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Alzheimer Café and other stories about invisibility: text-based performance and hacking



Alzheimer Café and other stories about invisibility: text-based performance and hacking

Artist talk by Valentina Vetturi (artist in residence at IICS), in conversation with Valentina Sansone (curator of the Residency Program).

Valentina Vetturi (Reggio Calabria, 1979) is the artist invited to the 2016 Residency Program for Italian Visual Artists at the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm. The program aims to support the research of invited artists and to create an international network for the advancement of their artistic production.

The relationship between presence vs absence is one of the main subjects in Vetturi’s text and sound-based performances and installations. The artist describes figures and images that embody invisibility: commuters on city trains, ghost writers, hackers and methods for accessing secure networks and changing a system, as well as sound memories that persist despite disease.

The event at IICS closes Vetturi’s one-month-residency in Stockholm. During the conversation with the curator of the IICS Residency Program, the artist presents her most recent works. The audience is also introduced to the cooperations initiated with selected Swedish
institutions, based around Vetturi’s series of works Alzheimer Café (2014-). These have included meetings with a group of patients at Ersta, the organization engaged in health care and research on neurological diseases in Stockholm; a collaboration with Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), the centre for Swedish electroacoustic music and sound art; and a seminar, organized with AgeCap - Centre for Ageing and Health and the University of Gothenburg, on the relationship between visual arts, science and technology, and the mutual advantages for them to share common interests.

On the night of December 6th, the Auditorium at IICS hosts the video of the performance Alzheimer Café II, whic took place at MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, in Rome in 2014.

Vetturi’s most recent solo shows and group exhibitions include: Quadriennale 16, Rome, Italy; Strauhof, Zurich, Switzerland; .Point Perf, Geneva, Switzerland (2016); MACRO Museum, Rome (2015); MAXXI Museum, Rome; Kunsthalle Göppingen, Germany;, Bucharest, Romania (2014); Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Rome (2013); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Viafarini, Milan, Italy (2012).

The residency of Valentina Vetturi at IICS is curated by Valentina Sansone (writer and independent curator of contemporary art. Lives
and works in Stockholm and Palermo).

With the support of: Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) Stockholm; University of Gothenburg, Sweden


Data: ti 6 dec 2016

Tid: Från 18:00 till 19:30

Arrangeras av : IIC

Inträde : gratis


Sala Rossetti e Auditorium dell'Istituto Italiano