Open Call for Young Artists. XIX CSAV – Artists Research Laboratory (Como, Italy)

Matt Mullican, "Under Hypnosis,"still from performance, Tate Modern, London, 2007

Matt Mullican, “Under Hypnosis,”still from performance, Tate Modern, London, 2007

Open Call for Young Artists. XIX CSAV – Artists Research Laboratory in Como, Italy

Application deadline: April 5, 2013

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 program 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, July 5-29, 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 trance-like 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 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.

Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Onlus, is a non-profit Organization, founded by Antonio Ratti in 1985. The aim of the founder was to transform his deep personal passion for art and textiles into an active reality in the world of culture. The statutory purpose of the foundation is to promote initiatives, research and the study of artistic, cultural and technological interest in the fields of textile production and contemporary art.

The Foundation, headed by Annie Ratti and directed by Marco De Michelis, is dedicated to acknowledge the history and culture of the past, and interpret the latest national and international trends and observe the changes in costume and art. Through FAR’s activity, scholars of textile and contemporary art together with established and emerging artists, have the opportunity to extend their research, to produce new work, and to reach a wider audience of art lovers, the most renowned critics and the most prestigious institutions, both in the public and in the private sector.

Textile and contemporary art thus become fields of experimentation, and a place to study the contemporary. In 1995, FAR set up the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a 2300 m2 space devoted to the storage, restoration and conservation of all the textile collections of the American Museum. The Antonio Ratti Textile Center is open to the public by appointment.

Since Spring 2010, the Foundation is located in the stunning Villa Sucota, situated within the kilometre of knowledge that links Como with Cernobbio. Its new and larger availability of spaces and equipment allow a widening of its activities.


FAR logoFondazione Antonio Ratti
Villa Sucota, Via per Cernobbio 19
22100 Como
T: +39 031- 3384976

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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