Workshop on Workshops II - Magnetic Fields

04 Febbraio 2016

1)III CSAV - During Allan Kaprow's workshop, July 1997, Ex Chiesa di San Francesco, Como. Photo: Luca Bianco.<br />
2)XIII CSAV - During Joan Jonas's workshop, July 2007, Ex Chiesa di San Francesco, Como. Photo: Luca Bianco.<br />
3)XXI CSAV - During Yvonne Rainer's workshop, July 2015, Ex Chiesa di San Francesco, Como. Photo: Luca Bianco.<br />

Workshop on Workshops II - Magnetic Fields

sabato 5 marzo 2016
presso la Fondazione Antonio Ratti, entrata libera

Workshop on Workshops - Magnetic Fields è il secondo incontro del convengo concepito nell’ambito dello CSAV–Artists Research Laboratory. Con Workshop on Workshops si intende mappare ed esplorare diversi orizzonti educativi e di ricerca nelle pratiche artistiche, inscritte nel contesto di residenze, workshops e programmi educativi alternativi.

Con il primo confronto di novembre 2015 ci si è interrogati sui modelli attuali di ‘art education’ e di pratiche artistiche; numerosi artisti e curatori, direttamente coinvolti in progetti alternativi e sperimentali, hanno scambiato le proprie esperienze, condividendo le qualità eterogenee di questi contesti creativi.

Lo sviluppo di nuovi spazi e strutture alternative dedicati alle pratiche artistiche e di ricerca è oggi un argomento al centro di importanti dibattiti. Il primo incontro ha introdotto molteplici prospettive su questo tema; prospettive che saranno ora allargate, sempre a partire dalle esperienze di individui, collettivi e istituzioni che si dedicano a produzioni autonome nell'arte contemporanea. Il secondo incontro rifletterà sul concetto di apprendimento come un processo centrale in campo artistico per ripensare i confini elastici e i contesti delle istituzioni. In particolare si analizzerà lo speciale spazio creativo generato attorno ai modi specifici di disseminare e pensare all’arte.

Workshop on Workshops II è curato da Annie Ratti e Lorenzo Benedetti. Il simposio si terrà presso la Fondazione Antonio Ratti di Como sabato 5 marzo. 

Relatori: Saskia Bos, Rainer Ganahl, Mônica Hoff, Sally Mizrachi, Liliana Moro, Cesare Pietroiusti, Dora Stiefelmeier.

Il simposio si terrà in lingua inglese. L'ingresso è libero e aperto al pubblico. Per registrarsi e per maggiori informazioni, scrivere a robertoscalmana@fondazioneratti.org, specificando il proprio nome e cognome.
Per il simposio, verrà servito un light lunch in Fondazione al costo di 15€ (pagamento da effettuare all'arrivo). Per prenotazioni, si prega di scrivere all’indirizzo di cui sopra.

I video (o, la registrazione) del convegno saranno resi disponibili successivamente su questa pagina.

Programma - 5 Marzo 2016

10.00 introduzione
10.30 Saskia Bos
11.30 Rainer Ganahl & Lorenzo Benedetti
12.15 Sally Mizrachi

12.45 light lunch

14.30 Cesare Pietroiusti & Dora Stiefelmeier
15.15 Liliana Moro & Annie Ratti
16.00 Mônica Hoff
16.45 discussioni finali

18.30 apertura mostra Textilities...Once Removed - secondo tempo
19.00 Doug, una performance di Janice Kerbel



Saturday 5th of March 2016
at Fondazione Antonio Ratti, free entrance

Workshop on Workshops - Magnetic Fields is the second meeting of the symposium conceived in the framework of the CSAV–Artists Research Laboratory. Workshop on Workshops is intended to map and explore different directions in education and research within artists’ practice in the context of residencies, workshops, and alternative educational programmes.

The discussion was opened in November 2015, by questioning existing models of art education and art practice. In the first meeting several artists and curators actively involved in experimental and alternative projects exchanged their experiences, sharing the heterogeneous qualities of their creative contexts.

