Monday, 19 December 2016

ART for The World's Season's Greetings


For its 2017 wishes ART for The World has chosen the artwork Part Two/The expectation of the Greek artist Maria Tsagkari, produced by Pauline Simmons, founder of ΗΥΑΜ* and  presented  in the summer 2016 on the island of Hydra in Greece.

A monument for a young hero who was dedicated to the unattainable, an anarchic, asymmetrically structured ‘blue garden,’ comprised of 320 plants found in Hydra’s landscape, becoming a monument dedicated to the marginal, the self-grown, the allure of the lie, the hopes that are never confuted due to their very nature as fantasies that never touch the limits of reality.(..) (..)The main reference is the novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen, by the German philosopher and poet Novalis (1772-1801), which is about the myth of a young boy. Heinrich is a medieval troubadour who leaves everything behind and goes in pursuit of a small blue flower -which had haunted his dreams- and which mythically embodies the values of the ideal life and pure poetry. (..) Maria Tsagkari

*ΗΥΑΜ is a Paris based Art Association for the realization of an artistic purpose through different events in Paris and in Hydra. More specifically, every two years a prize award, with artists from a different Mediterranean country takes place in Paris in collaboration with the Foundation Jean – Luc Lagardère. The final event is to support the prize – winner to proceed with an in situ installation on the island of Hydra. In 2014 the winner was Maria Tsangari.

Friday, 16 December 2016

AQUA - Upcoming Exhibition


AQUA
Contemporary Artists and Water Issues
Ile Rousseau, and Château de Penthes, Geneva
Opening on World Water Day, 22 March - 2 July 2017



PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Omar Ba (Senegal)
Nigol Bezjian (Syria)

Stefano Boccalini (Italy)
Alighiero Boetti (Italy)
Benji Boyadgian (Palestine)
Jonathas De Andrade (Brazil)
Silvie Defraoui (Switzerland)
Michel Favre (Switzerland)
Noritoshi Hirakawa (Japan)
Francesco Jodice (Italy) 

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (Ukraine/USA)
Shin Il Kim (South Korea)
Salomé Lamas (Portugal)
Alexander Kosolapov (Russia)
Marcello Maloberti (Italy)
Andrea Marescalchi (Italy)
Carlos Montani (Argentine)
Marcelo Moscheta (Brazil)
Stéphanie Nava (France)
Luca Pancrazzi (Italy)
Dan Perjovschi (Roumania)
George Pusenkoff (Russia)
Shimabuku (Japan)
Eduardo Srur (Brazil)
Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon)
Maria Tsagkari (Greece)
Velu Viswanadhan (India)
Gal Weinstein (Israel) 
Vasilis Zografos (Greece)




AQUA - A WORLDWIDE TRAVELING EXHIBITION
AQUA is a worldwide traveling exhibition on water issues conceived by Adelina von Fürstenberg, Founder and Director of ART for The World. The AQUA project centers on environmental issues related to water, using a selection of works by contemporary artists as a tool for reflecting on the role that this vital resource plays in our lives. Water is an essential part of all natural ecosystems and lies at the origin of every known form of life, including our own. Moreover, it is crucial to agriculture and industry. Since the dawn of history, humanity has recognized water’s consummate importance, identifying it as one of the building blocks of the universe, endowed with a profound symbolic and spiritual value. Composed of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, photographs and performances of numerous internationally renowned artists. AQUA's aim is to bring public awareness to the issues on the preservation of our environment and sustainability, in particular to issues linked to water and the impact of human activity on the equilibrium of our ecosystems. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Aware Migrants

Aware migrants” is an initiative that has been launched since July 2016, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Interior. Through this tool, the political will would be to raise the awareness of migrants to the difficulties they will face if they decide to leave their country.

The website  "info" page, lists the ways of entering in different European countries. If one can doubt the adequacy of such a website - considering the distress and the violence that lead families to leave their homes - its capacity to awaken the populations of Western countries, unarmed spectators vis-a-vis the media, in an increasingly and alarming passivity, must be highlighted.


