A ritual on bartering among artists.
Bartering among artists is a practice with a long tradition where mutual affirmation of artistic identity, value exchange and generosity collapse in a seemingly peer to peer agreement. If cultural and social capital are also in play, the question raises: What exactly is it that artists exchange in an artwork barter? At first glance, bartering looks like a simple pre-capitalistic practice, but behind this act one can easily discover the actualization of complex patterns of evaluations of future scenarios / power relationships / psychodynamics of ego / generosity / exchange of ideas / fostering of a form of artistic communion / mutual support / patronage (etc.). Furthermore, the exchange of artworks among artists as regularly practice might be a good precaution for their old bones. The list of artists who exchanged artworks amongst each other is really long: Bacon/ Freud, Manet/Degas, Picasso/ Matisse, Dürer/Raphael, Van Gogh/Gauguin or Sol LeWitt’s exchanges with Eva Hesse, Robert Mangold, Hanne Darboven, Robert Ryman, as random examples. “For Sol LeWitt, the act of exchange seemed to be not only a personal gesture, but also an integral part of his conceptual practice.” During the exchange@telegraphenwerke the privat ritual of bartering became semi-public. The vent is intended to give visibility to the status of a work of art before to be introduced in the market or institutional context, but also to the artist as producer in time of crisis, and to offer to a selected audience a insight of several dynamic of value activated by the exchange. The act of bartering radically simplifies the value of the two artworks in a 1=1 ratio where pricing, speculation, money transitions are suspended in their respective economic and time frame of actualization, Like any industry custom, it comes with its own rules: offer work of equivalent scale or significance. It’s OK to follow up. And be generous.”
Exchange II: FRICTION & FAILURE
with Laure Catugier/ Elizabeth McTernan
With Lvis Mejía at salon@telegraphenwerke #1. Berlin
artexhibition al MACC di Calasetta.
A fiction about a fiction.
Il progetto ARTExhibition si propone di esplorare i legami fra le espressioni culturali identitarie della Sardegna, il suo patrimonio archeologico, storico, ambientale e l’arte contemporanea, con una serie web e unìapp con funzioni di realtà aumentata che avranno il compito di promuovere il progetto, attrarre, coinvolgere e informare non solo chi interessato allo specifico ambito (arte e beni culturali), ma un pubblico ampio ed eterogeneo. Si vuole tracciare una differente mappa identitaria dell’arte e della creatività contemporanea in Sardegna, un percorso che parli, non in maniera scontata e didascalica, ma andando oltre gli stereotipi, del senso di appartenenza a questa terra.
Questa è la tua terra.
Musei Civici. Galleria Comunale di Cagliari.
“Questa è la tua terra”, Musei Civici a cura della rete “Nino dove sei”.
Empirical survey on a heritage.
The results in words, images and text are the basis of this publication which gathers the works of many collaborators, 20 artists, various associations, four art centres (the Grimmuseum, Supermarkt Berlin, the Node Center, the Lazzaretto in Cagliari ), three art galleries ( MEME in Cagliari, Joao Cocteau and the Lucas Carrieri Art Gallery in Berlin) from a span of just four years. The project generated six exhibitions, 15 exclusively conceived artworks among installations and performances, two residency programs for eight artists, two publications, and a remarkable number of websites. Our project travelled several times between Sardinia and Germany and was seen by thousands of people, from art enthusiasts to art experts. Throughout “Empirical Survey on a Heritage” we display here the different moments of our journey, and we hope that our reader will have the same critical and logical approach we had through case and accident. Finally we hope you will be captivated by the artistic discoveries made visible by this project. The three experiments connected with Empirical Survey on a Heritage are a playful way to eradicate many of the suppositions and inconsistencies related to our cultural heritage. Identity and cultural heritage are in fact hot topics in this survey, since we are a group of migrant artists and curators dealing daily with these aspects and living in a multicultural, undetermined and multiverse society. This also determinates our curatorial choices. The project has been carried out by Giusy Sanna and myself. The entire project’s structure is based on a few assumptions accompanying a certain tendency that shows the overuse of scientific criteria in the artistic and philosophical field. The project’s logic is conceived as a reaction to the fusion of artistic and scientific dialects in conceptual arts; these patterns were also recurring in the emergency of a new scheme for contemporary art. The project “Empirical Survey on a Heritage” is an investigative procedure on a grey area between several disciplines, as Deleuze would say, where artistic and scientific languages and instruments seem to mix and blend. The scientific method, based on experiments, and the creative processes, strictly connected to art, are here confused. The curator here acts like a researcher verifying, selecting, investigating and conducting an experiment. The artist becomes the acting instrument of this research. Finally artworks and exhibitions are treated like the results of an experiment, and both are able to validate and invalidate the first assumption. As we see in the subtitle, “Empirical Survey on a Heritage” could be defined as a cultural experiment focusing on Sardinian culture and identity, using contemporary art as an instrument and Sardinia and Berlin as a laboratory or play-field.
