Útil, offering a working, real-time model that applies the emerging principles of the decolonised and the post-artistic.”
The University of Manchester’s intention sets a worrisome precedent for freedom of expression, and thus we join the other declarations in solidarity with Hudson that have been put forward around the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Museums, universities and, more broadly, institutions operating in the cultural field are spaces for debate and dialogue about the questions of our times, and while this does not often come without friction, it is imperative that it still takes place in the name of freedom of expression – whether artistic, academic or other – so that all voices can be heard.
It is appalling that The University of Manchester is proposing to halt the continuation of Hudson’s work at The Whitworth. This would not only prevent the communities of Manchester and beyond to benefit from the museum’s useful practice, but would also be a massive loss for the entire cultural sector.
Nihil Pulchrum Nisi Utile [nothing beautiful unless useful]
Nick Aikens, Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Miguel Amado, Director, Sirius Arts Arts Centre, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
Tania Bruguera, Artist and activist, Director of Arte Útil Project, Harvard University
John Byrne, Reader in the Uses of Art, Liverpool John Moores University
Sebastian Cichocki, Chief curator, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Charles Esche, Director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Annie Fletcher, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Owen Griffiths, Artist and Founder & Director, Ways of Working, Wales
Jo Marsh, Artist and Creative Director, Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales
Gemma Medina, Art historian and researcher, Eindhoven
Meriç Öner, Researcher and exhibition maker, Istanbul
November Paynter, Curator, Toronto
Lucía Sanromán, Curator, Mexico City
Alessandra Saviotti, Art educator and researcher, Liverpool John Moores University
Alec Steadman, Curator and organiser, Struggles for Sovereignty, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Kuba Szreder, Lecturer and curator, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Stephen Wright, Professor, European School of Visual Art, France
Onur Yildiz, Researcher, Ankara
Peter Zuiderwijk, Designer, Den Haag.
I am honored to be invited togehter with Gemma Medina for the second seminar of "Cultures d'Avenir - Students in France, Spain and Germany design a curriculum for the future" hosted by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, where we will talk about our work as members of the Asociación de Arte Útil.
The project is a collaboration between Centre Pompidou (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW - Berlin) and Centre de Cutlura Contemporània de Barcelona, initiated by the FGYO.
IT - Durante gli ultimi mesi del 2021 ho tradotto in Italiano la guida 'Hologram - A Starter Kit For Postcapitalist Futures'.
La pubblicazione in 10 lingue spiega passo dopo passo come organizzare il triangolo per attivare il primo Ologramma.
La guida è scaricabile sul sito the Hologram qui
ENG - Over second part of 2021 I've helped with the Italian translation of 'Hologram - A Starter Kit For Postcapitalist Futures'.
The publication is a step by step manual in 10 languages to help you and your triangle set up your first Hologram meeting
It is available on the Hologram's website here
On April 27th and 28th I took part in the Voices of Culture's brainstorming meetings on the "Status & Working Conditions for Artists, Cultural and Creative Professionals" on behalf of Art Workers Italia (AWI). The result was a Report which includes 5 Chapters on: 1) Legal Status, Recognition, Social Security of Artists, Cultural and Creative Workers; 2) Fair pay, Collective Bargaining, Intellectual Property, Flattening Income Variation and Financial Support; 3) Research, Lifelong Learning, Representation, Entrepreneurship; 4) Mobility; 5) Artistic Freedom & Freedom of Expression, Diversity and Inclusion, Threats to Artistic Freedom, Measures and Regulations. The Report is available here, it was presented to the European Commission in a Dialogue Meeting on June the 29th, 2021 and it comprehends recommendations to policy officers.
Voices Of Culture is the structured dialogue between the cultural sector in the European Union and the European Commission. It provides a platform for civil society representatives of the cultural sector to give input to the European Commission on a range of topics.
I am honored to be among the mentors for the 2021 UNIDEE residency programme - Groundwork for Embedded Arts Practice curated by Andy Abbott.
The focus of this edition is on alternative structures, frameworks, ecologies and organisational forms of socially engaged art projects and the 'groundwork' required to build and sustain them.
I've invited artist Owen Griffiths as we have been in conversation for long time as part of dpe.tools, for it we'll propose a couple of exercises to the residents which explore how to be together and apart through an embodied practice.
The other mentors are: Professor Katherine Gibson; artist Jeanne van Heeswijk; community economies platform The Interdependence (artists Kathrin Böhm, Kate Rich, Bianca Elzembauer) with researcher and curator Aria Spinelli; Decentralising Political Economies (presented by researcher/curator Alessandra Saviotti and artist Owen Griffiths); artist, academic and curator of the feminist DIY virtual collective Ladyz in Noyz Marlo De Lara; nomadic postcapitalist think-tank Institute of Radical Imagination (represented by artists and academics Massimiliano Mollona, Marco Baravalle and Emanuele Braga), collective Cráter Invertido , Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club– a worker’s co-op run cultural venue in Leeds; Pyramid, a collective of around 150 artists with and without learning disabilities and artist-facilitator, museum professional and academic Jade French; and artist, activist, and author of Art as Social Action and Dark Matter Gregory Sholette.
More info at the UNIDEE website here
Ho avuto il piacere di scrivere l'ultimo pezzo del 2020 per il terzo numero di Interstizi, una newsletter che nasce come piattaforma per la condivisione di pensieri e scritti su arte, attualità e pop culture, curata da Fabiola Fiocco e Giulia Pistone.
Essendo già in clima festivo, ma in preda alla malinconia, ho scritto di Comfort Food, ricordi ed emoji.
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