September, 9 – 12, 2011
different venues, Milan

Vernixage, a new film series dedicated to the intersection of film with video art, will be presented into the Milano Film Festival. The latter is gaining importance thanks to more and more video artists using a more formal narrative voice and structure that moves closer to that used in films.

In the last few years, thanks to advancements in technology and the lowered costs of film equipment, the gap between big-budget productions and independent ones has slowly been bridged.

The aim of Milano Film Festival is to provide an audience to these forms of expression and an opportunity to think about possible developments in this genre of film. By gathering filmmakers and screening artists works Vernixage, curated by Davide Giannella, hopes to generate new fields of research and investigation.

Among the others artists (Alterazioni Video, Yuri Ancarani, Francesco Fei, Lech Majewsk, Nathaniel Mellors, Marinella Senatore) Armin Linke will show his new film “Alps”. According to the words of the author:

“Alpi is the result of seven years of research on contemporary perceptions of the landscape of the Alps, juxtaposing places and situations across all eight bordering nations and spanning the territories of four languages. In the film, the Alps are encountered like an island that is connected to various global transformations. We undertook many journeys in the alpine region, which, ironically, led us as far as Dubai. The film shows the Alps as a key location, owing to its delicacy and environmental importance, where one can observe and study the complexity of social, economic, and political relationships. In the Europe of today, the Alps are a hotbed for modernity and its illusions.”


Measuring the World – Heterotopias and Knoledge Spaces in Art

Sigg Collection, photo via

Ai Weiwei, "Map of China", Sigg Collection,
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June, 10 – September, 4, 2011
Kunsthaus Graz

The Kunsthaus Graz hosts this interesting exhibition with many works from the late 1960s to today. It explores questions both of ancestral memory and artistic concern. Museums, like all exhibitions with the things they contain, set themselves up as pared-down portrayals of the world, becoming catalysers of a possible understanding and revelator of abstract realities. If it is possible an artistic measurement of the world this exhibition provides a wide answer with the works of very interesting artists. In every case it seems clear to the curators themselves that each answer is never closed and we don’t have any prefabricated code in order to measure our world. Images are views of the world whose specific structure generates, produces and renders visible a view of the world. Works of art that produce ordering systems or develop systematic structures generate an ordered image of the world. It is in this sense that the exhibition looks at the way contemporary art designs ordering systems and focuses on the act of measuring.


Susan Philipsz “Seven Tears”

Ludwig Forum Aachen
July 10 – September 25, 2011

This summer the Scottish artist and Turner Prize winner, Susan Philipsz, transforms a visit to the Ludwig Forum into an intense and surprising sound experience. The exhibition, created especially for Aachen, is entitled “Seven Tears” and opens on July 10. For the exhibition in Aachen, Susan Philipsz has brought together seven historical pieces of music from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. All of the pieces are sung by the artist a cappella.

Often Philipsz installs her work in unexpected corners of the public realm: under a bridge during 2007’s Sculpture Projects Muenster; in the Shrine of the Nymphs near the base of Athens’ Acropolis for the 2006 exhibition ‘The Grand Promenade’; in a hillside shelter for the forthcoming Folkestone Triennial; or piped through the speakers of a Tesco supermarket to unsuspecting shoppers.


Reading Room #5 – The Mountain School of Arts. A seminar by Piero Golia


A seminar by Piero Golia
1 December 2010 at 6.30 p.m.
Nomas Foundation, viale Somalia, 33 Rome

In occasion of the fifth appointment of the Reading Room, which this year concentrates on initiatives established by artists for artists, Nomas Foundation presents The Mountain School of Art,  a seminar with Piero Golia.

The Mountain School of Arts is a free university founded in 2005 in Los Angeles by Piero Golia and Eric Wesley. Located in a bar in Chinatown, the university offers a complete academic programme to its fifteen students. The Mountain School of Arts is an independent university that aims at completing the traditional American academic system. Renown professionals from the field of art, cinema and music give free three-monthly courses in Arts, Science, Philosophy, Marketing and Law. The talk offers an insight of the project and aims to stimulate a discussion on art education and its financing, and the possibility or need to initiate similar projects in Italy.

A talk curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni | Chair of debate: Luca Lo Pinto