Online Courses

Environmental Thinking in Artistic and Curatorial Practices

Lecturer: Emanuele Guidi

⮕  Enrol here until 26 February 2021.
Fee: 390 CHF
Maximum participants: 25

Course dates: 6 March + 13 March 2021, 2–6pm CET

The course is designed to introduce you to the latest theories and artistic practices around the expanded notion of “environment” and environmental thought, to explore how it has transformed across time, as well as its reciprocity with areas of research like decolonization, feminism, and institutional critique. We start with a critical reading of more classical artistic movements widely known as “Environmental/Land/Earth Art” to then move into the exploration of the political implications of experiences like Global Tools, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, The Harrison (or even others like Joseph Beuys and Gordon Matta Clark) who critically expanded these notions towards more process-oriented/pedagogical practices at the intersection between the natural and the built environment, arts, sciences, and economy. We will also look into the “geological turn” that departs from the theory of the Anthropocene and its critiques to then introduce and present the more complex approach proposed under the umbrella term.

Emanuele Guidi is a writer, curator, and artistic director at ar/ge kunst, Kunstverein of Bolzano (Italy) where he carries out a program of productions exploring the mutual relationship between visual art and other disciplines such as publishing, design, architecture, live arts, and theory. Central to this research are positions that focus on the politics of display and exhibition-making as a practice for knowledge production and circulation (for more information: Emanuele is a PhD candidate in Practice in Curating at the University of Reading and Zurich University of the Arts.

Image: Veins Aligned, Otobong Nkanga, installation view at ar/ge kunst, photo Tiberio Sorvillo. 2018

Preparation for the course:
Please use a headset (or headphones) and stay in a quiet place with a stable internet connection. Please read the texts which you will get access to once you have booked the course.

This intensive two-part direct live teaching course will be held over Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays, 2–6pm CET. Please prepare a very short introduction of yourself. The first session will be used for an in-depth introduction to the topic, and workshop research. Assignments will be given for the second session. Feedback and evaluation will be given in the second session. After successful completion, a certificate with 1 ECTS point will be handed out.

Technical instructions
Download the Zoom application. You will find a detailed installation guide here. Zoom can be also used in a browser window on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone. You will find a Zoom invitation with a link to access the workshop.