Studio Eine Phantastik at Shedhalle, Zürich

Studio Eine Phantastik, installation view at Shedhalle, Zürich

 

Let’s make like it was the introduction to an exhibition on the processes used by imagination and art to invent stories… Studio Eine Phantastik, presented at the Shedhalle in Zürich from May 24 to July 29, 2018, could be described using the past tense kids brandish when they are about to enter a fairy tale, placing the audience on the threshold in which the final preparations for the game are settled, between the true truth and the pretend truth.

The works of the invited artists rely on imagination and its ability to generate a reality in which nature is treacherous in its innocence, where there can be no creation without a certain ambiguity. Between fable and fantasy, Studio Eine Phantastik allows us to discover the tools of the trade of that unique figure of the writer, educator, experimenter with languages embodied by Gianni Rodari (1920-1980), tools constructed through trial and error and the concrete character of experience in the world of childhood. They are instruments capable of derailing habits, away from the upbringing consumed by common sense; tools conceived for teachers in kindergartens and elementary schools, activists, agitators of children’s theater, workers in libraries, university researchers, school janitors, students in search of an original thesis. The result is a sort of raw material, a coming and going between many stories in a rhapsodic time, with complete freedom to follow, at every step, new paths, sudden suggestions, detours. Where incompletion is productive. Stories without a feeling of risk, produced by specialists in digression, escape, invention, somersaults, that like a gaping rip are destined to widen gradually, imagining that radical communism where the adults are the ones that have need of the children. Not vice versa.

Studio Eine Phantastik is developing its research through artworks, documents, screenings, workshop and lectures. Participants include: Archiv der Kinder- und Jugendzeichnung der Stiftung Pestalozzianum, Vincenzo Castella , Enzo Cucchi, Harun Farocki, Anna Lehninger, Narimane Mari, Alfred Messerli, Giulia Piscitelli, Hinrich Sachs, Sarah Staton, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Betty Woodman, Jack Zipes. Studio Eine Phantastik was conceived by Paolo Do and Salvatore Lacagnina and its first materialization at Shedhalle is realized by Annette Amberg, Paolo Do, Egija Inzule and Salvatore Lacagnina.

 

Enzo Cucchi
, Cinque Punte, 2018
. Courtesy the artist and ZERO…, Milano
Foreground: Research material

 

Studio Eine Phantastik, installation view at Shedhalle, Zürich

 

Studio Eine Phantastik, installation view at Shedhalle, Zürich

 

Archiv der Kinder- und Jugendzeichnung der Stiftung Pestalozzianum


Selection of drawings from the archive, 1930–1981 

Courtesy Archiv der Kinder- und Jugendzeichnung der Stiftung Pestalozzianum, Zürich

 

Hinrich Sachs, 
Mother Tongue, (Catalan / Spain, 2012) 

 Watercolor, 55×43 cm, 
Courtesy Hinrich Sachs and Galerie Skopia, Genève

 

Sarah Staton, 
Sockle Tables, 2018


Courtesy the artist

 

Studio Eine Phantastik, installation view at Shedhalle, Zürich

 

Vincenzo Castella, Urban Screen #1, #2, #3, #4, and Studio Eine Phantastik, 2018
Courtesy the artist, Thanks to Stadtgärtnerei & Sukkulentensammlung, Zürich
Foreground: Sarah Staton, Sockle Tables, 2018. Courtesy the artist

 

Sarah Staton, Fabric Piece, 2018


Courtesy the artist

 

Studio Eine Phantastik, installation view at Shedhalle, Zürich

 

STUDIO EINE PHANTASTIK
with Archiv der Kinder- und Jugendzeichnung der Stiftung Pestalozzianum, Vincenzo Castella, Enzo Cucchi, Harun Farocki, Anna Lehninger, Narimane Mari, Alfred Messerli, Giulia Piscitelli, Hinrich Sachs, Sarah Staton, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Betty Woodman, Jack Zipes
24 May–29 July 2018

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