Wednesday, November 20, 7 pm
Circolo del Design
Via San Francesco da Paola 17
Xenofeminism is the line of thought that in recent years has most investigated the relationship between gender policies and accelerating technologies, with the objective of drawing on and surpassing the legacy of cyber theory developed in the 1980s by Donna Haraway. Originally formulated in the Xenofeminist Manifesto by the transnational collective Laboria Cuboniks, Xenofeminism has quickly established itself as one of the main turning points in the debate that in recent years has seen the world of politics and the arts confront: the meeting with Diann Bauer, visual artist and co-founder of Laboria Cuboniks, will be an opportunity to discuss not only the influence and developments of the original manifesto, but also the way in which its themes continue to reverberate in arts and in the creative languages of the contemporary world.
In particular, Diann Bauer will speak about her work in relation to Xenofeminism proposing that the understanding of “alienation” provided by that project could open ways for thinking about how we, as a species, approach the existential threats of climate change. It is an idea that she has developed in collaboration with another working group of artists and architects called A.S.T. (the Alliance of the Southern Triangle).
IF NATURE IS UNJUST, CHANGE NATURE, is the fourth appointment of COMP(H) OST, a project that deals with the trans-disciplinary themes of hospitality, exchange and coexistence, cooperation and cohabitation, transformation and fertility, via artistic productions, seminars, workshops, conferences, panel discussions, conversations, and live performances at the Castello di Rivoli and in different locations throughout the city of Turin
On this occasion, COMP(H)OST will be a guest of Turin’s Circolo del Design, a new open, inclusive and participatory space, which sets out to explore the contemporary, the experimentation and the actors that represent the avant- garde in the various fields of design. The meeting with Diann Bauer will take place as part of the Ciclo dei Mercoledì (Wednesday Cycle), which highlights contemporary themes thanks to the contribution of specialists – in disciplines different from design, who open the debate starting from the core of their own research. These Wednesday meetings are organized with the scientific curatorship of c.lab, an inter-university laboratory run by Politecnico di Torino and Università degli Studi di Torino.
Diann Bauer is an artist and writer based in London. She is part of the working group LaboriaCuboniks who in 2015 wrote Xenofeminism: A Politics of Alienationandthe collaborative A.S.T. based in Miami, whose focus is Urbanism and climate change. Bauer has screened and exhibited internationally at Tate Britain and The Showroom, London, The Sharjah Biennale 13, UAE, Deste Foundation, Athens, The New Museum, New York. She has taught and lectured widely at universities and cultural institutions including: Cornell University, Yale University and Cooper Union (US), HKW (Germany), DAI (Netherlands), AshkalAlwan (Lebanon), Ocean Space, Venice, Goldsmiths, The Baltic, The Tate and the ICA (UK).
COMP(H)OST is produced by a.titolo, NERO and the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, in collaboration with the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, and is supported by Compagnia di San Paolo as part of the call “ORA! Produzioni di Cultura Contemporanea”, with the hospitality of Duparc Contemporary Suites and the collaboration of Film Commission Torino Piemonte. It is based on an idea from Marianna Vecellio and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy.
COMP(H)OST is curated by Francesca Comisso and Luisa Perlo for a.titolo, Marianna Vecellio for the Castello di Rivoli, Lorenzo Gigotti, Valerio Mannucci and Valerio Mattioli for NERO.