Exercises of investigation and discussion on contemporary South

March 26th, 2011 – laboratory for Art and Architecture
via Enzo Ferrari, contrada Pisello, Lecce, IT

Costruire Processi: progettualità, spazio e tempo / Building Processes: planning, space and time
public discussion, 11am–1pm and 3pm-5pm
with Julia Draganovic / Francesco Arena / Fabio Pollice and Annalisa Zacheo / Karen Hough / Devrim Kadirbeyoglu / Federica La Paglia / Attila Bruni / Shawn Van Sluys / Stefano Taccone / Chiara Agnello / Giulia Pedace / Mauro Marino / Francesca Boenzi

Gran Turismo / Great Tourism
curatorial revisitation of a private archive by Luigi Presicce and Luigi Negro / 18.00

Le Cose Preziose / The Precious Things
self-financing group action / 6.30pm
works of: Luigi Presicce, Francesco Arena, Luigi Negro, Luca Francesconi, Enzo Umbaca, Cristian Chironi, Stefano Romano, Paola Anziché, Daniele Pezzi, Andrea Kvas, Antonio Rovaldi, Angelo Bianco, Roberto Martino, Marco Belfiore, Adriano Nasuti Wood, Elenia De Pedro, Giorgio Guidi, Dragana Sapanjos, Stefano Graziani, Giallo Concialdi, Andrea Sala, Riccardo Beretta, Alessandro Ceresoli, Jacopo Casadei, Cesare Pietroiusti, Sergio Breviario, Alessandro Vizzini, Riccardo Baruzzi, Giancarlo Norese.

An autonomous society is different than a heteronomous one (hetero = others) because while all societies make their own imaginaries (institutions, laws, traditions, beliefs and behaviors), autonomous societies are those in which their members are aware of this fact, and explicitly self-institute (αυτο-νομούνται). In contrast, the members of heteronomous societies attribute their imaginaries to some extra-social authority (i.e. God, ancestors, historical necessity). Cornelious Castoriadis, Figures of the Thinkable, Stanford University Press, July 18, 2007

On the occasion of its public presentation, archiviazioni has invited Stefanos Tsivopoulos to elaborate an archive image which represents the main concept and the aims of the project. I Want My Utopia Back is a reflection on the concept of Autonomy in relation to that of Archiving as an action. This transformative process that goes from information to knowledge, from institutional construction to social action and the formation of an autonomous consciousness, was also the basis of democracy in ancient Greece. For Tsivopoulos, archives do not necessarily server as ‘representatives’ of the historical truth, but rather as another way to tell a story. This story aims to reflect the creative and imaginary possibilities of our times. Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Prague, 1973) is a Greek artist/filmmaker who lives and works in Athens and Amsterdam. His research reflects on history and historical memory as a narrative construction – a construction mediated by images that have been edited and re-edited, and deprived from images that were never taken or that are lost. In his films he is blurring fact and fiction, past and future, as he is less interested in extracting the truth from these narrative constructions, but rather in interrogating the possibilities and qualities that lie within them. It is the ambiguous nature of image, and its shift from an aesthetic object, to commodity to archived evidence of historical truth that is on question in his work.

archiviazioni – exercises of investigation and discussion on the contemporary South is an open project of documentation, discussion and action conceived and directed by Giusy Checola and curated together with Luigi Presicce, developed in collaboation with Salvatore Baldi for the production, Anna Cirignola and Elvira De Masi for the relations of the territory. It’s included in the program Lab 12:00 promoted by the SoutHeritage Foundation for contemporary art of Matera (Basilicata, Italy). It presents its activities and its spaces on the 26th March 2011 at its venue, the Laboratory of Art and Architecture of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), an ex tobacco factory based in the heart of Salento.


Archivica is an archive in progress that selects and presents national and international art and interdisciplinary publications and reviews, the digital and audiovisual documentation of works and projects by artists, curators and theoricians from local, national and international fields, and in the so called ‘Souths’ of the world. With them Archivica establishes different kind of interactions and collaborations, through the collection of materials, the organizations and co-production of projects, the acquisition of meaningfull Funds for the relation between art and territory.

Archivica has acquired the personal archives of art critic Anna Cirignola, the Fondo Verri Liberi Cantieri of Lecce and the archives of Oreste by Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Negro, Emilio Fantin and Giancarlo Norese, including photos, letters, drawings, publications and printed matters produced during the activities of the Oreste Project, from 1997 to 2002.
Archivica has started a long term collaboration with careof/DOCVA Documentation Center for the Visual Arts in Milan, through the exchange of materials, for the promotion of the Southern artistic scene and the collection of untraceable videodocumentation of talks, seminars and projects realized in Italy and abroad by careof in the last twenty years, and through the development of projects of communication and presentation of the materials archived.
It has started various collaborations with projects, archives and art organizations like Expòsito, Observatory for Young Artists, Naples; Index, list of contemporary art in Basilicata promoted by the SoutHeritage Foundation, Matera; Connecting Cultures, Milan, specialized on art projects in the public spaces in relation with the landscape; ESCORIA Nuevos Medios of Quito, the most important archives in Ecuador, specialized in video-art and new media.

Archiviazioni is addressed to artists, curators, cultural operators and students who live and work in Southern Italy, and to everyone who wants to participate to the proposed activities. From here comes the collaboration with SUM Project of Lecce, a network for promotion of independent local music and local reference for the Creative Commons licenses, under which are registered the contents of the website, in order to stimulate the access to information and the free circulation of ideas.

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