The Story as a Structure that Wants to Be Another Structure

with Studio for Propositional Cinema & Laura McLean-Ferris

Registration extended to 1st April 2023

Workshop 05.05 - 7.05.2023
Please register here!

Workshop at Castle Gandegg, Eppan/Appiano (Italy). Price €150, lunch and accommodation included, Participants max. 14

The story is an ancient technology, that has had a profound role in shaping consciousness, experience, meaning and art. On this three-day course with Studio for Propositional Cinema and Laura McLean-Ferris we will explore story forms and mythical structures, and analyze narrative storytelling in light of its role in a multitude of artforms – including exhibitions, artworks, texts, moving image works, cinema and theater. Using a number of readings, discussions, and writing exercises, we will collectively craft a story, and explore different possible modes of transmission or forms for its realization.

Laura McLean-Ferris is a writer and curator based in Turin, Italy, where she is writing a novel. Her criticism and essays have appeared in Artforum, ArtReview, Bookforum, frieze, and Mousse among other publications and she was the recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Her short form collection The Lacustrine was published in 2016. Formerly she was Chief Curator at Swiss Institute, New York where she recently curated the first survey of Rosemary Mayer and co-edited the publications Rosemary Mayer (2023) and The Letters of Rosemary and Bernadette Mayer (2022).

Studio for Propositional Cinema was inaugurated in Düsseldorf in 2013. Their work is often rooted in various language and narrative forms, presented through installations, performances, sounds works, images, and objects. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2022), Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2019), and Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2018). ‘Myths and Manifestos’, a collection of their writing, was published by Kunstverein München and Walther König in 2021.

This workshop is initiated by Sherith Arasakulasuriya. He is based between Naples and Milan, Italy, and has been working in contemporary art for 10 years, dealing with the organization and production and coordination of exhibitions with Italian and international artists of different generations, collaborating with some leading Italian galleries.