Welcome Lecture: Carola Bonfili


February 28,  2012 – h. 18.30

MACRO – Via Nizza – Rome

Free entry

Welcome Lecture is a series of talks promoted by MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, as part of the program “Artisti in residenza”, its new residency program. It’s a series of conversation between a resident artist and a curator, in which the artist’s working methods and poetics will be presented to the public, with some hints at the project that the artist will develop during his/her residency.

Today sees the second appointment of Welcome Lecture, Carola Bonfili talks to Ilaria Gianni, curator and co-artistic director of the Nomas Foundation, and Valerio Mannucci, editor of Nero Magazine.

John Latham / Lee Ufan


February 10 – March 23, 2012

Lisson Gallery Milan, Via Zenale, 3

John Latham / Lee Ufan presents the work of these seminal artists, renowned for their conceptual and theoretical rigor. Each in their own unique way, the oeuvres of John Latham (1921-2006) and Lee Ufan (b. 1936) are testimony to a life-long investigation of the universe and the human understanding of its governing rules.

The gallery space is dedicated to the presentation of a series of works developed by John Latham over the course of 40 years, which examine the artist’s understanding of the human subject. Latham conceived his work as an articulated and complex system which found visual expression as book reliefs, assemblages, film and performance and theoretical form as conceptual ideas and extensive writings.

Taking as its base an interpretation of Quantum Theory, the central objective of Latham’s theoretical enquiry was to overcome the traditional separation between matter and consciousness. He advocated for an all-encompassing system, formulated as ‘Time-Base Theory’, which could define everything in the Universe – inanimate objects as well as living organisms – as events with characteristic time-bases. A distinctive kind of human subject, who Latham defined as ‘Observer’, ‘Reflective Intuitive Organism’ and later as ‘Incidental Person’, lies at the core of the system.

Latter Day Observer (1963) refers back to a series of works Latham made between 1959-60 called the Observer Reliefs, inspired by Dostoevskij’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. The three brothers – Mitya, Ivan and Alyosha – became for Latham representatives of different states or levels of human existence. While Mitya and Ivan respectively embody an instinctive and rational state, Alyosha was particularly significant for Latham as an expression of a ‘Reflective-Intuitive’ state, sophistication and the ability to embrace reflection and intuition above rationality.

The capacity for understanding relations from a distance and for reaching insights characteristic of Alyosha, led Latham to later develop the concept of ‘incidental person’ in relation to APG (Artist Placement Group), an organisation that Latham helped found in 1966 with the purpose of integrating artists in the system of business, industry and government. APG identified the artist as an agent of change within an established social and economic system.




February 24, 2012 – h 21.00

Swiss Institute of Rome - Via Ludovisi, 48 – Rome

Vinilica is the name of the limited edition of the 13 vinyls, conceived and realized  on purpose for the Swiss Institute of Rome by 13 students of the Construction, Art & Spaces class of HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Ginevra) invited for a workshop by the artist Delphine Reist and the music composer Marcel Saegesser – both in residence at the Institute.

The proposition of the workshop is to work for one week in the Swiss Institute of Rome to create site specific sculptures with the aim to only make sound and diffuse it with vinyl turntables. The purpose of this exercise is to consider the sound and the environment where it is diffused as two inseparable parts of one sculptural work, one altering the perception of the other.

The short sound pieces realized by the students in connection with the spaces of the Swiss Institute of Rome will be shown to the audience during the event night.

In this occasion Claudio Rocchetti (IT, 1976) e eRikm (FR, 1970) will perform live.


In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art


February 24 – March 24, 2012

opening Friday February 24th h.6pm

NERO HQ – Lungotevere degli Artigiani 8b Rome – Italy

curated by Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf

In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art, is a traveling exhibition curated by Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf, that is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with texts by the curators, Lorenzo Benedetti, Martha Buskirk, and Daniel McClean.

Certificates of authenticity are a critical aspect of art works today. They often even embody the artwork itself, while referring to it, serving as its deed, legal statement, and fiscal invoice. Certificates by artists validate the authorship and originality of the work and they allow the work of art to be positioned in the marketplace as a branded product– no matter how immaterial or transient that product may be. Whereas the inherent importance of any given work of art should be self-evident to the connoisseur’s eye, certificates point the focus elsewhere, and prove that material or aesthetic qualities in an object sometimes do not suffice in constituting the work of art. In our globalized, capitalist present, the certificate and its implications about artistic thinking have become an instrument of business enterprise, as well as a philosophical statement about the nature of an artwork. Certificates have legal and ontological implications that make them fascinating documents of changing attitudes toward art and the role of artists.

Providing examples of artists’ certificates from the past fifty years, this exhibition reveals how roles have shifted and developed, as well as how the materials and content of art have changed too. Concise didactic texts will assist the viewer in contextualizing each inclusion in the presentation. Ranging from the most official looking printed documents, with their imprimatur of institutionalization, to dashed-off notations that perform the same definitive function in constituting and defining the parameters of a given art work.


Jandek performance and an exhibition – Motelsalieri


February  19 – February 23, 2012

Opening day Sunday February  19 – 18.00

Motelsalieri – via Giovanni Lanza, 162 – Rome

Who is Jandek, the artist? Nothing was known for quite a long time. There were moments one even doubted his existence. He releases albums through his own record label Corwood Industries and is seen as an atypical folk and blues singer producing a long series of recordings, taking care of all the writing, composing, singing and the art on the covers.

Many of his albums feature pictures of a certain man at various ages; although it seemed likely, it was not until Jandek’s live debut in 2004 that it became certain that the man depicted on the album covers was the principal performer.

That is where he appears in October 2004 when he performed live at the Instal 04 music festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jandek now often performs live with other musicians, but these collaborations remain the extent of his engagement with the public. A choice of the photographs of his LP covers will be shown at Motelsalieri. Selected and printed from their original negatives by Jandek himself there are 5 copies of a series of 7 pictures.


I Have Seen The Future – CityVision


February 17, 2012 – 6,30 pm

MACRO via Nizza, Rome


After the great success of Rome CityVision Experience, Love and Kill your own Town and Y1 Independent Architecture Stuff, a new independent architecture event will host, for the first time in Rome, the famous London office SQUINT/OPERA with a lecture of Jules Coke (Squint/Opera founding director).

It will be announced a new international architecture competition to explore the future of the Big Apple: New York CityVision Competition. The jury panel will be composed by Joshua Prince-Ramus (REX Architects), Eva Franch i Gilabert (Storefront for Art & Architecture), Roland Snooks (Kokkugia), Shohei Shigematsu (OMA ny), Alessandro Orsini (Architensions) and Mitchell Joachim (Terreform One).

During the event the new issue #5 of CityVision Magazine will be presented and freely distributed as also winners and shortlisted of PFFF – Inflatable Architecture Competition organized by CityVision and FARM, will be revealed.