OPEN CALL WORKSHOP LECCE 2018
with Zach Blas, Rana Hamadeh, Robert Leckie
Lecce, September 25-27, 2018
OPEN CALL CLOSED
Selections are open to partecipate in the second workshop organized by Quadriennale di Roma within the framework of the Q-Rated project. The workshop is open to Italian artists and curators aged between 23 and 35.
Tutors of the second edition are: Zach Blas, artist, director, writer and lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, lives and works in London, Rana Hamadeh, artist and performer of Lebanese origins, lives and works in Rotterdam, Robert Leckie, Head of Programmes at Gasworks, London, lives and works in London.
Sensitive Research, the second workshop organized by the Quadriennale di Roma within the framework of the Q-Rated project, is conceived in relation to the city of Lecce and the broader Salento region.
The workshop aimes to reflect on the extent to which contemporary artistic production and curatorial practice have become privileged spaces for displaying the results of complex research projects. As underlined by the ambiguity of its title, the Sensitive Research workshop investigates the theme from two interdependent perspectives: which tools can be used to approach issues of particular urgency and what role the five senses play in the development of a research ultimately presented in the form of art works and exhibitions. These two core questions revolve around the contribution that the visual arts can bring to other fields, and the impact they can have in formalizing a given investigation in the shape of both art work and exhibition.
Prompted by the professional experiences of the three tutors, the workshop foregrounds a critical approach to new digital technologies and their usefulness in responding to the tensions of the contemporary world.
In this sense, the Lecce and Salento region – a unique palimpsest that bears witness to a centuries-long commingling of cultures and traditions – constitutes the ideal geographic backdrop for the theme of Sensitive Research: within it live and reverberate the cultural, social and political relationships that have long shaped and unsettled the contemporary Mediterranean and its relations with the rest of the world.