An exhibition of the Art Work(ers) research project by ECAV / Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais.
Curated by Robert Ireland, Petra Köhle and Federica Martini.
With contributions by Donatella Bernardi, Christopher Füllemann, Patricio Gil Flood, Robert Ireland, Petra Köhle, Federica Martini, Christof Nüssli, Aurélie Strumans, Nicolas Vermot-Petit-Outhenin.
Texts by Leah Anderson, Andrea Bellini, Donatella Bernardi, Mabe Bethonico, Chrisantha Chetty, Robert Ireland, Alexandros Kyriakatos, Federica Martini, Guillaume Pilet, David Romero, Marcella Turchetti, W.A.G.E.
Thursday, 07 December 2017 – Sunday, 28 January 2018
Opening: Thursday, 07 December 2017, 18:00 h – 21:00 h
Discussion: Friday, 08 December 2017, 11:00 h – 13:00 h
The research project Art Work(ers) began from a set of historical facts and some intuitions: the concurrent deskilling of art and industrial labour; the parallel emergence of applied research in the arts and in utopian industrial plans; the observation that art did not enter the factory only once production was over, as an alternative or a gentrification agent. Rather, artistic production had often overlapped, both aesthetically and politically, with industrial labour and materials.
Working in between the past and present of two factories (Alusuisse, Chippis and Olivetti, Ivrea), the exhibition Blackout shares performances, discussions and printed matters from the archive of the Art Work(ers) research project.
The exhibition Blackout is a collateral event of the SARN Symposium “Art Research Work,” ZHdK, Zurich, 8 – 9 December 2017.
The Art Work(ers) research project is supported by the Hes • so research fund and the Canton du Valais.