as well as publishing, speaking and teaching
Prendre part à l’intervention artistique urbaine. Multiples engagements et appropriations : pour quelle figuration?
Workshop together with Laurent Thévenot (EHESS) and Luca Pattaroni (EPFL), urban festival EXPLORE, October 2021
The workshop proposes to reflect with the participants on the tensions inherent in urban artistic interventions involving participatory engagement. Often overlooked, these tensions weigh heavily on the artistic and political outcome of these interventions.
By crossing an experience conducted in the Parisian suburbs (Bobigny) by sociologist Laurent Thévenot and artist Yves Mettler with interventions carried out or in progress in Geneva (La Buissonnière, Parc de la Jonction , Cardinal Mermillod / PAV), three major questions will be addressed in the light of the difficulties encountered and the original answers provided by the experience.
Exhibition, Haus der Statistik, Berlin, June 2021
The exhibition ÜBER Urbane Praxis in 12+1 Berlin projects (ABOUT Urban Praxis) presents the fundamental principles and qualities of Urban Praxis (UP) in Berlin and puts them up for discussion. In the network of Berlin’s urban laboratories and campus projects, the Haus der Statistik occupies a central position. Without the artistic-cultural methodology of UP this pilot-project would be inconceivable in such a central and historically established location in the city of Berlin.
For the exhibition I met the people from the participating projects. Together we decided and designed the objects for the exhibition. Each objects conveys approaches of the public space, fields of activities and specifically developped knowledges. Put together, the collection immerses the viewer in an archipelago of urban activities. Through an interactive guide, they can each find to which project they have the closest affinity.
Pictures: Raquel Gomez Delgado, Martin C. Welker
Fanzine workshop, BA Fine Arts, Hochschule der Künste, Bern, April 2021
Magazines, fanzines, artzines, zines have a long tradition as a favourite medium in the world of sub-cultures. Having its roots in the very early times of the invention of the printing machine, the production of printed matter for voicing ideas exploded at the begin- ning of the 20th century. Up to today, even through the digital revolution, xeroxed paper is more than ever circulating among many communities. Artists played many roles in this history, and by creating our own series, we will explore the different components entailed in the making of a zine, from creating contents to its modes of distribution.
Each student makes a zine. The Idea is to go through the whole process of production, from the idea to the distribution of the zine, in order to understand all the steps that can be worked with.
Spread the love (for an artwork): Choose an artwork you love, that inspired you (for example to start making art). It can be a painting, sculpture, intervention, performance, etc… It can be made by an artist or a collective or be anonymous. There is at least a place and a date when the artwork has had a public appearance. Most importantly, you should love it and think it is important to share and spread it.
Preview of the Atlas Europe Square, November 2020.
Website as exhibition, HKB fine Arts BA, Bern, June 2020.
Hotel Krone, on display from June 2020 to June 2023
Together with the students and the teachers of the Fine Arts BA at the HKB, Berne, I designed and setup the final exhibition as a website. The website is designed as virtual hotel within which the works for the BA are presented in rooms like the spa, the lobby, the chapel, the parc, etc...
Exhibition, with Patricia Geraldes, Accademia di belli Arti, Roma, June 2019
At the end of the residencey where I worked on the narrative of periphery and center in the roman neighbourhood Laurentino 38, I presented a video installation, posters, comics and maps realised with the teenagers at the association Pontedincontro. Exhibition organized by Latitudo, Roma, in the frame of the european art residency program MagiCCarpets.
Photo: Mindaugas Drigotas, Nanook
Photo: Mindaugas Drigotas, Nanook
Talk at MACRO Asilo, Roma, June 2019
"Seccion Arte" is a folder dedicated to contemporary art on the Cuban "Paquete Semanal" since 2009. Act [n°22] is published in parallel to the XIII Biennal de La Habana, April 2019.
ARTZine is a subjective visit of my artzine collection. It builds up a kind of genealogy, while rumaging through the pile of bound papers. The contribution includes a list of the publication and a series of "portrait" of the zines, as well as a spanish subtitle file.
The curator of the Seccion Arte project, Nestor Siré, is an artist based in La Habana, interested in internet, new medias and DIY intelligence. Follow the project on Instagram: @seccion_arte, and read more on Rhizome.org
Workshop on culture & wellbeing, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, April 2019
The conference A Soul for Europe 2019 gave me the chance to meet a team of experts around the question of wellbeing. Together we held a workshop aiming at mapping that concept with cultural practices. The relevance for me was in the relation between public urban space and the personal capacity of taking action.
