Saturday February 15, 2020
Castello di Rivoli di Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
Theater, 5 pm
COMP(H)OST events will resume at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea on Saturday 15 February with the conference Metamorphosis. We are all the same lifeby philosopher Emanuele Coccia.
An important international figure of the contemporary philosophical discussion, Emanuele Coccia attracted the attention of the general public with Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of mixture, a book published in France in 2016 and two years later in Italy, in which the author proposes a new reading of the genesis of life starting from plants. Agents of union between earth and sky, plants are identified in Coccia’s reflection as the paradigmatic expression of the interrelation between all forms of life and matter, through exchange and transformation methods that overcome oppositional binary logic in favor of unity.
In this perspective, metamorphosis exemplifies the fluid condition of being. “We all experienced it when we were children – Coccia says – a caterpillar becomes a butterfly: the same life is incarnated in two bodies that have nothing in common. One is a huge digestive tube on legs that climbs along the ground, the other is a machine that flutters to mate: they have neither the same anatomical identity, nor the same clothes, nor share a specific world, yet they are the same self, and they are intimately related to each other, like we all are to our child self. This relationship is not limited to the caterpillar and the butterfly, but extends to all living beings. Regardless of the species and the kingdom to which they belong, all living bodies, present, past and future, are the same life that is transmitted from body to body, from species to species, from era to era. Metamorphosis is the relationship that unites all living beings with the planet, of which they are the expression: life is only the butterfly of this huge caterpillar that is our Earth”.
Emanuele Coccia is an Italian philosopher who lives in Paris, where he teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), one of the most important schools of contemporary human sciences. Starting from studies on Averroes and Averroism, his research turned to the ontological status of images and their regulatory power, and to the investigation about the nature of living beings. Regarding these issues, he has published numerous books, translated into various languages, including Sensible Life(Il Mulino, 2011), which analyzes sensitivity as a complementary, rather that opposed, ability to rational thinking, The good in things. Advertising as a moral discourse(Il Mulino, 2014), and the most recent and well-known Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of mixture(Il Mulino, 2018), which has been translated into ten languages. He has collaborated on editorial projects with the philosopher Giorgio Agamben and held lectures and courses in the universities of Freiburg, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, at Columbia University and Princeton.
METAMORPHOSIS. WE ARE ALL THE SAME LIFE is the fifth appointment COMP(H)OST,and will be held at Teatro del Castello at 5 pm with free admission. The Rivoli Express shuttle round-trip service is available from the centre of Turin with departures from Piazza Castello and Porta Susa station (Piazza XVIII Dicembre).
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 contribution of Regione Piemonte, the hospitality of Duparc Contemporary Suites and the collaboration of Film Commission Torino Piemonte.
COMP(H)OST is based on an idea from Marianna Vecellio and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy , and it 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.
What is Comp(h)ost
COMP(H)OST is a project in which the notion of composting meets the one of hospitality. With its references to the concepts of soil, waste and fertility, compost is a place of mixture and constant transformation between states of matter, of alliances between forms of life, in which “similar” and “different” are co-present in a condition of vitality and growth.
Inspired by the compost notion developed by philosopher and biologist Donna Haraway in her texts, the formula of comp(h)ost proposed in this project takes on two complementary nuances: an organic one, which concerns ecological issues in all their various articulations, and a social one, which examines the political and economic problems of our time. In this dual variation, the project explores directions of artistic research and contemporary thought that in the light of current emergencies provide visions and productive suggestions of new scenarios and possible new life practices.
By evoking the generative and fertilizing power of the guest, COMP(H)OST starts from the figure of the artist as an embodiment of mobility, of “extraneousness” and as an essential element for the triggering of processes, in order to reactivate their function as investigators about the themes of cohabitation, ties, cooperation, cohabitation and the relationship between nature and artifice, between waste and resource, between what is and what could be.
For this purpose, COMP(H)OST involves the artists Claire Pentecost, Rossella Biscotti and Otobong Nkanga, in the production of performances and workshops conceived specifically for the project, as part of a programme of seminars, conferences, panel discussions, talks and live performances that since July 2019 has already hosted, among others, the Dutch artists and designers Metahaven in conversation with the curator Leonardo Dellanoce, Diann Bauer, artist and co-founder of the xenofeminist collective Laboria Cuboniks, philosophers Vinciane Despret and Emanuele Coccia.
COMP(H)OST declines the notions of hospitality and compost, as an expression of exchange, synergy and mixture, in the very structure of the project, which is realized through a real engagement of the city and its territory. People, stories, places, planning and skills are involved in the development of the research and projects of the invited artists, in order to establish new connections and give the audience a chance to learn about contexts and knowledge that are sometimes not very well known outside of their fields of specialization. In this perspective, COMP(H)OST involved so far experts, artists, and realities such as the PAV – Parco Arte Vivente, the non-profit organization COORPI Coordinamento Danza Piemonte, and the new Circolo del Design.
COMP(H)OST is also a Communication Laboratory, headed by filmmaker Irene Dionisio and photographer Francesca Cirilli, for the production of audiovisual and photographic documentation and story-telling of the project. Started in May, the Laboratory of COMP(H)OST is hosted at the Film Commission Torino Piemonte and involves a group of young artists, photographers and filmmakers, selected through a call for proposals, composed by Daniele Alef Grillo, Laura Barrios, Michela Curti, Matteo Grasso, Federico Pozuelo, Isabella Quaranta, Michela Ronco, Giovanni Sambo, Francesca Ticca, Giulia Travaglio, Ettore Ventura and Carla Vivalda.