Where: Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce

When: November 21st-30th, 2014


What the State cannot tolerate in any way, however, is that singularities form a community without affirming an identity, that humans co-belong without any representable condition of belonging (even in the form of a simple presupposition). Giorgio Agamben, The Coming Community.

A Constructed World and Matteo Rubbi will give a workshop in two parts questioning the idea of community. The first days of the workshop A Constructed World will articulate a preface, Relentless Connection and Group Solitude, a conversation, a discussion, a collaborative work, a philosophical text, or something just to think about. For the next part of the workshop, Radio Neptune, Matteo Rubbi proposes a radio transmission written, spoken, conceived collaboratively by the group. Participants will converge in the preparation of OPEN MAXTER 2014, a public presentation of the common reflections and group projects that will take place in the museum on November 29th.THE PROGRAM Genova, Villa Croce November 21st-30th

Relentless Connection and Group Solitude led by A Constructed World

At a time where nearly all the rewards and inducements are given to individuals and achievements are encouraged as singularities, what possible use could there be for a group? When Miles Davis worked his way up the charts, he stole all the best players from his friends’ bands, ‘that’s what you do isn’t it?’ he said. It appears acceptable to move from being all-for-one and then, at a strategic moment, disconnect and thrust yourself upwards (to the top). If you don’t do it someone else will. Jacques Lacan acknowledged that ‘every altruistic act hides sadistic impulses’. In another way the neo-liberal impulse is to be ‘shamefully shameless’ to reach the goal. In artistic terms the demand to distinguish oneself from others is interminable. So what is the use-value of a group? Is it possible to have individual desires and remain in, or responsible, to a group? Can a fragmented group of people produce any ethical action? A Constructed World offer a workshop to see if it is possible to remain in fragmentation and represent the polyphony of being together without becoming a unified voice.

Radio Neptune led by Matteo Rubbi

For this workshop the polyphonic voices of the group could take shape through a radio transmission, where the contents is determined by the participants and addresses a multiplicity of listeners. Radio offers a space of simultaneous frequencies, where changing the station makes voices vanish and others appear. It is an unpredictable space of freedom, communication and construction where the listener is always somewhere else; in the traffic, the place of work, a bar, at home … around, either alone or in a group. The listening public reflects the fragmentation of being outside; an heterogeneous multitude with several, often incompatible, identities, while on the inside these invisible world frequencies find a strange, indefinable way of being together that goes beyond city borders.

A Constructed World (1993) is the collaborative project of Paris based artists Geoff Lowe and Jacqueline Riva. They work with methodologies that bring attention to diverse modes of artistic practice, incorporating different modes of presentation and address. A Constructed World are internationally renowned for their performances incorporating speech, conversation, philosophical texts, music and singing and have presented solo exhibitions and performances in museums and art centers including La Panacée, Centre Center for Contemporary Culture, Montpellier; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Space, Sydney; Spring Workshop, Hong Kong; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers; Contemporary Art, Sydney; Cneai, Chatou; Royal Academy of Fine Art, Stockholm; Villa Arson, Nice; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. A survey exhibition of their work, A Dangerous Critical Present, opening at Villa Croce in November, follows a major retrospective exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne in 2012.

A Constructed World have facilitated numerous workshops with artists, curators, writers, dancers and people not usually included in contemporary art, invited by museums and institutions including CNDC Dance School in Angers, Galerie Edouard Manet, Center for Contemporary Art, Gennevilliers; Sandberg Institute, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam; Viaindustriae, MANUFATTOinSITU, Umbria; Villa


Arson, Nice; Social Practice MFA program, CCA, San Francisco; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux; Serpentine Gallery London; SEI Investments, Oaks, Pennsylvania and Artist Space NY. They are currently professors at l’École supérieure des beaux-arts, Angers.

Matteo Rubbi (born in Seriate, 1980) develops a research through diverse languages, constantly in dialogue with the viewers to create new feedbacks between the exhibition space and public space. In 2007 he co-founded with Marco Colombaioni and Emiliana Sabiu, Cherimus, a non-for-profit art association based in Sardinia that works to create a new relationship between contemporary art and small regional initiatives. In 2009 he was part of the residency program Le Pavillon du Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and in 2012 was artist in residency at ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, US. In 2011 he won the 8th Furla Prize. He had solo shows in institutions such as Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; GAMeC, Bergamo; Combine Studios, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix. He participated in group show at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; CNAC Le Magasin, Grenoble; PAC, Milan; GAMeC, Bergamo; GAM, Milan; Mart, Rovereto; Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan; MAN, Nuoro; Isola Art Center, Milan. With Cherimus he organized a series of lectures and workshops involving artists and curators such as: Alfredo Jaar, Lucy+Jorge Orta, Zarina Bhimji, Simon Njami. He realized project of international cooperation such as Chadal, between Senegal and Italy, and La biblioteca fantastica, that took place in six small public libraries of the Sulcis area.

GENOVA MAXTER PROGRAM 2014 is supported by  Amixi Villa Croce



Villa Croce operates in collaboration with Comune di Genova and Fondazione Palazzo Ducale per la Cultura, main sponsor HOFIMA Malacalza Financial Holding, with Fondazione Edoardo Garrone, Casa di Cura Villa Montallegro, BSI Bank Italy.