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Cesare Pietroiusti, la persistenza del significante, performance with Matteo Fraterno for Athens Biennale, 2009. Photo ilmotorediricerca.

Workshop with Cesare Pietroiusti
Graz and Fürstenfeld
2 - 6 July 2018


What: A workshop with renowned contemporary artist Cesare Pietroiusti
When: 2nd - 6th July 2018, daily from 10am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm
Where: In Graz (at Grazer Kunstverein) and Fürstenfeld (as part of Mariainsel - Wasser Biennale Fürstenfeld 2018)
Who: Participants from any background or age are welcome to apply

This 5-day workshop will explore artistic processes based on Pietroiusti’s new bi-lingual publication Non-Functional Thoughts. Participants will undertake a series of micro conceptual art projects using everyday objects, practices, props and people. Unconventional thinking and artistic ideas will be applied to all kinds of contexts and situations, culminating in a performance-based presentation in Fürstenfeld on Friday 6 July, as part of Mariainsel - Wasser Biennale Fürstenfeld 2018.

Participants will each receive a copy of Pietroiusti’s handbook Non-Functional Thoughts
Refreshments will be provided during working hours
Travel costs between Graz and Fürstenfeld will be reimbursed

If you would like to participate or find out more about the project please send an email with ‘Workshop' in the subject-line to office@grazerkunstverein.org

Cesare Pietroiusti (b. 1955, Italy) is an artist based in Rome, Italy. His arts practice has been a major influence for a generation of younger artists working through conceptual practices. Pietroiusti’s background in psychology and interest in economics have informed his approach to art making. Through his work he often focuses on problematic and paradoxical situations that are hidden in common relationships and in ordinary acts. In 1997 he first published his booklet Non-Functional Thoughts. It contains approximately one hundred useless, unusual or incongruous ideas that may be realised as micro art projects by anyone. At a time when art is becoming increasingly instrumentalised, when people are being increasingly categorised and divided through polarising forces, Non-Functional Thoughts serves as a timely instructional pamphlet on how to reconnect with individuals, from a perspective that is playful, critical, and in danger of disappearing.



Christian Nyampeta, The Rest, 2016, The 11th Gwangju Biennale -The 8th Climate (What does art do) Image courtesy of Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Photo Doyun Kim.

Working Group with Christian Nyampeta
Grazer Kunstverein
Summer 2018


What: A working translation group led by artist Christian Nyampeta
When: Set dates through June/July 2018
Where: Grazer Kunstverein (participation by Skype is also possible)
Who: Open to anyone with an interest in language, especially French speakers

As part of Christian Nyampeta’s exhibition Words After the World at Grazer Kunstverein, a working translation group is being formed to actively and collectively translate Francophone texts into German, for the first time. Beginning with Bourahima Ouattara’s Fragmented Africa, participants will meet and read together, with the aim of collectively interpreting and communicating the content of the text.

Provisional meeting dates for the working translation group are as follows:
1. Thursday 14 June at 6pm
2. Wednesday 27 June at 6pm
3. Thursday 17 July at 4pm

Each meeting will consist of reading, discussion, writing and refreshments. Attendance is open to all. No experience is necessary but a working knowledge of French, German and English is an advantage.

If you would like to sign up as an active member of the translating group or find out more about the project please send an email with ‘Working Group’ in the subject-line to office@grazerkunstverein.org

Christian Nyampeta (b. 1981, Rwanda) is an artist based in New York, USA. He works across art, design and theory to interrogate ways of living together and to explore the complexities of being in common. His film Words After the World was commissioned by Camden Arts Centre, developed during his residency and later shown in his solo exhibition at the museum. The resulting work considers the potential of language and translation when faced with silencing and persecution. Currently preoccupied with the notion of ‘thinking’ and ‘writing’ Africa today, Nyampeta’s recent, ongoing and forthcoming presentations, exhibitions and contributions take place in Dakar, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Lesotho Kigali, and Stockholm.



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