Thursday, 3 November 2016

UN Library Talk - Geneva - Palais des Nations

A UN Library Talk 
The Role of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in the Contemporary World
Conference and launch of the book PARTICIPATION

Mr. Adam Szymczyk, Mr. Charles Beer, Mr. Barthélémy Toguo, Mrs. Adelina von Fürstenberg, Prof. Danilo Santos De Miranda

Friday 21 October 2016, 18:00 to 20:00 pm
UN Geneva
Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix, Geneva
Building A, 3rd Floor, Room 12
Program
Welcome by Francesco Pisano, Chief, United Nations Office at Geneva Library
Opening by Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Introduction/ Moderation by Adelina von Fürstenberg, Director, ART for the World
Speakers:
Charles Beer, President of Pro Helvetia and  Former President of the State Council of the Canton of Geneva/ Head of Public Education, Culture and Sport, Switzerland
Danilo Santos de Miranda, Regional Director of SESC, São Paulo, Brazil
Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta 14, 2017, Athens, Greece/ Kassel, Germany
Barthélémy Toguo, Artist and Founder of Bandjoun Station Project, Cameroon

In The Role of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in the Contemporary World, the founder of ART for The World, Adelina von Fürstenberg moderates a panel discussion of four distinguished speakers, each representing a unique perspective on the concept of participation in the arts; taking views from politics and patronage, economics and education as well the power of the arts and the individual initiative, Art and Culture will be explored as a pillar of sustainability in our contemporary world.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Films screening - Rome - Cineteca Nazionale

Cineteca Nazionale
ART/TREVI - AI CONFINI DELL'IMMAGINE
Rassegna di arte e cinema a cura di Alessandra Mammì

ART FOR THE WORLD - Storie di un altro mondo
Incontro con Adelina von Fürstenberg

Venerdì 30 settembre - Cinema Trevi ore 17:00 ||  Vicolo del Puttarello, 25 Roma



«Adelina von Fürstenberg: chiunque lavori nel mondo dell'arte non può non conoscerla, né ignorare quel suo metodo di lavoro che unisce invenzione, energia ed empatia e l'ha resa una fidata compagna di strada dei più grandi artisti; curatrice quando la parola ancora non esisteva; pioniera nel fondare musei e poi un sistema di arte migratoria che, in nome dell'impegno e dei diritti umani, abbraccia ogni disciplina. Art for the World, un organismo da lei creato nel 1995. Una ONG che, affiliata al Dipartimento per l'Informazione pubblica dell'Onu, ha come missione la divulgazione di valori universali in nome dell'articolo 27 della Carta dei Diritti dell'Uomo: "ciascuno ha il diritto di prender parte liberamente alla vita culturale della comunità e gioire delle arti". Dai cinque continenti Adelina ha coinvolto dunque architetti, scrittori, artisti, musicisti, registi teatrali e cineasti, ha riunito i linguaggi di tutte le discipline, la creatività dei più innovativi autori per trasmettere messaggi che parlino di dignità umana, di non belligeranza, di diritti, di giustizia. Ha lavorato con musei e istituzioni culturali d'Europa-Asia-Americhe; ha parlato di donne, cibo, migrazioni, religioni e urbanistica attraverso mostre e grandi eventi; ha costruito ben ottanta parchi giochi per bambini ovunque nel pianeta. Nel 2007 Art for the World inaugura un progetto strettamente dedicato alla produzione di cortometraggi, video e film. Artisti come Pipilotti Rist, Marina Abramovic, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster e registi come Jafar Panahi, Pablo Trapero, Sergej Bodrov, Bob Wilson aderiscono immediatamente con lavori contesi da grandi festival e importanti musei. Nasce così un nuovo genere che unisce cineasti e artisti ridefinendone i ruoli in un confronto etico ed estetico. Ma è ancora possibile pensare a un ruolo sociale e politico delle arti? Come incidono arte & cinema nella contemporanea comunità degli uomini? E come possono difendere il diritto alla cultura e al godimento estetico in un mondo tanto diviso e travagliato? Art/Trevi  prova a rispondere grazie all'incontro con Adelina von Fürstenberg e ai piccoli/grandi film di Art for the World » (Mammì).

Evento a cura di Alessandra Mammì con la Cineteca Nazionale

PRESS Artnet - "Ulay's Mysterious New Performance Takes a Dig at Marina Abramovic" - by Rain Embuscado


Thursday, 28 July 2016

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Sara Rossi

SARA ROSSI
Acqua di Palermo
Video 3'
2011/2016
Color, sound, 1024 x 768 pixel.
Music: Birds, from the album Endless Vision (2004) by Hossein Alizadeh & Djivan Gasparyan




The video shot at the port of Palermo in 2011 is the continued recovery of a fish struggling between life and death. His body rotates clockwise drawing a circular shape, inscribed in a rectangle frame. The surface broken up by the tail of the fish (by its soul) that, in its perpetual motion, seems anchored to a central point, suspended between the surface (of the sea and of the image) and the water depth (that it is hidden, submerged). Birds by Hossein Alizadeh in collaboration with Djivan Gasparyan, gives a deeper lecture to the images and offers a multicultural atmosphere of the Sicilian and Mediterranean waters and of the port of Palermo. 

