October 20, 2015

“Workshop on Workshops”

Fondazione Antonio Ratti
(1) III CSAV, Allan Kaprow’s workshop, July 1997. Ex Chiesa di San Francesco, Como. (2) XIII CSAV, Joan Jonas’s workshop, July 2007. Ex Chiesa di San Francesco, Como. (3) XXI CSAV, Yvonne Rainer’s workshop, July 2015. Ex Chiesa di San Francesco, Como. All photos: Luca Bianco.

“Workshop on Workshops” is a two-day symposium. Realized in the framework of the 20th year of the CSAV–Artists Research Laboratory, the aim of this fist appointment is to discuss and question existing models for art education and artistic practice.

In recent years, residencies, workshops, alternative exhibition spaces, and temporary and/or informal schools have become part of the contemporary art map, expanding the variety of its formats and extending the geography of its borders. Invited exponents from international institutions—artists and curators—will focus on discussing post-academic research within artistic practice in the context of residency programmes, workshops, and alternative educational practice.

The debate will revolve around the experience of individuals, collectives, and institutions dedicated to autonomous contemporary art production, where thought is posited within a space of development, flexibility, and permeability. Simultaneously, the workshop will reflect on the dimension of learning as a central process in the art field in order to rethink the borders and the contexts of institutions.

Workshop on Workshops” is curated by Annie Ratti and Lorenzo Benedetti. The symposium will take place at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 of November.

Invited contributors: Andrew Berardini (Writer/Lecturer, Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles), Teresa Gleadowe (curator and writer/Founder of the Cornwall workshops), Jakob Jakobsen (artist/Co-founder of the Copenhagen Free University), Joan Jonas (CSAV artist/Professor Emerita at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Angie Keefer (artist and writer), Marta Kuzma (Rector of the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm), Matt Mullican (CSAV artist/Professor at HFBK, Hamburg), Roberto Pinto (Professor at Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna/former CSAV curator), and Dirk Snauwaert (Director Wiels, Brussels).

“Workshop on Workshops” is a free symposium. To find out more information and check the schedule of the two days, please visit

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