The topic of 'new spaces and alternative structures for artists’ practice and research' is extremely important today. The first meeting introduced a number of perspectives on the subject. These perspectives will be expanded upon, revolving again around the experience of individuals, collectives, and institutions dedicated to autonomous contemporary art production; the second symposium will reflect on the concept of learning as a central process in the field of art in order to rethink the elastic borders and the contexts of institutions. In particular we will analyse the special space of creativity generated around a particular way of disseminating and thinking art.

Workshop on Workshops II is curated by Annie Ratti and Lorenzo Benedetti. The symposium will take place at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como on Saturday 5th of March.

Invited contributors: Saskia Bos, Rainer Ganahl, Mônica Hoff, Sally Mizrachi, Liliana Moro, Cesare Pietroiusti, Dora Stiefelmeier.

Admission is free and open to the public. To register for the symposium and for more information, please email robertoscalmana@fondazioneratti.org with your name and last name.
During the day of the symposium, a light lunch will be available at the Foundation at the cost of 15€ (payment upon arrival). If you would like to make a reservation, please write to the above address.

Videos (or, a recording) of the symposium will be made available soon at this page.

Programme - 5 March 2016

10.00 introduction
10.30 Saskia Bos
11.30 Rainer Ganahl & Lorenzo Benedetti
12.15 Sally Mizrachi

12.45 light lunch

14.30 Cesare Pietroiusti & Dora Stiefelmeier
15.15 Liliana Moro & Annie Ratti
16.00 Mônica Hoff
16.45 final discussion

18.30 opening Textilities...Once Removed - second half
19.00 Janice Kerbel's performance Doug



Lorenzo Benedetti
Lorenzo Benedetti (b.1972, Rome, Italy) is a curator, he has been director of Art Center De Vleeshal, Middelburg, in the Netherlands, and curator of the Dutch Pavilion for the 55th Biennale of Venice in 2013. He studied Art history at the University La Sapienza in Rome and in 1999 attended the "Curatorial Training Programme" at De Appel Foundation in Amsterdam. In 2005 he founded the Sound Art Museum in Rome, a space dedicated to sound in visual art. He has been the director of the art centre Volume! in Rome and a curator at the Museum Marta Herford, in Herford, Germany. He was guest curator at La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France. Recent exhibition are "During the Exhibition the Gallery Will Be Close", Wiels, Bruxelles, "Also Sculpture Die", Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. He writes regularly in magazines and exhibition catalogues.


Annie Ratti
Annie Ratti lives and works in London. Through a transdisciplinary practice, her work transforms the private experience in a public moment, reflecting on contemporary issues, questioning and discussing preconceptions and the definition of scientific knowledge privileging positions and theories marginal to the institutional thought. The shared dimension of her practice emerges from collaborations with other artists (Bruna Esposito , Peter Lewis, Arto Lindsay) and in the creation of CSAV (artists research laboratory), that she is directing at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, founded on the idea of dialogue and exchange between artists of different generations and nationalities, in the hope for creating a shared artistic and didactic experience.
Recent exhibitions: Self: Portraits of Artists in their absence, National Academy Museum, New York (2015), /seconds, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, Emirati Arabi Uniti (2014), Pure Water, Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria (2014), The Shroom Project, De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Olanda (2013), In Water, I Understand, Venice Biennale Collateral Event (2013), WOOD GLASS PAPER, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome (2013).


