THE DAYS WITH THE ARTIST
RAVE EAST VILLAGE ARTIST RESIDENCY / ANIMAL SPACES
VILLA MANIN, PASSARIANO, ITALY
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The artist TOMÁS SARACENO was this year’s guest at the RAVE East Village Artist Residency. This regular appointment with contemporary art in Friuli Venezia Giulia has now reached its fifth edition and has been held in the splendid location of Villa Manin from 25 to 31 July 2016, in collaboration with ERPAC Ente Regionale Patrimonio Culturale, Politecnico di Milano and Technische Universität Braunschweig.
For seven amazing days Tomás Saraceno, together with writers, scientists, students, teachers, artists, architects, curators, a cow, a young donkey and many spiders, have shared space, time, ideas and experiences.
In the conference rooms, in the park, in the laboratory or lying down on the grass in the middle of the night, in public or private talks the guests dealed with the issues developed during this edition, focused on the border between human animals and non-human animals, the relations between domestication and nature, the question about the dominion on other species, the attention for every single action, from vegan food to walking barefoot, the connections between science and arts, microcosmos and macrocosmos, the concept of the umwelt and the multiplicity of perspectives, the encounter and its effects, the research of a common ground through the threshold, to finally imagine the possibility to share space and time beyond species.
At RAVE Tomás Saraceno conducted a site specific research with the places and the non-human inhabitants (arachnids) of Villa Manin, discovering nooks and spaces created and then no longer lived by man, where time flows with other rhythms and other ways. The project is still in progress.
Tomás Saraceno is one of the most outstanding artists in the international scene. He is particularly celebrated for the subjects he addresses and the process used in his research. His work reflects on the Anthropocene, the current geological era where mankind is the principal factor influencing biological, geological and atmospheric processes on the planet. He uses art as an approach for overcoming geographic, behavioural and social barriers. He seeks to overcome boundaries between disciplines and uses a collaborative model for his research and production, which is applied to all fields of knowledge. His artistic practice actively seeks to conceive an alternate future for humanity, also through the creation of visionary structures which unite engineering, science and utopian lyricism. His work is to be seen in major museums around the globe.
This RAVE edition welcomed the important collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano (with the project Milano Animal City) and the Technische Universität Braunschweig (with the project BioBerlin). These two institutions hold the workshop ANIMAL SPACES, which reflected on non-anthropocentric urban ethics, such as that suggested by policies of Biodiversity.
The days of events were further enriched by the participation and intervention of prestigious guests who were invited to share in the extraordinary opportunities for dialogue in the park of Villa Manin, in close contact with Ugola, the cow, and Toni Romeo, the donkey, the two animals saved from the slaughterhouse through artistic actions of Tiziana Pers (project Art-History). The Filiera del Legno FVG has constructed a shelter for them from wood sourced from the mountains of Friuli and PEFC certified for the management of sustainable forestry. Among the guest, RAVE had also the pleasure of the visit of the curator Iara Boubnova and the artist Nedko Solakov.
During the residency TOMÁS SARACENO hold a public lecture, presenting and discussing his research with the introduction of Isabella Pers and the participation of Filipa Ramos, curator, writer and editor in chief of art-agenda, Lecturer in Experimental Film at Kingston University and Moving Image at Central Saint Martins, London, and Alex Jordan, biologist and Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute Department of Collective Behaviour, who studies the complex social and collective systems of animals. The research of Tomás was deepened through multiple levels of reading, from science to philosophy and art, thanks to the different gazes and perspectives.
The day after, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Casa Cavazzini in Udine hosted the meeting BIODIVERSITY IN CITIES, a dialogue between philosophy, art and architecture. The meeting was introduced by Mariagrazia Santoro, Councillor for Infrastructure and territory Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Furio Honsell, Major of Udine and mathematician, and started with the public lecture by the archistar Stefano Boeri, followed by the interventions of Antonio Giusa (ERPAC/Villa Manin), Matteo Marsilio and Marco Vidoni (Filiera del Legno FVG), Gino Colla (On Art), Andrea Colla (entomologist), Tommaso Sacchi (responsible for culture of the City of Florence) and Alessandro Verona (president Vicino/lontano Premio Terzani). The event was under he patronage of Udine Civic Museums.