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Nora Vest

NORA VEST
Celebration of Water
2016
Installation of digitally printed water images on fabric, 200 x 128 cm each


   
Water is the central element in our life; without water there is no life. Water has strength, energy, beauty, it is transparent, it creates space. It streams, flows, drips, mirrors. The installation with 15 big panels of water pictures will emphasize the necessity, but also the beauty of water. 

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Arianna Giorgi

ARIANNA GIORGI
Still in blue, 2016
Video

"This video focuses on the reflections of the water that runs in a small fountain creating pops, deliberately overexposed . These whirling movements seemed similar to the wriggle of the flames of a fire extingushed by myself, with the blue color. The creation is generated in the movement and this dance is the dance of water, fire, resistance and defeat, the swirl of life. Through the blue appears the artifice. What a strange syllogism comes to mind when you consider the roots and the meaning of this word. Two fish, apprentices dancers, in a small basin, are too clumsy to be able to follow the notes of Strauss son. However, their closeness is moving. Metaphor of infinite existence, as a waltz continues its tireless ballad, the fishes play with the notes in blue, as the first dance of an embraced couple. At the end, finally, one can hear the lapping of the water, their oxygen, endless metaphor of hope (maybe they are now swimming freely in the Beautiful Blue Danube). This, to me, is the water."
 Arianna Giorgi, 2016


World Water Joy : A Work In Progress - Participating Artist - Giulia Bruno

GIULIA BRUNO
Selection from Formula bruta
2015-2016
Photographs



Water Storage Thailand, 2016
The formula bruta (or emperical formula) of a chemical species is a particular chemical formula that provides information on the number and on the chemical nature of the atoms that make up the chemical species in question and is so named because it does not indicate the way in which the atoms are linked between them. 
Water Storage Thailand, 2016
On 7 April 1795, the gram was defined in France to be equal to “the absolute weight of a volume of pure water equal to a cube of one hundredth of a meter, and at the temperature of melting ice. For practical purposes though, a metallic reference standard was required, one thousand times more massive, the kilogram. Work was therefore commissioned to determine precisely the mass of one liter of water. In spite of the fact that the decreed definition of the gram specified water at zero Celsius degree, the scientists chose to 

redefine the standard and to perform their measurements at the temperature of highest water density, which was measured at the time as four Celsius degree (39 °F). The definition of water was born in the first analysis by the need to have a reference and a link with a element which stands at a semantic area and different chemical. A metallic element. The empirical formula is therefore a concept translated describing the slip of coincidences in antropic and not antropic traces. The project aims to collect a massive series of not declared connections where the water not explicitly turns out to be a brute engagement with the bonds of the social infrastructures and overstructures creating and high- lighting similarities and criticisms.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

PARTICIPATION - ART for The World 1995-2016 - Excerpt

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Another World (PARTICIPATION, pp. 18-23)
Adelina von Fürstenberg and Stephanie Bailey in Conversation 

ADELINA VON FÜRSTENBERG
Founder and Director of ART for The World. She is an independent curator and film producer, founder and former Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, and former Director of Magasin-CNAC, Grenoble, France. Curator of the National Pavilion of Armenia, Golden Lion for best national participation at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015, and winner of the Swiss Grand Award for Art/Prix Meret Oppenheim 2016 


Cover by Dan Perjovschi
Adelina von Fürstenberg founded the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève in 1974 as a student of political science in a time characterized by antiauthoritarian revolt. “In those days, studying political science was a gesture of freedom and an act of participation in society’s transformation,” she notes. A trip to curator Harald Szeemann’s the seminal 1972 Documenta 5 prompted a move into art. In Kassel, von Fürstenberg met James Lee Byars, Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, and Joseph Beuys, among others. “I realized then how important the defense of artistic creation was,” she recalls.
Beuys was a pivotal influence: “I immediately subscribed to his belief in the creative capacity of every individual to shape society through participation in cultural, political, and economic life, and in the production of art and knowledge through viewer and artist.” She founded the Centre d’Art Contemporain on her university campus two years later, and has never since stopped exploring and challenging the boundaries of art. In this interview, we gain insight into the life of this most radical of curators.

Stephanie Bailey: You showed some of the late twentieth century’s most significant artists at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, from John Cage to Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson to Joan Jonas. How did this experience influence your work in the beginning?

Adelina von Fürstenberg: I came to the art world during the sweeping period of the 1970s, and have since spent most of my life with artists. Many of them became my mentors. Early on, Christian Boltanski introduced me to the work of Daniel Buren, who immediately introduced me to the New York avant-garde. I then worked with Lawrence Weiner and Dan Graham, through whom I met Bob Wilson, Philip Glass, Lucinda Childs, and so on. After these encounters, I was able to invite everyone to show and perform in Geneva—all this in the first few years of my curatorial work! Of course, the art world in those days was a way of thinking and doing. It was not about doing business.

