Start Up Lectures 2018-19: Third Person (Plural) + Vizio di forma (Formfehler)

First broadcast: Mon 04.02.2019, 11.06 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 20.02.2019, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Aikaterini Gegisian, Riccardo Giacconi

In the context of the Startup Lectures on Fri 12 th October– Angela ANDERSON, Michael BAERS, Aikaterini GEGISIAN, Riccardo GIACCONI – introduced themselves and their work, and provided some insight into their respective proposals for their projects.

Third Person (Plural) is a project based on archival research on popular culture, fieldwork and public engagement, resulting in the production of a series of film episodes that would (when joint-together) compose a feature-length essay film.Motivated by the recent rise of nationalist and isolationist narratives, in what is dominantly described as the western-developed world, the project deconstructs, by casting a female gaze, the ‘image’ of Europe, in order to explore how diverse popular image cultures are implicated in the production of national and supranational imaginations. Taking as its starting point the moment after WW2 and the historical processes of establishing a ‘United’ Europe as reported in USA newsreels and represented in USA government documentaries, Third Person (Plural) anchors itself on such archival material (collected through a 6-month Research Fellowship at the Library of Congress) and brings them into dialogue with the recent Brexit and Grexit debates.

Riccardo Giacconi will use his fellowship at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen to develop a long-term research project about the relations between urban planning and media power, taking recent Italian history as a case study. In particular, he will continue an investigation about the urban area of Milano 2 that he started in 2017 with his film Due [Two]. Milano 2 is a residential area on the outskirts of Milan, built as a new utopian town by Italian media tycoon and ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi between 1970 and 1979. Milano 2 heralded the utopia of a small world awayfrom the city.It was addressed to the emerging upper middle classwho wanted an escape from the Italian political turmoil of the seventies. A citadel for the rich, safe and quiet, with all the comforts, separated from public space.

The BÜCHS’N’RADIO-broadcast in Novemeber 2018 is dedicated to the presentations of Aikaterini GEGISIAN and Riccardo GIACCONI.



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Aikaterini GEGISIAN is an artist of Greek-Armenian heritage who lives and works in the UK and Greece. Building on her contribution to the Armenian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015 Golden Lion for best national participation), she has over the past two years developed a series of new commissions exploring the role of images in the construction of national and gendered identities, amongst others: Jewish Museum, Moscow; National Arts Museum of China, Beijing; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; BALTIC, Newcastle; Calvert 22 Foundation, London; Kunsthalle Osnabruck; DEPO, Istanbul; Yermilov Centre, Ukraine. During 2018 she was a Research Fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. Gegisian was Büchsenhausen Fellow in 2018-2019.

Riccardo GIACCONI studied fine arts at the University IUAV of Venice. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), tranzitdisplay (Prague), MAXXI (Rome), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) and at the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He was artist-in-residence at the Centre international d’art et du paysage (Vassivière, France), lugar a dudas (Cali, Colombia), MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome and La Box (Bourges). He has presented his films at several festivals, including the New York Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Visions du Réel and FID Marseille, where he won the Grand Prix of the international competition in 2015. In 2007 he co-founded the collective Blauer Hase, with which he curates the periodical publication Paesaggio and the Helicotrema festival.