Tomás Saraceno at RAVE East Village Artist Residency – Animal Spaces

Tomás Saraceno with artists and students, Villa Manin, 2016


The artist and architect Tomás Saraceno is this year’s guest at the RAVE East Village Artist Residency. This regular appointment with contemporary art in Friuli Venezia Giulia has now reached its fifth edition and is held at Villa Manin until 31 July 2016.

Saraceno is one of the most outstanding artists in the international scene. His work is to be seen in major museums around the globe. He is particularly celebrated for the subjects he addresses and the process used in his research. His work reflects on the Anthropocene, the current geological era where mankind is the principal factor influencing biological, geological and atmospheric processes on the planet. He uses art as an approach for overcoming geographic, behavioural and social barriers. He seeks to overcome boundaries between disciplines and uses a collaborative model for his research and production, which is applied to all fields of knowledge.

His artistic practice actively seeks to conceive an alternate future for humanity, also through the creation of visionary structures which unite engineering, science and utopian lyricism.

Saraceno has been invited to turn his attention to the themes addressed by RAVE, to take a bio-centric perspective to the relationship between animals and mankind, and to consider Waiting Posthuman, the idea that humanity is no longer closed within conventional boundaries, but is now open, in a hybridisation with nature, animals and technology.

This edition welcomes the important collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano (with the project Milano Animal City) and the Technische Universität Braunschweig (with the project BioBerlin). These two institutions hold the workshop Animal Spaces, which reflects on non-anthropocentric urban ethics, such as that suggested by policies of Biodiversity.

Ugola and Toni in the park at Villa Manin, 2016


The days of events are further enriched by the participation and intervention of guests, who are invited to share in the opportunities for dialogue in the park of Villa Manin, in close contact with Ugola, the cow, and Toni Romeo, the donkey, the two animals saved from the slaughterhouse. The Filiera del Legno FVG has constructed a shelter for them from wood sourced from the mountains of Friuli and PEFC certified for the management of sustainable forestry.

On 28 July Tomás Saraceno held a public lecture, presenting his research with the participation of Filipa Ramos, writer and Editor in Chief of art-agenda and Alex Jordan, scientist at the Max Planck Institute.

Program of the next events :

Friday 29 July at 6pm, Casa Cavazzini museum of modern and contemporary art in Udine hosts the meeting Biodiversity in Cities, a dialogue between philosophy, art and architecture. The meeting will start with the talk by the architect Stefano Boeri, with special guest Tomás Saraceno, RAVE artist-in-residence, followed by the participation of Antonio Giusa, Tiziana Pers, Filiera del Legno FVG, Azzurra Muzzonigro, Gino Colla, Nicola Bressi, Tommaso Sacchi, and Alessandro Verona.

Saturday 30 July at 6pm will see the symbolic liberation in the park of Villa Manin of Ugola and Toni Romeo.

This will be followed by a guided tour of the exhibition WAITING FOR RAVE. Anticipations of a Posthuman Time, curated by Pietro Gaglianò. The exhibition will be open until 21 August.

La Notte del Dialogo begins at 9pm, a round table held in the Esedra di Ponente (to be held in English).

As well as Tomás Saraceno, the Notte del Dialogo will see the participation of numerous guests, including:

Stefano Boeri, architect, Almut Grüntuch-Ernst, architect, Mylene Ferrand, curator, Giulia Ferracci and Donatella Saroli, curators at the MAXXI Museum, Tommaso Sacchi, of the Minister for Culture for the Town Council of Florence, Simone Frangi, curator at Viafarini,

Nicola Bressi, Director of the Natural Sciences Museum of Trieste, Daniele Capra, curator, Giuliana Carbi, Trieste Contemporanea, Eva Comuzzi, curator, Martina Peruch, art historian, and many others.

Sunday 31 August at 11.30am in the park of the Villa, the program closes with the exhibition of the installations created by the students at the workshop Animal Spaces.

Tomás Saraceno with artists and students, Villa Manin, 2016


Furthermore, the exhibition of the projects for MAC Milano Animal City will be open all week. These were created by students at the Politecnico di Milano on the Urban Studies course held by Stefano Boeri and Michele Brunello, coordinated by Azzurra Muzzonigro together with Francesca Benedetto, Caterina Fumagalli, Saverio Pesapane, Livia Shamir and Giorgio Zangrandi.

All events and meetings are open to the public, including the lessons and workshops.

More information can be found on the website:

RAVE East Village Artist Residency is a project created by the artists Isabella and Tiziana Pers in collaboration with Giovanni Marta. It is member of The Independent, the platform of the MAXXI Foundation in Rome dedicated to independent, innovative and experiential Italian and international projects.

Villa ManinPiazza Manin, 10, 33030 Passariano di Codroipo (UD)
25 – 31 July 2016