The course Place to Action - Art that Interferes is motivated and inspired by places. More specifically: the histories, contexts, narratives, situations, circumstances and people’s interactions and intra-actions and relationships with locations, which form places. Lingering in places with attention, listening to them and experimenting the possible ways of movement within them.
These attentive gazes of places will initiate interdisciplinary artistic actions and interventions that aim to explore and reflect the possibilities of art to interfere.
Here on this exposition the group will share their findings and actions.
The research includes one and a half years of artistic practice and research about the sonic experience while highlighting the exploration of the ‘Sonic experience of the others’.
It starts from a first-person – myself; what I am listening to now? It quested by sound notation in an explicit form and listening performance to understand the structure of hearing in a philosophical way.
Then, the research shows how the writer’s interest moved to ‘the other’ with the question: What is this I’m listening to and how is it different what you’re hearing? and attempts to bring the method of fiction to reveal the third person’s sonic experience.
Bus 22 is an audio-playback fiction with visual instructions. It helped by two keywords, Anamnesis: mnemo-perceptive effects, and Voice in thoughts: storytelling.
At the last, the author talks about difficulties in the process, nevertheless, the perceived artistic value of the topic as non-objected oriented sound art.
Thesis of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, 2023
BA Fine Arts
Dreams of Lands weaves the author's personal heritage to the modern history of Europe in order to understand the current ecological crisis. Questioning the cultural European context in parallel to the native American cosmology, the author enhances the current dynamics of extraction and production that overshadow most of the urban dweller's life.
The research is followed by a gardening handbook for artists and the detailed process of the realisation of a garden in the Royal Academy of the Arts. Both are thought as concrete tools for changing the way we are being human in our world in crisis.
The thesis deals with the theme of cultural loss in Salento (South-East of Italy) by investigating 4 different
contexts where loss is happening, and how elements of cultural heritage translate and degrade
into the contemporary age:
• Language, with an investigation of the ancient Grìko language, a tongue of lower Salento, in state of disappearing
• The Olive Tree, once a cornerstone of Salentinian agrarian tradition, now subjected
to a rapid decay due to the Xylella bacteria, and the political/social inability to deal with
• Dry-stone walls, a practice in process of being forgotten. This theme is used as
a gateway to talk about embodied cognition, and the impossibility to translate a
whole culture in a digital context
• Taranta, once a practice of emotional re/expression, now disappeared in its entire-
ty as a ritual and only existing as a memory
My thesis is an attempt to create a bridge between my artistic practice and theoretical research behind its themes and topics. I highlight imagination as a tool to recreate one’s world in order to survive a hostile, success-oriented and normative daily reality. The text is divided into three main sections. Each focusing consecutively on childhood,
queerness and examples of imagination in fairy tales and artistic practices; all understood through the lens of failure. I look at childhood as a queer and highly creative universal experience of living on the edge of established social norms.
I draw on queer writtings such as Queer Art of Failure by Jack Halberstram and Cruising Utopia: Then and There of Queer Futirity by José Esteban Muñoz in search of utopia and longing for a better future.
In the final part of my thesis I refer to Ursula Le Guin’s essays on fantasy and science fiction, fairy tales and artistic practices. I explore various examples of failed heroes and the role of imagination in order to rewrite the present for a queerer future of more possibilities.