Monday, 11 July 2016

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Rosana Palazyan

ROSANA PALAZYAN
"… Uma história que eu nunca esqueci…" / "… A story I never forgot…"
Video Version II (4' 20'') - 2013/2016
© Rosana Palazyan

"… Uma história que eu nunca esqueci…" / "… A story I never forgot…", is a video installation in which the video, produced in an “artisanal” manner, pretend to reorder and organize the fragmented memory of the Armenian genocide based on the stories and narrative heard since childhood. A handkerchief embroidered by my grandmother when a refugee in Thessaloniki runs through the whole story. Transformed in each episode, the object covers the story of her origin remembrances in Konya, the life in Greece, until the arrival in Rio de Janeiro and her new life. (…) 

In this second version presented here (a fragment of the video first version), the story acquires a new autonomy. Now, as the autobiographical narrative is not explicit, the handkerchief carries in it all the memory, crossing seas. And water is the strong presence, as a symbolic element of time and space, taking us on this journey. The beauty of the sea, that at the same time carries dreams, as the idea of displacement to a better and new world. On the other hand, makes think in the continued political events and all sad stories of the refugees around the world.

As I have observed by the reaction of the people, the work transcend the particular character, touching internally the memories kept of each spectator and their own stories."
Rosana Palazyan, 2013/ 2016

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Jack Persekian

JACK PERSEKIAN
The Jordan River & the Dead Sea 
Photographs
Project conceived by Jack Persekian, photographs by Issa Freij.




The Jordan River & the Dead Sea

In 1964 Israel started transferring an estimated 98 percent of the Jordan River out of its basin the Lake Tiberias into a large central pipeline called The National Water Carrier, basically drying out the Jordan River and seriously threatening the ecology and sustainability of the Dead Sea.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Marcello Maloberti

MARCELLO MALOBERTI
Collage, 30 x 20 cm, 2016
MARMELLATE blog   
marcellomaloberti.tumblr.com 
Courtesy dell'artista e di Galleria Raffaella Cortese








Acqua by Loredana Bertè, 1985
















Tuesday, 21 June 2016

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - ULAY

ULAY
World Water Joy, projected performance
Sound installation and performance


As part of its research on water related issues, connected to the current project Earth Water Catalogue (2012), ULAY would present a participatory performance with children. This performance will also aim to educate young people, through their direct investment in water-related issues as critical natural resource.

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Iliya & Emilia Kabakov

ILYA & EMILIA KABAKOV
The Toilet on The Lake, 1996
/metaphysical-philosophical installation/

 

This installation "plays" with two "meditative states".
Sitting in the toilet and dreaming in quiet, wonderful nature.
Placed on the bank of the lake it is inviting you to sit in these "stalls".
And if you look into the direction of the lake, you will have a marvelous feeling of solitude,
tranquility and peace which is contrary to your usual state of perpetual anxiety.
A feeling of time standing still, a sense of approaching eternity ...

 


Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are Russian-born, American-based artists that collaborate on environments which fuse elements of the everyday with those of the conceptual. While their work is deeply rooted in the Soviet social and cultural context in which the Kabakovs came of age, their work still attains a universal significance.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Dorian Sari

DORIAN SARI
Welcome!, 2015
Video projection, 5'22''



"This video is originally based of the refugees situtaion. It is based on my observations and the experiences I had in Europe over the years. This video is way to warn, naively maybe, the others. At the end it is a self-portrait.
Water has a very symbolic side of purification and  transparancy. It cleanses us, it transforms us, it conveys something still unknown, and sometimes it kills us. It is unstable, it is insecurity. This is what we, as human beings, seek to flee, what we try to avoid. With its threatening aspects, almost dangerous, the water symbolically reminds us, through its waves which extend over the rives, the waves of immigration and refugees and tell the stories and the daily reality of all the new arrived."
Dorian Sari

PARTICIPATION - ART for The World 1995-2016

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We are pleased to present Participation, ART for The World 1995-2016, a retrospective of the NGO, ART for The World’s projects published on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary. 

Cover by Dan Perjovschi

The book presents all ART for The World projects divided in 4 chapters - When Art meets the UN, Interpreting Sustainability, Global South, and ART for The World Europa. It is enriched with forwards and texts of many distinguished contributors, including artists, architects, art historians and critics, journalists, curators. The 256 page, 325 image book highlights the platforms for meaningful exchange and dialogue that lie at the intersection of art and society developped by ART for The World.