SIDEBAR: Awakenings: Screening and Conversation with Emilio Fantin

 Nov 10, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

929 E. 60th St., University of Chicago
(next to the Logan Center for the Arts)

**This free in-person event has limited space and is first-come-first-served. See Covid safety protocols below.  

Emilio Fantin will be screening video footage from performances made in collaboration with the Casa dei Risvegli, a branch of Bologna's Bellariva Hospital dedicated to the recovery of patients emerging from deep-state coma, and survivors of deep-state coma.  Fantin will be in conversation with Milan-based art historian and curator Gabi Scardi and artist Katherine Desjardins from the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

This event is presented in conjunction with Emilio Fantin: Dreaming is Common to All, an audio intervention/installation at the Logan Center for the Arts (University of Chicago) and co-hosted at Comfort Station (Logan Square) in Chicago.

Italian and ASL interpretation provided.

About the artist
Emilio Fantin sets the conditions for dialectic exchange between different forms of knowledge--from mathematical logic to agriculture, to the world of dreams. He investigates the relationship between plants, earth, and other forms of life through the lens of biodynamics, making manifest their aesthetic character through implementation of artistic process. His forays into the field of logic aim to illuminate boundaries between reason and intuition as fertile ground for provocative insight and overlap.  Fantin operates from the conviction that flow, impulse, intention, and movements of thought--albeit subjective, invisible, and immaterial--constitute the very real origin of concrete and manifest fact. Fantin creates spaces and situations which facilitate a sharing of the non-geographic zones of sleep and the dream. In these zones, intense dynamics of exchange are generated--what Fantin refers to as "the social aspect of dreams", a search for those unique and hidden bonds that animate the life of a community. Fantin's practice is particularly engaged with pedagogy as a form of dialogue, expressed as the Art of Conversation, alongside the concept of Invisible Community, in which the poetic and evocative aspects of social life become daily practice. Since 2005, he is Professor of Architecture and Society at the University of Milan Polytechnic School of Architecture, where an early pedagogical experiment he co-founded developed into the experimental educational laboratory known as  "Architecture and Art in Public Space". During this period, he established the "Public Art Observatory", a research facility for art in public spaces. Fantin currently leads the “Dynamica” project, a nomadic study group dedicated to cross-disciplinary research into the relationship between different areas of knowledge. He is co-founder of the Lu Cafausu project at the Lac o le Mon Foundation, a residency and center for artistic research in San Cesario di Lecce, Puglia. He has lectured widely, including the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), and has collaborated with the Free Home University, sponsored by the Musagetes Foundation, Ontario (2013/14). Emilio Fantin has exhibited in major Italian and international exhibition venues including Sensibile Comune GNAM, Galleria Nazionale Arte Moderna, Roma (2016); ASU Art Museum at Arizona State University (2013), Documenta 13 (2012); Frasq, International Festival of Performance, Paris (2011); Performa, New York, (2007); Venice Biennials (1993, 1999, 2008).

Covid Safety Protocols
This is an in-person event. Masks must be worn by all in attendance. Guests over the age of 12 must provide either proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event, proof of a positive COVID-19 test within 14-90 days of the event with affirmation that you are not experiencing any symptoms, or a valid University of Chicago ID (UCID). Additional information about UChicago Arts COVID-19 safety protocols can be found here: