Richard Fleming and Jake Nussbaum’s RADYO VAGABONDO will be on the FM airwaves and on the web, broadcasting live from the Piazza Magione from 14:00 to 20:00 on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, 2018. Look for us at www.artsandglobalization.com. This documentary radio project explores Sicily and Palermo as the epicenter of a historical conception of the Mediterranean, that asks for renewed investigation within the context of the refugee and migrant flows seen in recent years.
As part of the Arts & Globalization program ‘Art & Connectography: Remapping the Global World through Art’ for Manifesta 12 Collateral Events in Palermo this year, Danish artist Kenneth Balfelt and Kwame Aidoo from Ghana expand on the connections between migration and cultural practices, products, discursive symbolism and intersecting expressions. Through layers of conversation, documentation and performative forms, the artists use participatory methods to process how sojourners and settlers make sense of spaces and invest senses into new vicinage. In this age of hyperconnectivity and neoteric impacts of mobility, ‘Migrant Resources’ uses contextual and contingent methods to reimagine human representation in the shaping of pluralistic landscape where the narrative on sensitivity and difference are whole and even-handed.
‘Migrant Resources’ will run from June 16 – July 1 in Palermo. Public events related to the project will be published at www.artsandglobalization.com. ‘Migrant Resources’ is curated by Rikke Jørgensen.
THE INVISIBLE TERRITORY
Installation by Hesselholdt & Mejlvang in the backroom of a restaurant in Palermo, Sicily
Location: Via Della Vetriera 99, near Piazza Magione
Fri/Sat: 12:00–16:00 + 18:30–00:00
Mon: Closed. Except Monday June 18th and 25th where it is open 12:00-16:00
The installation was first shown at Socle du Monde Biennale 2017 HEART Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark, named after Piero Manzoni’s groundbreaking sculpture Socle du Monde:
“In another wing of the building, which used to function as the students’ common room, Danish artist duo Hesselholdt & Mejlvang created a terrifyingly poignant work that reflects the alarming racist and nationalist political sentiments popping up globally. Culled from message boards and comment sections online, a series of hate-filled words and sentences are scrawled in luminous fluorescent paint on white walls, and only appear under black light. Visitors enter an all-white, uninspiring and unfurnished room with a small kitchen and several white flags hanging in the middle of the space; after a couple minutes, the room goes dark and all the messages become visible. Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’s work often deals with nationalistic tendencies, and this time seeks to reveal the increasing presence of unchecked hate speech in all corners of the internet.”