Visible

When art leaves its own field and becomes visible as something else

Visible is a contemporary art research project commissioned by the Pistoletto Cittadellarte Fondazione in collaboration with the Fondazione Zegna. The first output of Visible is a book project conceived and edited by Angelika Burtscher and Judith Wielander (publisher: Sternberg Press). The book design and exhibition modules for the travelling exhibition were developed by Lupo Burtscher.

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Visible promotes and displays artistic practices that are based on social and cultural visions, concerned with the transformative processes of society and the desire to shape these processes. The book presents 41 artistic practices, a collaborative work of nine curators. The sub-heading indicates the content: “When art leaves its own field and becomes visible as something else”. The position of socio-critical and socio-political thinkers speak of the need to develop new economic models and of ensuring a fair distribution of resources and access to information. They state the urgency to rethink ecology and landscape, the potential of diversity, and the development and testing of participatory and democratic political models.

When art leaves its own field and becomes visible as something else

The graphic design of this publication was taken on by Lupo Burtscher. Between the pages nine colourful ribbons stand out – a different coloured ribbon for every guest curator. The nine ribbons snake up over the spine and structure the book into nine parallel narrative strands. Since its publication the book has become a popular research tool for serious art, packed full of discoveries and inspiration.

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A mobile exhibition tool

For the Visible travelling exhibition, first shown in the Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Lupo Burtscher designed a module that functions as a space in space. Forms cut from basic cardboard, which can then be randomly assembled. Book shelf, reading circle, place of thought … supplemented with stools, enables this space in space to take on numerous functions.

Client

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto & Fondazione Zegna

Year

2010

With contributions by

Alterazioni Video, Maria Thereza Alves, Aspra.mente, Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin, Anna Best, Francisco Camacho, Cecilia Canziani, CAMP, Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas Urbanas), Teddy Cruz, Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska, Anna Colin, Fadaiat, Hu Fang, Cao Fei, Anna Scalfi Eghenter, Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Emiliano Gandolfi, Goldin+Senneby, Julieta González, Gugulective, Zheng Guogu, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Alon Levin, Goddy Leye, Raimundas Malašauskas, Jill Magid, Darius Mikšys, Mihnea Mircan, Nástio Mosquito, Ciprian Muresan, Jesús Bubu Negrón, Gabi Ngcobo, Offer and exchange, Progetto Diogene, Publink, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz, Pedro Reyes, Saskia Sassen, Jonas Staal, Xu Tan, Javier Téllez, Tercerunquinto, Bert Theis, Ana Laura López de la Torre, Judi Werthein, Ming Wong, Mlu Zondi

Curators

Angelika Burtscher, Judith Wielander

Publisher

Sternberg Press

Prizes

AIAP Woman Design Award, Fedrigoni Top Award

Photo documentation

Malthe Wöhler