Date: 29 - 30 June 2015
Date: 5 May 2015
Cagliari meets Angela Serino
Dates: August 6-7, 2014
“Rewriting the City on a Cultural Basis.”
Cagliari is one of the Italian cities shortlisted to become the European Capital of Culture in 2019.
Inspired by the late Sardinian artist Maria Lai, Cagliari has started a process of renewal and cultural revitalisation focused on the idea of ‘fabric’ and the act of weaving. Maria Lai’s threads crossing the “Incandescent World” become the metaphor for a city that weaves new scenarios. Her threads do not draw closed shapes. They are unpredictable, like a city that is planning but also open to the world.
Cagliari’s programme is characterised by the theme of passage: passage from immaterial culture to a culture of doing, from ancient to contemporary art, from Mediterranean to Continental Europe, from one identity to many, from isolation to contamination and integration.
As part of this process, Cagliari has invited Angel Serino to introduce her practice and her recent projects in “Futuro Prossimo”, a series of meetings with international cultural producers for Cagliari 2019.
Date: 28 May 2013
noa language schoolʼs introduction and workshop session at DAI, Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem. In collaboration with Mounira Al Solh.
Within the life of an adult to learn and speak a new language is a very special situation: it is a process that challenges one's idea of the self and to a certain extent a person's own self respect. He / she who has to learn must be open to put in discussion his/her own identity, what he / she already knows, how he / she learnd things in the past, and this goes to very deep parts of the brains, the psyche and the body. For Louis Wolfson, for instance, the American schizophrenic who refused to use English in his daily life, this process was a very traumatic experience, which in turn stimulated him to create a new language, one of his own, where words from other (selftaught) languages like French, Hebrew, Russian and German were used to replace English. Wolfson would make big efforts and leaps into language to find words sounding like the English ones and meaning almost the same, but in another language. In his selftaught French, he has written "Le Schizo et les langues".
For this first workshop session of noalanguageschool, Mounira Al Solh and Angela Serino propose to read and translate together a few excerpts from "Le Schizo et Les langues" (France, 1970), where Wolfson reports details from his ideas and his daily life in his self‐made language, a French often interrupted by his own findings of words that sound like English and mean the same, but are in a different language.
Taking inspiration from Jean-Joseph Jacotot's method (described by J.Ranciere in his "The Ignorant Schoolmaster", 1991) Mounira Al Solh and Angela Serino propose the participants to read and translate together excerpts from "Le Schizo et les langues" into English. For this to happen, it's not required previous knowledge of French, but rather the opposite as we believe, as in Jacotot's words, that "it's possible to teach what we don't know", avoiding thus the pretention that a teacher knows, and a student is ignorant. The point of this exercise is not only to become familiar and look closer at Wolfons' experience and his creative process, but – via his very specific way of writing and referring to various languages – to have a concrete experience of the dynamics and mechanisms entailed in the act of translation, its limits, and its creative act that allows to challenge preconceived ideas, concepts and knowledge expressed through the words and the structure of the language we are used to speak. The language we will translate the chosen paragraph into will be our own English, spoken by not natives, and not edited at the end.
Date: 15 March 2014
Lecture on Shana Moulton's “Whispering Pines” on the occasion of her solo show at Nieuwe Vide, art space in Haarlem.
“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thoughts, and you break the chains of your body too” (from Whispering Pines n.6).
Each chapter of the saga of “Whispering Pines” shows us a new path in the world of self-created rituals developed over the time by Cynthia –Shana’s alter ego – to defeat gravity and anxiety, fears of aging and isolation. This afternoon we will make a journey through some of these rituals, drawing possible connections between some of Cynthia’s gestures and elements of the American art and counter-culture from the 1960’s.
Date: 5 March 2014
A listening session contributed by noalanguageschool with excerpts from works by Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara, Diamanda Galàs, Cathy Berberian and others.
Curated by Angela Serino in collaboration with Francesco Bernardelli for noalanguageschool. Part of the series “Voice Creature of Transition”, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie 2014.
A solitary king is caught by a beautiful voice and wanders mesmerized among the rooms and corridors of his castle, imagining the person who utters it. What is hidden of that person in the voice that the eyes of the king won’t see? ‘There is a person alive, with a throat, a chest, feelings who is pushing this voice so much to be different from all the other voices.’ Italo Calvino writes in the story “A King Listens”.
Inspired by this tale Angela Serino and Francesco Bernardelli invite us to listen to significant (female) experimental composers, singers and performers of our time, who in their work explore the physiology of the voice and the limits of vocal techniques while expanding the possibilities of contemporary composition by mingling and absorbing other artistic disciplines, including dance, electronics, performance and theatre.
Date: 14 September 2013
Public talk with Jan Lauwers/Needcompany and Xu Bing. Moderated by Angela Serino. UCCA, Beijing.
UCCA, in collaboration with the Flemish Theatre Institute, has invited internationally renowned artists Xu Bing and Jan Lauwers to discuss the role of contemporary art in society as well as the influence of international and intercultural exchange.
As two key figures in the contemporary art world whose work as circulated extensively around the world, Xu and Lauwers will share their thoughts on the impact of international mobility and intercultural interaction on the perception of their work and the potential of contemporary art in an increasingly globalized world.
Jan Lauwers’ practice crosses many different artistic disciplines (music, film, visual arts, performance, writing) but maintains a strong link to the theatre. Together with choreographer Grace Ellen Barkey, in 1986 he founded Needcompany, an artists’ company in which a core group of actors, writers, musicians, and other artists produce artworks. They are key representatives of post-dramatic theatre, in which text is no longer central but becomes part of a performative aesthetic in which music, scenography, and other factors are treated as equally important.
