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 places in several regenerated spaces in the city of Lecce. Among the guests and invited lecturers: Lewis Biggs (Biennial of Liverpool), Celine Condorelli (artist), Andrea Lissoni (Xing and Hangar Bicocca), Julia Draganovic (No Longer Empty), Alfredo Cramerotti (curator, AGM and director of Mostyn Gallery), Hannah Conroy (curator, AGM), Andrei Siclodi (Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen), Ana Hoffner (artist), Paolo Mele (Ramdom), Pietro Gaglianò (art critic), Filipa Ramos (curator and art critic), Emiliano Paoletti (Bjcem), Gregor Neuerer (artist).
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).
“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).
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
“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).