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06 Feb 2013

Open Call for Young Artists. XIX CSAV – Artists Research Laboratory

Matt Mullican, Under Hypnosis, still from performance, Tate Modern, London 2007. Photo: Sheila Burnett

Matt Mullican: Meaning of Things
Fondazione Antonio Ratti


Application deadline: 5th Apr 2013


Anna Castelli
+39 031- 3384976


Fondazione Antonio Ratti
Villa Sucota, Via per Cernobbio 19
22100 Como

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CSAV – Artists Research Laboratory is a project where dialogue and exchange among artists of different generations and nationalities stand at the heart of a unique artistic and learning experience. The lab is open to fifteen young artists of all nationalities, selected among the applicants by a jury. The programme lasts twenty-four days during which the participants attend a daily workshop activity and theoretical seminars run by the invited artist, the director, the curators and guest lecturers, as well as conferences held by artists, critics and experts of other disciplines.

The 19th edition of the laboratory, titled Meaning of Things, will be held in Como from the 5th to the 29th of July 2013. American artist Matt Mullican will be leading the workshop.

During the laboratory, Mullican will discuss the relationship between perception and reality - between the ability to see something and the ability to represent -, the nature of the theatrical experience and the trancelike phenomenon that is the core of his performances.

The laboratory is free of charge. Accommodation expenses in Como are to be covered by the participants. To apply, it is necessary fill in the form available online at www.fondazioneratti.org. The application and all required materials must be sent by the 5th of April 2013.

Matt Mullican for over four decades has created a complex body of work concerned with systems of knowledge, meaning, language and signification. He creates artworks across a variety of mediums ranging from drawings and graphic works to sculptures and banners. He has developed a classification system through which he makes an attempt to observe and categorize all human experiences. In the 1970s Mullican began to experiment with trancelike states and hypnotism in order to experience the uncharted depths of everyday life, creating a state of hyper-consciousness that allows him to better catalogue human behaviour.

Mullican's work has been exhibited internationally since the early 1970s in venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Haus Der Kunst, Munich; National Galerie, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; his work was also included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Mullican has taught and lectured at: Columbia University, New York; The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam; Chelsea College of Art and Design, London; University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg.