Image: Daniel Salomon, The Politics of Fermentation, 2015 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)