Arts Collaboratory

Raw Material Company

Posted on: Wednesday 11 October 2017
And here we are at the Salon Suisse Three: "cultivating well" curated by our artistic director Koyo Kouoh. The program will take place at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy 19-21 October 2017 -PROGRAMME- Thursday 19 October - from6:30 pm • Unfinished Business • a conversation with Roger M. Buergel, Patricia Purtschert and Felwine Sarr moderated by Koyo Kouoh Friday 20 October - from 6.30 pm • Carbon Derivatives • with FRAUD (FRan Gallardo + AUDrey Samson) and Guido Rudolphi Saturday 21 October - from 6.30 pm • The Wretched Earth • a conversation with Ros Gray, Shela Sheikh and Åsa Sonjasdotter introduced by Lívia Páldi free entrance until full capacity -About "cultivating well"- How do foodstuffs carry stories of imperialism? Are our tastes fit for consumption? After 'euphony' and 'eating well', the third Salon Suisse brings together a series of interconnected discussions around Switzerland’s post- and decolonial condition, using for instance the potato plant as an unassuming, yet lucid example of a vegetal global migrancy. -About ATARAXIA- Directed by curator Koyo Kouoh, ATARAXIA aims to understand the paradoxical position Switzerland occupies within the current economic, political, scientific and cultural landscape of Europe and further afield, as well as reflect on its (post)colonial narratives. An important engine and geographical centre of Europe, but outside of the Union, Switzerland’s position demonstrates the European paradoxes and dissonances of current political standards. Kouoh states: «As current political regimes in the West do their best to squeeze social and cultural production into remission, we must listen to those around us and to those that neighbour us. We must deploy a politics of care to bridge connections across the very political, cultural and social disparities that divide us. The programme will investigate how best to reconcile such feelings of disenchantment with the aim of mobilising these conditions into generative and spirited forms of response.»