November 2016
19.11.2016 -
31.12.2016
2016 / 201611 / 201612
Buon Lavoro!
Prose of The Day – Poetic Resistance

Cora Piantoni
 

Dezember 2016
07.12.2016
2016 / 201612 / Buchvernissage
Jennifer Bennett: SAVE
Jennifer Bennett
 

Saturday, 19.11.2016
17:00h -
Saturday, 31.12.2016

 

2016 / 201611 / 201612
Buon Lavoro!
Prose of The Day – Poetic Resistance

Cora Piantoni
 


Cora Piantoni, Another Information: Terzo Radio GAP, 2016. Video still.


A personal exhibition by Cora Piantoni

19 November - 31 December 2016

Opening: Saturday, 19 November, 17:00h


Opening Hours / Öffnungszeiten
Wednesday / Mittwoch, 15:00h – 18:00h
Thursday / Donnerstag, 16:00h – 19:00h
Friday / Freitag, 15:00h – 18:00h


Cora Piantoni’s personal exhibition at Corner College presents a selected body of works based on the artist’s continued research about working people and their communities, and the transformation of labor in the social factory and the geopolitics of work.
“Working slowly” is a protest song and popular workerist anthem in 1970s Italy: “Work slowly / And effortlessly / Work may hurt you / And send you to the hospital / Where there’s no bed left / And you may even die. / Work slowly / And effortlessly / Health is priceless.” In contrast to the slogans of the Italian workerist resistance in the 1970s, Cora Piantoni chooses as the main title of the exhibition an affirmative expression of the notion of work, sensitive to the systematic precarization characteristic of the neoliberal economy of late capitalism, the need for jobs for everyone, and a positive relation to work that can empower the struggles of the workers for a better life. The Italian greeting “buon lavoro” has a positive connotation and is used as a wish expressing one’s own emotional involvement in the work of someone. The English language has no idiom it could directly translate to. Occasionally, one might use phrases such as: I wish you every success in your work! – Have a good day at work! – Good luck with your work!

As a story teller, the artist follows the small narratives and undocumented oral history of ordinary working people, on the background of historical events like the Fall of the Berlin Wall, which shook the latitude and longitude of East-West and North-South in the economic dynamics, labor markets and the reorganization of production processes, reflected in changes in the notion of work and everyday life, with a special focus on manual workers and rather marginalized, unrecognized or unusual forms of invisible labor, like cleaning services, a climbing brigade, or ushers working in a GDR cinema, operators in studio cinemas, or, in an earlier work, conceptual artists who in Czechoslovakia did not follow the socialist-realist normative canon and preferred to make a living as stokers. The exhibition is set up on the consistency of the artist’s concept of an archeology of work, the materiality of the encounter, and the struggles of daily life and poetics of resistance of working people. The exhibited body of work contains anachronistic and retroactive aspects. Through the use of video tape rather than the newest HD formats, Piantoni addresses video technology as such, and as a method of work. The video works are based on interviews, realistic portraits that give space to the workers, in which the artist appears as a witness behind the mechanical eye, conceptually avoiding special effects or superimposing a preconceived artistic language either in the shooting process or in the montage. The image is sober, without formalization. With this approach, the artist foregrounds an unexpected presence rather than a representation of the subjects, the life of the ordinary workers as a work of art, mixing documentary fragments, archive material and poetic moments, driven by the rhythm of the direct speech of the subjects.

