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Suzanne van Rossenberg at Tumbler Roma

a cura di Francesco Ventrella
Performance di
Suzanne van Rossenberg
Venerdì 1 giugno 2007
h. 22.30
Via degli Equi, 22 (San Lorenzo)Roma
Avevo appena ordinato una birra al bar, quando mi passò un disegno. “Che cos’è?” Le chiesi. Perché una perfetta sconosciuta dovrebbe darmi un disegno? Pensai. “Leggilo e passalo al tuo vicino quando l’hai finito”, mi rispose. Ora mi ricordo che diverse persone avevano dei disegni in mano. A dir la verità era una catena di disegni. Eseguii il suo ordine. Diedi il mio disegno al mio vicino e lessi quello successivo che mi passò. Dopo quattordici disegni le chiesi un appuntamento.


A ARTE COMO DISCURSO: Identidade como Mercadoria

Algumas das produções do campo da arte têm vindo a surgir como reacções às diversas representações de identidades provenientes dos media. As diferentes estratégias das artes plásticas permitem assinalar os sistemas de códigos alusivos aos géneros e inclusivamente obter algumas das reacções contra-culturais provenientes do contexto social. Esta comunicação tem como objectivo estabelecer leituras sociológicas relativas aos sistemas de representação alusivos às identidades culturais e em destacar a sua íntima relação com as ideologias agregadas às mercadorias.

de Rui Pedro Fonseca – Doutorando na UPV

Oradoras convidadas:

Helena Santos - Docente na FEP e FLUP

Carla Cruz - Artista Plástica


Ana Barata - Docente no ISEP



8 de Junho inaugura mais uma edição da exposição colectiva de arte e género /// Na Casa da Cultura da Trofa.

nomes// eventos em breve


2nd Meeting of Switch Metaphors

Affinity Group on feminist art, queer and trans / gender activism
Rome, Monday 28th May 2007
hosted by 1:1projects, piazza Scipione Ammirato 1/c
h. 15.00 – 19.30

“It is, of course, hard to climb when you are holding on
to both ends of a pole, simultaneously or alternately.
It is, therefore, time to switch metaphors.” (Donna Haraway)

Positioning: Feminist art can be institutional critique, but can it also be a tool for feminist activism? Can art accomplish emancipation of queers or awareness of gender performativity in society? What do a feminist practice of arts do besides activist deeds that are unrecognizable as art (and not to forget unpaid) and gallery and museum pieces that reach small, and enclosed audiences?
Artistic strategies produce knowledge. It’s important “we” read other feminists’ strategies, as well as “they” read, discuss and fight ours. Switch Metaphors attempts to question the Feminist position of the artist speaking from “outside” within the art world. If experience is the material source for a desire to change art and cultural politics, how can the artist get beyond or work around the inclusion/exclusion of it as art?

Proposal: On the 31st March Switch Metaphors already presented one of their works in Vienna, within the exhibition and real life meeting “Cyberfeminism past forward”. On the 28th May in Rome Switch Metaphors planned the second AG meeting in collaboration with 1:1projects.
We want to promote a discussion in the way we ourselves share artistic strategies and discuss these topics by emailing, websites, blogs, IM and Skype. Anybody interested in our proposal can join the discussion at the European Feminist Forum website in whatever form they prefer, which makes it a “virtual project room” where Switch Metaphors will host projects, questionnaires, videos, podcasts, etc. If you wish to become participatory in the AG (and interested in discussing the topics we address), please take part to the meeting in Rome! From this we can start telling each other stories about our artistic strategies and explain each other how we each take accountability for our fiction (painting, performances, writing, curating, community art, etc.) from commissioned to self-funded, from invisible to commercial.
Our virtual and real life encounters will determine the form of our discussion at the European Feminist Forum in 2008.

Discussion: The Rome meeting will focus on issues related to
subversion / political activism / queer activism / infiltration in other fields of work
omission of addressing economics in art-theoretical discourses and instrumentalisation of art (from commissioned to self-funded, from invisible to commercial)
Production of Knowledge:
share strategies (read, discuss & fight others' strategies) and create ground (read: equality) to make that possible and desire as strategy or methodology (=fiction): play the role of the artist, curator, critic and spectator.

Don’t hesitate to bring a documentation of your strategies (power point, video, recordings, magazines, posters, catalogues…) for a presentation during the meeting.

Preparing the content for the European Feminist Forum in 2008, the organizers have chosen the model of Affinity Groups. It is a non-hierarchical, open, participatory and innovative process to explore topics European Feminist Forum participants see as key to their political vision as feminists. Different Affinity Groups will prepare the dialogues in their own way. Switch Metaphors is the name of the Affinity Group working for the European Feminist Forum 2008 on the issue of art and feminism, queer and trans / gender activism. The Affinity Group can take different shapes and produce different outcomes (a paper, a video documentary, podcasts, European chats, artworks, research outcomes etc): the EFF invites all the participants to take part in our face-to-face meetings and to work in whatever medium they chose, in cyberspace, across all European countries, within one country, in whichever language and media. Affinity Groups started in January 2007 and will work towards the European Feminist Forum in June 2008 in Poland. Each Affinity Group publishes its debate on the EFF website:

Switch Metaphors is an Affinity Group led by Carla Cruz (PT), Nina Höchtl (AUT), Suzanne van Rossenberg (NL) and Francesco Ventrella (I).

