OUR CULTURED LANDSCAPE
AND ITS ECOLOGICAL IMPACT
Organised in partnership with acclaimed museum director Jessica Morgan, Nathalie de Gunzburg Director of New York’s Dia Art Foundation. The 2020 Verbier Art Summit will take place on 31 January – 1 February 2020 in Verbier, Switzerland around the theme:
OUR CULTURED LANDSCAPE AND ITS ECOLOGICAL IMPACT
The 2020 Verbier Art Summit will ask how to envision a way forward in finding harmony between art, ecology and resources. Jessica Morgan comments on the theme, “How does culture move forward at a time of crisis such as now? It is essential to have artists, designers, architects, engineers and other thinkers be a part of this conversation.”
"There are small and large gestures we can all make. This is a moment to reflect on doing less, better and for longer."
The speakers will gather for an extended dialogue in Verbier, Switzerland, to consider questions raised around resources, land and culture. The framework of the Summit allows for the exploration of a variety of subjects, ranging from the history of land art and work made in and about the land- and urban-scape; the resources consumed by art and institutions; engineering and other man made forms in the environment; real and imagined landscapes and the future of art in the context of an ecological crisis.
Jessica Morgan and the Verbier Art Summit will welcome artists, curators, academics and leading innovators to Verbier, Switzerland for a weekend of innovation:
DINEO SESHEE BOPAPE
ELVIRA DYANGANI OSE
PROFESSORS IN DESIGN ROBERTO FEO & ROSARIO HURTADO
Each speaker will present their innovative thinking through the talks programme on the afternoons of Friday 31 January and Saturday 1 February. A themed cultural events programme before and after the talks is organised in collaboration with cultural and institutional partners, and include film screenings, workshops, musical performances, interactive experiences, and guided tours. Free tickets will be available online in Fall 2019.
ABOUT JESSICA MORGAN
Jessica Morgan, Nathalie de Gunzburg Director of the Dia Art Foundation in NY and 2020 partnering museum director of the Verbier Art Summit.
Photo by Gabriela Herman.
Jessica Morgan joined Dia Art Foundation as Director in January 2015 and was named Nathalie de Gunzburg Director in October 2017. At Dia, Morgan is responsible for strengthening and activating all parts of Dia’s multivalent program, including its pioneering Land art projects, site-specific commissions, and collections and programming across its constellation of sites. Since Morgan’s arrival at Dia, the foundation has grown and diversified its collection to include significant works by Mary Corse, Nancy Holt, Robert Morris, Dorothea Rockburne, Kishio Suga, Anne Truitt, and Lee Ufan among others.
Alongside an expanded exhibition program, Morgan has continued Dia’s commitment to site-specific commissions, facilitating major new work by artists including Isabel Lewis, Rita McBride and Joëlle Tuerlinckx, and in 2015 realizing the first Dia commission outside the continental United States since 1982 with Allora & Calzadilla’s Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), situated in Puerto Rico. In 2018, Morgan announced a comprehensive, multi-year campaign, that includes the upgrade, revitalization, and ongoing stewardship of Dia’s key programmatic spaces and artist sites.
ABOUT THE 2020 SPEAKERS
The 2020 Summit opens with the artist Joan Jonas (US), a pioneer in video and performance art. Her dynamic practice recently focused on the present danger of climate change and extinction, including the works They Come to Us Without a Word and Moving Off the Land that combine drawings, sculptural elements, poetry, prose and texts with moving images of oceans.
Joan Jonas, Moving Off the Land, 2016/2018. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, 2019. Photo: FMCAC/Justin Oliphant.
An investigation into the nature and representation of systems and how these construct our ideas of reality is provided by El Ultimo Grito, the designer and academic duo Rosario Hurtado (ES) of HEAD, Geneva University of Art and Design & Roberto Feo (ES) of Goldsmiths, University of London. The talks continue with the artist Dineo Seshee Bopape (ZA), a multimedia conceptual and visual artist exploring memory, narration, and representation by using earthly materials, archival imagery and symbols of femininity.
Our cultured landscape is explored by Adrian Lahoud (AU), architect, curator, writer and educator who examines urban spatial forms and large-scale environmental change. He is the Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London, and curator of the first edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (2019): Rights of Future Generations. A further interrogation into contemporary urban life is made by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (FR), a cross-disciplinary artist who creates and reinvents ‘environments’ to study our relationship with urban utopia and architecture.
Adaptation of our resource hungry society is needed. Inspiration is found in the work of artists such as Lucy Raven (US), a multidisciplinary artist examining the influence of the digital, technology and global infrastructures. The work of interdisciplinary artists Jennifer Allora (US) and Guillermo Calzadilla (CU) also provides food for thought. Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, they collaborate on producing work which combines rich historical backgrounds with contemporary political opinions on landscape and populations. Further insight is shared by Elvira Dyangani Ose (ES), writer, international curator and Director of the Showroom London focusing on new environmental forms produced in public spaces and socially engaged practices.