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Otobong Nkanga, O8 Black Stone, 2017 A handmade, cold process, natural soap made of butters and oils from across the Mediterranean Middle East, North and West Africa, fused together with water, lye and charcoal. Made for Carved to Flow Foundation (2017)

SOAP MAKING with Evi Lachana
Friday, 25.01.2019
2pm - 4:30pm or 6pm - 8:30pm

As part of the Otobong Nkanga exhibition

Curated by Simone Mair

Workshop, savoir-vivre #1, soap making with Evi Lachana, 25.01.2019, in the framework of the exhibition “A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall” by Otobong Nkanga © ar/ge kunst. Foto: Tiberio Sorvillo

Workshop, savoir-vivre #1, soap making with Evi Lachana, 25.01.2019, in the framework of the exhibition “A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall” by Otobong Nkanga © ar/ge kunst. Foto: Tiberio Sorvillo

Workshop, savoir-vivre #1, soap making with Evi Lachana, 25.01.2019, in the framework of the exhibition “A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall” by Otobong Nkanga © ar/ge kunst. Foto: Tiberio Sorvillo

Workshop, savoir-vivre #1, soap making with Evi Lachana, 25.01.2019, in the framework of the exhibition “A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall” by Otobong Nkanga © ar/ge kunst. Foto: Tiberio Sorvillo

Workshop, savoir-vivre #1, soap making with Evi Lachana, 25.01.2019, in the framework of the exhibition “A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall” by Otobong Nkanga © ar/ge kunst. Foto: Tiberio Sorvillo

Evi Lachana is an Athenian soap and cosmetics manufacturer who worked closely with Otobong Nkanga on the production of Carved to Flow for documenta17 in Athens/Kassel. Based at Piraeus, her family business Laouta produces cold-process soaps and cosmetics from Greek olive oil and hand-picked, locally sourced ingredients.

During the workshop the exhibition space will be transformed into a temporary soap and discussion laboratory. In dialogue with Evi Lachana and a passionate local collector of herbs and botanicals, participants will be invited to manufacture their own soaps and to further explore the ritual practices that underlie the production process of the product and Otobong Nkanga’s work.

Workshop for a maximum of 20 participants
Attendance is free
language: deu/ita/engl
Registration via


ar/ge kunst savoir-vivre is a series of workshops conceived in parallel to exhitbion programme at ar/ge kunst. The title savoir-vivre is based on a re-reading of the terms savoir and pouvoir in the work of Gayatri Spivak, co-founder of postcolonial theory, where knowledge (savoir) is not only linked to power but also to the condition of being able to (pouvoir). This combination of verbs turns the institution into a public space of negotiation and agency where an exploration of different forms of skills and competences produces collective knowledge.

Inspired by Otobong Nkanga’s artistic practice, the focus of this year’s ar/ge kunst savoir-vivre is the production process that underlies a product. Together with invited experts, participants will question, unlearn and relearn the ritual practices that articulate the materiality or substance of the product, linking it to the artworks and practices in the exhibition.


27 November 2018, 7 pm

(La Mia Scuola di Architettura*10)

Nina Tabassomi and Markus Schennach on a series of discursive events about the potential of non-discriminatory speech at the TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol

What does it mean to speak in a non-discriminatory manner? And why is there no positive term for such speech-acting? This absence seems all the more astonishing in view of the widespread knowledge that we shape our reality in speaking. Generally accepted linguistic rules are the products of firmly established and unfounded hierarchies and power relationships, which we stabilize and reaffirm whenever we speak. How can we modify our everyday life by selecting and using our language more carefully? What responsibilities do we have when we speak institutionally?

At the TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol in July and August 2018 these questions were explored from the perspectives of philosophy, political science, media studies, art, linguistics and theatre studies in a series of lectures by Amara Antilla, Matthias Dell, Nikita Dhawan, Marie-Luisa Frick, Koku G. Nonoa and Anatol Stefanowitsch. The series was conceived by Nina Tabassomi and Markus Schennach, who will summarize the previous discussions at ar/ge kunst and revisit them with the audience in Bolzano/Bozen.


Short Bios:
Nina Tabassomi is a curator and theatre scholar. Having worked in Berlin (KW Institute for Contemporary Art), Kassel (Fridericianum) and New York (Ludlow 38), she is now director of the TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol, a position she has held since the beginning of 2017. Among others, Nina curated the group exhibitions “Infrastructures of Pain”, “Accentisms” and “Sex” as well as solo exhibitions of work by Maha Maamoun, Eric Baudelaire and Emeka Ogboh.

Markus Schennach is a media activist and political scientist. Having been a social worker and then managing director of the Tyrolean street magazine 20er, in 2003 he became managing director of FREIRAD, a non-commercial Innsbruck radio station. He has held various positions on the board of the Austrian Association of Non-commercial Radio Stations and was its chairman for eight years.

Charlemagne Palestine, © Agnès Gania

29.09.18, 7 pm

Public Programme in the context of the exhibition
Songs To You About You


Performance by Islands Songs and Charlemagne Palestine at Hof Gandberg and Castel Gandegg, Appiano


In collaboration with Transart Festival

With For Indigenous Yeasts and other Microbes, Islands Songs have set the process of transforming grape juice into wine to a soundtrack consisting of three acts written for and dedicated to microorganisms active in the production of wine. The piece – both an experiment with South Tyrolian vintner Thomas Niedermayr (Hof Gandberg, Appiano) and with American artist and composer Charlemagne Palestine – refers to the ancient tradition of humans and microbial communities collaborating to produce food and beverages.

For ACT II Islands Songs invite Charlemagne Palestine for a special live performance for microbes and humans at Schloss Gandegg.

Thanks to FINSTRAL


ar/ge kunst matinée with César Enrique Giraldo Herrera
Saturday, 08.09.2018 11am

Microbes and Other Shamanic Beings

After a short introduction to the exhibition by the artists Islands Songs, the Columbian anthropologist and biologist César Enrique Giraldo Herrera gives an insight into the relationship between scientific methods and shamanic practices in the perception of microorganisms.

César Enrique Giraldo Herrera is a Colombian biologist and social anthropologist. He is the current Victoria Maltby Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College and an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Science Innovation and Society (InSIS), School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME), University of Oxford, UK.

The format ^ar/ge kunst matinée considers artistic practices of each exhibition through a dialogue with curators, artists and other experts over a casual breakfast. Croissants are generously provided by neighboring Pâtisserie Hofer, via museo 4, Bolzano.

^ar/ge kunst matinée with Slavs and Tatars. Photo: ar/ge kunst

ar/ge kunst matinée with Slavs and Tatars
Saturday 19.05.2018 11am

Talk between Payam Sharafi (Slavs and Tatars) and are/ge kunst artistic director Emanuele Guidi around the central ideas and keywords that lead the artists’practice.

^ar/ge kunst matinée
The format of this event considers artistic practices of each exhibition through a dialogue with curators, artists and other experts over a casual breakfast. Croissants are generously provided by neighboring Pâtisserie Hofer, via museo 4, Bolzano.


15.07.2018, 10 am - 6 pm

(Ita) 100 giocatori, 8 squadre, 1 Torneo: ar/ge kunst Cricket Cup

Domenica 15 luglio 2018, si è svolta l’ ar/ge kunst Cricket Cup presso il campo B sui prati del Talvera di Bolzano. Quasi 100 giocatori divisi in 8 squadre provenienti da numerosi comuni della Euregio da Innsbruck, Bolzano, Vipiteno, Laives e Trento, si sono riuniti per festeggiare un incontro di arte e sport.