Xu Bing is an artist and the Vice President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 2006, the Southern Graphics Council awarded Xu Bing their lifetime achievement award for his “use of text, language, and books [that] has impacted the dialogue of the print and art worlds in significant ways.” Art in America listed Xu Bing in their annual Year in Review. He was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Columbia University in 2010.
Moderator: Angela Serino is visual arts curator currently in residence at IFPInstitute for Provocation, Beijing.
Date: 20 March 2013
Location: Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen Norway.
As a way of introducing her curatorial practice and current projects, curator Angela Serino will present a selection of artists' films and video works, including excerpts from works by Lea Porsager and Paola Anziché. "This selection of moving images is a pretext to see what goes through the skin, to look closer at gestures and actions that artists develop to strengthen bonds among people, to inhabit a domestic space differently, or even to let other meanings slip into the world of language and words."
A fictional guided-tour
Date: 9 June 2011
Place: vanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven
Conceived and presented by Angela Serino
“As if she worked here” is the title of a fictional guided tour I created for “Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-Respect in Troubling Times”, the solo show by artist Maja Bekan at van Abbemuseum. Bekan’s work consisted of a fully equipped office, used by anyone in need of an urgent place to work, and a series of public performances.
For the tour, I used the Museum’s spaces on the ground floor as if they were rooms of a private house. This change of the space’s identity was established via an overlapping of maps visualized through small signs, and a new floor plan of the Museum (see poster).
This new map was the conceptual framework for a monologue revolving around the figure of an anonymous woman, most likely an artist or a cultural worker (represented by me, the guide). While guiding the public around each singular space of this ideal house, I spoke of the current working conditions of the artist and of cultural producers in general, who are often self-employed and work from home.
Central to the guided tour was the attempt to describe what this kind of work entails: the multiple roles a person has to play, as a woman, artist, teacher, mother, lover, friend, and the issues brought by each and all those roles (such as coping with expectations of professionalism and states of precariousness; the time (or lack of time) for love and caring, the awareness of how sex and private relationships shape the informal network that is at the core of our profession, and more.
Date: 4 June 2011
Organized by The Living Room(s), Amsterdam.
Angela Serino will be in dialogue with artist Noa Giniger on her project “Zimmer for FAB”, developed at Kunsthuis SYB. During her residency at Beetsterzwaag, Giniger invited six fellow artists from different countries to stay with her –each for one week– for an in-situ dialogue. For the artist, the act of spending time together in “a domestic vacation” at SYB becomes a way to examine notions of time and leisure within the artistic process: “how we, as artists, deal with the idea of leisure, not merely as a time to relax, but as a time that provides the ideal conditions for communicating, for sharing individual information, so that we can look into how things are created and how we create things.” (NG)
Serino is an independent curator and member of SYB’s programming committee since 2010.
Dates: 24-30 May 2010
Participation at the seminar-workshop “Chisinau, Art Research in the Public Space”. Organized by KSAK- Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau.
The transdisciplinary seminar and the workshop dedicated to documentation and research are a part of the CHISINAU- Art, Research in the Public Sphere - a cross-disciplinary platform that will investigate the connections between political and cultural symbols and propaganda and its impact on the urban environment, the interference between personal narratives and imported ideologies and cultural discourses in relation to the public sphere. The project’s aim is to explore the dominant institutional and political discourses that have shaped the society and the urban landscape of the city of Chisinau in the course of its recent history.
A number of visual artists, curators, historians, designers and sociologists from the Balkan (Romania, Serbia, Montenegro) and Baltic (Lithuania and Estonia) countries, as well from other EU countries (Poland, France, Austria, The Netherlands) that have experienced similar social and cultural processes and phenomena will present their research and case studies related to projects dealing with art and the public sphere and to the connections between the public and private acceptions of space placed in various cultural and ideological backgrounds.
Participants: Angela Serino, Klaus Schafler, Vladan Jeremic&Rena Raedle, Danilo Prnjat, Joanna Rajkowska, Kaja Pawelek, Dumitru Oboroc, Alina Popa&Irina Gheorghe (The Bureau of Melodramatic Research), Ferenc Grof &Jean-Baptiste Naudy (Societe Realiste), Rael Artel, Floe Kasearu, Catalin Gheorghe, Virgil Paslariuc, Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, Tamara Nesterova, Indre Klimaite, Ghenadie Popescu, Tatiana Fiodorova, Max Kuzmenko, Vladimir Us, Ana Marian.
Dates: March 20- August 29, 2010
RED A.I.R.Redlight Art Amsterdam at “The Hoerengracht”,
Amsterdam Historisch Museum
"On 20 March 2010, Amsterdam Historical Museum (AHM) presents “The Hoerengracht”, a large installation piece by Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) and Nancy Reddin Kienholz (b. 1943). This is the first appearance in Amsterdam of The Hoerengracht, which is inspired by the city's world-famous red-light district.
American husband and wife Edward Kienholz and Nancy Kienholz Reddin worked in Berlin in the 1980s. It was there that they assembled this massive work of art, measuring over 13 by 4 metres, and more than 3 metres high. The Hoerengracht is both an extract and an interpretation of Amsterdam's red light district, which viewers are able to actually walk through. When they were making the work, the artists asked themselves questions that remain relevant to this day: What do we think about prostitution? Should it be legal, regulated, tolerated or prohibited?" (press text)
Selected documentation from RED A.i.R. |Red light art Amsterdam, a project curated by Angela Serino for the Municipality of Amsterdam was presented in the show.