with artists, scholars and curators (MAMbo)
International symposium curated by PEDRO LASCH and ROSSELLA MAZZAGLIA

June 30, 2018
MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna
Via don Minzoni, 14, Bologna
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm



At its second year of activity, the Bologna Social Practice Lab, codirected by Pedro Lasch and Rossella Mazzaglia within the Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory, holds a half-day of panels and art presentations on participatory and performative modes of production in relation to public space and socially-engaged art.

This meeting is part of the project Polit(t)ico: Interventions for Bologna (2017-2018) combining practical and theoretical research, which evolved in multidisciplinary urban actions in 2017 and is now calling on artists, scholars, cultural operators working in dance, theatre and public art to consider and compare their tools, resources, and approaches. Most importantly, we will address methodological meeting points and the pedagogical potential for collective artistic practices.

2.00 pm
Institutional greetings

Lorenzo Balbi, MAMbo artistic director

Claudio Longhi, ERT artistic director
Roberto Fratini Serafide, dramaturg and professor at Institut del Teatre in Barcellona
Soto G. Hoffman, dancer, choreographer and teacher at San Francisco Tamalpa Institut (1978-2016)
Massimo Carosi, Festival Danza Urbana director
Cecilia Guida, professor at Bologna Accademia di Belle Arti and Public Program Manager of ArtLine in Milan
Cristina Kristal Rizzo, dance maker and performer
Pedro Lasch and Bologna Social Practice Lab participants
Rossella Mazzaglia

The program includes

4.40 pm
Live Act by Laura Colomban and Giovanni Dinello
Production: Bologna Social Practice Lab 2018

6.00 pm
Première of Anatomy of the Nation, art video set in the iconic Teatro Anatomico located in the Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio in Bologna.
Artistic Direction: Pedro Lasch, Rossella Mazzaglia / Production management: Massimo Carosi / Choreography: Cristina Kristal Rizzo / Music and Sound: Mathias Hinke / Performance: Antonia Casadei, Laura Colomban, Antonella De Francesco, Laura Gibertini, Yancen Guo, Margherita Isola, Rossella Mazzaglia / Photography: Pedro Lasch, Benedetta Manzi / Videography: Rita Maralla, Teresa Sala / Video Editing: Michael Blair.
Production: Bologna Social Practice Lab 2017 in collaboration with Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio, Fondazione Gramsci - Emilia Romagna, Festival Danza Urbana di Bologna.

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Pedro Lasch ​(US/Mexico/Germany) is a visual artist, Duke professor, activist, and 16 Beaver organizer. He is also director of the FHI Social Practice Lab at Duke. His solo exhibitions and projects include Open Routines (QMA, 2006), Black Mirror (Nasher Museum, 2008), Abstract Nationalism (Phillips Collection, 2014) and Art of the MOOC (Creative Time, 2015); his work has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1, MASS MoCA (USA); RCA, Hayward Gallery, Baltic (UK); Centro Nacional de las Artes, MUAC, National Palace Gallery (Mexico); Gwangju Biennial (2006), Havana Biennial (2015), Documenta 13 (ANDANDAND, 2012), and 56th Venice Biennale (CTS, 2015), and Prospect 4, New Orleans (2017). Author of four books, his writings and art have also appeared in October Magazine, Saber Ver, Art Forum, ARTnews, Cultural Studies, Rethinking Marxism, The New York Times, and La Jornada. His pedagogical artwork ART of the MOOC, has had over 21,000 enrolled participants and learners from 134 countries since it launched in late 2015.

Rossella Mazzaglia (Italy) teaches at the University of Messina and at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on Italian and North-American contemporary dance and theatre, social theater and community dance. She wrote books on American Movements (Judson Dance Theater. Danza e controcultura nell’America degli anni Sessanta), post-modern dance (Trisha Brown; and Trisha Brown. The invention of space with Adriana Polveroni); Italian contemporary dance (Virgilio Sieni. Archeologia di un pensiero coreografico) and the relations between dance and space (Danza e Spazio. Le metamorfosi dell’esperienza artistica contemporanea).