During the days of the residence there was also time dedicated to children with the workshop OTHER GAZES FOR OTHER WORLDS. How do animals see us? Creativity, play and invention together with Ugola and Toni Romeo, organized by Arteventi didattica in the Park of Villa Manin.
And in the park the public partecipated also at the symbolic liberation of Ugola and Toni Romeo, followed by the NIGHT OF DIALOGUE, a round table held in the meadow under the stars around a full of books 'raft'.
As well as Tomás Saraceno together with Saverio Cantone and Sofia Lemos from Studio Saraceno, the Night of Dialogue, saw the participation of numerous guests, including Stefano Boeri and Almut Grüntuch-Ernst, architects, Mylene Ferrand, art historian, Giulia Ferracci, curator at the MAXXI Museum, Alex Jordan, scientist Max Planck Institute, Azzurra Muzzonigro, architect, Simone Frangi, curator Viafarini, Federico Pirone, Councilor for Culture City of Udine, Daniele Capra, curator, Giuliana Carbi, art historian and director Trieste Contemporanea, Eva Comuzzi, curator, Martina Peruch, art historian, Elena Tammaro, curator, Giovanni Marta and the team of Vulcano unità di produzione contemporanea, Michele Spanghero, artist, and many others.
Two exhibitions accompanied this RAVE edition. The first is WAITING FOR RAVE. Anticipations of a Posthuman Time, curated by Pietro Gaglianò (Villa Manin, Barchessa di Levante, open until September 4). The exhibition, which is intended as a platform for dialogue and a starting point, presents the projects of Leonardo Caffo, Alessandro Cannistrà, Laura Cionci, Ryts Monet, Azzurra Muzzonigro, Isabella Pers, Tiziana Pers, Nada Prlja e Valentina Sonzogni.
The exhibition offers a visual time accompanied by some reflections on the various issues dealt by WAITING POSTHUMAN, multidisciplinary research platform created by the philosopher Leonardo Caffo.
The second exhibition presents the installations created at the workshop ANIMAL SPACES, conceived and coordinated by Azzurra Muzzonigro under the scientific supervision of Stefano Boeri and Almut Ernst Grüntuch, along with Livia Shamir, Francesca Benedetto, Saverio Pesapane, Laura Cionci, Andre Schmidt and Ana Zetazalo-Schenk. The workshop involved 12 students of architecture in a fertile dialogue with Saraceno around the themes of urban non-anthropocentric ethics between art, architecture, science and philosophy leading to the creation of four wood installations in the park of Villa Manin, realized thanks to the support of Filiera del Legno Fvg. At the workshop took part as visiting professors: Nicola Bressi, Director of the Natural Sciences Museum of Trieste, Andrea Colla, entomologist, Sabrina Tonutti, zooanthropologist Udine University, Paolo Comuzzi, artist, Anna-Katharina Laboissière, PhD in philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.
The exhibition in the park is still open.
RAVE East Village Artist Residency is a project created and directed by the artists Isabella and Tiziana Pers in collaboration with Giovanni Marta.
It is member of The Independent, the platform of the MAXXI Foundation in Rome dedicated to independent, innovative and experiential Italian and international projects.
RAVE 2016 is organized in collaboration with ERPAC Ente Regionale Patrimonio Culturale, Trieste Contemporanea, Gallinae in Fabula, OIPA-Organizzazione Internazionale Protezione Animali, Museo di Storia Naturale di Trieste, Gallinae in Fabula, Musiz Foundation, On Art, Art House. With the support of Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Filiera del Legno FVG and Altevie Technologies. Main partner: Vulcano unità di produzione contemporanea. Many thanks to L’Angelica, Terra & Pane and 3P technologies.
RAVE thanks also all the volunteers for their precious support to the project.