Bodies and Seeds, Vessels of Knowledge

Talk, Workshop, Palazzo Butera, Palermo

18:00-19:45 (CET)

Palazzo Butera, Palermo
Talk, Workshop

18:00-19:45 (CET)

The event will be held in English at H18:00 at Palazzo Butera, via Butera 8, Palermo. 

I pomeriggi series  
I pomeriggi at Istituto Svizzero is a series dedicated to our fellows. It is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the projects they are working on during this year’s residency.

The event is curated by Maya Hottarek (Palermo Calling 2022) and Laura Breitschmid (Curator in residence at Palazzo Branciforte in Palermo 2022).

Current Fellows Maya Hottarek (Palermo Calling 2022) and Laura Breitschmid (Curator in residence at Palazzo Branciforte in Palermo 2022) present an event articulated in two parts: in the first part Maya Hottarek will conduct the mycelium meditation, a session inviting the bodies in the room to lay down and connect through physical touch and sound. Following, a talk with Laura Breitschmid and agriculturists, artists, and activists Fabio Aranzulla and Luca Cinquemani (based in Palermo, founder of Associazione Aterraterra) and Swiss artist Alexandra Baumgartner, to explore multidisciplinary approaches on the intersection and relation of human beings, cultivation, history and knowledge.


H18:00¬†–¬†Mycelium Meditation, by Maya Hottarek (Sala Bianca, 2nd floor).
Booking required here.

H18:45 РTalk between Laura Breitschmid, Fabio Aranzulla, Luca Cinquemani, and Alexandra Baumgartner (Sala Tremlett, 1st floor).

H19:30 – Aperitivo

Maya Hottarek (1990) is an artist working with ceramics, film, sound and found objects. She studied visual arts at the University of the Arts in Bern and at the Institut Kunst in Basel. One of her core interests is to articulate the complex interactions between the individual, society, economy and nature. She exhibited at N/A/S/L Mexico City, Liste Art Fair Basel, at Kunsthalle Basel. In Palermo she pursues the project Neokaryotes, which focuses on the process of researching and producing glazes, with the help of experienced local ceramists.

Laura Breitschmid (1987) was assistant curator at Kunstmuseum Luzern. She studied art history and economics at the University of Basel. Until 2020 she co-directed the independent art space sic! Raum f√ľr Kunst, Lucerne. She is involved in the board of the IG Kultur (lobby organization for culture in Lucerne and Central Switzerland and publisher of 041 – das Kulturmagazin). Her involvement in cultural politics allows her to think and discuss the framework conditions of production and promotion of the arts.