Contributors: Nuno Vicente, StellanVeloce, Marisa Benjamim, Alessandro Sau, , Ewa Surowiec, Roberto Fanari, Bryn Chainey, Irene Balia, Cristina Meloni, Ambra Pittoni, Carlo Spiga, Paul-Flavien Enriquez-Sarano, E., Rugiada Cadoni, Igor Muroni.
Collaboration and Institution: the Grimmuseum( GERMANY), Supermarkt Berlin ( GERMANY), the Node Center( GERMANY), the Lazzaretto in Cagliari (ITALY), MEME in Cagliari (ITALY), Joao Cocteau Berlin ( GERMANY), Lucas Carrieri Art Gallery Berlin( GERMANY) , Comune di Cagliari. (ITALY), Comune di Samatzai ( ITALY), Regione autonoma della Sardegna (ITALY) , Fondazione Sciola (ITALY).
The project generated six exhibitions, 15 exclusively conceived artworks among installations and performances, two residency programs for eight artists, two publications, and a remarkable number of websites.
Die Ecke Project.
Art and Neuroscience.
The project Die Ecke Project, Art and Neuroscience. A new approach, initiated by Ecke Gallery in 2010 in Berlin, aims at promoting collaboration between artists and scholars involved in neuro scientific research, and thus at developing innovative and multidisciplinary works of art. Ecke Gallery regularly hosts international visual artist, multimedia artists, performers, curators, neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, psycho-linguists and philosophers, who come together in smaller groups to work on a specific topic, such as: consciousness, perception, cognition, memory, and time. Then, the results of the collaboration, works of art, has been presented in a group exhibition 25th MAY.
Partecipants and collaboration: Jan-Niklas Antons Psychologist / Neuroscientist, Marion Andrieu/ Artist, Levan Manjavidze/ Visual artist, Eva Teppe / artist, Mauro Murgia/psicologist, Rebecca Patrige/ Artist, Mauro Murgia/psicologist, Tomas Goucha- Neuroscientist, Paul-Flavien Enriquez-Sarano, Artist/Journalist, Katri Aksola – Artist Video/installation, Tomas Goucha, Neuroscientist, Athina Stokou – Artist/ Painter, Ambra Pittoni, Artist/ , Adeleh Hildebrand, Doctor in Psychiatry, Julie Mewes, Cultural and Medical Anthropology, Ania Pabis , Art / Photography, Nuno Vicente. Artist, Julien Avril, Musician Sound, Hannah Bohle, Psycholinguist, neuroscientist.
Sardinian artists in Berlin
Artists: Irene Balia, paintings; ; E., video; Roberto Fanari ,sculpture; Ambra Pittoni, performance; Carlo Spiga, installation.
People have always been attracted by Sardinia because of its specific and interesting culture. In recent years this attraction has become a sort of cultural exchange because also many Sardinians in general and Sardinian artists leave and enter the island permanently; some leave for good, others stay abroad for long periods. This mobility was caused by the emergence of many talented Sardinians who live outside Sardinia, a fact which demonstrates the potential of modern Sardinia for more attention and promotion. This event aims to give visibility to contemporary art made by Sardinian artists who work in Berlin. It is a showcase in the heart of the current world capital of contemporary art and promotes the particularity of Sardinian artists in a global cultural context.Located at the crossroads of Mediterranean cultures, Sardinian culture has ancient roots but also new sprouts, opening itself towards and becoming part of Europe.The event Genau! Sardinia. Sardinian artists in Berlin wants to be an initiative promoting Sardinian identity. Of course, a difficult cultural environment forms every artist, but a culture which uses contemporary art as a way of expression shows the willingness to renew and reinvent itself.In the course of globalization every peculiarity, originality and every distinctive feature is a valuable contribution to the beauty of the world and cultural heritage. In this case, contemporary art can play an important role to demonstrate different Sardinian facets and the island’s potential.
The following texts are natural development of years of studies and artistic practices. What follow can be just a proposition for motivated readers.I started to wrote it several years ago as a support for my private thinking and for my personal use. Luckily I started to share some of the following considerations with some friends, artists, neuroscientists and philosophers during the project Ecke Project (2010-2012) and their feedback have been more than precious. It is not a philosophical analysis because I´m not a philosopher and neither a scientific one, because I’m not a scientist. What I can say is that I tried (and I’m still trying) to engage this research rigorously, with deep curiosity and with the most intellectual honesty I could. I included also here some of the references to facilitate verification and to permit to re-walk easily some of the steps I took to advance my hypothesis.
