April 3, 2014

Gelosia, Cully

An exhibition by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, and Luigi Presicce

April 26 to June 8, 2014
Cully, Switzerland

Gelosia (Jealousy) was the name of the boat that in 2010, with the help of many friends and the public, the Italian artists pushed along the streets of a village in southern Italy during the first edition of an annual event they called “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death).”

The artists proposed to turn the traditional November 2nd celebration, the “Day of the Dead,” into this new holiday. For the first edition of this feast, on November 2nd, 2010, they invited those who were interested to be part of a pilgrimage, probably the shortest and slowest in the world, that departed from its destination (rather than arriving at it): Lu Cafausu in San Cesario di Lecce.

Lu Cafausu is a mysterious small building, an architectural remnant that the artists have elected as a source of metaphors and narratives. It is “an imaginary place that really exists,” around which the presence of death floats. Any day, the small building might in fact be demolished to accommodate more parking space for cars, or might also fall apart due to its precarious, old architecture. It could also be turned into a frozen, dead monument. Because of this feeling of the presence of death, Lu Cafausu is an ideal place for a new celebration. The Celebration of the Living or, in Italian, “La Festa dei Vivi,” is for those who, in order to give meaning to life, reflect upon death; their own, “first and foremost.”

In an ideal continuation of this journey, which deals with our common destiny, with the death of Courbet nearby “Duchamp’s waterfall,” with the origin of the world, with any erotic feeling that could match death, with coincidences, with the unexpected, with chaos. . . the artists decided to realize a reproduction of the boat Gelosia that will include a secret, some ashes, referring to something very personal, jealously kept, owned by them.

March 6, 2014

Der Gast und der Eindringling, Bern

Giancarlo Norese, intrusi, Progr, Bern, 2014
Waisenhausplatz 30
Opening am 20. März 2014 um 18.00 Uhr

Roberto De Luca mit Ermanno Cristini, Barbara Fässler, Paul Le Grand, Giancarlo Norese, Olivia Notaro, Antoni Pinent, Luca Scarabelli.

In Zusammenarbeit mit Alessandro Castiglioni und Michael Krethlow
20.- 24. März 2014

Die Formel der Ausstellung Der Gast und der Eindringling ist einfach: Ermanno Cristini macht sein Atelier auf und lädt einen Künstler ein, den Gast, ein Werk in den privaten Räumen seines eigenen Ateliers durchzuführen. Danach wird auch ein anderer verborgener und unsichtbarer Künstler, der Eindringling, eingeladen. Ein Künstler, der einen Künstler einlädt und der einen anderen Künstler versteckt. Ein Spiel von Spiegeln, das auch aus Begegnungen, Flucht, Gesprächen und Stille gemacht ist.
Die dort organisierten Verabredungen werden nie zu bloßen Ausstellungen von Gegenständen, sondern sie machen die Zentralität der „Praxis“ und das Bedürfnis der Arbeit des Künstlers, ihr Ehrfahrungswesen wieder zuzuschreiben, geltend.

Giancarlo Norese, Dedications,
Galerie in Lehrerzimmer, Progr, Bern, 2014;
ph. L. Scarabelli
Und „Erfahrung“ ist auch diese Verabredung im PROGR, aber hier kehrt sich die Formel um. Der Eingeladene, der Gast, ist Roberto de Luca, während Ermanno Cristini das Format “leiht”: Er spielt „außer Haus“ und teilt mit sechs anderen Künstlern die Rolle des Eindringlings. Es geht um einen Austausch der Rollen, der die fluide Natur des Projekts und die Lust auf Konfrontation, die es beseelt, wieder einführt. Der Plan gewinnt eine besondere Bedeutung im PROGR, der ein Begegnungsort ist, dass heißt ein Ort für Austausch und ständigen Durchgang von Wissen.
Und es ist gerade an den Orten der Geselligkeit des PROGR, wie die Flure, das Café usw., wo der Gast und die Eindringlinge diskret anwesend sein werden. Sie werden die Räume mit Leichtigkeit, Unmerklichkeit und einfachen Handlungen durchlaufen, mit der Stimmung des stillen Wanderers, der gerade dank seiner Stille versucht, die Stimme der Sachen wieder erfahren zu können.

