Paolo Mele

I’ve been invited to present Lastation and the Investigation on the Extreme Land at the BTM Puglia.

My speech will be on Saturday 18th February, 12:30 pm, Castello Carlo V, Lecce.

More info about the event here http://www.btmpuglia.it/programma/

 

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Hi all,

I’m glad to announce you that the call for the 4th edition of Default is now online!

DOWNLOAD THE CALL

ANNEXE A

ANNEXE B 

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RAMDOM ASSOCIATION is calling for research-based artists to take part in a 7-day group investigation aimed at ideas related to extreme lands and remote areas. Situated at the southern tip of east Italy on the Mediterranean, Gagliano del Capo poses as an ideal location for participants of the DEFAULT 17 Residency to contribute to an investigation of the extreme land. The project will investigate geographic dislocation as a socio-anthropological characteristic embedded in extreme territories. It confronts challenges, particularly relating to climate and environmental conditions, as a means to explore diverse interpretations of human and natural landscapes.

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Hey friends,

I’ve curated a new project. It’s a collaboration between the artist Valerio Berruti and the  American composer Joan as Police Woman.

berruti_joanThe result is a wonderful animation made by more than 180 drawings by Valerio Berruti and a soundtrack composed by JAPW!

In the catalogue Paradise Lost you can find an anticipation of this work, with a text written by me and few drawings from the animation.

The animation will be soon presented around the world!

 

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btoOn November 30th I will be in Florence for the yearly edition of BTO, Buy Tourism Online the main event in Italy that focuses on the links between tourism and innovation.

I’ve been invited by Gigi Tagliapietra to speak about Lastation and the Investigation on the Extreme Land. 

The name of the panel is “When the guest is a protagonist”. More info here

Hope to see you there!

 

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I’m happy to announce that Ramdom will be in Turin from the 4th to the 6th of November 2016, to take part in Nesxt, a festival-exhibition on independent contemporary art.
Ramdom, based in Lastation, a space on the first floor of the latest train station in south-east side of Italy (Gagliano-Leuca), has been selected by a Scientific Committee through a national call, and it will be one of the

twenty spaces represented under the Mole. Ramdom will be the only association selected from Puglia, and one of the three in Southern Italy.

Nesxt is a parallel event of Artissima, one of the most important week on contemporary art in Italy, and in Europe, by now. It is a Festival dedicated to no-profit associations.

Ramdom will present the last chapter of Investigation of Extreme Land, a project that approach the territory from an artistic perspective.

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month2monthI’ve been selected to be part of  Month2month, a public art project in private residences organized by artists William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton and produced by More Art.

During the first weekend of May I will be their guest.

MONTH2MONTH explores New York’s labyrinthine housing policies, that range from the inclusion of “affordable” housing units within new luxury developments and the rezoning plans that quickly transform neighborhoods to the quasi-legality of the “sharing economy” and the rise of “illegal hotels.” This exploration will at times take the form of information sharing, but also use unorthodox methods to push discussions into unfamiliar places.

I’ll try to give my contribution to the project. I’ll host a social dinner on Sunday 8th May. If you are interested, please contact me in private.

Here more info about the project:

http://www.brickunderground.com/live/art-exhibit-gentrification-real-estate

Book your place for the housewarming!

http://www.month2month.nyc/calendar/2016/5/7/housewarming-party

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extreme_land_movieWednesday, April 20, 2016
6:30pm (open and free to the public)
Residency Unlimited
360 Court Street (enter through the big green doors)
Brooklyn, NY 1123

The evening begins with a screening of “Extreme Land,” produced by Ramdom and edited by Luca Coclite. RU curator in residence Paolo Mele (director of Ramdom) and Brett Swenson (artist) engage on the topic of contemporary art production outside large capitalistic cities. How are artistic projects sustainable in remote areas? What is the role of local communities in the artistic process? How are projects of this nature considered from the perspective of cultural production poles? What can be learned from these experiences?
This discussion investigates the concept of site-specific art and the fragile relation between art production and urban spaces. The point of departure is Mele’s artistic and research project “Investigation on the extreme land,” led by Ramdom in the outermost limits of location specificity onFinis Terrae of Italy. This project focuses on life, culture and social relations in the extreme lands, where geographical dislocation is deeply embedded in the socio-anthropological fabric of its inhabitants. Sea, cost, cliff, shore are here investigated from different perspectives: the journey, the drift, the landing, the isolation, the end.

Brett Swenson is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist who’s work explores the mutability of perception and the unseen, hyper-realities embedded within material time and space. Through sculptural processes and choreographed action, improbable phenomena juxtapose human constructs within the natural.
Brett was born in Chicago, IL. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center of New Jersey, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in New York, and Ramdom Association’s “DEFAULT” workshop series stationed in Gagliano Del Capo, Italy. In 2016 he was awarded a year long studio grant from Urban Glass and will be in residence this fall at Residency Unlimited on a grant awarded by the NEA Art Works. He has exhibited internationally, most recently with  the group show “Perched in the Eye of a Tornado” at Ying Space in Beijing.

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