XXII Csav Artist Research Laboratory



Cinematic Migrations is the title chosen by Renée Green for the XXII edition of CSAV – Artists Research Laboratory that will be held in Como from July 1st to July 23rd 2016. The workshop, directed by Annie Ratti and curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, with the coordination of Anna Castelli, will be taking place at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Villa Sucota.

“Desire for cinema perhaps existed before its creation. Questions regarding this speculation and the variety of ways this longing has been addressed in the past and present form the basis of inquiry in this workshop. Cinema can now be thought in the present as the umbrella term used for the variety of moving image and time-based forms that currently circulate and which have intersecting, yet specific, histories of emergence. As the celluloid matter of film becomes more distant and as digital forms increase, cinema in its expanded sense is becoming further realized. Cinematic Migrations will be a multi-faceted look at the role of cinema’s transmutations over time and its worldwide and circuitous shift, which include the integrations of its form into online video and television, spatial installations, performance and dance, as well as its appearance in many formats and portable devices.” (Renée Green)

A selection panel composed of Annie Ratti (CSAV Director), Lorenzo Benedetti (CSAV Curator) Gregorio Magnani (Independent curator) and Francesco Pedraglio (Visual artist) has chosen 18 young artists from over 200 candidates.
The participant artists of the XXII edition are: Bogdán Ablozhnyy (Russia), Maria Cruz Alarcon Lopez (Chile), Sebastião Borges Figueiredo Ascenso Pires (Portugal), Antonia Brown (South Africa), Elliot Chaplin (U.S.), Ruann Coleman (South Africa), Jake Davidson (U.S.), Caterina De Nicola (Italy), Antonio Della Guardia (Italy), Euridice Kala (Mozambique), Vilje Kern Vestenfor (Norway), Lap-See Lam (Sweden), Rafael Mendeiros (Brasil), Ryts Monet (Italy), Maia Nichols (U.S.), Mirka Sulander (Finland), Matti Sumari (Finland), Luca Vanello (Italy).

Cinematic Migrations – Events calendar
The workshop comprises a programme of events open to the public and free of charge.

On Thursday 7th of July 2016 at 6.30pm at FAR’s conference room, Renée Green will give a lecture, talking about her work; the talk will be followed by the screening of her 2009 film Endless Dreams and Water Between?. The outdoor screening will take place at 9pm in the park of Villa del Grumello and is part of the 2016 edition of the Lake Como Film Festival.

On Thursday 14th of July 2016 at 7.30pm will be opening Renée Green’s exhibition, Tracing, at Spazio Culturale Antonio Ratti, Ex Chiesa di San Francesco. The show will include Renée Green’s new work Space Poem #6 (Tracing), created especially for the Como exhibition and produced by FAR.

Lastly, CSAV’s program includes on Thursday 21st of July 2016 at 7pm a lecture by Kobena Mercer, Professor of History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University. The lecture The Image in Migration will expand on the subject of “migration”, of people and images, and on how artists and film directors have engaged with histories of travel, exile and diaspora.