February 2, 2014

Roaming. Riposizionamenti, Maggia

Ex Szeemann archives, Maggia
Domenica 2 febbraio 2014 dalle ore 15 alle 16

Fabbrica Rosa, Ex Archivio Szeemann
Maggia, Locarno, Switzerland

Pier Paolo Coro e Rita Canarezza, Ermanno Cristini, Hanna Hildebrand, Francesca Mangion, Giovanni Morbin, Andrea Nacciarriti, Giancarlo Norese, Una Szeemann, Margaretha Zelle.

Web: Simply.it
A cura di Alessandro Castiglioni

Riposizionamenti è la ventiduesima tappa del progetto Roaming ed è l'ultima azione che avviene all'interno della “Fabbrica rosa” di Harald Szeemann a Maggia, Canton Ticino, Svizzera.

Dieci artisti esercitano per un'ora una presenza transitoria in uno spazio dal fortissimo valore simbolico.
Il video di Jacopo Rinaldi costituisce la documentazione di questa esperienza e con il suo racconto ne restituisce lo spirito evocando, mescolati all’indugiare del pubblico, il raggio di Pier Paolo Coro e Rita Canarezza, il respiro di Ermanno Cristini, la mappatura sonora di Hanna Hildebrand, il testo visivo di Francesca Mangion, l’aspirapolvere di Giovanni Morbin, l’archivizione per interposta persona di Andrea Nacciarriti realizzata da Alessandro Castiglioni, il trolley di Giancarlo Norese, la passeggiata in esilio di Una Szeemann, l’assenza di Margaretha Zelle.

Come le ombre, le polveri di scaffali, mobili e documenti, le performance e questo video sono la traccia di un semplice passaggio; una presenza fantasmatica in un tempo sottile. E, indirettamente, sono un contributo al dibattito avviato da Ermanno Cristini su UnDo.Net a proposito dell’attualità dell’attitudine e della sua forma.

Il video di Jacopo Rinaldi è un progetto di ricerca sviluppato con l'aiuto di Giulia Polenta e in collaborazione con l’Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio. Rilievo laser-scanner di Lidor Gilad e Francesco Pusterla.

Maggiori informazioni sull'evento Roaming. Riposizionamenti
Maggiori informazioni sul progetto Roaming

Maggiori informazioni su VOGLIA DI 68?:
Su UnDo.Net Ermanno Cristini ha avviato “un dibattito” a cui stanno partecipando diversi autori.


December 1, 2013

Free Home University, Lecce

Free Home University
December 5th to 15th, 2013, Lecce, Italy


Free Home University (FHU) is a pedagogical experiment created in 2013 by an international group of artists and thinkers. It focuses on generating new ways of sharing and creating knowledge by experiencing life in common.
The name Free Home University refers to how a horizontal, inviting, energy-liberating environment (Free), within a protected and intimate space (Home), can provide an alternative, yet universal knowledge sharing (University). Intimacy, immersion, mutual learning, collaboration and hands-on practice are considered fundamental values.

FHU’s definition of study is open and includes alternative forms of inquiry, research, artistic processes and experimental practices. Mentors and Fellows live and work together in intensive Classes throughout the year. Experiencing coalitional learning, each participant will be both a teacher and a student bringing together different disciplines and perspectives.

The FHU includes a series of Classes in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The first Class (December 5th to 15th, 2013) will approach the crucial notion: HOW WE WANT TO LIVE.

The Class includes Mentors who propose a direction of inquiry and Fellows who explore and continue it through three modules. Mentors are the artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Lu Cafausu (Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, and Luigi Presicce), and Adrian Paci.
Fellows are a blend of local, Italian and international artists, curators and scholars: Sara Alberani, Vashti Ali, Valentina Apicerni, Sarah Ciracì, Irene Coppola, Luigi Coppola, Maria De Schio, Cecilia Divizia, Elisabetta Falanga, Giulia Gabrielli, Karen Hakobian, Astrit Ismaili, Laura Lovate, Carlo Marchetti, Federica Menin, Matilda Odobashi, Mattia Pellegrini, Samuele Piazza, Davide Ricco, Harout Simonian, Anastasis Stratakis, Roberto Tenace, Edoardo Tronchin.

