A conversation with Emanuele Coccia, philosopher, professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Eben Kirksey, Ph.D. Associate Professor (Research), Alfred Deakin Institute, Julieta Aranda, artist, and Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Columbia University.
Are we becoming undead? Are the assemblages of technology and capital turning us into bodies without autonomy, into "less-than-human" shells? The meeting will address the theme of the undead - vampires, ghosts and zombies - as generative figures. Such figures will be used as metaphors to reflect different shades of the contemporary human condition. The ghost wants to turn back the clock and return to former glory. American campaign slogans such as "Make America Great Again" and "Build Back Better" actually represent only nostalgic dreams haunted by longing and lament. While modern mortuary practices aspire to preserve human flesh outside the food web, the zombie and the vampire remind us that people can become predators and prey, just like other animal species. Zombies foreshadow our shared fate in the afterlife, when we become food for microbes. Ideas about human exceptionalism assume that we live outside ecological connections and relationships, as eaters of others but never being eaten. As we are all forced to bargain for sharing with viruses, imperceptible parasites that feed on our constituent biochemical parts, an opportunity arises to reflect on our relationship with Gaia and the fertile soil.
A series of meetings that aim to introduce the themes of Unknown Unknowns, 23rd International Exhibition of Triennale Milano, through the contributions of philosophers, artists and critics and art historians called to address the themes of the unknown and the unknown. The event is realized with the support of Franklin Templeton.
Santiago Sierra's work "Banner Suspended in Front of the Cove", will be exhibited in the group exhibition "Do we need to travel to be happy?" at Espace Foundation EDF of Paris (France).
Splendid Isolation looks at how artists create (or created) work during periods of isolation. Self-imposed isolation can be an advantage or even a necessary condition for the practice of certain artists, but for many it is a condition determined by geographical, political or biological factors. Whatever the cause of their seclusion, numerous artists use the situation to make work, whether out of necessity, as an exit strategy, an indictment, or as a testimony. Splendid Isolation brings together a range of stories and ensembles by international artists who either work, or have worked, in isolation.
With art works by Adrien Vescovi, Asim Abu Shakra, Danny Bergeman, David Byrd, Derek Jarman, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Eugenio Dittborn, Forrest Bess, Frank Walter, Hélène Amouzou, Hervé Yamguen, Hessie, Irma Blank, Judith Scott, Luciano Perna, Majd Abdel Hamid, Louise Bourgeois, Nalini Malani, Salam Atta Sabri, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Shuvinai Ashoona and Zehra Doğan.
A new work by Santiago Sierra will be realized on May 12 at Plaça del Conqueridor, Arta, Mallorca (Spain) - Curated by Fernando Gómez de la Cuesta.
A tree that has come from afar sprouts up next to the university lecture hall. It happens in Reggio Emilia. At Fotografia Europea, Circuito Off 2022, the University of Modena and Reggio evokes a world through the roots and branches of a plant in which the academic "sacred" becomes the "sacred" of peoples. Images, voices, songs, memory that proposes itself as projects for a better life.
Signals from the land of remorse: Resilient Communities is the installation conceived by the painter-performer Dim Sampaio, Brazilian-Bolognese, by Sara Uboldi and Federico Montanari from Unimore, with the soundtrack of artists such as Fabrizio Rivola from Imola and Petar Stanovic from Ravenna, opening on Saturday 7 at 3 p.m. at the ex Caserma Zucchi- Palazzo Dossetti, next to the Aula Magna. The talking tree-sculpture will remain until the end of the great Reggio Emilia photography exhibition on May 15.
It is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Communication and Economics of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the Department of Historical Sciences and Cultural Heritage of Siena.
It is anthropology and art in the field, or rather on the tree. History and future planning arise, sprout, hang, dance from the tree. In Dim Sampaio's work, images of ancient rituals that have survived, of ruins that tell of the territory and the history of the past are intertwined with roots anchored to the earth, to the ruins, testimonies and vestiges of the past. "The tree becomes a metaphor for the strength of communities that, without losing awareness of their origins, open themselves to the world and to the other."
This is the sense of Resilient Communities, which in environmental defense seek new ways. A kind of "Laudato Sì" of Francis, the saint and the Pope, brought to the temples of culture and modernity of Padania.
The title recalls the great anthropologist Ernesto De Martino and his book "La terra del rimorso" (The Land of Remorse), 1959, in which he sought to understand the residues of archaic religious forms in the traditional societies of Southern Italy, also posing the question of forms of cultural resistance and projections into modernity.
Sampaio works on a multimedia platform of photos and videos of the territories, starting from the maps, through their projection on screen and following narrative links between experiences, voices, ancestral practices, crises and transformations.
The south as metaphor and reality. Fabrizio Rivola and Petar Stanovic return the soundscape: songs, prayers, proverbs dialects become heritage of humanity to be transmitted to new generations.
The initiative is a collective work of artists and populations, including the association Via Roma 0 of Reggio Emilia, connected to the project "CULTURE, WELLBEING AND HEALTH" developed by the universities in a network with Palazzo Magnani, Fondazione Nazionale Danza Aterballetto, Archivio di Stato di Modena, Biblioteca Panizzi.