past activities box

UNWETTER presenta/presents/präsentiert
nell'ambito di/on the occasion of/anlässlich von SUMMER DRAFTS
20.07.08 Discursive Picnic_Prati del Talvera, 2 - 6 pm
v/noi siete/siamo invitati! portate/scambiate idee, cibo/bevande!
we/you are invited ! take/bring ideas, drinks/foods!
sie/wir sind eingeladen! bringen/nehmen Sie Ideen, Essen/Trinken mit!
Znerenti a: / on the topic:/ zum thema:
non/academic knowledge production
informal artistic and urban experimentation, self-organisation, casual aggregation and participation

UNWETTER è un collettivo di artisti/e, curatori/trici, attivisti/e e teorici/he che invitano a Picnic Discorsivi, sviluppando processi di scambio reciproco, combinando contesti disparati. UNWETTER sind KünstlerInnen, KuratorInnen, AktivistInnen und TheoretikerInnen, die als Basisformat für ihre Arbeit Diskursive Picknicks vorschlagen. Damit verbinden sie verschiedene Kontexte und stellen einen fortlaufenden Prozess des wechselseitigen Austausches her / UNWETTER is a collective of artists, curators, activist and theorists, that uses the Discursive Picnic as basic format to develop processes of reciprocal exchange.

Lungomare Gallery / via Rafensteinweg 12, 39100 Bolzano-Bozen, Italy / T +39 0471 053636 / / / MANIFESTA7 / /

In her article, Walls Fall Down: Berlin's Contemporary Art Institutions, the Berlin based curator and writer, Astrid Mania, states: "Among the many Berlin-based initiatives offering space for debate and reflection on contemporary art and its institutions, UNWETTER is perhaps the most changeable and unpredictable, functioning without a permanent space or platform as an umbrella organization for relatively unstructured, open art events. UNWETTER (the German word for "bad weather" which translates literally as "non-weather"–a notion originating in Sarat Maharaj's lectures during his guest professorship at Berlin's Humboldt University in 2001/2002–is the collective moniker of a group of international artists, curators, theoreticians and activists.

Initiated in Berlin, the collective stages temporary events–so-called discursive picnics–with open invitations to participate in an exchange of ideas and a discussion on the parameters of contemporary art. The picnics are often organized within the framework of larger, temporary exhibitions, such as biennials. They either take place within the urban environment–often without the approval of local authorities–or on the premises of an art institution. In the latter case, the rules and laws of the institutions in question–in particular access restrictions such as entrance fees or prohibitions on the introduction and consumption of food and drink–are temporarily suspended. During the course of the picnics, the rigid designations of curator, artist, audience, producer and consumer are broken down. In practice, the activities of UNWETTER seem to be most effective within the confines of major institutions where they highlight and infringe the unwritten rules that quietly govern the behavior of museum visitors, keeping them passive and receptive."

Excerpt from "Institutional Critique and After" ed. John C. Welchman [Second SoCCAS Symposium] (Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2006)
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UNWETTER projects have been supported by:
: gefoerdert von anstiftung u. erotimis stiftung MARLI-HOPPE-RITTER KUNSTSTIFTUNG, VW-Stiftung,

Last updated 07/14/08