Guests and visitors, both from the local context and the international horizon, will contribute to the process.

FHU is based in the city of Lecce and nearby village of San Cesario, in Apulia, Italy. A program of public activities (discussions, workshops, dinners, screenings, events in public spaces) will connect multiple communities, linking local and global issues, and relating to the immediate context. Learnings produced by the Class will be available on a Creative Commons license for free download on www.freehomeuniversity.org that is conceived as a dynamic public forum for all participants.

FHU is working towards becoming a longer-term project. It aims to operate with an open, modular, and replicable structure; investigate practices and theories; experiment with varied approaches; cross-pollinate disciplines; practice self-education and enrich our communities.

FHU supports the work of cultural practitioners who are invested in learning practices, social processes and art as life.

MODULES FOR CLASS ONE (December 5th to 15th, 2013)

A Common(s) Course: Commoning Times, Commoning Cities
Mentors: Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
The shared time of this module is dedicated to developing a new sensorium for the commons and practices of commoning. The course will build capacity to enhance and cultivate a relation to the interdependency of different life forms and the necessity to develop an understanding of the common(s) that is not strictly centered on human life.

The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)
Mentors: Lu Cafausu (Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce)
Through the process of discussion, planning, design and implementation, participants will collectively research and develop The Celebration of the Living, an ongoing collaborative art project. The themes will include: a meditation on death not only as a celebration and remembrance of those who passed away, but also a perspective that can offer a meaning to the living.

Through the Image, Beyond the Image
Mentor: Adrian Paci
This module will deal with the image in all its complexity, intimate folds, pleadings, and contradictions. The languages of photo, drawing, painting, and video will be used to explore representation. Participants will find movies and images that come from a context of intimate life to focus on the gaze, and to temper and refine sensitivities in order to be able to read and dig into these images.

A Project of Loop House and Musagetes, curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland, Luigi Negro and Alessandra Pomarico.

Canadian media contact:
Alissa Firth-Eagland
Program Manager, Musagetes

Italian media contact:
Alessandra Caiulo


November 30, 2013

Dialogos Part Two, Bellinzona

MACT/CACT is pleased to announce

Enrico Boccioletti, Mario Casanova, Dustin Cauchi, Alessandro Castiglioni,
Richard Clements, Ermanno Cristini, Vicky Falconer, Simone Frangi, Francesca Mangion, Mickaël Marchand, Giancarlo Norese, Paolo Tognozzi, Alessandro Rolandi, Luca Scarabelli, Miki Tallone, Virginia Zanetti

Opening: Saturday 30 November 2013 from 5.30 p.m.
DIALOGOS, a ‘negotiated’ exhibition: meeting with the artists at 8.00 p.m.

30 November 2013 – 9 February 2014; Fri-Sat-Sun_2.00-6.00 p.m.

[MACT/CACT Contemporary Art in Canton Ticino Christmas celebrations from December the 20th 2013 until January the 10th 2014]

MACT/CACT Contemporary Art in Canton Ticino is hosting DIALOGOS PART TWO, the second edition of a research undertaking that first started out with no particular project and no orthodox curatorial design. Focusing on the chance to develop an artistic practice based on continuously negotiating knowledge, choices and consciousness, it has led to an experience that has flourished between artists who were ‘chosen’ for reasons of coincidence, elective affinities or interfacing trajectories in their manners of making.
Dialogos Part Two builds on the experience of a project launched in 2011, with an exhibition at the Assab One, in Milan.
Published to mark the occasion, Cahier d’Art #5 contains all the materials featuring in the development of this edition of the project.

I - Dialogue as an aesthetic practice

Dialogos is an exhibition project that occupies an ideal space between the dynamics of performance and installation art, drawing its inspiration from the possibility of conceiving of space as a formula of time, in other words putting the focus on the ‘when’ before the ‘where’, at the juncture when it is negotiated and transformed by a relationship. Dialogue thus takes on the guise of an aesthetic practice, as it is the very element that modulates and structures first a time, then a space.

