Give and Take
Artists' Research Laboratory (XVI CSAV)
29 June–20 July 2010
According to Hans Haacke's project, students brought to the workshop - in the form of an exhibition - something they consider significant from the place they are coming from (country, city, place of work, circle of friends, family, or other). In return, participants in the workshop were expected to prepare for an audience "at home" an exhibition of something they found significant in Como, or in Italy.
During the workshop, Hans Haacke analyzed with the young selected artists the different existing relationships between themselves and their place of origin; a similar modality of research was conducted towards Como and towards the context in which the artists worked during the period of the course, which introduced significant elements to the whole project.
The course created an occasion to reflect upon the concept of "site-specificity" and of "significance" of a particular object, image, practice or action.