XX CSAV Artists Research Laboratory , Italy
deadline: March 31, 2014
Tacita Dean: " Comoggardising: the benefits of creative indolence"
dates : 30 June – 23 July 2014
CSAV – Artists Research Laboratory is a project where dialogue and exchange among artists of different generations and nationalities stand at the heart of a unique artistic and learning experience. The lab is open to fifteen young artists of all nationalities, selected among the applicants by a jury. The programme lasts twenty-four days during which the participants attend a daily workshop activity and theoretical seminars run by the invited artist, the director, the curator and guest lecturers, as well as conferences held by artists, critics and experts of other disciplines.
During this year laboratory, Tacita Dean will invite the young participants to re-find what the Swiss writer Robert Walser named ‘sluggardising’. Interpreted by Dean as the ability to work while appearing to be doing nothing, most often when lying down, this is an important state for the artist and it is often misinterpreted or misunderstood. The level of brain idleness that will be encouraged during the workshop is very rigorous indeed and difficult to achieve. It is an invitation to identify new time and new space in one’s life in order to move closer to discovering an unconscious level to one’s art practice.
about application rules
The laboratory is free of charge. Accommodation expenses in Como are to be covered by the participants. To apply click here
The lab is open to candidates between 18 and 35 years old. No study certificate is required, but English is essential.
To apply, please fill in the application form and upload a CV and a portfolio of artworks.
The documents uploaded need to be in pdf format - max 10 Mb and 30 pages for the portfolio.
->Audio and video files can be sent on CD or DVD to:
CSAV, Fondazione Antonio Ratti Villa Sucota, Via per Cernobbio 19, 22100 Como, Italy.
The documentation will be returned only on demand, to those who will enclose a pre-stamped and addressed envelope. If you are sending any material by post, please specify it on the form into the note box.
In case of a collective practice, only one of the members is required to fill in the application form. Please specify it in the note box of the application form and also indicate the name of the collective and the names of all the other members.
The application and all required materials must be sent by the 31st of March 2014.
about the artist
Tacita Dean was born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art before moving to live and work in Berlin in 2000.
The films, drawings and other works by Tacita Dean are extremely original. Her recent film portraits express something that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are purely film. And while Dean can appreciate the past, her art avoids any kind of academic approach. Dean's art is carried by a sense of history, time and place, light quality and the essence of the film itself. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium and the sensibilities of the individual.
Dean's solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London; MACBA, Barcelona (2001), Tate St Ives (2005), Schaulager, Basel (2006), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007), Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan; ACCA, Melbourne (2009), MUMOK, Vienna; Turbine Hall (Unilever Series), Tate Modern, London (2011) and the New Museum, New York (2012). Most recent exhibitions include The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia and her latest film project JG at Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia (2013) and Frith Street Gallery, London (2013) and c/o Jolyon, 2012-2013 at Frith Street Gallery, London (2013).
Shows in 2013 also included Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro; Fundación Botín, Santander; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea in Seoul and Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, MAMbo.
Forthcoming shows in 2014 include The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, UMFA, National Gallery of Denmark, SMK and Sydney Biennale.
Dean has taken part in many group exhibitions including Venice Biennale (2003, 2005 and 2013), Sydney Biennale (2005) and Sao Paulo Biennale (2006 and 2010), and she recently participated in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012). Dean was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009.
Fondazione Antonio Ratti
Via per Cernobbio 19