EXPO2015 MILAN BAHRAIN PAVILION

I have collaborated with Armin Linke and Giuseppe Ielasi in the art film for the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 2014 for the Expo 2015.
The pavilion done by Anne Holtrop has won the first prize invited competition.

Archaeologies of Green, the pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, at the Expo Milano 2015 is a poetic interpretation of the cultural agrarian heritage of the country, which stems from the ancient civilization of Dilmun.
With ten distinctive fruit gardens, containing trees that will be fruit–bearing at different moments throughout the six-month duration of the exhibition, the pavilion also features archaeological artifacts that celebrate the millennia long tradition of agriculture and perpetuate the many myths of Bahrain as the location of the Garden of Eden and the land of the million palm trees.
Built out of white prefabricated concrete panels, the pavilion will be moved to Bahrain at the end of the Expo and once rebuilt will serve as a botanical garden. The prefabricated components of the buildings, visible through the seams that connect them to one another, loosely refer to the inherent and distinguished forms of the archaeology of Bahrain.

The installation, based on film and sound field recordings, attempts to reflect on agricultural spaces on the Islands of Bahrain, from traditional farming fields to intensive hydroponic greenhouses.
This fieldwork follows the narrative of an archaeology of the “invisible” knowledge infrastructures underpinning agriculture, from water and energy management, desalination and sewage cleaning plants, through geological and soil research, organic chemistry laboratories, to seed and plant vaults, biology laboratories, land use strategies and land ownership, financial and logistical food production planning and management on both the local and international scales.
How is this knowledge shared and transmitted? How is it connected to ancient tradition? How does it link archeology to contemporary narratives and display strategies, including the Pavilion space itself? Rather then providing answers to these complex interconnections, the artistic work tries to engage the public in opening up the space within which these questions resonate.

web link bahrain pavilion

web link anne holtrop website

anne holtrop,  bahrain pavilion in construction, photo by Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno

anne holtrop, bahrain pavilion in construction, photo by Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno

architecture of green, film

architecture of green, film

COLLECTIF ESSAI IN CHICAGO

I have had the pleasure to teach in the HFG Karlsruhe University and to be part of the Collectiv Essai team.
Artist collective shows documentaries in “A Government of Time”
In the December 12th, 2015 commencing exhibition A Government of Time in the archives of the House Rebuild Foundation in Chicago and the “Collectif Essai” will be represented. The artistic collective shows the incurred under the Essai d’une Négociation project documentation. Curated by Aliocha Imhoff and Kantuta Quirós exhibition deals with the current historicity how this is perceived in society, and what role is played by the pervasive social acceleration. For this alternative temporalities and different levels of time, for example, artistically opened to allow the presentation of a new politics, a new government of the time. The exhibition can be seen until 25 January 2016th The collective has already presented his works in Paris at Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and ignorance of the dramaturge and curator Hannah Hurtzig.
 
The project “Essai d’une Négociation” was shown in July 2015 already at the annual exhibition of the HfG Karlsruhe, was also seen in Paris and will be presented in Chicago.
The project “Essai d’une Négociation” was shown in July 2015 already at the annual exhibition of the HfG Karlsruhe and can now be seen in Paris.

 
The starting point of the “Essai d’une Négociation” project is currently taking place in Paris 21 Conference of Parties (COP21), whose goal is a comprehensive, legally binding agreement on climate change policy. Had invited – On this occasion, adopted in May 2015 200 students as delegates to a simulation of the climate conference COP21 in part to the Bruno Latour and Frédérique Aït-Touati of Speap (Experimentation in Art and Politics SciencesPo) – including students of HfG Karlsruhe , The goal of the initiators was to find using the simulation improved negotiating modalities for the Climate Change Conference, so that future negotiations are successful. More information about the project
 
Lisa Miner, Giulia Bruno, Klemens Czurda, Victor Fancelli, Florian Haag, Alper Kazokoglu, Armin Linke, Charles Mallison and Kerstin Möller documented the project as “Collectif Essai”, a project of the HfG Karlsruhe and the Speap Paris. Many thanks to Bruno Latour, Frédérique Aït-Touati, Tristan Bera and Ana Vaz of Speap, the delegates of COP21 Make it Work, Julien Thomas and Laurent Salter, Philippe Quesne and the team of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius and raumlaborberlin, Heike Schuppelius and Tobias Wootton.
 
As a result, a video installation, which are three different focuses an impression of the conference, and was seen at the annual exhibition of the HfG Karlsruhe originated. The first part was on five screens background information for the simulation and the history of the conference. Short essay films on five additional screens formed the second part of the exhibition, which showed the atmosphere and situation of the Pre-enactments. The images of drama workshops and artistic interventions, strategic discussions and interviews visualized the sociological conflict situation that comes with this type of conferences to fruition. The third part of the installation consisted of two large projections with sound, on which the last plenary session was to be seen, in which the final agreement was read.

web link collective essai

collettivo essai installation views

collettivo essai installation views

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BAK ANTHROPOCENE OBSERVATORY EXHIBITION

BAK Utrecht (NL)
7 February–26 April 201

I have had the pleasure to be part of the team, as camera and editor.
The Anthropocene Observatory a collective project by Territorial Agency, Armin Linke and Anselm Franke
Research exhibition and discursive environment that proposes to rethink the contemporary world through the prism of the “Anthropocene thesis.” The Anthropocene is understood as an epoch in geological chronology during which the global impact of human activities is inscribed onto planet Earth. This geohistorical era—marked by the domination of the human species—has brought along transformations that bear unprecedented consequences for all facets of our present and future. Through what ways of looking and knowing, of feeling and being, can we assess these radically altered circumstances? What (future) vocabularies of politics, science, and art might enable us to know, envision, and do things otherwise?

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COP19, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Warsaw, Poland – photo: (c) Giulia Bruno and Armin Linke,  2013

COP19, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Warsaw, Poland – photo: (c) Giulia Bruno and Armin Linke, 2013

Bak Anthopocene Observatory

Bak Anthopocene Observatory

COP19, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Warsaw, Poland – photo: (c) Giulia Bruno and Armin Linke, 2013

CONFOTOGRAFIA AT KUNSTHISTORISHES INSTITUT IN FLORENZ

Confotografia is running in different places. The workshop is at Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.
I have had the pleasure to be part of this project as photographer and I have realized in this occasion the specific project “Normale”.
Confotografia. Methods and practices of interaction in the territory. L’Aquila 2013
Alessandra Chemollo, Antonio Di Cecco, Roberto Sartor
What happened to the territory of Aquila following the earthquake of 2009?
What images can help to tell the tale?

Confotografia proposes an experimental method of investigation based on the exchange of knowledge between photographers and citizens. The goal is to enable a process of observation of the territory – a strong method – which would assist the city, providing the elements to look at it with different eyes.
In September of 2013, in L’Aquila, about 50 photographers, different ages and with different narrative approaches, have been working for six days in close contact with each other and with citizens, associations, committees, students. They talked about photography and territory, photographed together what L’Aquila has become, to understand how we can represent what has happened.
Alessandra Chemollo, Antonio Di Cecco and Roberto Sartor present and discuss with the audience the project, the experience and the first results of Confotografia: an exhibition consisting of 80 posters that combine images and text, a series of photographic prints, some notebooks produced by photographers and a sound file. All the wealth of materials will be delivered to the city of L’Aquila, so that it can become the starting point for a process of observation and documentation of the great transformations that the territory of L’Aquila is experiencing.
The meeting is part of the activities promoted by the research group of KHI L’Aquila as a Post-Catastrophic City.

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Confotografia Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Confotografia Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz