Master-Symposium November 26th – 27th

Autumn semester / 1st & 3rd semester

26.11.2019, 10h00 – 17h30
Input session
10h00 – 12h00
Presentation of curatorial and academic path
13h00 – 17h30
Reading and discussion of theoretical texts
+ collective viewing of artworks and artistic proposals.

27.11.2019, 10h00 – 17h30
Output session
10h00 – 12h00
Experiments on publicness: conception of individual and/or collective site-specific artoworks
13h00 – 17h30
Presentations of the artistic projects and collective discussion of the outputs

Schwabstrasse 10, 3018 Bern, Multifunktionsraum 110


Universität / Haute École
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Maria Iorio, Raphël Cuomo & Lucrezia Cippitelli
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Content description

Lucrezia Cippitelli
with Raphaël Cuomo and Maria Iorio

The workshop aims at framing artistic practices which focus on the connection between art and life, and deconstruct boundaries between high and low cultures, artist and spectators, the space of art and the space of daily life. It starts with describing how Inadin people (also called Tuaregs, the nomadic tribes of the Sahara) fight against any forms of outside interference in their traditional way of life, by using their tents as data transmitters in Bruce Sterling’s “Islands on the Net”, and follows up with analyzing artistic practices and theoretical statements which involve daily life, politics and the challenge of any rule imposed by tyrannies and institutional violence on the Global South since the second half of the 20th Century. How do activism, DIY culture, hacking and Cyberpunk overlap with the nowadays attempt to decolonize art history from a comparative perspective by narrating Conceptualism as a broad body of works from the Global South which fight against dictatorships and arbitrariness of powers? Through publicness, site specificity, involvement in daily life, communities, urban life. The two days will lead the participants to approach the broad topic through the lenses of criticism and through their own involvement in the practice.

Lucrezia Cippitelli
Lucrezia Cippitelli, PhD, is professor of Aesthetics at Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Milan), member of cheFare – agenzia di trasformazione culturale (Milan) and the artistic director of Ateliers Picha, the educational program of Picha – Biennial of Lubumbashi (Lubumbashi, Congo RDC). Her research focuses on the global south, decolonial theories, art and civic participation. She curated Civic Media Art for cheFare (2017-18) and co-curated the Bienniale Interactiva de Merida, Mexico (2005 and 2007), the Biennale Desde Aqui of Bucaramanga, Colombia (2015), Urban Scenos Dakar / Ouakam (2012-2013). In 2005 she set up a media center in Havana, Cuba (Alamar Express Lab, 2005-2007), and a social innovation laboratory through the arts in Khartoum, Sudan (Khartoum Lab, 2012-2013). Between 2011 and 2015 she founded and directed University of Addis Ababa, where she lived.

Maria Iorio / Raphaël Cuomo
Maria Iorio and Raphaël Cuomo are an artist duo based in Geneva and Berlin. In the recent years, their collaborative artistic practice involving long-term research has investigated the economies of visibility in relation to past and present mobility regimes over the southern and northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Their last projects examine the intertwined histories of migration and cinema. Iorio/Cuomo initiated the ongoing screening program That relation between us, or among us at Archive Kabinett, Berlin. They previously curated Unfinished histories – histoires en devenir, a series of exhibitions, screenings and talks that revisited the historiographies of the expanded field of moving image practices. Iorio/Cuomo have shown their work in various exhibitions, screenings and film festivals, including The Parliament of Bodies, Documenta 14 Public Programs (Athens); If Not For That Wall (CiC, Cairo); Quadriennale 16 (Rome); Visions du réel (Nyon); FID (Marseille); Logica del passaggio (Querini Stampalia, Venice); Twisted Realism (Argos, Brussels); Chewing the Scenery (54th Venice Biennale); The Maghreb Connection (Townhouse Gallery, Cairo).