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21 November 2018, 6:30 pm

Unibz – Aula F0.03
Piazza Università, 1


Otobong Nkanga, Artist Talk at Unibz © ar/ge kunst. Foto: Tiberio Sorvillo

In collaboration with the Free University of Bolzano, Faculty of Design and Art.

The artist speaks about her artistic practice and about the exhibition A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall.


Image Diplomacy
07.02.2018, 7 pm

On the occasion of his exhibition at ar/ge kunst – Image Diplomacy – the artist Vladislav Shapovalov will be in conversation with Elvira Vannini (historian, art critic and founder of the magazine HOT POTATOES, Art, Politics, Exhibition Conditions) and Emanuele Guidi (ar/ge kunst artistic director)

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


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.

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

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


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.

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)

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


Black Atlantic – Katerina Gregos
28 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



Black Atlantic – Hamza Walker & Hank Willis Thomas
15 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


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