S01E06 Fornever Forget

Installation, Residencies, Talk, Roma

03 07
Limited capacity



Installation, Residencies, Talk

03 07
Limited capacity

I venerdì pomeriggio
The Friday afternoons at Istituto Svizzero are dedicated to our residents. It is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the projects they are working on during this year’s residency.

S01E06 Fornever Forget. What traces do we leave? 

An installation exploring notions of memory, time and legacy.

S01E05 Fornever Forget was the initial title of an event cancelled due to the pandemic in March. Exactly four months later, artist Urs August Steiner, currently fellow at Istituto Svizzero, Roma (2019/2020), invites the public to an evening which has an almost identical name S01E06 Fornever Forget: an installation with live performers and a new video work at Istituto Svizzero. 

During the lockdown, he developed the concept further, which revolves around ideas of collective memory and personal legacy, creating a narrative that unfolds through the rooms of the historic Villa Maraini’s and its protected garden. 

At a later date, Steiner will record a conversation with Swiss curator, artist and educator, Elise Lammer. In 2018, Lammer wrote an essay about atomic waste management. Titled¬†Merry Oblivion: Empathy vs. Curiosity (ed. NERO), the text suggests that a paradoxical relationship between some of the humans’ evolutionary traits rules over our craving for a universal sign system.

Nexus & Chiara Lucisano

Camera, Tommaso Cassinis
Sound Design, Bit-Tuner


The recorded conversation will be supplemented with visual material from the evening and will be available on the Istituto Svizzero’s website.

Watch the conversation:

Elise Lammer (born in Lausanne, lives and works in Basel) was trained as a fine artist in Barcelona and holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London.
Since 2015, she is director of Alpina Huus, a research platform exploring performance and domestic space currently in residence at Arsenic, Contemporary Performing Arts Centre in Lausanne. Through a 3-year research project she is developing since 2018 a garden and performance programme in homage to Derek Jarman at La Becque | Artist Residency in La Tour-de-Peilz.
As an artist, curator and writer, Elise Lammer has participated in exhibitions in institutions and galleries internationally, including: Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Istituto Svizzero, Rome; MAMCO, Geneva; The Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; The Goethe Institut, Beijing, Hong Kong; MCBA, Lausanne; among others. She is a contributor to CURA and Mousse Magazine.

Urs August Steiner (lives and works in Zurich) studied at the Z√ľrcher Hochschule der K√ľnste (ZHdK) (Zurich), at the California College of the Arts (San Francisco) and completed an MA degree in Fine Arts at the ECAL √Čcole cantonale d‚Äôart de Lausanne in 2011. He has exhibited at Splatterpool (New York), Lokal-int (Biel), Grand Palais (Bern), Museum of Contemporary Art ‚Äď MoCA (Shanghai), Despacio (San Jos√©, Costa Rica), Kunsthaus Glarus, Dienstgeb√§ude (Zurich), Nextex (St. Gallen), Bombay Beach Biennale (California), Last Tango (Zurich). He was artist in residence in 2015 in Shanghai (Pro Helvetia) and in 2012 in New York (Residency Unlimited). In 2018 he won the Werkbeitrag Pro Helvetia, in 2018 and 2016 the Werkbeitrag Kanton St. Gallen, and in 2014 the Fokus-Preis Kunsthaus Glarus.