Like a Mountain / Like a Mall: How Institutions Think within their Environments

This research project investigates the role and potential of cultural infrastructure in peripheral and rural areas, taking into consideration current political debates around both ‘new regionalisms’ and the Anthropocene/Capitalocene narrative.
Having ar/ge kunst – Kunstverein of Bolzano as its central case study, the research is situated within the specificity of South Tyrol (Süd Tirol/Alto Adige) in Italy, a border region embodying a multiplicity of conditions that, through the lenses of culture, language, geography, history and economics, can help conceive of a curatorial and institutional practice within the extremes of the present political, ecological and migration situation.
The juxtaposition of the two texts addressed in the research title, ‘Thinking like a Mountain’ (Aldo Leopold, 1919) and ‘Thinking Like a Mall’ (Steven Vogel, 2015), constructs a ‘narrative device’ that contributes to the definition of a multifaceted and productive working framework for investigating the notion of ‘environment’ in its connotations at the intersection of culture, nature and techno-politics.

Emanuele Guidi is a writer, curator and artistic director of ar/ge kunst – Kunstverein of Bolzano (Italy).
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter