where did art go? / get lost!
10, 12 & 15 June at 10:00-13:00
What is the force that constantly follows us everywhere, even when we sleep? That craves for our creativity, our dreams and doings.
Here we are in Venice - the city on water. How did this imagined force create this city? The hot spot. The epicentre and the historical source of the art world as we know it. The perfect backdrop for extraction of value. The tsunami of creativity and thinking connected, here by ducats*. Art and the City, the sources to extract in this locality.
The space in the place is a sculpture, Temporary Agora. How will remain immaterial until the moment we gather to reflect upon this relationship. How to resist while bureau-crazy tries to kill us with boredom.
We propose a collaborative workshop with invited guests on where and how art can happen, at a time were systemic tools are used to govern. Venice will be the focus of losing ourselves in a (re)search for historical and contemporary examples. We will walk and talk, find crucial spots and traces. We will be inspired by sharing experiences. Meet with people, think and do together.
Temporary Agora is the starting and end point of this riddle. We will use the construction to exfoliate the confusion. We ARE all Venice! We are WATER!
*Ducat (it. ducato) is a gold coin, first made in Venice by the doge Pietro Gradenigo (1289-1310).https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dukat(2019-02-08)
Workshop part I: HOW to disrupt a necrophilic system?
10 June, 10:00 - 12:00 + joint lunch/sum up 12:00- 13:00
The art scene is run by the same economic system that relentlessly enhances inequality which grows into fatal climate change. We will all be affected! akcg therefore ask participants to reflect upon how we all transported our bodies/minds/souls/hearts to Venice. Disrupting a logic that has been mandatory ever since industrialism, even considering bourgeois artistic ‘trends’ like the Futurists, their fascination for speed, the machine, new technology and later the political fascist movement.
Workshop part II: learning from Venice
12 June, 10:00- 12:00 + joint lunch/sum up 12:00- 13:00
Our wish is to share local struggles. Guests and collaborators from Venice are invited to discuss urgent concerns. We will look into the consequences of tourism and more than 20 million visitors per year. What lessons do we, as artists/art workers need to learn? How can we live beyond the spectacles and the devastating effects of CO2 emissions, wherever we are? Is there a need for building alliances between different localities? Where and how can art happen beyond art as consumption? How can we together explore what climate justice means in this context?
Workshop part III: get lost!
15 June, 10:00-12:00 + joint lunch/sum up 12 :00-13:00
We start and end the workshop in Temporary Agora by altering something together. Get lost in the maze - find new ways. The third workshop will be developed from the findings of the first and/or the second workshop. Let us think the unthinkable - do the undoable - beyond NPM, tourist guides, beyond the race of market driven life - curriculum vitae - where did art go? We bring in more stuff to the Temporary Agora! Lost and found, trash to repair...put things and thoughts together!
To be continued.
The workshops take place in Sala del Camino. The workshops are open for the public but advance booking is required for each session. Please, be sure to bring water and snacks.
To inquire or to join the workshop, please e-mail the organisers at workshops(at)akcg.org