Spangbergianism – Book Launch


October 8, 2011 – h 7.30 pm
Raum – Via Ca’ Selvatica 4/ d Bologna

Fellow Travelers,
I don’t ask you for anything. I’m not sending you an application. This has nothing to do with asking for permission. This is definitely not an invitation, nothing of the kind. Why be modest, ask politely. Reasonable not at any point, but especially under these circumstances when there are big things going down and the shop might just close in front of our noses. Art ladies and gentlemen don’t ask for authorization. Don’t wait for approval, it goes a head and forgets to look behind.
Artistic practices – except for rock ‘n roll which also has turned into a pale copy of it’s real self – has over the last decade developed into a well-mannered, sympathetic, supportive, subsidy-friendly sauce of instrumentalized invitations with something for everybody, yet hoping that next year or at least soon artistic autonomy will be resurrected [and who the hell wants autonomy in the first place. It’s like going to nudist beach to check out tits and ass]. It’s just a matter of riding out the bad times as if art was like crop; after a few bad years it will come back. Pas de tout zat is not gonna happen, and mind you the more benevolent, christian and available we are the more shit will come our direction. The moment you say yes and consider doing the same – just a little smaller – for a lot less resources the happier cultural policy will be. So fuck that – this is not an invitation. What you have in front of you is a command, it’s an instruction that offers no alternatives – it’s like worse than “fasten your seatbelts” with Bulgarian flight stewardesses – it’s so not up for negotiation, it’s a freaking order.
Get your are sorry ass to RAUM/XING on the 8th of October and pick up your copy of SPANGBERGIANISM – and read it without interruption all the way to the last page. If not we know where you live and we have just lost our appetite for Mr Nice.
Spangbergianism is a book that doesn’t apologize for nothing, it’s a book written out of despair, with no other desire than change – and fuckin fast. It’s a book that has no smaller ambitions than to change the world [permanently] and to find a way out of our present artistic predicament and when we are anyways at it out of capitalism all together. And mind you it’s totally funny on the way – [I know I wrote it.]
I say this only once: This is not an invitation, it’s an order not only to get out of the house and pick up the book but also to start the struggle against well-meaning, I’m-available and super flexible art. It’s a command to join the fight against opportunism and endless concession and it is a cry for help. Like you, I’m alone but trust me my support is unconditional. Side by side. We take no prisoners. We show no remorse. We fight until the end. No fuck that – we fight even longer.
(Mårten Spångberg)

The Conversation


July 06, 2011
Riccardo Crespi Galleryvia mellerio, 1, Milan

This evening NERO is pleased to announce the launch of The Conversation, an edition by Francesca Grilli, at Riccardo Crespi Gallery.

The edition consists of a one-sided vinyl, including a track written by the artist herself for the performance interpreted by a deaf man who reprocesses the music detected only through vibrations using the italian sign language. The edition includes also texts by Cesare Pietroiusti and Caterina Riva plus a poster 62 x 88 cm.  The conversation is a limited artist’s edition, published by NERO in conjunction with the project The Conversation / La Conversazione by Francesca Grilli, developed by the artist for the Nuove Arti Award at MAMBO – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna.


Black Mirror


June 20 – September 25, 2011
Deste Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse, Hydra Island
For the live theater performance dates click here.

DESTE’s Project Space on the island of Hydra was established in 2009 in the island’s former Slaughterhouse, a mysterious yet evocative site that provides a hyper-charged, unusual exhibition environment. While the space has been recently restored and renovated, it still holds the features and traits of the past, preserving the original elements of its old identity. Since 2009, the space is assigned every summer to a different artist, who is invited to stage a site-specific exhibition.

This year, DESTE is pleased to present Black Mirror by American artist Doug Aitken. Black Mirror explores the story of a nomadic individual, set in a modern wilderness: a geography constructed of calls, electronic messages, and virtual documents superimposed over the physical world.

It is a portrait of people who are the products of a world that has lost track of information and is saturated with change. The characters move in shorthand, they communicate in quick pulses, they travel long distances for short meetings. They depart quickly.


Osloo – A Public Place in Venice By FOS


Osloo is a floating pavilion comprising
a Bar, a Daily Event Programme and a Radio Station
31 May – 1 July 2011
Island of San Servolo, Venice, next to the vaperetto stop
Open Daily 2 pm – 10 pm

As a truly public space, Osloo is located outside the designated space of the Danish Pavilion in the Giardini, and is instead located within the urban fabric of the city of Venice, docked at the island of San Servolo. Osloo is an architectonic structure and a social space that comes to life through a range of events and audience encounters. The programme on Osloo aims to break traditional borders between disciplines and explores the possibility of exchanging information in a public space through an aesthetic framework. International artists, musicians and poets will perform alongside researchers, politicians, art historians, and other public figures in order to create a set of alternative social situations and exchanges. Osloo is a remaking of the pavilion Oslo from 1999, which was the first work that put FOS’ artistic concept of ‘Social Design’ into physical form. Osloo is closely aligned to the tradition of relational aesthetics, but takes its starting point in the socio-political context of contemporary society.


Archiving, gathering, exhibiting, recounting, remembering, loving, desiring, ordering, mapping. A Performance Cycle. Book launch


Friday 6 May, 6.30 pm
La Pelanda, MACRO Testaccio – spazio Cisterne, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4 – hosted by ROMA. The Road To Contemporary Art

There Is Something You Should Know

a performance by Chiara Fumai
in collaboration with Andrea Lissoni

will be presented in occasion of the launch of the catalogue

Meeting point: stand Nomas Foundation | Pavillon 3 – stand I 13 | h 6,15 pm
Admission is free on a first come first served basis

The publication, curated by Cecilia Canziani e Ilaria Gianni, stems from the project Archiving, gathering, exhibiting, recounting, remembering, loving, desiring, ordering, mapping. A Performance Cycle, which analysed collecting as a cultural practice through the work of artists that make use of the archive and of the collection in their practice. Four performances by artists Patrizio Di Massimo, Ryan Gander, Pierre Leguillon, Tris Vonna-Michell, were commissioned by Nomas Foundation and hosted by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.

The book is organised as an abécédaire ordered around the nine words enclosed in the title. The four artists developed a contribution reflecting on a chosen word, thus addressing in a different media the issues that were central in their work for the performance cycle. In addition to this, the book also includes three essays selected among those which have been crucial in structuring the understanding of the archive/the collection vis a vis Nomas Founation’s programme.

A project by Nomas Foundation

Contributions by Giorgio Agamben / Adrian Rifkin / Mieke Bal / Patrizio Di Massimo / Pierre Leguillon / Ryan Gander / Tris Vonna-Michell


FISCO opening – Zachary Oberzan Your brother. Remember?

As a preview of FISCO we present the trailer of Your brother. Remember? by Zachary Oberzan which is on tonight. An elaborate experiment with the concept of Before-and-After photographs, this work splices and dices home videos, Hollywood film footage, and live performance. As kids in rural America, Zachary and his brother Gator loved making parodies of their favorite films, most notably Jean-Claude Van Damme’s karate opus Kickboxer, and the notorious cult film Faces of Death. Then twenty years passed. Estranged from his family, Zack returned to his childhood home to re-create these films, shot for shot, as precisely as possible, but now seen through a twenty-year lens of emotional and physical wear and tear. Oberzan reflects on different levels of fiction: the liars believe their own lies, and real-life clashes with the art of manipulation. But with Mr. Van Damme and renowned pathologist Dr. Francis Gross in their corner, Zack & Gator step into the ring one last time for a title shot at redemption.