E2-E4: The Next Move, South America – Isabella Rjeille and Runo Lagomarsino
Welcome to Rutiga Golvet at the Royal Institute of Art on Thursday, May 31 at 5pm, for the season finale of the E2-E4 program.
In 2008 the Chilean author Jorge Baradit published the ”cybertrash” novel Synco, about the eponymous socialist supercomputer that in the early 1970s was planned and built by President Salvador Allende and the cyberneticist Stafford Beer. In Synco, South America is dramatized in this way:
”Some are beginning to doubt the very existence of South America. It is a delirium of the Spanish, perhaps. Maybe America is a man in a boat in the middle of the ocean where land should rise. This man sleeps or writes the fabricated history of an entire people and their grief. He receives correspondence directed to Colombia or Bolivia. He hallucinates, cries, and drafts constitutions.”
In spite of globalization, South America seems in many respects as far away as ever. Or, on the contrary, maybe it is Europe that is becoming detached from history and the world, cast adrift like Baradit’s weepy and confused lone sailor? The speakers for this session in the E2-E4 program continue our focus on cognitive mapping, imagined terrains, and art publishing, in a South American context.
Isabella Rjeille: ”Nossa Voz: Publishing and Curatorial Strategies in Brazil”
Nossa Voz is a newspaper that existed at São Paulo’s Casa do Povo from 1947 to 1964, when it was closed by the Brazilian civil-military dictatorship due to its left-wing politics. In 2014, at the same institution, the publication was re-launched by Benjamin Seroussi, Mariana Lorenzi and an editorial committee, who redesigned its editorial axes for the contemporary context in dialogue with its historical premises. Through a presentation of proposals developed in recent issues of the newspaper, this lecture will address Nossa Voz as a curatorial platform for critical and artistic responses to the present Brazilian social and political context.
Runo Lagomarsino: ”AmericAmnesia”
In the work AmericAmnesia (2018) the phrase ”America Amnesia” has been stamped repetitively, line after line, covering an entire room and creating something between signs and pattern. By the simple act of superimposing the last A in America with the first A in Amnesia, and the last A in Amnesia with the first in America, the work makes these two words inseparable. Runo Lagomarsino will give an introduction to some of his more recent works that deal with questions of memory, displacement, and the colonial heritage in contemporary Latin America: fractures, images and displays that talk about the forgotten history of the continent, the blind spots of historiography, or what Walter Mignolo calls the darker side of modernity.
Isabella Rjeille is Assistant Curator at Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP). Rjeille’s participation in E2-E4 is organized in collaboration with Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.
Runo Lagomarsino is an artist who lives and works between Malmö and São Paulo. He has recently shown in exhibitions such as A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA, Los Angeles; The Restless Earth, Fondazione Trussardi, Milano; and Little lower layer, Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, all 2017.
E2-E4 is the name of the most common opening move in chess, the one that sets the game in motion. E2-E4 is also the name of a program for theoretical activities, exhibitions, and publications at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. “Theory” is here conceived not as academic superstructure or epistemic authority, but as orientation, as that first grasp of our own situation, and of its location in a wider system, network, or totality, which may allow us to begin, to go from the confusion of undefined possibility to the provisional determination of practice. The program explores the use values of the exhibition as a critical information system, in the service of education, aesthetic experience, and public dissemination.
The E2-E4 program is created by guest professors Stefanie Hessler, Lars Bang Larsen, and Kim West.
The Royal Institute of Art / Kungliga Konsthögskolan, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.