Supperusurpedsupper – Nomas Foundation
Collecting Matters, an exchange, is an ongoing project initiated by Nomas Foundation, Kadist Art Foundation, and David Roberts Art Foundation. The project investigates the notions of collection/collecting through a discursive and on-going research platform. Each Foundation fosters a significant collection, featuring leading contemporary artists, and shares a common interest in supporting the development of contemporary artistic and curatorial practices.
For the first episode of Collecting Matters: an exchange, an interdisciplinary curatorial workshop was held in Rome in July 2012. The participant scholars, from arts courses of three international postgraduate programs schools (Curating the Contemporary, London Metropolitan University &Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Fine Arts Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam NL; Design and Production of Visual Arts IUAV Venice, IT), were selected through a call promoted by the three foundations, and spent a one week research period in Rome. The aim of the workshop was to analyze the history of collecting and to encourage new ways of thinking, sharing and producing knowledge about collections in time. Following the workshop, one of the scholars had the opportunity to produce a project, developing an individual research through the presentation of a selection of works belonging to the three collections in Nomas Foundation’s premises.
Collecting Matters, an exchange – Edition 1
A performance by jugedamos (Jurgis Paškeviius, Géraldine Longueville, David Bernstein)
Superusurpedsupper – the first edition of ‘Collecting Matters, an exchange’ – is a storytelling performance by the artists jugedamos featuring artworks from the collections of the three foundations. The artworks are sources of inspiration translated into speeches, gestures, and props for the creation of a linguistic choreography. The performance tells the story of a journey to the Ganek mountain, the place where artist Július Koller founded and directed the U.F.O. Gallery Ganek — a fictive gallery that allowed him to communicate with the unknown cosmic world. To find the gallery, jugedamos climb the cosmic peak with the help of other artworks, which over the course of the expedition, turn into a compass, a map, a torch, a clock, a fireplace, a companion, a game of white stones & red gloves, and a pizza theory. This is a journey on live, using and manipulating the physical artworks – some of them authentic and some of them recreated. Through conversations, readings and songs, jugedamos explore how an art piece can be extended and reinterpreted. They question the borders between art and tool, authenticity and fake, and between individual authorship and shared creation.
A libretto on sale will contain the script of the performance and a list of the art pieces by order of appearance.
With works by: Eduardo Arroyo, Joseph Beuys, Maurizio Cattelan, Peter Coffin, Jules Dalou, Thea Djordjadze, Ryan Gander, Július Koller, Benoît Maire, Ursula Mayer, Nicolas Matranga, Jean-Luc Moulène, Pratchaya Phinthong, and Tobias Rehberger.
Nomas Foundation – Viale Somalia 33, Roma
February 20 – 22, 2013