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italian and German.

Maria Walcher, Trasite, Replicas of the Riace Bronzes (life-size), Parc on the Ilm, Kunstfest Weimar 2014. Foto: Iva Kirova

ON THE MOVE with Maria Walcher
20.06.2018, 7:00pm

La Mia Scuola di Architettura*9

What about these sculptures, washed up on our shores, are they more welcome than any human being? Through text such as this, audio and visual extracts of a selection of her often situation-specific works, the artist Maria Walcher explores aspects of collaboration, cultural translation, public space and associated artistic strategies. A dialogue between Maria Walcher and curator Simone Mair at ar/ge kunst.

Maria Walcher, (born 1984 in Brixen, Italy, lives in Innsbruck) is an artist whose work is concerned with situation-specific and socio-political issues. She studied MFA: Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus University Weimar and at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Selection of exhibitions: Charlama Depot, Sarajevo (2011), SOMA, Mexico City (2013), CITY LAB Mostar (2013), Kunstfest Weimar (2014), Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, Den Haag (2014), Cselley-Mühle, Oslip (2016) and Domplatz, Innsbruck (2017).

Hamann from the Hood, courtesy Slavs and Tatars and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin

Public Programme
Slavs and Tatars
13.06. 2018, 7:30 - 9 pm

The text reads me as much as I read the text.” Slavs and Tatars


A workshop with the artist Lene Morgenstern to accompany the exhibition Kirchgängerbanger at ar/ge kunst (19.05 – 28.07.2018). What is considered a text? How can we explore reading material discursively and in embodied ways? After a tour of the exhibition with curator Simone Mair, a selection of German and Italian texts by Johann Georg Hamann and Molla Nasreddin – two figures who influenced the artistic practice of Slavs and Tatars – will be deepened through a collective reading. Booking via




Workshop Lene Morgenstern, Foto: ar/ge kunst

Workshop Lene Morgenstern, Foto: ar/ge kunst

Workshop Lene Morgenstern, Foto: ar/ge kunst

Workshop Lene Morgenstern, Foto: ar/ge kunst

Workshop Lene Morgenstern, Foto: ar/ge kunst

Workshop Lene Morgenstern, Foto: ar/ge kunst


17.03.2018, 3 - 6pm


Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

 Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Matilde Cassani, Workshop, ©ar/ge kunst, Foto Annelie Bortolotti, 2018

Within the context of the exhibition It’s Just Not Cricket by Matilde Cassani, this workshop is a first instance of action relating to the installation, aimed at articulating some of the themes that the artist identified during her residency.

Using a meeting between cricket players from different parts of the province of Bolzano, and participants from various sectors (culture, politics, mediation, universities and journalism), the workshop will be structured as a collective exercise that will address the practical needs and desires of those who practice this sport.
The three phases of the workshop, Super-team / Association / Sports Field will examine issues related to identity, organization and access to infrastructures, respectively.

Riccardo Previdi, Franca, 2017, installation view at museo di Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova, photo © Henrik Blomqvist

Elementi per una pratica,
incontro con Riccardo Previdi

A conversation between the artist Riccardo Previdi and Frida Carazzato – Museion’s curatorial assistant, in an attempt to create a temporary glossary that can serve as conceptual coordinates within which to design the artistic practice of Previdi, characterized by the relationship between art and design, and starting from observation and reaction to spatial contexts, languages and dynamics of the present.

The publication “What Next?” will also be presented at the meeting. This is a collection of the latest body of the artist’s works, born from both the relationship between the technological apparatuses of scientific research and the manner with which contemporary society is interpreted.

©Martina della Valle

(Ita) One flower, one leaf #3
Ikebana applicata al territorio urbano
19-20 / 06 / 2017

(Ita) Martina della Valle

in collaborazione con Rie Ono



Workshop in occasione della mostra presso ar/ge kunst: “Flowers are Documents – Arrangement II”
Con il gentile sostegno di UniBz – Facoltà di Design e Arti.



n. partecipanti: 12

Chiusura iscrizione: 16 Giugno – ore 13

Dove: UniBZ, Piazza Università, 1, 39100 Bolzano BZ

research Image: Plate LXVI from Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra (1731) - Source: Wikimedia Commons

Lecture by Francesco Tenaglia
19.05.2017, 5.30 pm

(La Mia Scuola di Architettura*7)

In Japanese Alps, Francesco Tenaglia draws from decades of interest for the Alps (and the panoramic mountain views of the surrounding countries) shown by Japan’s consumer culture, placing it in parallel with the idea of “nostalgia” (a neologism and sentiment about the Alps “produced” at the end of the seventeenth century). During the lecture, Tenaglia would like to illustrate – using historical research, anecdote and speculation – some forms in which philosophers and sociologists have identified a specific postmodern incarnation in this eastern country: from academics to customs, through to models of production and consumption. In an anticipation of the radical transformation of the ideas of narrative and representation that we are witnessing in an age of hyper-connectivity.

Francesco Tenaglia was born in Chieti (1974) and works in Milan at the editorial office of the contemporary art magazine and publishing house, Mousse. He works on art, music and culture, including Rolling Stone, Prismo, Vice and Rivista Letteraria.

Video editing: Marcello Tacconelli.
Poster design: Massimiliano Pace

Inland, Shepherd School, ( 2004 - ongoing)

Learning From The Landscape
09.05.2017, 7 pm

(La Mia Scuola di Scuola di Architettura*6)

In the framework of La Mia Scuola di Architettura*, a series of public presentations on the notions of landscape, community and formation at ar/ge kunst, the artistic initiative BAU is invited to introduce and discuss their take on these ideas and the specificity of their residency project in South Tyrol; a practice that implies forms of collaboration and temporary graft between guest artists and hosting communities.

In this occasion, they will talk with their current residents, the Spanish collective INLAND (represented in this occasion by Fernando Garcìa-Dory and Carlos Monleon Gendall), about the potential of contemporary artistic culture and the rural to meet and interlace and about their current project ALMA (working title). 
BAU is an initiative for artistic production located in South Tyrol, Italy, active since 2015. BAU initiates artistic residencies that establish forms of collaboration between local communities, the material culture of the territory, and its traditional activities.

INLAND is a Spanish arts collaboration platform, dedicated to agricultural, social and cultural production, and a collaborative agency. BAU has invited INLAND to develop a project in the territory of South Tyrol in 2017. Departing from the current project ALMA on a speculative future of the territory developed with local agents such as mountain farmers, academics, tourism experts and shepherds, the talk will expand on current cultural trends in European countryside.


To Become Two
a lecture by Alex Martinis Roe
27 April, 7 pm

In this public event, Alex Martinis Roe will respond to questions that have been gathered from viewers over the duration of the “To Become Two” exhibition. She will structure a presentation that explores these questions in relation to her research using various techniques including storytelling, political theory and diagrams. This will then unfold into a dialogic format, engaging the audience in a meeting exploring the possible futures that open out from the “To Become Two” project and the questions asked of it.


The Variational Status
Riccardo Giacconi
10 february, 7pm



On the occasion of the book launch “The Variational Status”, ar/ge kunst invites you to the lecture “To Resist Disappearing” by Professor Frans-Willem Korsten, followed by a conversation with artist Riccardo Giacconi and artistic director Emanuele Guidi.