II - The antecedents

It’s no accident that this project follows a shared experience on which Ermanno Cristini and Alessandro Castiglioni have been working since 2008. Dialogos is the offspring of two previous, important projects: the first, Roaming, is based on exhibitions that last no more than the fleeting duration of a vernissage and then survive in the inconsistent uncertainty of their documentary records; the other, Riss(e) (Scuffles), was conceived as a series of exhibitions and meetings held in Ermanno Cristini’s studio, whose purpose was to establish a practice of comparison and confrontation.

Giancarlo Norese, Luca Scarabelli
III - The Hermeneutic Cycle

Dialogos is ultimately rather like a game of chess, but one where the artistic operation and the trace it leaves – the object – are charged with a reversible communicability, between one artist and another, between artist and work, between work and space, space and observer, observer and space, space and work, work and artist, artist and artist. That is why the device provided by this project comprises actions, responses and responses to the responses.

At 8.00 p.m., the exhibition’s official inauguration will be followed by
DIALOGOS, a ‘negotiated’ exhibition: meeting with the artists.
A dialogue is rather like a game of chess that is openly indecisive by definition: the aim of the dialogue is the dialogue itself. It was in this spirit that this exhibition was pieced together over two years of work. Some of the participating artists will talk about their experiences and compare notes about what this process means.

via Tamaro 3
6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland
info (at) cacticino (dot) net

November 23, 2013

With a Little Help from My Friends, Gallarate

Il MA*GA di Gallarate riapre al pubblico dopo l’incendio che il 14 febbraio ha gravemente lesionato l’edificio.
L’apertura riguarda un’intera ala del museo, bonificata e riallestita grazie all’impegno e al contributo di Comune di Gallarate, Regione Lombardia e Fondazione Cariplo, per permettere la ripresa delle attività culturali ed espositive sino ad oggi ospitate in diverse sedi cittadine e regionali.
La città ritrova un suo spazio espositivo, culturale, di incontro attivo, accessibile e coinvolgente.

November 21, 2013

A Movement of Pigs and Bricks, Bergen

G.N., The Porcellino and Lu Cafausu
For the last ten months, Lewis & Taggart have been collecting pigs and bricks. Their goal: to acquire one representation of a pig (in two or three dimensions) and one physical brick from each of the ten PIIGS and BRICS nations*.

To gather the objects, the artists relied on a process of remote collecting, whereby a network of friends, colleagues and distant acquaintances were asked to select and send the objects to Lewis & Taggart's Bergen studio, thereby activating a global movement of pigs and bricks.

A play between material and language, the art project constitutes an object-based inquiry into the current economic transition from the longstanding heavyweights of the west to the world's future wealthiest, and thereby most powerful, nations. Through an exploration of sculpture as a collective entity, A Movement of Pigs and Bricks seeks to probe the distinct and overlapping conditions of the countries involved, and strives to elucidate, complicate and question the overarching economic paradigm in which these nations are collectively framed.

The objects in A Movement of Pigs and Bricks have been collected by Daniela Castro, Maria Inigo Clavo, Sandeep Krishna, Trygve Luktvasslimo, Johan Lundh & Aileen Burns, Yulia Medvedeva, Marius Moldvær, Giancarlo Norese, Matthew O'Kane, Bjørg Taranger, James Webb, and Theodoros Zafeiropoulos.

*In economics, the acronyms PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) signify, respectively, the five most heavily indebted eurozone nations, often perceived as responsible for the current European recession, and the five countries predicted to achieve global economic dominance by 2050.

University of Bergen Library
Haakon Sheteligs plass 7

Opening on 20 November at 18:00
till 20 December

Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 20:30
Friday 8:30 - 19:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

From 5 December
Weekdays 8:30 - 19:00
Closed Saturdays

From 13 December
Weekdays 8:30 - 16:00
Closed Saturdays

Andrew Taggart and Chloe Lewis are a Canadian artist duo based in Norway, where they received a joint MFA in 2010 from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Focusing primarily on the relationship between place and form, their work typically manifests as sculptural collections, artist books, and site-based interventions. They have most recently exhibited at Small Projects, Tromsø; NoPlace, Oslo; and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw. In parallel to their studio practice, Lewis & Taggart operate the Museum of Longing and Failure, a small museum with an emphasis on sculptural practices. www.lewisandtaggart.com