In the history of moving images and cinema, there are two main streams, one in the line of D. W. Griffith and Sergei Eisenstein, the other, the molecular revolution of everyday life of Dziga Vertov’s Man With the Movie Camera, who is a collector of the non-linearity of presence. In Cora Piantoni’s works, there is something of Vertov’s molecular sensibility. The artist inevitably asks about the borders between art and daily life, work and labor. The works are aesthetically and politically engaged to develop the ability of the viewer to see the subjects from a multiplicity of perspectives. This consistency manifests itself again in the artist’s newest work, Another Information: The Interferences of Terzo Radio GAP, which premieres in the exhibition. This latest work comes out of a residency in Genoa in 2015, where the artist encountered a local story from the Italian antifascist resistance of the early 1970s that became a motivation to further investigate and follow the characters involved. It has something of the unusual genre of Nebula, embodied in a new Italian epic of revolutionary faceless and anonymous collective of activists and writers, as a collective persona, of political novels as guerilla communication, and prefigures new forms of affirmative resistance and direct action that intervene in the process of communication and mass media as ideological and technological dispositives of the society that are distinct from other means of political action, as well as hacktivism in the space of the Internet.

Text: Dimitrina Sevova in collaboration with Alan Roth


Curated by Dimitrina Sevova.



Irene Müller über Cora Piantonis Ausstellung im Corner College, Kunstbulletin 12/2016, p. 77.

Posted by Corner College Collective

Wednesday, 07.12.2016
19:30h

 

2016 / 201612 / Buchvernissage
Jennifer Bennett: SAVE
Jennifer Bennett
 




Jennifer Bennett stellt ihr Buch SAVE vor, welches im September im Textem Verlag Hamburg erschienen ist. Dieses enthält wahre Begebenheiten und schildert Begegnungen und Gespräche mit existierenden Personen. Auf einer Reise werden unterschiedliche Protagonistinnen und Protagonisten gesucht und gefunden, um sie zu den Themen Selbstorganisation, Rebellion, Netzwerke, Territorium, Nation, Staatsangehörigkeit und mehr zu befragen. Es wird darin exemplarisch, welche Rolle Einzelne in der Gesellschaft und im eigenen Umfeld annehmen, und ist auch eine ganz persönliche Auseinandersetzung mit dem In-eine-Welt-geworfen-Sein, die von systemischen Aspekten bestimmt wird.

Aufgrund aktueller Ereignisse in den USA um die Dakota Access Pipelines wird die Buchvorstellung mit einigen Videobeispielen und einem gemeinsamen Brainstorming zur Frage der Solidarisierung und Formen von Engagement verbunden. Es zeigt sich, dass bei geplanten Grossprojekten 1000e Stimmen, die sich dagegen auflehnen, nicht berücksichtigt werden und häufig mit massiver Gewaltanwendung von Seiten des Staates zum Schweigen gebracht werden. Kurzfristige Profite stehen über der Erhaltung von Lebensgrundlagen, reichhaltige Umgebungen werden der Aufrechterhaltung des Kapitalismus geopfert. Die Frage, die sich stellt, ist das wirklich in unserem Sinn oder werden uns Bedürfnisse verkauft, welche uns die Opfer die wir bringen, vergessen lassen? Sind wir so resigniert, dass wir den Kopf noch tiefer in den Sand stecken oder möchten wir aktiv und miteinander überlegen, wie eine gangbare Überwindung des Gefühls der Hilflosigkeit aussehen würde? Wie müsste sich das Kräfteverhältnis verändern, damit die Stimme der Menschen genauso relevant wird, wie die Sprache des Geldes? Wie können diese Fragestellungen ins Zentrum der gesellschaftlichen Debatte gebracht werden und macht Kunstproduktion, welche im weitesten Sinn die Gegenwart archiviert Sinn, wenn parallel dazu alles getan wird, um eine mögliche Zukunft für alle zu verunmöglichen?

In diesem Brainstorming kann es nicht darum gehen, uns zu beklagen oder schnelle Lösungen zu finden, aber darum, dass wir uns diesen Fragestellungen mit ganzer Aufmerksamkeit zuwenden.

Weiterführende links zum Entstehungsprozess von SAVE und bisherigen Veranstaltungen:
http://jentleben.jbbooks.net/97-2/
http://www.oslo10.ch/episode5
http://www.2025ev.de/aktion_142.html

Posted by Corner College Collective