Frans-Willem Korsten è titolare della cattedra in ‘Letteratura e Societá’ presso la Scuola Erasmus di Storia, Cultura e Comunicazione. È anche professore associato presso il l’Università Leiden per le Arti nella Società.

The Variational Status è co-pubblicato da Humboldt Books, ar/ge kunst Bolzano e FRAC Champagne-Ardenne.

Edito da: Riccardo Giacconi, Emanuele Guidi
 Bianca Fabbri
 Andrea Cavalletti, Riccardo Giacconi, Emanuele Guidi e Antoine Marchand, Frans-Willem Korsten, Andrea Morbio.
Publisher: Humboldt Books
Inglese, Italiano, Tedesco, Francese
ISBN 978-88-99385-25-5
20 €
Frans-Willem Korsten holds the endowed chair in ‘Literature and Society’ at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. He is also associate professor at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

The Variational Status is jointly published by Humboldt Books, ar/ge kunst Bolzano and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne.

Editors: Riccardo Giacconi, Emanuele Guidi
 Bianca Fabbri
 Andrea Cavalletti, Riccardo Giacconi, Emanuele Guidi and Antoine Marchand, Frans-Willem Korsten, Andrea Morbio.
Publisher: Humboldt Books
English, Italian, German, French.
ISBN 978-88-99385-25-5
20 €

Jomohomo, Ingrid Hora, cover 2016

Ingrid Hora
14 December 2016, 7 pm

Talk with the artist Ingrid Hora and the co-editor Lisa Mazza

The book documents and further develops the research presented within the exhibitions ‘You Play This Game…’ at ar/ge kunst, Bolzano (2015) and ”Freizeyt’ at DAZ – Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Berlin (2015/2016)

Published by
Edited by Ingrid Hora and Lisa Mazza
Texts by Shumon Basar, Emanuele Guidi, Ingrid
Hora, Lisa Mazza, Giulia Palladini
Designed by Åbäke with Alyssia Lou

With the support of DAZ and Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Ripartizione Cultura

Followed by a Christmas reception.


Acting The In-Between
Summer School
10 - 16 September

Organized by the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen Bolzano in cooperation with ar/ge kunst.

Acting the In-between is a one-week summer school whose aim is to challenge those forms of interaction and discussion, which one experiences and practices within various institutional communication and exchange spaces. Taking the Free University of Bozen Bolzano and ar/ge kunst as an example, we will investigate their role as active and discursive spaces and imagine further, “other” spaces.
The participants will be asked to develop these “other” spaces outside of the physical boundaries and the rules of the institutions and to question their characteristics.

Is it possible to stimulate, in a non-conventional manner, the way we interact, discuss, show, see, talk and listen?
Guests from different disciplines and contexts will participate in the discussion around these issues with contributions in different formats, which can vary from workshops to walks or shared dinners.

For more information check at this link

A project by: Roberto Gigliotti, Eva Mair and Jonathan Pierini.
Guests: Alex Martinis Roe, Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, Gerhard Glüher, Andreas Müller

In 2017 Alex Martinis Roe will open her solo exhibition at ar/ge kunst To Become Two with spatial design by Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga.
Two Become Two is a project co-commissioned by is co-commissioned by ar/ge Kunst, Bolzano; Casco – Office for Art, Theory and Design, Utrecht; If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam; and The Showroom, London.



Public Program in the context of


(Such Claims on Territory Transform Spatial Imagination Into Obscure Anticipations of Repartition) by CAN ALTAY
A project by ar/ge kunst and Lungomare

17.06.2016, 6 pm

Ettore Frangipane (journalist) in dialogue with the curators

15.07.2016, 7 pm

Michael Obrist (architect, Feld 72) in dialogue with the curators

21.07.2016, 7 pm

Giorgio Mezzalira (historian, Foundation Alexander Langer) in dialogue with the curators

Directed Tours is a series of three conversational guided tours that activate and mediate Can Altay’s exhibition VFI – Virgolo Future Institute at ar/ge kunst.
The title Directed Tours arises from the term Directed Gaze, defined by Altay himself as describing part of his practice and acknowledging the centrality of the encounters with other people in the process of approaching a new context.
Starting from this idea, ar/ge kunst and Lungomare propose a series of guided visits with some of the people who met with the artist during his residency and thus shaped his research and the exhibition itself.


During the exhibition seven new issues of Ahali journal are being published as an extension of Altay’s project. These new issues supplement the installation and can be taken by visitors to the exhibition.
The Directed Tours mark the launch of three corresponding issues and are also being published on this occasion by the online information portal
Ahali is the journal founded by Can Altay in 2007 and designed by Asli Altay, Future Anecdotes Istanbul.

Oliver Ressler and Zanny Begg, The Right of Passage, 2013

The Right of Passage
15 April 2016, 5pm

Screening and discussion


With Andrea Deaglio (film-maker ), Lorenzo Pezzani (architect), Monika Weissensteiner (anthropologist).


A collaboration between ar/ge kunst and Bolzano Film Festival

Foto ar/ge kunst, 2016, Luca Guadagnini

Foto ar/ge kunst, 2016, Luca Guadagnini

Foto ar/ge kunst, 2016, Luca Guadagnini

Foto ar/ge kunst, 2016, Luca Guadagnini

Foto ar/ge kunst, 2016, Luca Guadagnini

Foto ar/ge kunst, 2016, Luca Guadagnini

Foto ar/ge kunst, 2016, Luca Guadagnini

Foto ar/ge kunst, 2016, Luca Guadagnini

On the occasion of the exhibition by Austrian artist Oliver Ressler at ar/ge kunst, The Right of Passage is an evening event featuring a screening and discussion of the film of the same name by Ressler and Zanny Begg.

The Right of Passage (2013, 19 mins) is partially constructed through a series of interviews with Ariella Azoulay, Antonio Negri and Sandro Mezzadra and focusses on struggles to obtain citizenship while at the same time questioning the implicitly exclusionary nature of the concept. The film refers to the stages or “rites of passage” that mark important transitions on the path to selfhood and suggests that freedom of movement must become a right granted to every person – regardless of his or her place of birth.


Lorenzo Pezzani is an architect based in London and Trento. His work deals with the spatial politics and visual cultures of migration, with a particular focus on the geography of the ocean. Since 2011 he has been working on Forensic Oceanography, a collaborative project that critically investigates the militarized border regime and the politics of migration in the Mediterranean Sea. He is one of the founders of WatchTheMed, an online platform that documents and maps the deaths and the violations of migrants’ rights on the maritime borders of the European Union. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Kent School of Law.

Andrea Deaglio was born in Turin, where he makes documentaries, multimedia and audio-visual productions with Mu Film. His documentary films include: Show all this to the world (Italy 2015, 55 mins) programmed at Bolzano Film Festival; Storie di uomini e lupi (Italy/France 2015, 75 mins, co-directed with Alessandro Abba Legnazzi and produced by Babydoc Film); Il futuro del mondo passa da qui – City veins (Italy 2010, 63 mins), winner of the award Joris Ivens – Best International First Film at Cinèma du Réel (Parigi 2011) and first prize at Docucity (Milan 2012); Nera – not the promised land (Italy 2007, 22 mins), winner of the Premio Anello Debole.

Monika Weissensteiner is an anthropologist whose research focusses on violence, conflict, migration and health, as well as on the Common European Asylum System. She is a member of EASA (European Association of Social Anthropology) and has been working with the Foundation Alexander Langer since 2014. She also follows the initiative ‘Brenner/o Border Monitoring’, an active presence that has been monitoring the Brenner Pass from an operational centre in Bolzano since 2015.

