On Friday 2nd September 2016 at 6pm a conference will take place about the exhibition’s themes and projects with: Federica Martini, Gerald Raunig, Noah Stolz and Oliver Ressler. Moderator: Franco Marinotti.
Federica Martini, art historian and curator, worked at the contemporary art museum Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Musée Jenisch in Vevey and MCBA in Lausanne. Since 2009, she has been director of MAPS Master – Arts in Public Spheres – of ECAV.
Gerald Raunig is a philosopher and art theorist; he teaches at the university of at the Zürich University of the Arts, and the EIPCP in Vienna and he is the author of Art and Revolution: Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century (2007).
Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker who produces installations, works in the public space and films on topics such as economics, democracy, forms of resistance and social alternatives. His works have been shown in more than 60 solo-exhibitions.
Noah Stolz works as a freelance curator, producer and critic. In 2004 he founded La Rada, an independent space for contemporary art in Locarno, and was responsible for its programme until 2011. He currently works for the project Stella Maris and has been a member of the Federal Art Commission since 2009.
Franco Marinotti is an entrepreneur, expert in finance, CEO of riskart, former gallerist. Franco Marinotti counts on a precious family enterprise history started almost a century ago, besides being passionate about art. He has always focused on art and politics and has produced films and videos, creating PLAY platform. He is currently artistic director and vice president of La Fabbrica del Cioccolato foundation.
Each speaker will select one of the works from the exhibition Confronting Comfort’s Continent, discuss its specific them and contextualise it, both within the framework of Oliver Ressler’s wider artistic work and within the framework the general curatorial project’s theme Foreignness. The other participants are invited to comment the specific approach of their colleagues and create a debate, thanks to which the audience will have the chance to increase their understanding of Oliver Ressler’s artwork.
On 1st September 2016, at 6.30 pm, Oliver Ressler will be officially awarded the first Prix Thun for Art and Ethics Award in Thun. The prize was initiated by artist George Steinmann and aims at promoting artists who support a sustainable world, emphasising the relevance of dialogue and cultural sustainability.
Visitors can reach Cima Norma by bus. A free shuttle bus will leave Lugano al Forte bus stop on Friday 2 September at 5.00 pm and will leave Torre at 9.00 pm to back to Lugano.