_11 DEFAULT Masterclass in Residence: on art, cities and regeneration





DEFAULT Masterclass was an international cultural and artistic residence hosted in Lecce,Southern Italy.

During ten days, twenty selected artists discussed with curators, artists, cultural producers, transnational partners and local audience about some key questions of our (austere) time: how to interact within a wider governmental policy concerning urban regeneration? How to tackle the increasingly politicised stakes that underpin cultural inquiry on urban centres’ and neighbourhoods’ revitalisation? Do artists, curators, art managers and policy makers have to default to “art and regeneration practices” which are no longer feasible yet still entrenched in cultural structures because there is no other alternative given?

The works took place in several regenerated spaces in the city of Lecce. Among the guests and invited lecturers: Lewis Biggs (curator), Celine Condorelli (artist), Andrea Lissoni (curator), Julia Draganovic (curator), Kybernein (Nathalie Gabrielsson and Alfredo Cramerotti, artists), Hannah Conroy (curator), Andrei Siclodi (broadcaster, curator and writer), Ana Hoffner (artist), Paolo Mele (researcher and curator), Pietro Gaglianò (critic), Filipa Ramos (curator and critic), Emiliano Paoletti (cultural producer), Gregor Neuerer (artist). An international committee of art professionals had selected 10 international and 10 Italian artists (7 from Apulia region) to participate in the residence. Organised by Kybernein, Hannah Conroy and Paolo Mele.

An international committee of art professionals selected 10 international and 10 Italian artists (7 from Apulia region) to participate in the residence.

The selected artists were: Alberto Borea (PE), Anthony McInneny (AUS), Bean (UK), Emma Houlihan (EIRE), Heba Amin (EGY), Marcus Owens (USA), Natascha Hagenbeek (NL), Rachela Abbate (DE), Rosario Montero Prieto (UK), Tonka Malekovic (HRV), Alessia Rollo (ITA), Angela Zurlo (ITA), Giuseppe Pansa (ITA), Lucia Leuci (ITA), Maria Rebecca Ballestra (ITA), Sergio Racanati (ITA), Serena Porrati (ITA), Simone Massafra (ITA), Stefano Cagol (ITA), Tatiana Villani (ITA).

Conversation Series: Lecce, On Regeneration. Oct 2011, Courtesy Sanduron

“On Regeneration” saw the participation of Heba Amin (EGY), Emma Houlihan (EIRE), Stefano Calgo, Rachela Abbate (DE), Maria Rebecca Ballestra (ITA), Natascha Hagenbeek (NL), Giuseppe Pansa (ITA), Marcus Owens (USA), Andrei Siclodi (AUS), Ana Hoffner (AUS), Sergio Racanati (ITA), Alfredo Cramerotti (UK) and Hannah Conroy (UK).

ORGANISERS

DEFAULT is organised by RAMDOM Association (Lecce) in the frame of the project “Memorable Arts” and it is curated by AGM Culture (Nottingham, UK). It is realised incollaboration with Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Innsbruck, Austria). With the partnership of Sud-Est Association (Manifatture Knos), Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Arci Puglia, Archiviazioni, Comune di Lecce, Lupiae Service. DEFAULT Masterclass is financed by Regione Puglia, Principi Attivi 2010 – Giovani Idee per una Puglia Migliore, in the project frame of “Memorable Arts”.

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AGM is a non-profit curatorial agency founded in 2003. The agency works in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, film, media and cultural research. Through collaboration and exchange with an international network of artists, curators, thinkers and cultural institutions, AGM produces an itinerant programme of ‘sessions’ that occur in different configurations and venues. Each time, by changing partner, location, form and content, AGM’s primary focus is to explore the micro-politics of the hosting body – be it a site, an institution or a theme.

Recent projects include ‘On Temporary’, Goleb Studios, Amsterdam, Holland (2011), ‘AGM 10: Collectivus CPS’, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010) and ‘On Dialogue’, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Centre, Cairo (2010). Previously, AGM explored new modes of knowledge production within art and the media in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.K. and in the Web space

Alfredo Cramerotti (MOSTYN). Curator of Default Masterclass, Oct 2011, Courtesy Sanduron

Lewis Biggs was Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art. Guest Professor of Default Masterclass, Oct 2011, Courtesy Sanduron
Celine Condorelli. Guest of Default Masterclass, Oct 2011, Courtesy Sanduron

Alberto Borea. Artist on Default Masterclass, Oct 2011, Courtesy Sanduron

Paolo Mele. Director of Random and coordinator of Default Masterclass, Oct 2011, Courtesy Sanduron

Hannah Conroy (AGM) curator of Default Masterclass with guest speaker Yasmine Ostendorf (Transartists), Oct 2011, Courtesy Sanduron

“On Regeneration” saw the participation of Heba Amin (EGY), Emma Houlihan (EIRE), Stefano Calgo (ITA), Rachela Abbate (DE), Maria Rebecca Ballestra (ITA), Natascha Hagenbeek (NL), Giuseppe Pansa (ITA), Marcus Owens (USA), Andrei Siclodi (AUS), Ana Hoffner (AUS), Sergio Racanati (ITA), Alfredo Cramerotti (UK) and Hannah Conroy (UK).

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