With the kind support of:
Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Ripartizione Cultura
Forum Austriaco di Cultura, Milano
Comune di Bolzano, Ripartizione Cultura
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio
Segheria Tatz Luis, Appiano

In collaboration with:
AKRAT, Cooperativa Sociale Bolzano
Bolzano Film Festival Bozen

Nicolò Degiorgis Hidden Islam – Islamic makeshift places of worship in north – east Italy, photograph (2009-11). Courtesy of the artist

Hidden Islam / Sacred interiors in profane buildings
(La Mia Scuola di Architettura*5)
1 March 2016 7 pm

A conversation between Matilde Cassani and Nicolò Degiorgis about their respective research on the relationship between migrant communities’ practices of worship and informal processes that transform the urban landscape. Using photography as tool of investigation, Cassani and Degiorgis document the interiors of buildings (shops, warehouses, apartments, garages, etc.) whose function has been reinvented to host expressions of communal life derived from religious rites.

On the occasion of the book launch Hidden Islam by Nicolò Degiorgis and as part of the cycle La Mia Scuola di Architettura*

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Such Claims on Territory Transform Spatial Imagination into Obscure
December 2015 - May 2016

SPLIT HORIZON (Virgolo Edition)
From December 2015 to May 2016, Bolzano

14.11.2015, Recinto dell’Ex Club del tennis, Virgolo, ore 15.30

In the frame of: Radical Hospitality, One Year resarch project
residency project with Can Altay
a collaboration of ar/ge kunst and Lungomare

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The Turkish artist Can Altay was invited by ar/ge kunst and Lungomare to a residency-project which started at the end of 2014 and which continues until summer 2016. Since the beginning of this project Altay has been conducting a profound study of the given situation in Bolzano being particularly interested in the close-by mountain Virgolo.
Altay is stimulating a public debate about the relationship of the city to this mountain which being vividly used in the past is practically abandoned today. Starting from a local phenomenon the artist widens the focus of his project posing questions regarding the possession and use of land and infrastructure which are of general relevance.
His artistic practice consists of designing a process which is set up of single ‘fragments’ – impressions, interpretations and comments of the present.

After analysing the Virgolo from a rather distant point of view which allowed the artist to understand its complexity, Altay decided to engage directly with the mountain from November / December 2015 onwards. He therefore developed the new episode “Such Territorial Claims Transform Spatial Imagination into Obscure (Third Fragment in Two Parts)”. While its first part is held on the mountain itself the second creates a visual connection with it from distinct points in the city.

Split Horizon (Virgolo Edition)
Intervention in public space
From December 2015 to May 2016, Bolzano

“Split Horizon (Virgolo Edition)” consists of a viewing device that moves along a trajectory. The 15 locations where the objects is positioned for a certain amount of time are of significance for Altay’s narration and connected with the Virgolo, the mountain in the outskirts of Bolzano. All spots are representative for the spatial dynamics and urban politics of Bolzano and the history of the city. The device invites the public to follow the artist’s view on the local situation and to think about global questions which are related to public claims of space and the inhabitation of infrastructure.
After transcurring its foreseen path the device will remain at disposition for the public which is invited to take it to new locations.

always 2.30-4.30 p.m., Bolzano
02.12.2015 Piazza Walther
06.12.2015 Mediaworld
13.01.2016 Eurac
27.01.2016 Piazza Tribunale
10.02.2016 Tower of the Museo Civico
24.02.2016 Funicular to Renon
09.03.2016 Private Apartment (Via Cappuccini 14, 3rd Floor)
16.03.2016 unibz Roof Terrace F6
23.03.2016 Bridge over Talvera
30.03.2016 Semirurali Park
06.04.2016 Bolzano Train Station
13.04.2016 Cappuccini Garden
20.04.2016 Walkway between via Aslago and via S. Vigilio
04.05.2016 Loreto Bridge
11.05.2016 Private Terrace (via Andreas Hofer 19, 4th Floor)

Limited Experience

Choreographed walk in public space
14.11.2015, 3.30 p.m., fence of the ex-Tennis club, Virgolo
In 2008 the property, that hosted the former Virgolo Tennis Club, was bought by a network of entrepreneurs (BBG Srl) interested in future real estate investments. Since that moment a fence impedes the access to what has been one of the recreational areas of the city of Bolzano. With “Limited Experience” Can Altay invites twelve people to move along the boundary between private property and public space, to share and challenge the experience of limitation.
This exercise tests the limits of a boundary imposed by the current town planning regulations.

Image: Daniel Salomon, The Politics of Fermentation, 2015

Spaces of Anticipation
A symposium
20 - 21 November 2015


Roberto Poli (UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, University of Trento)
Stephen Wright (writer and researcher, Collège International de Philosophie, Paris).




Bar Project (organization, Barcelona); Roberto Gigliotti, Professor UNIBZ (Bolzano); Emanuele Guidi, artistic director ar/ge kunst; Krüger & Pardeller, artists (Vienna); Lorenzo Sandoval, artist and curator (Berlin); Manuel Segade, curator (Rotterdam).




The Politics of Fermentation
Daniel Salomon, artist (Berlin)


Curated by Emanuele Guidi and Lorenzo Sandoval

from past participle stem of anticipare: ante ‘before’ + capere
‘to take (care of) ahead of time’

‘1 Regard as probable; expect or predict.
1.1 Guess or be aware of (what will happen) and take action in order to be prepared.
1.2 Look forward to.
2 Act as a forerunner or precursor of.
2.1 Come or take place before (an event or process expected or scheduled for a later time’

‘…If the last forty years have been marked by ‘posts’ (post-war, post-colonialism, postmodernism, post-communism), then today, at least, we seem to be in a period of anticipation – an era that museums of contemporary art can help us collectively to sense and understand.’

The forthcoming symposium at ar/ge kunst is the third iteration of the research project Spaces of Anticipation by Lorenzo Sandoval and Emanuele Guidi. The project began in May 2014 with an initial symposium at the EACC in Castellón and was followed by the research exhibition Making Room – Spaces of Anticipation at ar/ge kunst from June to July 2014.
Anticipation, both as ‘looking ahead’ and ‘looking forward’, evokes an idea of expectation and excitement towards what and who is yet to come. It also suggests the idea of taking action in the present to get prepared for potential encounters.

Anticipation is becoming a field of study in itself, a field that continuously analyses present conditions to respond to upcoming events, developments and trends.

Starting from these considerations and implications, the project Spaces of Anticipation looks at this manifold notion in relation to artistic and cultural institutions. It proposes various strands of research that might help to define the fields of action in which institutions work and communicate with their communities. In these terms, the word anticipation is proposed as a conceptual and linguistic prop, a support from which the research unfolds and around which various positions are gathered in discussing institutional models, practices and attitudes.

The symposium brings together various contributors: artists, curators and researchers who, in their own practices and investigations, expand the grammar of exhibition making by intertwining it with other formats of (collective) knowledge production and distribution. Accordingly, their attention to forms of orality and ‘narratorship’, to the practices of care and hospitality and to the politics of time and display are essential when discussing modes of relations and exchange that can be established through and within the institution.

