Power relationship in moving images production
English (Deutsch siehe unten):
Workshop at 17:00h, ending with an apéro and soup at 20:00h
Let’s start with a critical statement : The act of filming induces a power relationship. Some of post ’68 french moviemakers, as Jean-Louis Comolli, see the moving image production as «pensées en acte» (thoughts as act). They question the distinction of fiction and documentary as well as the place of the spectator.
During this workshop, we will produce a diagram based on a selection of my videos and films. My proposal is to start out with the notions social realities, narrative operations and the place of the spectator, and to discuss some new approaches.
Cicero Egli, December 2014
Photo: J.J. Weibel
Deutsch (English above):
Workshop um 17:00h, mit anschliessendem Apéro und Suppe um 20:00h
Lasst mich mit einer kritischen Aussage beginnen: Der Akt des Filmens bewirkt eine Machtbeziehung. Einige der französischen Post-1968-Filmer, wie Jean-Louis Comolli, betrachten die Produktion von bewegten Bildern als «pensées en acte» (Gedanken als Akt). Sie hinterfragen die Unterscheidung zwischen Fiktion und Dokumentarischem sowie die Stellung der Zuschauer_in.
Im Verlauf des Workshops werden wir aufgrund einer Auswahl meiner Videos und Filmen ein Diagramm produzieren. Mein Vorschlag ist es, von den Konzepten der sozialen Wirklichkeiten, erzählerischen Operationen und der Stellung der Zuschauer_in zu auszugehen und einige neue Vorgehensweisen anzudenken.
Cicero Egli, Dezember 2014
Archeology of the
Fight-Specific Isola book launch
Fight-Specific Isola traces the long history of the Isola area of Milan and the organic, spontaneous progress of the Isola Art Center over the past 12 years. Featuring texts and many images, the book tells the story of an artistic and urban transformation, led by artists, who often had to invent tools and concepts along the way. This publication serves as an example of how to act on the ground in today’s urban condition. Different narratives of history, artistic intervention and action allow the reader to trace the complex idea of collectivity, solidarity and fight-specificity. Testing new terms such as dirty cube and dispersed centre this book shows a possible way to respond to the constant pressure of neoliberal development and gentrification.
Isola Art Center is an open, experimental platform for contemporary art based in Milan’s Isola neighborhood. It is powered by energy, enthusiasm and solidarity. Over the last decade Isola Art Center has confronted an urban situation marked by conflict and extensive transformations. Its projects continue to be ‘no-budget’, precarious, hyperlocal. Doing away with conventional hierarchical structures, Isola Art Center rhizomatically brings together Italian and international artists, critics and curators, artists’ collectives, activists, architects, researchers, students and neighborhood groups.
21.5 × 28 cm
to be announced
Information about the text we will read will be available shortly.
New Series: Material Experimentation Lab
This series of workshops with guest artists invites everyone who is interested in questions of materiality. We will open up a spontaneous material experimentation lab at Corner College dedicated to what things can do. The idea of the lab is a communal sharing of techniques, of experimenting and tinkering together. So, bring your stuff!
Dealing with materials affords not only a specific knowledge of properties but also concerns the process of thought. Instead of presuming that artists form docile matter, one might assume that the material’s active role in the process of formation. From here, we might also consider the process of formation as being shaped by its very situated emergence. The lab aims at constituting concrete situations of artistic experimentation following the materiality of materials seeking out their aesthetic qualities rather than their scientific properties. How can we engage in a process of “material thought” and how do such thinking activities impinge on artistic practice? Further we wonder, how we can extend our sense of collaboration and of collectivity towards the more-than-human dimensions of existence? What would be the political consequences of such an approach?
This format derives from the field of artistic research but refuses to speak of “new forms of knowledge” and instead amplifies any form of experimental practice as situated, fragmented, and materially active. Initiators of the Lab are Amélie Brisson-Darveau and Christoph Brunner of the Corner College Collective, artist Nicole De Brabandere, and designer and architect Verena Ziegler. The lab invites artists, designers, architects, philosophiers and activists experimenting with materials and material thought in their practice. We will engage in “hands on” material experimentations, seeking out their potential, their capacity to evoke surprising and unforeseen constellations and experiences. Form here the process might take us into the development of a lecture performance, an installation or exhibition, but also text production or a publication.
For the first session the Corner College Collective and Nicole De Brabandere propose explorations of the Corner College’s material and spatio-temporal textures.
