Tre giorni di performance e lezioni su Rinascimento fiorentino e sui suoi legami concettuali, linguistici e politici con la colonizzazione dei mondi non europei.
The city of Florence is regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The fact that the econo-
mic and commercial power structures that developed during the Renaissance also impelled
the colonization of non-European worlds – among other things through linguistic and semio-
tic hegemony – is to this day rarely incorporated into this Florentine narrative.
In the tourism industry and in the sciences, eurocentric categories are each in their own way persistent, even – or especially – in times of rapidly progressing globalization: even as looking outward may become more natural, it often still turns into another confirmation of the ac- cepted master narrative.
In recent years, though, we have also seen a growing awareness of the categories, and of the perceptual processes associated with it, develop in the context of a comprehensive “transcul- tural turn.” Post-colonial theoretical approaches, for example, question the role of the Latin alphabet, of printing, of language or of particular social ideals on whose flip side processes of dispossession, canonization and hierarchization of culture, memory and space unfolded – and can continue to unfold in the afterlife of the Renaissance narrative.
Since the 1990s, ethnographical and anthropological representations are being critically examined and aesthetic positionings are challenged in artistic inquiries and practices through chronopolitics and techniques of distancing. Contemporary art production is global and reflects the colonization of gazes and conceits.
In this sense the symposium UNMAPPING the RENAISSANCE follows critical resurveys of the mental map of a canonical and canonizing understanding of culture and period-concept: in a dialog between science and art, whose performative practices are intended to decidedly transcend established academic formats, the event considers the connections between hege- monic sign systems, imagination and (de-)colonial practices.
Maria Thereza Alvez, AFROTAK TV cyberNomads (Adetoun und Michael Küppers-Adebisi), Artefakte//anti-humboldt (Brigitta Kuster, Regina Sarreiter, Dierk Schmidt), Hannah Baader, Mariechen Danz, Liz Glynn, Adam Herring, Alvaro Jose Guillen Jr., Medina Lasansky, Susanne Leeb, Gala Porras-Kim, Walter D. Mignolo, Johannes Paul Raether, Andreas Siekmann, Carlin Wing.
Thursday, 12 March | Giovedì 12 marzo
Sala Ferri | Palazzo Strozzi
17.00 | Key Lecture: Walter D. Mignolo |
Performance: Mariechen Danz
Friday, 13 March | Venerdì 13 marzo
09.30 | Introduction: Il Codice Fiorentino
10.00 | Lecture: Medina Lasansky | Was there an Italian Renaissance? And Whose Was it?
11.30 | Lecture: Maria Thereza Alves | Some considerations about European concepts of Race since the Renaissance |
Piazza Signoria | Ponte Vecchio
15.00 | Performance: Johannes Paul Raether
17.00 | Lecture: Hannah Baader, Mapping and Un-mapping the Maritime Renaissance
19.00 | Opening: The Anti-Humboldt-Box | A declaration
Performance: AFROTAK TV cyberNomads present Adetoun Kuepper-Adebisi & Michael Kueppers-Adebisi in Der Reichstag in the
Saturday, 14 March | Sabato 14 marzo
Casa Zuccari | Kunsthistorisches Institut
10.00 | Lecture: Andreas Siekmann
11.30 | Lecture: Alvaro Jose Guillen Jr.
15.30 | Presentation: Gala Porras Kim | Whistling and Language Transfiguration
16.00 | Lecture: Adam Herring | Place in the Sun: Synaesthetic Experience in Inca Peru
18.00 | The Anti-Humboldt-Box: A guided tour by Artefakte // anti-humboldt
19.00 | Screening | Liz Glynn
Sunday, 15 March | Domenica 15 marzo
11.00 | Performance Lecture: Carlin Wing, Bounce, Ricochet, Rebound: Two Cases of 16th Century Ball Play
12.00 | Final meeting over brunch
Performance: Gabriel Rossell Santillán
Villa Romana, Firenze
via Senese, 68