The Politics of Fermentation
Performance by Daniel Salomon

Daniel Salomon’s contribution to the symposium is a hands-on sauerkraut participative performance. He states: ‘Fermentation preserves food, is healthy, saves energy and tastes delicious. But besides all these benefits, the reason why I am so fond of fermentation is because I see it as an endless source of metaphors opening up for new ways of engaging with the world. On a microscopic scale bacteria and fungi interact, coevolve, exchange DNA, compete, die, feed on the organic rest of each other and so on, all that according to a complex environment. Fermenting food is thus more a collaboration with other species (bacteria and fungi) rather than a process we have complete control on. Applied to the idea of anticipation, I would like to propose sauerkraut making as a relevant paradigm for a pragmatic and humble approach to how we could influence our environment’.

The symposium takes place within the context of Ingrid Hora`s exhibition “der Grillentöter/ L’ammazzagrilli’ and coincides with its finissage.

The Symposium is kindly supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)


“Die Umbequeme Wissenschaft / The Uncomfortable Science” travels to Museum BPS22, Charleroi

We are happy to announce the presentation of the project Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft / The Uncomfortable Science by Gareth Kennedy at Museum BPS22 in Charleroi, as part of the exhibition The World Upside Down.

Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft / The Uncomfortable Science has been produced by ar/ge kunst and presented in 2014 in Bolzano
Stube design by Harry Thaler
in collaboration with Kofler Deplau

The World Upside Down
opening: 25.09.2015
26.09.2015 – 31.01.2016

More information at this link


The Great Refusal
23 September 2015, 8:30 pm

In collaboration with Festival Transart


Ex- Electronia
Schlachthofstr. 38
39100 Bozen

booking compulsory & 0471 673070

The collective Ligna, based in Germany and founded in 1997 by the performing artists and radio activists Ole Frahm, Michael Hueners and Torsten Michaelson bring on stage a vision, a possible European History that never happened.

In August 1914, a congress of the Second Socialist International was supposed to take place in Vienna with the aim of reacting to the potential beginning of the Great War with a general strike, which should have desirably brought to collapse the infrastructures of involved countries and thus prevented the conflict burst. The congress and the strike never took place. The participants’ speeches and interventions were already written, the permit requests had been transmitted, but the war anticipated them and blocked its actualization.

In the year of the hundredth anniversary of WWI, Il grande rifiuto (original title “Die große Verweigerung”) investigates the individual and collective possibilities to refuse by re-enacting a story that never happened and whose end is unknown. The audience is invited to partake to a historical fiction: the congress of the Socialist International will take place in Santarcangelo, opening up a parallel universe, where the war as ineluctable destiny is called into question. Every one will deal with a series of “resistance exercises”, a training of individual and collective refusal poses and gestures.

Die große Verweigerung is the result of a series of artistic research residencies in Bolzano, Bologna, Genova and Reggio Emilia, that took place in April 2015.

In German and Italian

artistic coordination and production:
Elena Basteri; Emanuele Guidi; Elisa Ricci
Verena Rastner (ar/ge kunst, Bolzano/Bozen)
translation: Elena Basteri, Elisa Ricci

co-production: ar/ge kunst Bolzano / Bozen, Festival Transart Bolzano / Bozen, Santarcangelo 2015 Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza; On Bologna; Fondazione Luzzati – Teatro della Tosse; Terni Festival Internazionale della creazione contemporanea (t.b.c.)
supported by: Goethe – Institut Genua; Goethe – Institut Mailand, Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance.

Residency program supported by Goethe – Institut e.V. Ligna
thanks to: Franco Berardi Bifo; Max Herold; Hans Heiss; Marco Marzi; Sandro Mezzadra; Cecilia Muraro; Hannes Obermair; Matteo Pasquinelli; Mirko Saltori; Sebastiano Tringali; Cecilia Troiano; Oswald Überegger.


Festival Santarcangelo dei Teatri, 10 July 2015 (National Premiere)

Festival Transart and ar/ge kunst, 23 September 2015

Terni Festival Internazionale della creazione contemporanea, 20 September 2015

Teatro della Tosse, Genova, 26/27 November 2015

Loghi Ligna

Studio Practice: On the Act of Reading / Valentina Desideri

Studio Practice:
On the Act of Reading

Valentina Desideri
2-3-4 July 2015, from 2 to 8 pm

in collaboration with philosopher DENISE FERREIRA DA SILVA and choreographers JENNIFER LACEY, CRISTINA RIZZO and MARA CASSIANI

Dear reader,

You are invited to join us for Studio Practice: On the Act of Reading. The studio will be open from 2 to 8 pm on 2, 3 and 4 July 2015. You can stay for as much or as little time as you like.

Valentina, Denise, Jennifer, Cristina and Mara will gather in study and in the studio to take a close look at the act of reading.

Together we share several practices, among which are dance, healing practices (both fake and real), philosophy, astrology, writing and teaching. We consider each of these practices a kind of reading. But also, reading is going on all the time. We all constantly read text, images, situations, expressions, bodies and space, and a lot of our understanding is built upon these instantaneous readings.
Any reading is an imaging, already a composition and a representation of what is read. This view of reading as imaging draws on Walter Benjamin’s writings on reading and imaging as modes of expression that privilege intuition over a view of knowing and existing that relies on reflection, understanding and recognition.
We invite you to enter this study through a loose methodology we call Studio Practice, which refers to both the practice of being in the studio and the practice of studying.
If we consider study as something we do with others – modes of learning that produce other ways of living together, and vice versa – then the studio is not just
a place in which to study but also a place that makes study possible by virtue of its specific conditions.
The specific type of studio we are borrowing from is the dance studio, where multiple proposals, spoken or simply enacted, follow one another and travel through bodies and dimensions (physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual). In the studio we enter into sequences of actions, silences, discussions, attempts, banalities, conflicts, excitements. In other words: we engage in the specific mode of ‘ensembling’ that is study.
Assuming none of us knows what study might come
to mean to us, we invite you to join us in the studio,
to spend time reading, moving, talking, watching, listening, meeting, getting bored or interested or activated, gathering material around reading and following all possible lines of inquiry that might emerge.

Feel free to bring ‘things’ you would like to read; a book, a letter, an object, a movement, your hands…
We hope to see you there,

Valentina, Denise, Jennifer, Cristina and Mara

Studio Practice: On the Act of Reading
is a three-day event organised by Valentina Desideri in collaboration with Denise Ferreira de Silva, Jennifer Lacey,
Cristina Rizzo and Mara Cassiani.

Studio Practice: On the Act of Reading takes place within and activates the exhibition Bassin ouvert by French designer and artist Clémence Seilles
(until 1 August 2015).

Co-produced by Bolzano Danza | Tanz Bozen.

Thanks to Museion for the participation of Cristina Rizzo.

Studio Practice: On the Act of Reading and Bassin ouvert are part of PIANO, Prepared Platform for Contemporary Art, France–Italy 2014–2016, initiated by d.c.a. \ French association for the development of centres d’art, in partnership with the Institut français in Italy, the French Embassy in Italy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati.

Schermata 05-2457155 alle 12.57.03

engaged anthropology

Engaged Anthropology
24 june 2015, 6pm

Organized by EVAA – Anthropological Association of the South Tyrol, in the context of the exhibition Bassin ouvert by Clémence Seilles.

The event will discuss the practical and political implications of applied anthropology.

