TrAIN Open Lecture - Jacopo Crivelli – Just the Walking: drifting as artistic practice from the '60s until today

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André Komatsu, Oeste ou Até onde o sol pode alcançar, 2006, single-channel video, audio, 25'

TrAIN Open Lecture – Jacopo Crivelli – Just the Walking: drifting as artistic practice from the ’60s until today

This event is free and open to all but places are limited so please RSVP to the TrAIN Administrator, Nick (

Jacopo Crivelli Visconti is an Italian critic and curator, based in São Paulo. As curator of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, he was responsible for the Brazilian Pavilion in the 52a Biennale di Venezia (Italy, 2007), among other exhibitions. Recent projects as an independent curator of contemporary art include: Pinta Art Fair (curator of the ‘Solo Projects’ section), New York, USA (2011); Sismógrafo, Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, BR (2011); Ponto de equilíbrio, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, BR (2010); Feijão com arroz, Museo Municipal, Guayaquil, Equador, and Trendy, Miami, USA (2010); Zilvinas Kempinas, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, BR (2010); Arco Solo Projects, Madrid, Spain (2009 and 2010); Luz ao Sul, Convento del Carmen, Valencia, Spain (2007). His texts and essays appeared on several contemporary art, architecture and design magazines, such as Ars, ArteIn, Interni and Casabella (Italy), Art Monthly (UK), Bien’Art (Brazil), ArteContexto, Dardo, Bajo Rendimiento and Atlântica (Spain), Arte al día (Argentina / USA), Art Nexus (Colombia/USA) in addition to exhibition catalogues and artists’ monographs.

Since the end of the 1960s, the act of drifting, walking or strolling gradually established itself as a complex and fascinating artistic practice, which, in the course of the last four decades, underwent significant changes, thus maintaining its basic premises. The emphasis on the physical act, instead than on the creation of an object; the (utopian) will to turn that very act into the beginning of a transformation of both the artistic milieu and society as a whole; the contradictory nature of the photographic or video documentation that often results from the action; the recreation of a space for narrative in contemporary art: these are some of the issues, intrinsically related to the idea of the drifting, that will be touched upon in this lecture.

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