little constellation fanzine

contemporary art in geo-cultural micro areas and small states of europe

published by mousse

size 24 x 17 cm
foliation 24 colour full-page images
print run 3.500 copies
ediz. english
price € 25,00

Pier Giorgio Albani & Lorella Mussoni
Danil Akimov
Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson
Barbara Bühler
Canarezza & Coro
Nina Danino
Oppy De Bernardo
Sandrine Flury
Barbara Geyer
Irena Lagator
Ingibjörg Magnadóttir
Mark Mangion & Pierre Portelli
Christodoulos Panayiotou
Paradise Consumer Group
Matteo Terzaghi & Marco Zürcher
Axsinja Uranova
Martin Walch
Trixi Weis

How is the practice of making art experienced today in certain geocultural micro-areas and small states of Europe? “Little Constellation” began in 2004 as a research project focused on contemporary art, but not with the attempt to answer this question by finding a label that could be attached to “small states”, or to provide a full, systematic picture of the art that can be found today in Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and in other significant cultural micro-areas such as Canton Ticino, Ceuta, Gibraltar or Kaliningrad.
Instead, the project has developed and taken shape—through the story of many different relationships, ideas, experiences—via the diffusion of information, placed in a continuous current that generates possibilities for interaction, and as a device shared by artists, curators, institutional representatives from museums, centers, and research collectives, to stimulate proposals and the development of a platform of knowledge focused on contemporary artistic practice in these countries, within the sphere of the international artistic debate.
This Fanzine collects and illustrates the main steps in this journey, which from 2004 to 2010—through texts, images, video interviews, meetings, workshops, a website and exhibitions—not only offers a connection between the relational potential and autopoietic1 observation that characterize countries of particular geocultural complexity, but also brings together, for the first time, the theoretic and critical contributions that have come out of the contact between the works, ideas, and evolving thoughts of the people who encountered each other along the way.
Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro

1. “A living system is autopoietic because it is self-reproducing: it cannot be characterized in terms of input and output, none of its transformations can be explained as a function of the stimuli of its environment, it modifies itself on the basis of its organization, with the aim of keeping its organization itself constant: this process of constant adjustment is the cognitive process”. H. R. Maturana, F.J. Varela, Autopoiesis and Cognition. The Realization of the Living, Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland, 1980.

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