With: Dorothy Zinn – professor at the FUB (Freie Universität Bozen), Elisabeth Tauber, researcher at FUB and Monika Weissensteiner, refugee monitoring volunteer

Can Altay_Poster_2015

26 May - 14 June 2015

A collaborative project by ar/ge kunst & Lungomare

The Turkish artist Can Altay, is returning to Bolzano for a third encounter in the frame of his long-term residency. Altay is dedicating himself to questions about the city and particularly the Virgolo. In the frame of his stay we realize a range of public activities and interventions.

poster campaign

Time: 26 May – 14 June 2015
Location: Bozen / Bolzano

Can Altay’s project continues with what he defines as a second series of fragments of the Studio Virgolo project. The 1948 newspaper article about the “mole people” that – shortly after the WWII – lived in the tunnel that runs through the mountain and was not yet opened to the traffic keeps stimulating the artist’s imagination.
Altay occupies the commercial communication surfaces of Bolzano with a series of posters that focus on neglected desires and unfulfilled promises: like advertisements for an imaginary tourism, they function as a campaign on the issues that will be publicly discussed in Lungomare during the conversation of the 12th of June.
The reason that moves the artist to focus the attention on the Virgolo mountain comes also from the global references that such a specific place can engender.

reading group

Time: 9 June 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Location: Park in front of the train station, Bolzano
(in case of rain: Bar Jona)

In the third chapter of Rebel Cities the Marxist geographer David Harvey reads the urban commons as the product of social relations: people living in the city produce urban commons all the time. Gentrification is the process which capitalizes this vitality continuously produced by the city, a process that often is named with the euphemism of “regeneration”. Harvey reads gentrification as a privatization – for the profit of a few – of the vitality produced by a city and its inhabitants, a privatization often instigated by public institutions.
This text can help us exiting the rhetoric of the opposition between “regeneration” and “degradation”: the so-called social disadvantage (disagio sociale) is in fact provoked by the very process of regeneration. The reading of this text will allow us to read the current selling off of public goods and land in Bolzano not as a specifically local but as a global monstrosity.
How to describe the complexity of top-down urban transformations in Bolzano and what are the possibilities of reclaiming as commons those forms of life that as inhabitants of the city we continuously produce?

(The text can be requested at Lungomare.)

panel discussion

Time: 12 June 2015, 7 pm
Location: Lungomare Rafensteinweg 12, Bozen/Bolzano

With: Stefano Novello, Michael Obrist, Huib Haye van der Werf

Sites such as the Virgolo, a mountain in the direct surrounding of Bolzano, bring with them a set of questions in relation to envisioning the future of our cities. The challenge in imagining the future of such places lies in the ways in which (or whether) we can overcome attitudes of conservation as much as neo-liberal commodification of such urban and semi-urban landscapes. These are the two fronts that the battlefield seems to be divided into currently.
This panel seeks to address the spatial imagination over the Virgolo, by scrutinizing the current models and proposals (both the neo-liberal policies and imaginaries over such pieces of land as ‘to be developed’; and its counter-hegemony of a more preservative tone). While choosing to avoid these two positions, the panel will search for possibilites that do not by-pass this conflict over spatial imagination and foresight, but rather look for ways in which the city can allow its inhabitation otherwise, in face of the current constipation over urban future.
Particularities of the Virgolo, its relationship to infrastructural development (tunnels) and the range of spaces and activities that surround it will be given special notice in the search for further possibilities.
The speakers Stefano Novello (Architect, Bolzano), Michael Obrist/Feld72 (Architect, Vienna) und Huib Haye van der Werf (Head of Artistic Program Multiform Institute for Fine Art, Design and Reflection, Maastricht) will shortly present different viewpoints and imaginaries over the Virgolo before the panel will be opened to the audience in a discussion moderated by Can Altay and the curatorial-team.


FERTILITY RITES, YOUTH AND IDENTITY IN THE SOUTH TYROL: The case-study of Stilfs in the Vinschgau
29 April 2015, 6 pm

Ethno Café organised by EVAA – Anthropological Association of the South Tyrol, as part of the series La Mia Scuola di Architettura*

Professor Marta Villa, lecturer in cultural anthropology at the university in Trent, will present her study on identity, rites and agriculture.

Spatial Dispositions, Cover, 2015

Book Launch: Spatial Dispositions by Aldo Giannotti
28 April 2015, 7 pm

ar/ge kunst is pleased to announce the launch of Aldo Giannotti’s Spatial Dispositions, published by the Verlag für Moderne Kunst. An artist’s book produced to paralled the exhibition of the same name, Spatial Dispositions is the result of Giannotti’s research on ar/ge kunst.

Can Altay, Such Claims on Territory, Installation view photo by Lungomare Bolzano/Bozen

Reading Group
27. April 2015, 6 - 8 pm

Location: Kapuzinergarten Bozen
Within the framework of


Can Altay


A collaborative project by ar/ge kunst & Lungomare


Starting from some reflections we made together with Can Altay, the current artist in residence at ar/ge kunst and Lungomare, we would like to invite you to the first in a series of public readings and discussions that will happen in different places in the city, on topics like: “minor territorial claims and gestures; inhabiting infrastructure space; conflict over spatial imagination; neoliberal urban politics and its counter-hegemonies; times (past, present, future) indivisive from each other and from space”.

At the first meeting we’ll read “The Rhizome” by Deleuze and Guattari, available here.

We’ll start with a challenging text: the aim is not so much to analyse its meaning but rather to use it as a tool to read the urban context away from binary and “arborescent” logics, to attempt a “rhizomatic approach”, open to a complexity beyond pre-existing categories.

With this scope, we invite you to bring to the meeting one or more objects that you will use to share something that you feel like an urgency regarding the life in the city of Bolzano.

The text is dense and long, we recommend you to read especially pages 12 to 14, which talk of the difference between mapping and tracing. This distinction will be useful for us to re-read the city, and especially the areas around the train station, making use of the objects gathered and through possible drifts.

The meeting will take place next Monday the 27th of April at the Cappuccini Garden, from 6pm to 8pm (“we should start always from the middle” say Deleuze and Guattari).
In case of rain we will gather in front of the theatre and move to another location.

Collective Curating from the Spatial Dispositions Series, Aldo Giannotti, ar/ge kunst, Bozen/Bolzano 2015

Collective Curating
from the series Spatial Dispositions
Aldo Giannotti
26 March 2015

Event hours:
11am-1 pm / 3-7pm

Things the audience would like to present in the exhibition space are drawn by the artist’ is a statement that accompanies the drawing Collective Curating. This drawing is just one of numerous projects that make up Aldo Giannotti’s exhibition, Spatial Dispositions, in which each project is activated at a different time.

On 26 March the artist will be at ar/ge kunst all day to meet anyone who – as the text suggests – want to present a ‘thing’ in the exhibition space. In activating this project Giannotti will be exploring the idea of the exhibition itself as a ‘theatre of things’ progressively accumulated in space by the act of narration.

Gianni Pettena, La Mia Scuola di Architettura, 2011

La Mia Scuola di Architettura
2013 - ongoing


La Mia Scuola di Architettura is an ad-hoc series of public presentations on the notion of landscape. It takes its name from a series of photographs by artist and ‘anarchitect’ Gianni Pettena – photographs depicting the landscape of the Dolomites around Bolzano/Bozen. La Mia Scuola di Architettura considers the idea of landscape, its influence upon the development of the individual as artist and citizen, and its wider implications for the overall shape of the community. The series stimulates reflection on how knowledge is produced and transmitted, extending this idea to encompass education and schooling.

