Left: Entrance to the Exhibition space, Right: The Conference space

The Conference


The conference employs the concept of haunting to create a language for the ways in which an unfinished past makes itself known in the here and now (Avery Gordon) and violent histories, or stories, initiate ongoing disruptions, wronging the wrong (Eve Tuck). Haunting often takes place when an official narrative insists that the violence of subjection and injustice is overcome (e.g. after the liberation from colonialism, after Stonewall, at the end of a war) or when their oppressiveness is strictly denied. Now ghosts “appear” as agency in-between subjectivities, images, and spaces and insist on a response. As the haunting becomes real, it stimulates an imagination of how things could be otherwise. What are the means and possibilities of our inquiries to welcome the specters of the past and make unresolved social violence demand its due?

Keynote lectures: Avery Gordon (UC Santa Barbara) and Eve Tuck (University of Toronto), Lectures_performances_artists’ presentations, organized by EARN, www.artresearch.eu

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna's exhibition at the Research Pavilion in Venice

The exhibition welcomes the appearance of specters: events, signs, images, practices and objects that point towards a violent past and sketch a possible future in one gesture. In the context of arts-based research the show introduces conjuring specters as a proper method. Building on a glossary of hauntopia the exhibited works are looking for traces or even negations of things, stories and future visions, while in many instances making use of formats that employ ephemeral, opaque or sci-fi elements. As hauntopia's prospects for unsettling is tested out, the exhibition explores the range of a ghostly aesthetics.

Artists: Aline Benecke, Katalin Erdödi, Zsuzsi Flohr, Sílvia das Fadas, Masha Godovannaya, Moira Hille, Zosia Holubowska, Hristina Ivanoska, Janine Jembere, Ruth Jenrbekova, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Rafal Morusiewicz, Lisa Nyberg, Read-in, Naomi Rincón-Gallardo, Keiko Uenishi

Curators: Anette Baldauf and Renate Lorenz

Hauntopia/what if

8. 9. 2017—15. 10. 2017
Research Pavilion, Sala de Camino, Venice

14. Lisa Nyberg: Unsettling II: A guided meditation to the sea, Soundpiece, 2017, Sounds by Julia Giertz.

9. Masha Godovannaya & Silvia das Fadas:
Her* Hands and His Shape: Incantations, Slide Projection, 2017.

Two carousel slide projectors, asynchronous loop, one hundred sixty 35mm color and b/w slides.


13. Keiko Uenishi: Listening Experiment of 罔両, Performance/Installation, 2017

2. Zosia Holubowska: Resonance: Serfdom, Sound Installation, 2017

1. Katalin Erdödi, ed.: HAUNTOPIA / WHAT IF_A Glossary, 2017

7. Rafal Morusiewicz: Uprooting Ghosts_A Queer 'Fantasia on National 'Themes", Video, 2017, 47'

8. Janine Jembere: Interference, Video, 2017, 2017, 47'



10. Aline Benecke: We Could Have Met, Slide Projection, 2017, 10'

11. Ruth Jenrbekova: Nobody with a Movie Camera (In Search of Lost), Video, 2011-17, 60'

12. Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński: Unearthing. In Conversation, Video, 2017, 15'


3. Hristina Ivanoska: Document Missing_Performance no.5 (Three Actions), Video, 2017, 5'45

4. Moira Hille: Stuck, Video Installation, 2017, 11'

5. Zsuzsi Flohr: Grandpa's Backpack, Installation with research book and backpack, 2017

6. Naomi Rincón-Gallardo: Axolotl Healing Capsule, Video, 2017, 4'21