Saskia Bos
Saskia Bos has been the Dean of the School of Art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City since 2005. In addition to strategic planning and academic program development, she appoints adjunct professors as well as artists for endowed Faculty Chairs. She curates exhibitions, and collaborates on public programs. At The Cooper Union she has taught the Junior Seminar, the Interdisciplinary Seminar and Contemporary Art Issues. Previously, Saskia Bos served as Artistic and Managing Director of the De Appel Centre for Contemporary Art in Amsterdam for more than two decades. A key figure in the field of contemporary art in Europe, she was also the Founding Director of the De Appel's Curatorial Training Program.
Known for her achievements in art history and critical theory, Saskia Bos has produced many international projects and exhibitions, most recently she curated the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Other projects include: 3rd Skulptur Biënnale Münsterland, 2003; 2nd Berlin Biennial, 2001; Biennale Sao Paulo (Dutch Commissioner) 1998; Venice Biennale 1988 (Co-curator of Aperto) and Sonsbeek '86, Arnhem, The Netherlands. From 1999 to 2002, Saskia Bos was president of IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art). She was a member of the advisory committee of the Yokohama Triennale, the nomination committee for Documenta 11, Kassel, the board of the 2007 Moscow Biennale, the 2007 Jury for the Sculpture Center, New York and the Board of Art in General, New York, and of the Rietveld academy, Amsterdam (2010-2014). She is currently on the Board of Artists’ Space in New York and the Advisory Board of '30 weeks' for Google-Hyper island, New York, and Board Member of AICAD.
Bos holds a Masters Degree in Art History at the University of Amsterdam, where she also studied History and Media Theory. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Groningen.


selfie stick, Joshua Tree, National Park, California, February 2016

Rainer Ganahl
Rainer Ganahl is a New York based artist who has shown for decades including at Venice Biennial, Kwangju Biennial, Istanbul Biennial and at many other international exhibitions. He just closed an exhibition at Kai Matsumiya, New York and participated at the last Performa, New York. The article, Rainer Ganahl's Tough-Love Artist Residency by Rachel Corbett on his project "Strange Teaching" was just published on the The New Yorker, January 18, 2016.


Sally Mizrachi
Sally Mizrachi (Cali, 1958) is a fashion designer and a cultural Manager. In 2004, she cofounded with the artist Oscar Muñoz the non profit initiative “lugar a dudas”. Since that date she is the Executive Director and General Coordinator of the programs.


Body Politics - The Walls of Athens, una performance di Matteo fraterno e Cesare Pietroiusti, II Biennale di Atene, 2009

Cesare Pietroiusti
Cesare Petroiusti (b. 1955, Rome) is a visual artist, founder and coordinator of several experimental and research centres, magazines and conferences. From 1977, he has been exhibited in public and private spaces, known and not known, in Italy as well as abroad. Pietroiusti is psychiatrist and has always demonstrated specific interest for paradoxical or apparently unreasonable situations, normally not considered or “regarded as too insignificant to become cause of analysis or representation.” He is among the founders of Centro Studi Jartrakor in Rome, in the late ‘70s, and of “Rivista di Psicologia dell’Arte”; in 1977 he was one of the founders of the project Oreste, which was invited  in 1999 to the 48th Venice Biennal by Harald Szeemann. In recent years his work was concentrated mainly on the thematic of exchange and paradoxes that are created in the folds of the systems and in economic organisations. Since 2004, he has been irreversibly transforming other’s money; he has distributed for free thousands of his own signed drawings; he sold storie; he ate bills after an auction to then return them after evacuation. He has opened stores which sold bills that were purchased with glimpse of the buyer; he has managed restaurants where instead of paying the bill at the end of the meal, you were given the amount of money of the price of the food written on the menu. He has set up exhibitions where the works are for sale not for money, but in exchange of ideas and visitors’ proposals.


Dora Stiefelmeier
Dora Stiefelmeier was born in Zurch in 1943. She lives and works in Rome. She completed studies in sociology at the University of Berna, of Berlin (F.U.) and in Paris, she graduated from Sorbonne University in 1967. Parallel to her studies she carried on theatrical activities in Paris and in Tunisia. In 1966, she founded in Paris the “Café Théatre de l’Odéon”. From 1969 to 1971 she has collaborated with Centro di Documentazione I.D.O.C. of II Vatical Council in Rome and between 1972 and 1973 with Lelio Basso. In 1975, she is co-founder of Nuova DWF – Feminist studies, where she was involved as editor until 1979. Since January 1979 she began to collaborate with Galleria Pieroni, becoming co-owner in 1988. In 1991 Zerynthia Associazione per l’Arte Contemporanea was created, Dora Stiefelmeier is founding member and artistic director.
From 1998 to 2002, together with Mario Pieroni, she is advisor of the Académie de France à Rome. From 2001 she is part of the Board of Trustees of Dena Foundation of Contemporary Art, New York. From 2003 to 2005 she is advisor for contemporary art for the Autorità Portuale of Civitavecchia. In 2001 RAM - radioartemobile was founded, a project conceived and realized by Zerynthia Associazione per l’Arte Contemporanea as a prototype of a virtual space dedicated to the development of sound research that recognizes the radio as an autonomous artistic space.
Since 2005, RAM radioartemobile has proposed installation works in several spaces and curated international shows. In 2008, the web radio RAM LIVE was created.
The 25th of February 2013, Dora Stiefelmeier receives the award from the President of the Republic as 'Commendatore' of the Italian Republic. Since July 2015 she is president of RAM radioartemobile.