Conversation between Gianni Pettena (artista), Pierre Bal-Blanc (direttore Cac Bretigny, curator in residence Museion), Emanuele Guidi (artistic director ar/ge kunst)

The School of Narrative Dance, Marinella Senatore

Like First Love, Andreas Pichler

Fertility Rites, Youth and Identity in South Tyrol: The case Study of Stilfs im Vinschgau
Marta Villa – Lecturer in cultural anthropology at the university in Trent
Organised by EVAA – Anthropological Association of the South Tyrol

Hidden Islam / Sacred Interiors in Profane Buildings

Learning From The Landscape / BAU with INLAND

JAPANESE ALPS / Lecture by Francesco Tenaglia

ELEMENTI PER UNA PRATICA, incontro con Riccardo Previdi

ON THE MOVE with Maria Walcher

Andreas Pichler, My 3 Peaks, video still, 2005

Like First Love
Andreas Pichler
(Ita) 27 Genniao, ore 19

La Mia Scuola di Architettura*

Ar/ge kunst will be opening its program for 2015 with a presentation by Andreas Pichler (1967, Bolzano/Bozen). Pichler presents an introduction to his practice, which lays particular emphasis on the landscape, especially that of the South Tyrol. Through a combination of film material and narration, Pichler reflects on the relationship between place, community and narrative in his work.

Andreas Pichler is a writer and director of documentaries. He has worked in Italy, Germany, Austria and France, co-producing films with broadcasters and production companies such as ARTE, RAI Cinema, ZDF and ORF. Recent productions include Europe for Sale (2014), Die Akte Pasolini (2013) and The Venice Syndrome (2012), which won prizes for best documentary film at the London Open City Festival and Cinemaambiente Turin.

* La Mia Scuola di Architettura is an ad-hoc series of public presentations on the notion of landscape. It takes its name from a series of photographs by artist and ‘anarchitect’ Gianni Pettena – photographs depicting the landscape of the Dolomites around Bolzano/Bozen. La Mia Scuola di Architettura considers the idea of landscape, its influence upon the development of the individual as artist and citizen, and its wider implications for the overall shape of the community. The series stimulates reflection on how knowledge is produced and transmitted, extending this idea to encompass education and schooling.

Gareth Kennedy, Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (The Uncomfortable Science) Installation design by Harry Thaler, Produced by Kofler and Deplau, San Felice / Val di Non © ar/ge kunst, Aneres 2014

Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft
29 October, 7 pm

In Collaboration with
Associazione Antropologica Alto Adige (EVAA)

The description of the event is available just in Italian and German.

bir ihtimal with works by Nils Norman, Ceren Oykut, Sinek Sekiz, and the Park Collective. 2010. Photo: Laleper Aytek



3 October, 7 pm

at Lungomare
Rafensteinweg 12
39100 Bolzano


Can Altay

Can Altay

ar/ge kunst and Lungomare invite Turkish artist Can Altay to Bolzano for a long term residency project from 2014 through 2016. The residency is dedicated to “Radical Hospitality” and invites the resident to approach and interpret radically questions linked to hospitality as a relational and social space, as a temporary condition and as a relationship that defines power dynamics.

Can Altay is an artist living in Istanbul. He investigates the functions, meaning, organisation and reconfigurations of public space. His ‘settings’ provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work traverses sculpture, photography and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he produces. Solo exhibitions at Arcade, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul)

bir ihtimal with works by Nils Norman, Ceren Oykut, Sinek Sekiz, and the Park Collective. 2010. Photo: Laleper Aytek

One Year-Long Research Project / second
2014 – 2016



A collaborative project with Lungomare, Bolzano/Bozen

By inviting Can Altay ar/ge kunst continues the series ‘One Year Research Project’, a long-term project, which started in the summer of 2013 with the invitation to Irish artist Gareth Kennedy.

In this context, ar/ge kunst and Lungomare jointly curate the long-term Residency project “Radical Hospitality” and invite the artist Can Altay to deeply confront with issues related to ideas of welcoming and openness and to question them. Hospitality describes in this context a social space intended as a temporary condition as well as a relationship that is subject to a negotiation between power positions.
The collaboration between ar/ge kunst and Lungomare is the outcome of a dialogue and common interest between the two institutions as well as of their different research paths.
Both institutions engage together in an active dialogue with Can Altay and make accessible the process to the public in different moments and places – the public space, the spaces of both institutions, through publishing or other places.

Can Altay is an artist living in Istanbul. He investigates the functions, meaning, organisation and reconfigurations of public space. His ‘settings’ provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work traverses sculpture, photography and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he produces. Solo exhibitions at Arcade, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul)

Gareth Kennedy, Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (The Uncomfortable Science), Stuben-Forum Installation design di Harry Thaler, produced by Tischlerei & Möbelhaus Kofler, photo argekunt ,2014

Saturday, 20 September, 3 - 5 pm

Gareth Kennedy


Installation design by Harry Thaler
Production by Josef Rainer and Verena Rastner

Curated by Emanuele Guidi



(in German language)


Invited speakers:

Georg Grote (University College Dublin)
Franz Haller, Visual Anthropologist (Meran)
Thomas Nußbaumer (University of Innsbruck)
Hannes Obermair (Bozen Stadtarchiv)
Ina Tartler (Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen)
Elizabeth Thaler (Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen)

Moderated by Hans Karl Peterlini (journalist and author, Bolzano/Bozen)


15:00 Welcome
Emanuele Guidi (artistic director ar/ge kunst)

15:10 Prologue
Hans Karl Peterlini

15:25 Mask Introduction
Thomas Nussbaumer introduces Richard Wolfram and Alfred Quellmalz, members of the SS Ahnenerbe Kulturkommission to the Sudtirol (1939 – 1942)
Franz Haller introduces Arthur Scheler, photographer from Meran.
Hannes Obermair introduces Bronislaw Malinowski, world famous anthropologist who used to vacation in Oberbozen

16:05 First Panel
Framing History
With Georg Grote and Hannes Obermair

16.35 Second Panel
Folk Culture (Uses & Abuses)
With Thomas Nussbaumer, Georg Grote, Franz Haller

17.05 Third Panel
Performing the Unstageable
With Ina Tartler and Elizabeth Thaler

17.35 Epilogue and Public questions discussion

18.00 End of the Stuben-Forum


Georg Grote is a lecturer in Western European History and Head of School at University College Dublin. His research interests cover historical nationalism and modern regionalism; in particular, he has published case studies on Germany, Ireland and the South Tyrol. Georg Grote has been a regular visitor to the South Tyrol over the past 35 years and has thus experienced at first hand the great changes this region has undergone. While the local and regional histories of the South Tyrol are extremely interesting in their own right, its history within the broader context of twentieth and twenty-first-century European developments is particularly fascinating. With a wealth of teaching experience from across Europe and his home university in Dublin, Georg Grote seeks to relate his international research background to events in the South Tyrol and to present them in an engaging way.

Franz J. Haller was born in Meran (South Tyrol) in 1948. He studied ethnology at Vienna University and visual anthropology at Göttingen University, with field research in northern and central Africa and the Amazonian lowlands. He co-founded the Landwirtschafts-Museum Brunnenburg in Dorf Tirol in 1974. From 1976 to 1979 he was a research professor at OAS (Organization of American States) at the University of Quito, Ecuador. Haller has produced over 150 documentary films on the ethnography and recent history of the South Tyrol for television, schools and museums. He founded the internet portal in 2012.