A Soul for Europe: Guido Ferilli, Frédéric Meseeuw, Mahir Namur, Rarita Zbranca, Yves Mettler | Arne Lietz (MEP): How do we define well-being and what role does culture play for the well-being of citizens? As new ways to address urban development, citizenship, difference, disability, happiness or meaning are needed for the future of Europe, we want to discuss an alternative approach to local politics through culture, articulated around the notion of well-being. Together we aim to form an informal group of people interested in discussing the topics further in the future.
The comics is the result of a workshop with kids that are using the public library Elsa Morante. The library is in the Laurentino 38, a modernist project from the '70s. The workshop is part of an art& research residency in the neighborhoods of Laurentino 38 and Corviale, organized by Benedetta Carpi de Resmini and Giulia Pardini. The aim of the residency is to work on alternative narratives for the stigmatized neighbourhood.
During the residency, I also worked at Pontedincontro, an association welcoming kids and teenager after school twice a week. In June an exhibition at the Academia delli Belle Arte will present the outcome of those encounters.
tip Berlin, March 2019
The project Am Rand von EuropaCity featured as cover story in the Berlin event & program magazine!
Workshop given together with Alice Chauchat
HZT Berlin, BA Dance, Context, Choreography, UDK, Wintersemester 2018-19
Over a period of three months, students were invited to create and distribute a fanzine each about a piece of live art they would want to celebrate and circulate. Altogether, nine zines were created:
Maud Buckenmeyer on Initiatik (Run Run), Soomin Chae on Dancing Grandmothers (Eun-Me Ahn), Margarida Delmiro Alfeirá on Coytada Tour (Linn da Quebrada), Enrique Garcìa Gil on Arena (Israel Galván), Mohamad Al Halabi on Vertical Road (Akram Khan), Kumi on My Paradoxical Knives (Ali Moini), Camila Malenchini on Conversation Out of Place (Ivana Müller) & American Beauty (Mauricio Poblete), Sharon Mercado Nogales on Dance and Resistance - Endangered Human Movements vol. 2 (Amanda Piña) and Jane Marie Richter on Happyology (Dragana Bulut).
Each issue was printed in 70 copies and distributed in many ways.
Keynote for the Graduation Ceremony, Master Program Europainstitut Basel
Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel, October 2018
Keynote presentation, photo: Europainstitut
Play by the editors of Zeitschrift
BRUX Theater, Innsbruck, September 2018
"The play "One Hour and a Half in the Life of Ztscrpt" once again shows the protagonists slipping into self-reflexive dark zones and addresses the increasing pressure for representation in all areas of social life.
The play pretends to report on the personal lifes of the editors, reminiscent of Pollesch pieces in slow motion, or all-too-well-known anecdotes from Andy Warhol's Factory, or even worse, the simple plot of a sequel of the TV series "Friends." The interests are increasingly diverging, one of the editors wants to merge the magazine with a street newspaper which she is working for. Another member only wants his own art projects illustrated and presented. The initial joy in conversation and discussion which once united the group has given way to frantic project talk, which is becoming increasingly difficult for some participants due to excessive drug and alcohol consumption and blatant ego-boosting."
Videoextract from the Wrap-up intervention from my perspective as visual artist
Shanghai, November 2017
Presentation of the Artzine as Grusical, Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017
Mumok, Vienna, December 2017
Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung (Anne Juren / Roland Rauschmeier)
Vienna, November 2017
Deswegen bitte Pünktlich da sein! Gleich zu Beginn des "2nd Thursdays", um 18.00 Uhr, führe ich meine neue Performance inklusive einem Video namens "Where is Europe?" vor. Darin präsentiere ich euch den neuesten Stand meiner Recherche über die Europaplätze und neuen Perspektiven mit einer Prise europäischem Humor und enthemmten Enthusiasmus.
Daneben gibt es eine frisch gedruckte Zusammenarbeit mit Roland Rauschmeier zu begutachten die sich "Heroes for the EU" nennt. Angeblich freuen sich diese auf wilde neofaktische, postkonzeptuelle Auseinandersetzungen mit dem Publikum (meint Yves, A. d. H.).
Die erheizten Gemüter stille ich mit meiner Diashow "Fanzines machen in Cuba", Zigarren, "Cuba Libre" sowie "Ropa Vieja" für die Überlebenden.