Liliana Moro
Liliana Moro was born in 1961 in Milan, where she still lives and works. She graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera with Luciano Fabro. In 1989 she founded with other artists 'Spazio di Via Lazzaro Palazzi' in Milan, which closed in 1993.
Encountering Liliana Moro’s works one has the perception that one what is strictly necessary is present. Sound, words, sculptures, objects and performance create a world that “stage” a reality that is at the same time cruel and poetic.
This is the space of individual experience (the one of the artist, but especially the one of the viewer) that invite to go beyond what is visible. The reduction to what is essential is intended as attitude, practice and position, it is not a reference to the minimalistic language; it is instead the modality of the artist both when she uses elaborated procedures and when she decides to use existing materials or common objects.
Liliana Moro has exhibited in important group shows: Documenta IX, Kassel (1992); Aperto XLV Biennale di Venezia (1993); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (1994); Quadriennale, Rome (1996/2008); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1998); PS1 New York (1999); De Appel, Amsterdam (1999); I Bienal de Valencia (2001), Palazzo Grassi Venezia (2008), La Magnifica Ossessione, MART Rovereto (2012), MAMbo Bologna (2013). Her solo shows include: Galleria Emi Fontana, Milano; Greta Meert Bruxelles; MUHKA, Antwept (1996); Fondazione Ambrosetti, Palazzolo, Brescia (2004); Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles (2007); Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano,(2008); Fondazione A. Ratti, Como (2012); All’Aperto, opera permanente, Fondazione Zegna, Trivero (2015); Ennesima, Triennale, Milano (2015).  
She is professor of painting at Accademia Carrara in Bergamo and Professor of Visual Arts at IUAV in Venice.



Mônica Hoff
Mônica Hoff is a brazilian artist, curator and researcher. She has a double degree in Visual Arts and Art Pedagogy from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, and a Master’s degree in Art History, Theory and Criticism in the same university and is a candidate for a PhD in Contemporary Artistic Processes at PPGAV / UDESC. Between 2006-2014, she has worked at the Mercosul Biennial Foundation, in Porto Alegre, where she was responsible for coordinate the Biennial’s education department and the public programs for four editions, and acted as ground curator and head of Cloud Formations of the 9th Mercosul Biennial. Co-edited the publications Pedagogy in the expanded field, with Pablo Helguera in 2011; and Manual for Curious and the antology The Cloud, with Sofía Hernandez Chong Cuy in 2013; and organize the book Education for Art, Art for Education, edited by Luis Camnitzer and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro in 2009. Mônica has colaborated with various art institutions as Matadero Madrid, Museo Picasso Málaga, Casa Daros, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New Museum, Liverpool Biennial, NC-Arte, Laagencia and Instituto Mesa (led by Luiz Guilherme Vergara and Jessica Gogan in Brazil), among others. Currently, she is developing four new projects: Surf School-etc, a temporary art school for artists and their families located in a camping near to the beach, in Florianópolis; Extraordinary School of Desterro, with the curator Kamilla Nunes; Lab of curating, art and education, with Fernanda Albuquerque, a brazilian curator; and Housework, a platform to archive, debate and perform artistic experiences which located, discuss and/or redefine the relationship between work, work of art and housework, with the brazilian curator Valquíria Prates.