Over the past 35 years FAR has presented numerous conferences, workshops, seminars and publications inviting thinkers from different fields: contemporary art, textile history, anthropology, literature and more. Our Rewind project aims to spread and share this amazing resource.
The selected materials, presented on a biweekly basis, range across different times and disciplines, offering a new perspective on themes and ideas that are still relevant today.
Looking back, re-hearing, re-learning become strategies to move forward and the archive is activated as a fundamental tool to imagine ourselves in the future.
Rewind 009 | Susan Hiller | The Provisional Texture of Reality
“I like to say about my own work that I am committed to working with ghosts. That is with cultural discard, fragments, and things that are invisible to most people, but intently important to a few”. In the words of Susan Hiller, art and dream become coordinates of a single territory, built on the edge of our conscious life and explored by the artist's work.
In the lecture given for the 17th edition of CSAV - Artists' Research Laboratory (when she was invited as a visiting professor), Susan Hiller describes the dream as an activity in which we are more honest with ourselves and closer to nature, since we share this activity “with all other mammals and perhaps with other creatures as well and with other life forms”. Artists have always explored these other states of consciousness, recovering and reflecting the segments rooted in an imaginary that we often share without even knowing. The artist's work - as well as the work of dreams - brings to light the shared texture of these symbols that silently shape our reality: “in that sense - concludes the artist - all dream imagery is always social in origin”.
14.07.2011, Archive Fondazione Antonio Ratti
Rewind 008 | Catherine David | Experimental aesthetic practices in the Middle East
Invited during the XV edition of CSAV - Artists' Research Laboratory, which saw Walid Raad as Visiting Professor, Catherine David articulates an answer to the following question:
Under the dominant conditions of a globalized market and many deficits - in terms of education, production of discourse, preservation, and transmission - affecting the modern heritage in the Arab world, what are the conditions of possibility and visibility of experimental and aesthetical practices in the Middle East today?
During the dense conference, which draws on her long experience in the field, Catherine David describes a complex scenario which is nevertheless fascinating and full of potential. A scenario where the lack of institutional support becomes the trigger to find new solutions and formats that are capable of responding effectively to the complexity of the situation. Without the will to propose definitive solutions, Catherine David thus highlights the many aspects of a region that is, as she claims, nothing more than "a mirror of our world".
16.07.2009, Archive Fondazione Antonio Ratti
Rewind 007 | Enrico Ghezzi | Mi è sembrato di vedere un gatto
"I thought I saw a pussy-cat" is the famous quote that Tweety says every time Sylvester The Cat tries to approach him, with a movement that is supposed to be swift, but rather evident and heavy. Enrico Ghezzi, invited by Mario Fortunato within the Ratti Lectures’ series, uses this quote to address what he calls "the double imposture" of cinematographic image. Through a concatenation of ideas and references ranging from literature and history to television, Ghezzi narrates the illusion behind the only apparently mobile and limitless image of cinema. This double illusion, however, allows the world to watch itself happen: "XX century is considered the age of images, but it was in fact the age of recording". Thus, the history of cinema becomes the history of mankind that records and watches itself. This idea eventually reveals the paradoxical hypothesis that every moment, including the one to come, is only the repetition of something that has already happened. 02.12.2007 Archive Fondazione Antonio Ratti
To download the english translation visit: http://www.fondazioneratti.org/pressKit/90/rewind_007_enrico_ghezzi
Rewind 006 | Jimmie Durham | Stones Rejected by the Builder
In the opening lecture of the X CSAV - Artists’ Research Laboratory, when he was visiting professor, Jimmie Durham presents his artistic practice, rejecting the very category of art, as well as the category of music, architecture and literature. Starting from the title "Stones Rejected by the Builder", Durham questions the figure of the architect, representing a hierarchical system where someone judges which stone can be used and which has to be discarded. In his practice instead, the stones - be them pebbles or flint knives - become tools to be thrown, to carve, to smash or to transform and, within this very transformation, to allow the possibility of art. 03.07.2004 Archive Fondazione Antonio Ratti
Rewind 005 | Saviana Parodi and Luca Puri | PERMACULTURE DESIGN (How we can make our environments healthier and more efficient by imitating ecosystems)
While introducing their theoretical and practical course, Saviana Parodi and Luca Puri explain the central aspects of permaculture design. This empirical science is based on four fundamental actions: observing, thinking, designing and acting. First of all, permaculture practice should be addressed to ourselves and then to the external environment, creating a constant connection between mindscape and landscape. The search for a new balance, inspired by the natural models, becomes a way of conceiving the world and our life within world as a "permanent human culture" shaped on ethical principles such as care of others, self-care, care of the Earth as a living organism and sharing surplus. In this perspective, permacultural design can be applied to every aspect of everyday life and, as Annie Ratti states, it is present in the values of the Foundation, whose mission is “to open up to the territory, to be sensitive to the contemporary and to contemporary practices".
09.11.2016, Archive Fondazione Antonio Ratti
Rewind 004 | Seth Siegelaub | On Collecting Textiles and Books on Textiles
In this lecture included in the international symposium Collecting Textiles, Seth Siegelaub talks about his experience as a collector, tracing the origins of his passion for antique textiles and, above all, for books on textiles. The personal and almost intimate character of his collection is nevertheless moved by the desire to make his work completely accessible, open and alive. He wishes, therefore, to leave his legacy when he will find "the right conditions".
Seth Siegelaub then concludes the conference with an excursus dedicated to the historical categories of books on textiles and a critical examination of the current cataloguing of textile items based on their origin.
20.09.2012, Archive Fondazione Antonio Ratti