Carla Cruz’ (born in 1977 in Portugal) works of art seek the borders between art and activism, which means that a big part of her works isn’t visible to the art public or defined as art. She is also the curator of ‘All My Independent Women’, a travelling exhibition with works of feminist artists (f/m). Carla is part of several artistic collectives amongst them “Ateliers Mentol” and “ZoiNA”. She likes to think of alternative economies in the arts, always stressing the bias of the art system.
Carla says: “I feel very comfortable in the limbo between art and activism, art and vandalism... I’ve been growing into more intimate connections, dinner parties and small events that might bring the art community together.”

Nina Höchtl’s (born 1978 in Austria) work includes interventions, videos, texts, radio, installations and a book called ‘Somewhere between Desire & Waiting’, published in 2004. Höchtl explores identity, communication, perception and experience of the other. Interviewing is often part of her working processes. Her work is the process of translation of meaning, both in the form of identification and subjection.
About the video "To my dear friend, Naïma, who is already 10…" made from drawings by and conversations with Naïma Nina says: “Getting the chance to see Naïma's drawings and talking to her has revealed to me a child's playful, fabulous view on sexuality. She keeps me up questioning inherent and acquired gender roles.”

Suzanne van Rossenberg (born in 1977 in The Netherlands) received her BA in Fine Art at Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and her MA Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2004. Her work consists of performances, lectures, paintings, websites and writing. She writes fictional stories to document her artistic choices and to give the audience the context in which to read her work. Her art is institutional critique. Her main interest is the question how queer artistic strategies can be implemented in different working fields. Together with Nina Höchtl initiator of the ‘trans / gender platform’ for the publication of artistic and scientific researches on ‘trans / gender’ and queer topics.
Suzanne says: “I catch myself in an archaeological approach of contemporary art. What motivates somebody to do something that can be categorized as “art”? Aesthetics? Politics? Money?”

Francesco Ventrella (born 1979 in Italy) is an art historian and independent curator based in Rome. He received his BA in History of Contemporary Art, and his MA in the Theory and Art Criticism at “La Sapienza” University in Rome. His main focus is on Institutional Critique, Gender Studies and Feminist Art’s Historiography, Queer Theory, Semiotics, Narratology, Walter Benjamin and Marxist Criticism.
He is part of “1:1projects”, a curatorial platform based in Rome and London. He collaborated with several magazines including: “parallax”, “Vector magazine”, “KM/n”, “Drome”, “One to One”. He’s currently writing on “NERO magazine”. He met Carla Cruz at “GARBa” (2004-2005), a residency programme for young artists in Basilicata.
Francesco says: “If there is a (patriarchal) dominant fiction, which contains all the representations we produce, then I believe we always need to give space to switching modes of producing knowledge and displaying languages, so that new stories can disseminate and new accounts of our subjectivity can come into existence’.”



responds to the challenge of going to the places where the social movements are, in order to interact with the different participants. The art interventions are intended to allow a "permeability” of action and perception between forms of presentation and representation in art and social movements. The intention of the project is to bridge the gap between the perception of pros and cons, of black and white. It is a matter of permeability and "growth of the present". Art works conceived during the former G8 summits have, until now, almost exclusively been shown within the art context.

The project ■ ART GOES HEILIGENDAMM defines itself as an experiment to enlarge the resonance field of the arts. During the last few years artists have been processing and working with the central themes of globalization, homeland, migration, multiple identities and religion as well as the role played by money and its worldwide distribution.

Art Interventions at the G8 Summit


If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution

itziar Okariz "climbing buildings"2003

"bel hook talks about ‘feminist movement’, reactivating the term in a transitive way - as a verb almost - so that it becomes this notion of constant action and a kind of restless criticality ." Connie Butler 2007

If I Can’t Dance… is a rolling curatorial project based on performative practices, which departs from a spirit of open questioning and a long term enquiry with artists. Currently it focuses on the legacies and potentials of feminism(s) in relation to art today. Inspired by the quote of Emma Goldman, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution”, the project explores the critical and celebratory implications of this statement in artists’ work.

This edition of If I Can’t Dance… explores how feminist thinking on all levels (social, artistic, political, theoretical, ideological or structural) may be important in our cultural life. The project has explored these tendencies as inquisitively and openly as possible over the last year and a half by repeatedly working with an expanding group of over thirty artists and mounting exhibitions, organising symposia and performance events, and running an on-going reading group.

