Environmental Thinking in Artistic and Curatorial Practices
Lecturer: Emanuele Guidi

Course dates: 6 March + 13 March 2021, 2–6pm CET
Enroll here until 26 February 2021

The course is designed to introduce you to the latest theories and artistic practices around the expanded notion of “environment” and environmental thought, to explore how it has transformed across time, as well as its reciprocity with areas of research like decolonization, feminism, and institutional critique. We start with a critical reading of more classical artistic movements widely known as “Environmental/Land/Earth Art” to then move into the exploration of the political implications of experiences like Global Tools, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, The Harrison (or even others like Joseph Beuys and Gordon Matta Clark) who critically expanded these notions towards more process-oriented/pedagogical practices at the intersection between the natural and the built environment, arts, sciences, and economy. We will also look into the “geological turn” that departs from the theory of the Anthropocene and its critiques to then introduce and present the more complex approach proposed under the umbrella term.

Emanuele Guidi is a writer, curator, and artistic director at ar/ge kunst, Kunstverein of Bolzano (Italy) where he carries out a program of productions exploring the mutual relationship between visual art and other disciplines such as publishing, design, architecture, live arts, and theory. Central to this research are positions that focus on the politics of display and exhibition-making as a practice for knowledge production and circulation (for more information: www.argekunst.it). Emanuele is a PhD candidate in Practice in Curating at the University of Reading and Zurich University of the Arts.