“We invite participants to activate the space of Corner College with us as an emergent technical and material ecology. We propose an engagement with the space that explores the multiple potential for qualities of relation and for relation of qualities. This will involve developing a sensitivity with the qualities of the space, which could include the hard concreteness of the floor or the large window vitrine that covers the entire length of one side. To treat the space simultaneously as a material and a relational practice, we propose the exploration of material qualities and textures in terms of how they afford and invite movements in the space. The available materials will include non-woven fabrics (including felt, Tyvek and paper); spreadable materials (such as graphite, charcoal, ink and chalk), liquids (water and ink) and movable projections of photographic footage from previous relational/material explorations. For example, the powdery qualities of charcoal invite different ways of spreading or fixing it with paper. The loose patterning of fibers that compose non-woven textiles invite different ways of opening up its' layers in new relational dynamics. The movable projections will activate the mediated qualities of archival footage as an immediate materiality of light, image and scale. Other processes could include spreading, covering, flowing, binding, blending and layering, among others, that explore both material, movement and spatial thresholds. The space will not be mute. Throughout the process of exploration we will both write and verbalize emergent thresholds as they are felt. This process of articulating while doing will help drive the continual evaluation of processes so that they can be individually or collectively reentered in a dynamic of mediated and immediated movements of thought and feeling. Put otherwise, by integrating conversation into the collective orientation of this phase, we aim to develop thought-traces, memory-artefacts, and lures for feeling.”
(Amélie Brisson-Darveau, Nicole De Brabandere and Christoph Brunner)
New Series: Sunday Brunch – Making Space for Kids and Animals
Petiri, Pembeele, Pili and Tzippi (from left to right), Inherent Crossing, Research Project since 2013 at Walterzoo Gossau
Making Space is a practice not only of hospitality, but also of communality and living together with care. A Sunday brunch for kids and animals together with their parents and caregivers, as well as artists without kids or pets who are interested in the approach or work with children, and all who happen to be hanging out in Zurich on a Sunday morning and would like to brunch with colleagues and are unafraid of the noisy ambience.
The idea is as simple as that: Artists with kids are a generally precarious group in the art scene both as participants in ongoing discourses and due to a lack of time dedicated to their own production. Most of us living with kids feel that there is little opportunity for casual gathering, making space for all kids, animals and their grown-up friends on equal terms.
Corner College invites all of you who will feel comfortable and are interested in taking part in a mixed group in which special attention will be paid to the needs and demands of kids, their self-expression through play or other inspirations to their creativity, to come and gather around a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, some fruit and croissants. We will offer small activities like play that can turn to bookmaking, screenings, crafting with or just touching and tasting materials (sometimes with guests), or performances. We hope that you may contribute to a self-organized making of this space by your presence, your ideas and your involvement.
We are in the process of building a small library that will be available in the space, along with our art journal and editions stand with delicacies from around the globe.
Come and play with us!
First Sunday Brunch
Myrtha with her puppies
The first Making Space Sunday Brunch will take place on 8 February.
Further information is forthcoming here.
Magazine Launch: Cows when reading JUNK JET produce more milk.
Cows when reading JUNK JET produce more milk.
Junk Jet is an independent magazine founded in 2007 as a collaborative format, to discuss speculative works in art, architecture, and media. The presentation will be a trip through the world of Junk Jet, consisting of 6 issues, 222 contributors, 666 pages and 5 kilos. In this world (JUNK), the magazine becomes not only a container and archive, but at the same time a transporter (JET)*, a manifesto, architectural structure, performance, and even scientific research. Mona Mahall and Asli Serbest, the editors of Junk Jet, will talk about the history, development and future of Junk Jet.
* Junk Jet has been at “Millennium Magazines”, MOMA: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Perloff Gallery, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles; “A Few Zines” Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Gallery; “Libros Mutantes”, Contemporary Art Center La Casa Encendida, Madrid; “Archizines”, Australian Centre for Design, Sydney; “Zine”, Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsquartier, Wien; Tokyo Art Book Fair; Osaka Art Book Fair; Shibaura House, Tokyo; Vancouver Art Gallery; HKW, Transmediale, Berlin; AA Architectural Association, London; New York Art Book Fair, etc.
“Collecting the Future” (2014 – 2006 – 2016)
A Sinopale Exhibition
Petra Elena Koehle & Nicolas Vermot Petit-Outhenin, Research material for the group of work Exercice d‘isolation Digital image, Sinop, Turkey, 2012
Sinopale, International Sinop Biennial for Contemporary Art, Turkey
in collaboration with Corner College, Zürich
“COLLECTING THE FUTURE” (2014 – 2006 – 2016)
A SINOPALE EXHIBITION
The exhibition collects in a non-linearly organized display at Corner College reflections, documentation, archive and research materials as well as some art works from the five editions of Sinopale – International Sinop Biennial, in-between its past, present and future. Especially for this exhibition, the Swiss participants in the past two editions reflect on their work at Sinopale in contributions between archive, research and art work.
Further information to be announced here shortly.
Curated by T. Melih Görgün, artistic director of Sinopale, and co-curated by Dimitrina Sevova