Sunday, 8 July 2012

Please try to make sense please - Francesco Pedraglio invited by Rosa - Gallerie Kamm, Berlin


Performance 24 July 2012, 7pm
Exhibition 25 July - 4 August 2012, 11am - 6pm
A scenario. Something as simple as this: three men in a room. An effortless plot, you might point out… not that imaginative either. And yet I don’t see any reason for dismissing the potentiality of such a story from the very beginning, why not give it a chance?
For instance, what if we start with this: three men in a room with two chairs facing each another. Clearly a step forward. A tiny step perhaps, petite even, and yet absolutely tangible. Then, from here onwards, a deluge of consequences! Well… if you can’t picture any, let me help you with that: two of the men now sit down, so that suddenly, we have a completely different scenario. We have two people in a room seated on chairs that face each other… and obviously we still have a third person too. A third man standing somewhere around there… possibly watching.
Now, the first man has a piece of paper in his left hand, the second a glass of wine. Or better: an until-now empty glass, resting a few inches from a bottle of wine. Also… let’s forget about the third person. Better that way. He is there in the room, yes, but I have very little more to tell you, so let’s just not think about him.

Arty Night - Centre D'Art Contemporain Geneve

Arty Night
Thursday July 12 at 730

An evening of screenings with Charlotte Moth, Annette Amberg and Francesco Pedraglio

Exchanges and collaborations are a key aspect of Charlotte Moth’s work. The five selected films, further illustrating this practice, share a formal language and a common interest for architecture.

- ANNETTE AMBERG, « Documentation », 2011 ; Courtesy de l'artiste
- MAN RAY, « Les mystères du château du dé », 1929 ; Distribution Cinédoc Paris Film Coop
- FRANCESCO PEDRAGLIO, « Theory of Budapest (or on the problem of not being there, or being there just about, or actually even just being... maybe... possibly) », 2012; avec Danae Bravi et Peter Fillingham, lu par Alex Ross ; Courtesy de l'artiste
- DEREK JARMAN, « The art of mirrors », 1973 ; Courtesy de James MacKay
- CHARLOTTE MOTH, « Study for a 16 mm film », 2011 ; Courtesy de l'artiste et Marcelle Alix, Paris

Monday, 2 July 2012


A man
in a room
spray-painting a fly
(or at least trying to)

A reading group by Francesco Pedraglio
in collaboration with Alex Ross
with special thanks to: Kate Cooper and Richard John Jones

Certain objects move towards abstraction. That's our thesis.
Actually, as long as we talk enough about them, all objects do. The process happens steadily, but the pace could vary. Even the trajectory might differ. And yet, the result is always the same: all the gathered attributes and conditions defining an object make up the object itself. They become an elliptical agglomeration of references that 'keep the thing together', so to speak, even when the thing itself isn't present anymore as such… I mean, it's not physically present. Even better: we reach a stage where the presence of the object isn't necessary anymore… we could talk just 'around the object', pointing at it through all the references, interpretations and examples we have been gathering.

Presenting the thesis through different SCENARIOS and opening it up to a collective discussion, this will be a reading group about and around the ideas of redefining events, voicing objects and observing their inescapable path towards abstraction.

We would like you to participate actively in the discussion. To do so – and considering the idiosyncratic nature of the reading group – please bring a prop of your choice, freely in response to

Fruit cannot drop
through this thick air…

always keeping in mind our proposed thesis that objects move towards abstraction and acknowledging the role narrative and storytelling play in this specific movement. It could be anything: from a physical object to a book, or a passage out of one, from a story to an image, a film or simply a word.

When: Saturday, 7 July, 7–9 pm
Where: Warner Yard, London EC1R 4TD [map]