This May for Festival a/d Werf in Utrecht a new programme of performances by Jutta Koether , Jon Mikel Euba , Itziar Okariz and planningtorock will take place. If I Can’t Dance… will also premiere the newly commissioned film of The Otolith Group , “Otolith II’”, at Casco in Utrecht.

If I Can't Dance... is led by Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher.
If I can't dance
festival a/d Werf


Sopo at the venice Biennial

The georgian artist Sophia tabatadze will be on the gorgina pavilion at the venice biennial - check out her blog with the project Humancon Undercon "In this series of works I portray the current situation in Georgia, my country of origin. By ‘human condition’ I mean the state of mind the country is going through. When asked about the situation in Georgia I always say the age of the country’s independence is the age of teenager, so that’s also how the country behaves – it rushes from one thing to another and quickly erases the leftovers from the previous system (though the feeling I get from this is of immaturity rather then the constant refreshment of the youth)."

this artist is also responsible for the geoair residency in Georgia together with the dutch artist Frey van Dien and Nadia Tsulukidze (georgia).


Feira Fetiche

Eira 33 está a organizar a 1ª Feira Fetiche, um evento que pretende comercializar ou simplesmente expor objectos em relação aos quais as pessoas tenham uma particular fixação e partilhar essa fixação e esse objecto com um público mais alargado.

visitem o blog da Eira 33 e participem, até 18 de Maio

IT conferência/demonstração

de teresa prima
[ no festival da fábrica ]

esta conferência/demonstração pretende ser mais um passo no meu processo de pesquisa em torno da partitura de música intuitiva "it", sobre a qual trabalho e investigo há cerca de ano e meio, gerando uma discussão activa e produtiva entre os participantes, nos quais incluo igualmente o espectador. "it" faz parte da obra "from the last seven days", criada pelo músico karleinz stockhausen em 1968. esta partitura tem como instrução o seguinte princípio: parar de pensar e só então agir. nesta conferência/demonstração, farei uma exposição dos vários eventos que organizei em torno deste projecto e das conclusões e interrogações a que fui chegando. haverá uma conversa com diversos convidados, onde serão debatidos os princípios da partitura na perspectiva de diferentes áreas relacionadas , assim como partilhadas e analisadas as experiências que alguns dos mesmos já tiveram com "it".

teresa prima

lista dos convidados:
filipe silva , mestre em filosofia;
rui dias, professor de ioga e meditação;
vítor rua, músico e compositor;
rogério nuno costa, performer e criador;
maria lemos , estudante de dança e arquitectura;
joana lobo, psicóloga social e estudante de dança;
antónio lago, actor e encenador.

[ terá ainda lugar uma curta apresentação de "it" interpretada por Teresa Prima, Maria Lemos e Rogério Nuno Costa ]

rua passos manuel, 178, 4.º, porto
tel.: 22 2087268

12 de maio de 2007 17:00 h _ENTRADA LIVRE_


CAN, performance de Vera Mota

Dia 11 de Maio, 22h — Maus Hábitos

Esta acção parte de uma reflexão sobre a condição da mulher e a possibilidade da sua afirmação numa sociedade dominada por homens; e não pretende ser mais do que um comentário.
Pretendo, a partir da apreensão de gestos do quotidiano, subverter ideias e construções sociais que atribuem à mulher determinada função ou estatuto.
Um jogo de poder com ecos de desejos – da perversão do conteúdo de uma lata retirada do contexto doméstico, à tentativa de ingestão de um filme porno como estimulante sexual.

Vera Mota

(this performance was initiated from the reflection of women's condition and the possibility of their affirmation in a society dominated by men; and it doesn't want to be more than a comment.
Vera intends, from the apprehension of daily gestures to subvert ideas and social constructions that give women a certain function and status. A power game with echoes of desire - from the perversion of the content of a can taken from the domestic frame, to the attempt of ingestion of a porn movie as a sex stimulator.) (translation attempt by CC.



Mais uma vez Isabel Carvalho explora o mundo digital no seu melhor através dos blogs.
depois das fantasias sexuais femininas, crónicas eróticas, bandas, videos ... ou seja incursões pelo blogger, myspace, vimeo, etc. Desta vez à procura de fetiches de mulheres com *//Clarissa//* "Clarissa é um projecto específico para a internet de recolha e organização de informação que parte da definição do que cada uma entende por fetiche." não deixem de acompanhar!!!

Não encontrei nenhum com que me identificasse, assim como veias, ou "olhar à F.D.P" ... dedos...por isso, escolho beijos!!!

Once more Isabel Carvalho uses the digital world in all its potencial, namelly with her blog -- wanda // after sexual fantasies, erotic tales, music group, I mean, using platforms such as Blogger, Myspace and vimeo... this time she is looking for female fetiche with a new blog //Clarissa//

it is in Portuguese, but don't let it prevent you from visiting :-)

I din't find any I would relate, something like veins or nasty looking ... so I go for kisses...


Ana Peres Quiroga, na Galeria Carlos Carvalho dia 9 de MAio as 21:30 em Lisboa

Platform - Vaasa - finlandia


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