XVII Advanced Course in Visual Arts - Susan Hiller

09 Febbraio 2011

Susan Hiller; Dream Mapping; 1974; Hampshire
Susan Hiller; Dream Mapping; 1974; Hampshire
The Advanced Course in Visual Arts (CSAV) is dedicated to young artists from all over the world. Created and directed by Annie Ratti since 1995, it will be curated this year by Andrea Lissoni and Cesare Pietroiusti with the coordination of Angela Maderna.  The course is conceived as a experimental lab for art and theory conducted by an artist, who each year shares hisher thinking and artistic practice with the participants, and develops along with the students a project specifically conceived for the course.

The 17th edition of the CSAV titled “The Dream Seminar II” will be held from the 28th June to the 26th of July 2011 and will have the duration of thirty days.
Susan Hiller, will be the visiting professor.  The artist has lived and worked in Britain since the early 1970s, when she became known for an innovative artistic practice excavating the overlooked or ignored aspects of our culture. Susan Hiller has adopted and combined media in ways radical for their time and she is acknowledged as an important influence on younger generations of artists.

Hiller cites Minimalism, Fluxus, aspects of Surrealism, anthropology and feminism as influences on her unique practice. She juxtaposes knowledge derived from anthropology, psychoanalysis and other scientific disciplines with materials generally considered unimportant, like postcards, wallpaper, popular movies and stories of UFO sightings, balancing the familiar and the unexplained and inviting the viewer to participate in the creation of meaning. She collects and uses images, objects and sounds to create new contexts, incorporating traces of memory, history, and personal allusions. Her practice often investigates subconscious processes, including dreaming, reverie, automatic writing and improvised vocalizations. Privileging the repressed, forgotten or unknown, Hiller analyzes, recontextualizes and confers status on what lies outside or beneath recognition.

“The Dream Seminar II” will be modelled on a project of mine from the early 1970s, and is subtitled ‘an investigation into the source of images and ideas.” Participants will be asked to keep dream notebooks and to read several texts which approach the dream from a variety of unusual perspectives. They will be expected to participate in intensive group workshops focusing on individual dreams. There will be occasional lectures, discussing, analyzing and illustrating the relationship between dreams and image making in diverse societies around the world. A collective work or proposal for a work may emerge from these experiences.” (Susan Hiller)

A scientific commission will select the 20 participating young artists from the presented portfolios. The participants of the workshop will be involved in daily activities dedicated both to the reflection and to the practice of the artistic activity. During the course, seminars and public lectures held by experts of international culture will contribute to deepen and extend the theme of the course.

The Foundation will produce the exhibition of the invited artist and will offer the young artists the possibility to publicly show their works during the course. 

The Advanced Course in Visual Arts is free. Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered. An open call, published at the beginning of February on the new web site (www.fondazioneratti.org section Advanced Course in Visual Arts – News) of the Antonio Ratti Foundation, will include the application procedure. The application must be filled in by 8 April 2011, and the selected participants will be contacted via email by 10 May 2011.

Susan Hiller was born in the USA in 1949 and has lived and worked in Britain since 1970s.
One-person exhibitions of Susan Hiller’s work were held at Tate, London; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Joy Art Gallery, Beijing; Kunsthalle, Basle; Kunst-Raum des Deutschen Bundestages, Berlin; Museu Serralves, Porto; Fondacion Mendoza, Caracas and other public institutions.
Hiller has explored the intersections of memory, history and the unacknowledged in a number of publications. Her talks and interviews have been collected in two books: The Provisional Texture of Reality, published by JRP Ringier in 2008 and Thinking about Art: Conversations with Susan Hiller, published by Manchester University Press in 1996. She is the author of The J.street Project published by the DAAD and Compton Verney Trust, 2005 and After the Freud Museum, published by Bookworks Press in 1995, reprinted 2000

Visiting Professors of the previous editions: Joseph Kosuth (1995), John Armleder (1996), Allan Kaprow (1997), Hamish Fulton (1998), Haim Steinbach (1999), Ilya Kabakov (2000), Marina Abramovič (2001), Giulio Paolini (2002), Richard Nonas (2003), Jimmie Durham (2004), Alfredo Jaar (2005), Marjetica Potrč (2006), Joan Jonas (2007), Yona Friedman (2008), Walid Raad (2009), Hans Haacke (2010)


XVII Advanced Course in Visual Arts
Visiting professor: Susan Hiller
28 June - 26 July 2011
Fondazione Antonio Ratti - Villa Sucota
Via per Cernobbio 19, Como - I