Thomas Nußbaumer was born in Hall in the Tyrol (Austria). He studied musicology and German at the Universität Innsbruck, obtaining a doctorate in 1998. His dissertation was published in 2001 as Alfred Quellmalz und seine Südtiroler Feldforschungen (1940–42): Eine Studie zur musikalischen Volkskunde unter dem Nationalsozialismus (Alfred Quellmalz and his field research in the South Tyrol (1940–42): A study on music folklore under National Socialism). In 2011 Nussbaumer completed a postdoctoral thesis on folk music at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He has taught at the Innsbruck campus of the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg since 1995, becoming a lecturer in 2011. He is head of the departmental area for music ethnology within the department of musicology. His research and publications focus on music and custom, carnival, folk music and Nazism, Alpine folk music traditions (western Austria and the South Tyrol in particular), and the music of the Old Order Amish.

Hannes Obermair was born in Bolzano in 1961. Research areas relating to the history of the region include comparative urban history and the early written word in the central Alps. In particular, his work focuses on transitional phenomena, forms of acculturation and the ‘grey areas’ that accompany and define the development of the Tyrol and Trento regions in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era. Much of his more recent work has considered questions of contemporary history and historiography in the context of fascism and the Nazi era.

Hans Karl Peterlini was born in Bolzano in 1961. He originally worked as a journalist covering contemporary politics and recent history, where his main focus was the sometimes violent political conflict over South Tyrolean autonomy, its long (and as yet incomplete) development from antagonism to peaceful coexistence. After a period in pedagogical and educational studies, he has since moved into a new professional field with similar interests and questions: How can people and groups cultivate their identities? How can individuals and collectives learn for the present and the future? What factors help and hinder open attitudes toward interaction? Hans Karl Peterlini is Professor of Pedagogy and Transcultural Education at the Universität Klagenfurt for the academic year 2014–15.

Ina Tartler was born in Rumania in 1966 and emigrated to Germany in 1988. She studied German literature, theatre studies and psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. She was chief artistic advisor to the Schauspielhaus in Salzburg from 2002 to 2008, and has been chief artistic advisor at the Vereinigten Bühnen Bozen since 2008.

Elisabeth Thaler was born in Bolzano in 1981. She studied comparative literature and German at the Universität Innsbruck. She was student artistic advisor in residence at the Tiroler Landestheater in 2006, then assistant artistic advisor at the Vereinigten Bühnen Bozen from 2007 to 2012, where she is now an artistic advisor. She has worked with Bettina Bruinier, Agnese Cornelio, Philipp Jescheck, Alexander Kratzer, Carina Riedl, Georg Schmiedleitner Katharina Schwarz.

With the kind support of:
Autonome Provinz Südtirol, Abteilung Kultur
Autonome Region Trentino Südtirol
Stadtgemeinde Bozen, Abteilung Kultur
Culture Ireland / Cultúr Éireann
Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse
Kofler Tischlerei & Möbelhaus, St. Felix/Nonsberg
Rothoblaas, Kurtatsch
Wolfstuben, Tscherms
Deplau, St. Felix/Nonsberg
Österreichische Mediathek, Wien
Dr. Schär, Burgstall
Lichtstudio Eisenkeil

A special thanks go to:
Egetmann Verein Tramin
Südtiroler Landesmuseum für Volkskunde in Dietenheim
Ofas Architekten, Bozen
Referat Volksmusik, Fotoarchiv Quellmalz (Bereich Deutsche und Ladinische Musikschulen

Photo: Annelie Bortolotti

22 February 2014

Curandi Katz

Workshop Performance


A hands-on workshop performance of the body-at-publish by the duo Curandi Katz at Ar/ge kunst focused on the idea of self-publishing as an intimate gesture. The intention is to activate the objectual element of a book, its function and uses, in the realm of its relationship with the individual and between individuals. Considering its private, possibly affective, predominantly tactile experience in a resistant condition to the idea of a mass reproducibility; Exploring the ways it gets disseminated and shared and how these define its storyline; Reflecting upon the gestures of gratuity and care this idea implies and the organisms it involves in the narrative. The process of publishing is intended as a performative form of exteriorization – transmission – care.
The workshop will be structured around the creation of a self publication using alternative, DIY publishing strategies; Experiencing the steps of appropriation and assemblage using low tech tools, and manually operated jigs. At the disposal of participants will be the selection of books brought by Archive Books on the occasion of the exhibition Constellations of one and many, Curandi Katz’s collection of dissident pamphlets and digital platforms for text-sharing.

A point of departure and historical reference comes from the artists’ on-going research on the late Hungarian-Israeli anarcho-pacifist activist Toma Sik and his multi-faceted use of publishing and knowledge circulation. In Sik’s case they are flyers and surveys that he would hand out during protests in public space in order to reach the other and talk about issues like vegetarianism, nonviolence, human-rights. The activist methodology of reaching the other through the printed word casually handed out, was progressively internalized and transformed by Toma Sik into a personal search for individuals with whom to share intentional living.

With the kind support of:
Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Alto Adige, Deutsche Kultur
Città di Bolzano, Ufficio Cultura
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Alto Adige
Mondriaan Stichting, Amsterdam
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart

Gareth Kennedy

One Year-Long Research Project / first
2013 - 2014




In September 2013 ar/ge kunst inaugurated its One Year-Long Research Project, which invites one artist for a series of short residencies over the course of one year. The project begins with a public lecture and culminates in a solo exhibition.

The first artist is Gareth Kennedy (Ireland, 1979).
Invited for his work on expressions of ‘folk’ culture, Kennedy has undertaken an investigation of the troubled history of folklore and visual anthropology in the South Tyrol.

Talk con Gareth Kennedy on 24th September 7pm at ar/ge kunst, Bolzano.

Gareth Kennedy’s solo exhibition Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (The Uncomfortable Science) opened on the 19 September and run through 15 November 2014.

Gareth Kennedy is an artist from the west of Ireland. His work explores the social agency of the handcrafted in the twenty-first century and generates ‘communities of interest’ around the production and performance of new material cultures. Deploying an anthropological approach as an operational aesthetic, these works draw on the particular social, cultural and economic histories of a location. Outcomes typically include architectural or designed structures, hand-crafted objects, as well as live performative events which bring these physical entities to life within specific public contexts. Kennedy has produced and shown work both nationally and internationally. His practice to date includes public art commissions, educational projects, exhibitions, residencies and collaborations. In 2009, he co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale along with artist Sarah Browne. Kennedy also works on another, distinct artistic practice called Kennedy Browne in collaboration with Sarah Browne.

Rashaad Newsome, The Conductor, video still, 2005-2009

Rashaad Newsome – Film screening
27 October 2010

Film screening in occasion of the exhibition Rashaad Newsome

ar/ge kunst Galleria Museo
H 7 pm

Happy Negro 2004, video, 5’55”
Elysian Fields 2005, video, 1’45”
The conductor (fortuna imperatrix mundi) & The conductor (primo vere, omnia sol temperat) 2005-2009, video, 6’18”
Paris is burning by Jennie Livingstone, 73′

Kiluanji Kia Henda, Karl Marx, Luanda, 2006 Courtesy the artist and Collezione Raffaella e Stefano Sciarretta, Nomas Foundation, Roma e Galleria Fonti, Napoli

Black Atlantic – Polly Savage & Kiluanji Kia Henda
14 January 2010

Black Atlantic
27 November – 30 January 2010

A side programm of conferences on the exhibition Black Atlantic in collaboration with the Faculty of Design and Art at the Free University of Bolzano.

Free University of Bozen
H 7 pm