Meeting with poets and small publishers
The project is to make a public urban art intervention for the next Art Biennial in La Habana, invited by the italian curator Giacomo Zaza and the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV). This first travel to Cuba is about gathering knowledge, meeting local artists and writers, looking for possible sites, as much as understanding local production facilities in order to plan the intervention.
Research trip supported by Pro Helvetia
roundtable for the show A Tale as A Tool, by Aurélien Gamboni et Sandrine Teixido
Centre de la Photographie, Geneva, September 2017
De la catastrophe du Bumba, aux conditions climatiques extrêmes, en passant par les négligences des politiques urbaines, et la pollution de la baie de Guanabara... les documents sonores collectés par Aurélien Gamboni et Sandrine Teixido dans la région de Niterói (Brésil) témoignent des récits de l'homme face aux changements environnementaux.
Présentation des derniers développements de A Tale as A Tool, suivie d'une table ronde autour de la pratique d'investigation, avec les artistes chercheurs Simon Ripoll-Hurier, Claire Duport, Sylvain Gouraud, Yves Mettler, Axel Meunier.
Videoextract from the lecture performance at the Colloquium BORDERS AND BEYOND:REINVENTING EUROPE, Experiment Europe meeting V
Istituto Svizzero di Roma, June 2017
This lecture starts with a description of my research on urban spaces called "Europe Square". While lecturing, the slideshow gets alive and starts questioning the lecturer. The lecture can be held in English, French and German.
From January 2017 onwards, the conference cycle Experiment Europe hosted at the Swiss Institute in Rome has been taking a closer look at various aspects of Europe, ranging from notions of democracy and challenges in education, research, and innovation to political economy, the current state of welfare and security policy. A lingering sense
of crisis emerged, once again, be it with respect to the European Union as a political project, unresolved economic disparities or, last but not least, rising nationalism as a populist response. In turn, this nal conference of the cycle, entitled Borders and Beyond: Reinventing Europe, will re ect upon alternatives, not in view of easy solutions to commonly accepted problems, but in terms of alternative framings and rede ned priorities.
The conference will open up new perspectives on the lingering crisis of “Experiment Europe,” a task that appears all the more urgent as the crisis is of a multifaceted kind – economic, social, political and philosophical – and gives rise to sharp disagreements among different actors on the direction and scope of European integration itself.
The conference is organized by the Swiss Institute in Rome and the Europa-Institut / Institute for European Global Studies (EIB) at the University of Basel, a leading research centre that investigates Europe from a global, historical and interdisciplinary perspective. The conference is also supported by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT).
Organized by Teresa Pullano, from the Europa Institut Universität Basel
Text about the intervention in the Cité de l'Abreuvoir where I built earth benches with the inhabitants (French), 2016
Text for the module of the Affect Residency Programme, coordinated by Paz Ponce
Agora, Berlin, July 2015
The latest approach to city development has insisted on showing and instigating bottom-up processes. Artistic means are getting used to set up situations in which different social groups can express their demands towards decision-makers and get involved in the development of their neighborhood. In Berlin an important protest movement against raising rents and profit-making city development has emerged and made its demand a public affair. However, the process of how city developments are making their way from top-level decision-making down to the asphalt still remains rarely traceable.
This workshop will consist of a multi-headed investigation through artistic means of a new area in the middle of Berlin whose development is currently taking place away from public awareness. Some of the means employed will be: archive research, interviews with the administration, street-mike, jam poetry, photography, street performance, etc. Following an input on urban geography and interventionist art history, we will together create a perceptive mapping of the traces left by different agents of power, ranging from international investment companies and EU's normative governing down to local neighborhood consulting assemblies and anonymous poster actions. The goal is to test, compare and experiment with different means of collection and text and image production in order to follow and connect the multilayered, often remote and multiscalar forces concretely building the city (Neil Brenner, New State Spaces). Invited artists and scholars will help us reflect on the ongoing process.
The study case will be the area historically known as Lehrter Bahnhof, now called Europacity. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with the exception of an endless construction site which became the Hauptbahnhof Berlin, this area has stayed under the radar of city development, allowing several cultural activities to take place in its midst. Since 2005 there is a masterplan for the area, based on an international private-public cooperation project, including the surroundings of the Hamburger Bahnhof, the city's contemporary art venue. The transformations are incremental and strangely remote from public life even though they are unfolding in the middle of the German capital.
Outputs of the workshop will find their way onsite as much as via spreadable documents. Means of mechanical, digital and performative reproduction will be explored and combined, including newspaper distributed in the neighborhood, festive formats like processions and parties and one-night shows.