John berger, how to live with stones
2022. Telegraphenwerke art project. Exchange FRICTION & FAILURE with Laure Catugier/ Elizabeth McTernan
2022. Telegraphenwerke art project. Exchange with Lvis Mejía at salon@telegraphenwerke #1
2018. WHEN THE RISING SUN. 2018. Galleria Comunale di Cagliari.
2017 Museum of Color. Pilot Exhibition. Berlin. (Germany).
2016 Solo Show. Pata-Archeology. For Bartoli-Felter Art Foundation. (ITALY).
2016 Artist Residency at Contemporary Art festival- DONORI (ITALY).
2015. Museum of Colours Berlin. (Germany).
2014. Atelier residence to Soma Gallery. Berlin. (Germany).
2013. Solo Show at BOX 32 ART Gallery. Berlin. (Germany).
2013. Solo Ex. Kant Reloaded- Expo Gallery. Berlin. (Germany).
2013. Berlin-Island Cagliari – Lazzaretto di Cagliari. (ITALY).
2012. 25 MAY – Art and neuroscience: a new approach .Ecke Gallery. Berlin. (Germany).
2011. Kaleidoskop Gallery “MIND the gap” (Neuköllner Kunstfestival Nacht und Nebel). (Germany).
2011. ART@HBM 2011 “Neurocartographies” – Neuroscience congress. Montreal . Quebec. (Canada).
2010. BLOOM Art fair – November – Cologne. (Germany).
2010. STROKE 03 – Urban art fair – October – Berlin . (Germany).
2010. Art Touch Gallery – 23 rue des Tournelles – 75004 Paris. (France).
2010. Forgotten Bar Project – one day exhibition . collective show- Berlin. (Germany).
2010. GENAU! Sardinia – Lucas Carrieri Gallery – Tor strasse – Berlin. (Germany).
2008. Astarte gallery, Rue de Saint-Pére ,Saint-Germain , 75007 Paris. (France).
2008. Exhibition at the gallery “ Art de rien” ,Paris 75018. (France).
2007. Nuit Blanche 2007-PARIS , MultiMedia installation « le Puits». Paris. (France).
Projects & residency (selection).
2022. Rebeccu. Musamadre 2022. (ITALY)
2021. MACC Calasetta. http://www.artexhibition.it/
2018. Residency. Musei Civici. Galleria Comunale di Cagliari. Questa è la tua terra, curator Raffaella e Bruno Venturi.
2016-2017 Empirical Survey on a Heritage Magazine –
2014. Project Manager: Ansia d´Infinito, Maria Lai a Berlino in collaborazione con Regione Autonoma della
Sardegna, Thorn and Sun Srl., Sardegna Store di Berlino, il Circolo Sardo di Berlino, Istituto Italiano di Berlino (
IIC – Italienisches Kulturinstitut Berlin). Germany.
2013. Project Manager: International exhibition: Berlin-Island Cagliari ( Lazzaretto di Cagliari March 2013);
curator Giusy Sanna. Artists: Irene Balia, Roberto Fanari, Ambra Pittoni – Paul-Flavien –Sarano Enriquez (FRA),
Carlo Spiga( ITA) ,Stella Veloce( ITA) , E., Nuno Vicente ( POR), Ewa Surowiec(POL), Bryn Chainey (ENG),
Marisa Benjamim (POR) , Alessandro Sau ( ITA), Cristina Meloni( ITA), Rugiada Cadoni from Y Liver (FRA), Igor
Muroni(ITA), Giovanni Casu. Italy
2012.Project manager BERLIN-ISLAND. ( Italy, Germany).
2012.Project manager and curator Holiday Island. SUPERMARKT. Brunnenstrasse 64- Berlin. (GERMANY)
2011.Curator for Tomasz Kobialka – Solo exhibition.Ecke Gallery. Berlin. (GERMANY)
2011. Curator for Irene de la Selva – Galaxy Project Solo exhibition Ecke Gallery. Berlin. (GERMANY)
2011. Curator and Manager Ecke Gallery- art and neuroscience . Finow Str 33 . Berlin. (GERMANY)
2010. Curator and project manager W.I.R. Gallery, Boxhagener Str. 33. Berlin. (GERMANY)
2009. Curator and project manager Work in Regress Gallery. Kreuzberg . Berlin. (GERMANY)
2009 – 2008. (6 months). Residency program at Culturia.de. Berlin. (GERMANY)
2014 . Museum of Colors – Kremansky – About Colours (GERMANY)
2011 -Kaleidoskop -Art Gallery Berlin- “Art and neuroscience – a new approach” MIND the gap –during art
festival NACHT UND NEBEL. Berlin. GERMANY)
2011 -Stattbad Wedding FLASHLIGHTS– “Art and neuroscience – a new approach”. Berlin. GERMANY)
2011 -WerkStadt Cultural Association Berlin e.V. “ART CLINIC # . Berlin. GERMANY)