Public Lecture Program: 2-8 August 2021
The Sommerakademie Paul Klee (SPK) presents a digital program, curated by artist Dora García, beginning August 2, 2021. Over the course of seven days, the SPK features 14 public lectures (two a day) with three international Speakers 2021, the new Residents 2021/22, and the curator herself.
The conversations and public lectures aim to create common ground for SPK participants, and to lay the ground for our first real-life encounter in Bern, February 2022.
Our new Residents 2021/22 will be presenting their own practices and their views on our SPK 2021/22 common task. Please read their bios here.
All events will take place in CET via Zoom (no RSVP needed). The meetings will be recorded for archival purposes.
Zoom Meeting-ID: 857 7552 5019
Monday, 2 August 2021
12 a.m. CET: Nicolle Bussien, Resident 2021/22
4 p.m. CET: Paloma Polo, Speaker 2021
Paloma Polo (see her bio below) will be speaking about her most recent project on female militancy against the Franco dictatorship, and why it has been silenced and neglected, not only by official history, but also by their own male co-militants, using as a model the story of Dulcinea Bellido.
Tuesday, 3 August 2021
12 a.m. CET: Allison Grimaldi Donahue, Resident 2021/22
4 p.m. CET: Dora García, Curator 2021/22
Dora García will be talking on (her practice in relation to) beehive minds, collective projects, and feminist agit prop practices. Please read her bio and her full curatorial framework here.
Wednesday, 4 August 2021
12 a.m. CET: Mela Dávila Freire, Resident 2021/22
4 p.m. CET: Apolonija Šušteršič, Speaker 2021
Apolonija Šušteršič (see her bio below) will be speaking about the idea of commons and commoning within her practice in the last years, how urban commoning is a process-based device to build social and spatial assets for human-scale interaction in the community in becoming.
Thursday, 5 August 2021
12 a.m. CET: Lena Ditte Nissen, Resident 2021/22
4 p.m. CET: Marnie Slater, Resident 2021/22
Friday, 6 August 2021
12 a.m. CET: Kadija de Paula, Resident 2021/22
4 p.m. CET: Anna Puigjaner, Speaker 2021
Anna Puigjaner (see her bio below) will speak about her ongoing investigation and writing on the “Kitchenless City”, a research that addresses the ideological role of the kitchen in modern living, focused on New York’s kitchenless apartments with collective housekeeping services and related urban utopias.
Saturday, 7 August 2021
12 a.m. CET: Sara Rivera, Resident 2021/22
4 p.m. CET: Ella Elidas Banda / Ozhopé Collective, Resident 2021/22
Sunday, 8 August 2021
12 a.m. CET: Majdal Nateel, Resident 2021/22
4 p.m. CET: Ghalas Charara & Camilla Paolino, Residents 2021/22
The Sommerakademie Paul Klee 2021 is supported by Burgergemeinde Bern, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and private donors. Our institutional partner is the Bern University of the Arts HKB.
Paloma Polo is a Spanish artist and independent researcher based in
Utrecht. She is one of the driving forces of the organization Moving Artists International, and a member of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS). Delving into past events or probing into on-going conflicts, Paloma Polo’s endeavors have progressed alongside a continuing immersion in zones of unrest. It is from the side and the agency of the people in struggle, in the battleground of emancipatory revolutionary processes, that she has situated her investigations. Storytelling and fictional speculations, materialized audio-visually, are, in her work, a tentative means to fathom the remolding of social relations in their contradictory movements. She has exhibited her work individually at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo- CA2M (Madrid), Arts Catalyst (London), Kurimanzutto Gallery (Mexico City), Casa Barragan (Mexico City), Frieze Art Fair (London), among others venues, and her work has been featured at the International Exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennial among others.
Anna Puigjaner is a PhD architect, co-founder of MAIO, an architectural office that works on spatial systems which allow variation and change through time. Her personal research is focused on alternative domesticities able to reshape biased social structures. She is currently teaching at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP at Columbia University. Formerly, she taught at Royal College of Arts, London, and at the Barcelona School of Architecture ETSAB/ETSAV - UPC. From 2011-2017, she was part of the editorial team of the magazine Quaderns d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme. MAIO's work has been published in magazines such as Monocle, Domus, Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, A+U, Architectural Review and Detail among others, and exhibited at the MOMA of New York, the Royal Academy of London, the Art Institute of Chicago and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Anna has been finalist of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Initiative 2016, and awarded for her research "Kitchenless City" with the Wheelwright Prize 2016, Harvard GSD.
Apolonija Šušteršič is an artist, architect, researcher, and educator. She is co-founder of an MFA study program Art & Public Space at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She holds a PhD in Visual and Performing Arts from University of Lund, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. She is a co-founder of OBRAT, Ljubljana, and together with Youssou Diop established NJOKOBOK, Oslo/ Dakar. Her work is related to a critical analysis of space; usually focused at the processes and relationships between institutions, cultural politics, urban planning and architecture. Her broad – ranging interest starts at phenomenological study of space and continues its investigation into social and political nature of our living environment. Her practice is imbedded within interdisciplinary discourse and usually includes collaborations with other professionals such as architects, urban planners, curators, sociologists, and local population. Apolonija Šušteršič participated in a number of internationally published and exhibited projects and exhibitions within and beyond the international contemporary art institutions around the world, like Moderna Museet Stockholm, Berlin Biennale 2, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Tirana Biennale 3, 12th Architecture Biennale, Venice, Artes Mundi 5, Cardiff, Gwangju Biennial, among others.