The Agent of Displacement

Lecture by Cesare Pietroiusti

23.02.2010, 20:00 h

A lecture within the frame of the project
Transient Spaces - The Tourist Syndrome
on the topics of contemporary mobility, tourism and migration.

The Artist as the Perfect Dilettante: Not Knowing How to Do Anything, Potentially Doing Whatever

The artist is the social figure who defines his own work in the intermediate space between disciplines, crossing over or invading different fields.

In some case he is the one who can put together different specialists, at times creating a situation where each one of them can see his own field according to an extra-disciplinary, or even „non functional", logic.

The artist is the social figure who doesn't-know-how-to-do-anything: if he is not an „expert" in any specific skill, he will have a lesser tendency to (or temptation to) fall into bravura, in the hypnosis of special effects and in the flexing of technological muscles.

The contemporary artist is the perfect dilettante: he or she who doesn't-know-how-to-do-anything, but who takes the credit for the potential to do whatever, crossing over various disciplines, making specialists work in unusual ways, and using technologies instrumentally.

The action terrain of this perfect dilettante isn't proscribed to a certain territory or to a given space; instead it is defined by a vector component, by a movement between one space and another. His field of action - in effect more an action than a field - can be defined as displacement.

Cesare Pietroiusti (Roma, artist) has published Non-functional Thoughts (1978-1996) and has founded Evolution de l'Art, the first gallery that deals only with immaterial artworks. He is currently teacher at the IUAV in Venice.

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Ignite Berlin

Ignite Berlin is a night of quickfire talks, will be held on March 1st 2010, during the Global Ignite Week. Each presenter is on stage for a total of 5 minutes and presents 20 slides, at 15 seconds each slide. The venue is Festaal Kreuzberg (near U-bahn Kottbusser Tor). Entry is free. Doors will open at 7pm with talks starting from 8pm.

Ignite Berlin is currently requesting proposals for talks. The proposal deadline is 6pm, Sunday February 21st. Talks can be in either English or German (and maybe both?).

"If there’s a topic you are passionate about and you want to tell the world, this is the place to do it. We’re after a mix of funny and serious, social and personal, high and low tech, crafty, webby, environmental, quirky and mainstream. Making us laugh is a good thing, making us think is even better! The only thing we insist on is No Sales Pitches."

You can see videos from past talks on the Ignite Berlin website to see what you are up against.

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