Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Cinema, Concert, Event, Performance, Screening, Talk, Roma

H16:30 doors open
H17:00 – H00:30
Entrance via Ludovisi 48


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ALL Day Programme

Day programme


Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Cinema, Concert, Event, Performance, Screening, Talk

H16:30 doors open
H17:00 – H00:30
Entrance via Ludovisi 48

Istituto¬†Svizzero¬†is pleased to present “MIRACLE/LACRIME”. The culminating event of our residency¬†programme¬†Roma Calling¬†(2018/2019) will be staged in¬†Villa¬†Maraini‚Äôs garden, that all visitors are invited to explore and inhabit for a wondrous evening.

The programme has been conceived collectively by the 2018/2019 fellows: Oscar De Franco, Rahel Meier, Robin Meier, Lora Mure-Ravaud, Enrico Petracca, Christine Pönitz-Hunziker, Timothy Pönitz, Davide Spina, Laurence Wagner, Manon Wertenbroek, Ian Wooldridge, and Célia Zuber, in conversation with writer and curator Barbara Casavecchia.

The title, proposed by Célia Zuber, reacts to Sylvie Fleury’s work Miracle: an auspicious and monumental Pop purple neon sign installed permanently above the entrance of the Villa since 2016. All the projects are hence orchestrated around the twin and elusive themes of MIRACLE/LACRIME, although not taken too literally. Nor too seriously.

One of the features of this year’s event is its transdisciplinary approach: researchers ventured into the creation of installations, podcasts, and fictional lectures, while artists and curators generated poems, group readings, critical epiphanies and even VR transubstantiations. Many projects are the result of joint collaborations. Many happen in viva voce (word of mouth), and quietly ask to be listened to. A few rely on closeness and empathy. Creating time and space for new encounters and conversations is, after all, one of the possible goals of a residency.

The evening will feature performances by special guests in the garden of Villa Maraini: Iranian/American poet Jahan Khajavi, Italian composer Caterina Barbieri and Dutch producer DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess.

It will also be a chance for the public to view Sylvie Fleury‚Äôs exhibition “Chaussures italiennes”, which will be open from 11:00 ‚Äď 21:30.

In collaboration with Welookaround.

Installation and video/audio works (all day)

De La Fuente Oscar De Franco
Higher Transsexual / Transgender Visibility (during the day)
Higher Transsexual / Transgender (at night)
PVC, double face print, helium

De La Fuente Oscar De Franco & Ian Wooldridge
Institutional Fatigue
hand-blown glass balls (diameter 15 cm), silicone, latex and other substances

Rahel Meier
L’invenzione della leggenda della terra santa miracolosa
podcast, 9 min 10 sec.
link to audio ‚ąě

Lora Mure-Ravaud
Transe in and out
video on three monitors, 35 min. Extracts from Out 1 of Jacques Rivette (1971)

Enrico Petracca & Ian Wooldridge
Extreme Cognition

Davide Spina
Un santo in paradiso
prie-dieu in wood (from: Famiglia Cristiana n. 5, 31 January 1960), 5 recommendation letters

Célia Zuber
laser projection in loop


Caterina Barbieri is a Milan-based composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object oriented perception in sound through a focus on minimalism. Caterina explores the psycho-physical effects of repetition and pattern-based operations in music, by investigating the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers to draw severe, complex geometries in time and space.

Barbara Casavecchia is an art writer and independent curator based in Milan, where she teaches at the art academy of Brera.¬†Contributing editor for Frieze, her articles and essays have appeared in Art Agenda, Art Review, D/La Repubblica, Flash Art, Mousse, South/documenta 14, Spike, among others, as well as in several artist books and catalogues. In 2018, she curated the exhibition “Susan Hiller. Social Facts”, at OGR, Turin.

Jahan Khajavi (born 1986 in Fresno, California) is an Iranian-American poet who lives in Rome and hosted the weekly reading Suddenly Every Wednesday at Associazione Garbo, a queer cocktail bar in Trastevere. 

“DJ Marcelle¬†is an artist with a mischievous, rule-bending and almost ironic approach to her DJing, producing and radio hosting ‚Äď cut with her trademark wit yet supported by an unquestionable amount of skill.¬†Well known for her three-turntable setup, DJ Marcelle makes compositions out of songs and symphonies out of mixes ‚Äď colliding disparate genres, appropriated vocal snippets and warped soundscapes into a giant Frankenstein-like melting pot. Her performances are inventive, euphoric and above all powerful.” in Resident Advisor
DJ Marcelle | Boiler Room x Nyege Nyege Festival

Talks, VR experience, readings and screenings 

H17:00-19:00 Robin Meier
audio composition, ca. 20 min., SD card, ‚Äúdigitalbird‚ÄĚ acoustic bird control system

H17:00-21:00 De La Fuente Oscar De Franco
Interactive Virtual Reality, work in progress
By signing-up only
Slots: 17:00 – 17:30 – 18:00 – 18:30 –¬†19:00 – 20:00 – 20:30

H17:30 Christine Pönitz-Hunziker & Timothy Pönitz
Platone, Stargate e Aquaman: Alla ricerca di Atlantide
conference in Italian, 40 min.

H18:15 Rahel Meier
Conversation: Viaggio al Akeldama di Gerusalemme

H18:45 Laurence Wagner
Lettura collettiva: a proposal by Laurence Wagner in collaboration with Barbara Casavecchia, Lora Mure-Ravaud, Enrico Petracca, Manon Wertenbroek, Ian Wooldridge, and Célia Zuber
2019, texts and voice

With contributions by: Conference Report Faggots and Class Struggle, Albert Cohen, Lydia Davis, Clarice Lispector, Jenny Marx, Andre√Į Tarkovsky, Elio Vittorini, Laurence Wagner, Manon Wertenbroek, and C√©lia Zuber

Musics by Anne Clark, Luigi Tenco, Sequoyah Tiger & Maria Violenza

H20:00-21:15 Robin Meier
audio composition, ca. 20 min., SD card, vocal dissuader device ‚Äúdigitalbird‚ÄĚ

Manon Wertenbroek
H20:30-00:00 Make A Wish
assemblage, candles

H21:15 Poetry reading by Jahan Khajavi followed by Ian Wooldridge’s¬†screening: Alone in Conversation 6: Amateur Dramatics
video, 10 min 10 sec.

Music: Live-sets – special performance for Istituto Svizzero

H21:50 Caterina Barbieri 

H22:45 DJ Marcelle

Food and beverages provided by Welookaround.