When spectators work, workers observe #1

17 Novembre 2014
Archive's image of Kunsthuis SYB,   Beetsterzwaag,   NL

Archive’s image of Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL

“When spectators work, workers observe – The beginning is the last part to be created” is a project curated by Marianna Liosi and Alessandra Saviotti invited as guest curators together with artists Cathleen Schuster and Marcel Dickhage to Kunsthuis SYB residency programme, Beetsterzwaag (NL). Here they will spend over one month, by 16th November to 6th January 2015.

To connect SYB’s current activity devoted to art to it’s previous identity and function (a candy factory), Liosi and Saviotti take Hito Steyerl’s text “Is a Museum a Factory?” and the issues risen up in it as inspiration.

Overlapping the role of the factory producing consumer goods with the purpose of the one producing cultural commodities, curators intend to explore the inner relation between vision and labour connecting and problematizing the visual paradigm to the notion of production in a wide sense. Within this frame, they intend to question the debated role of the spectator as a conscious and unconscious active generator.

The residence format – on which SYB’s cultural activity is mainly based – will be also part of their speculation: assuming its specificity as a workplace, they’ll reflect upon its potential as a creative, economic and political structure influenced by and affecting in turn the local context.

During six weeks residency, Cathleen Schuster and Marcel Dickhage together with curators, audience and the several guests invited will develop a collective script for a film essay, a new commission to be produced during their stay.

Ying Que (Casco), Angela Serino and Maja Bekan (Bodies at Work) will be part of the week ends public programme at SYB and engage in discussions, talks and presentations generating a dialogic process, in which spectators are asked to actively intervene. Among these, a reading group and film screening session will be co-curated together with Jenny Richards (Manual Labours).

Every week ATP diary will host a visual essay specially conceived and linked to SYB’s blog. This latter will be used not only as an ongoing archive, rather as a working platform where relevant texts and videos will be published as a trace of the research during the residency.

The programme will be completed with a series of workshops involving the children from the village. Recalling to the past identity of SYB, together with artist and candy maker Elles Kiers they will set up a handmade candy production starting from the preparation of the sweets to the packaging.

Both the public discussions and the candy workshop will be part of the shooting.

On Saturday 20th December, the first cut of the film produced by Schuster and Dickhage will be presented at Kunsthuis SYB.

?A special project visible from the street will be installed on the last day of the residency and it will be visible until the 6th December. ?

Screenings and special events: I??l E?rikavuk, Memory Museum, 2010 – Harun Farocki, Workers leaving the Factory, 1995 – Federico Fellini, 8 1/2, 1963 – Allan Sekula, Gallery Voice Montage, 1970 (re-enactment of the original audio-installation piece), Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971 – Agnès Varda, Daguerréotypes, 1976, Reading group and screening session co-curated with Jenny Richards, Manual Labours.

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