Andrea Botto
LANDSCAPE AS PERFORMANCE. The exhibition
Photography

5 October 2022 to 21 January 2023
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck
Opening: 4 October 2022, 7 p.m.
© Andrea Botto, Blast 02 Brenner Base Tunnel 2020-(courtesy Ghella)
5 October 2022 to 21 January 2023
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck
Opening: 4 October 2022, 7 p.m.

Explosion!!!

For Andrea Botto photographing explosions has been an ongoing focus since 2008. It is both stimulating and fructifying to present these works in the programme of an art space for contemporary photography. Botto’s work offers a kind of culmination point in which many of photography’s key functions and strengths converge: What we are presented with is landscape photography, a classic subject of the medium. Botto’s works show photographic technology at its essence, in the capturing of an unreproducible moment that would otherwise elude our perception. And, of course, his photos are also documentations, the visual recording of the historical events a community of individuals would like to remember for generations.

© Andrea Botto, KA-BOOM #67, Ponte Morandi, Genova 2019

 

Upon closer inspection of the photos, however, we immediately realise that they are not being witnessed from a distance. The landscape becomes the photo studio and the staged subject at once, and the artist’s work reflects the processes of both change and dissolution. In conjunction with the INN SITU series, the artist was invited to continue his work series in the Tyrol/Vorarlberg region. Among other things, a series of new works with avalanche experts in the field and an examination of the Tirol Panorama in Innsbruck with its more than 1,000 m² cyclorama of the third Battle of Bergisel in 1809 were created.

		
© Andrea Botto, Silvretta Montafon 04 2022

Andrea Botto

(*1973 in Rapallo, Liguria) studied photography at the IED – Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin. His projects have been acknowledged by grants and awards and have been exhibited in international museums, including the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn (2005), the Fotomuseum Winterthur (2005), the SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne (2006), the MAXXI Museum in Rome (2007/2016/2021), the Fundación Canal in Madrid (2007), the MoCA in Shanghai (2010), the Villa Croce in Genoa and the Benaki Museum in Athens (2015). Along with his artistic research, Botto gives lectures and educational workshops, and he has been in charge of several cultural projects. He is currently professor of Documentary Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Genoa, and he is one of the founding members of the art collective Fotoromanzo Italiano.

His works are to be found in private and public collections, including the Bibliothéque Nationale de France in Paris, the MAXXI in Rome, the MuFoCo in Milan, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the FMAV in Modena and the GAM in Turin. His publications include the highly acclaimed “19.06_26.08.1945” (Danilo Montanari, Ravenna 2014), which won third prize in the Kassel Dummy Award competition at the Fotobookfestival (Kassel) and was shortlisted for the Paris Photo–Aperture First PhotoBook Award; “KA-BOOM The Explosion of Landscape” (Èditions Bessard, Paris 2017), a fictional blasting manual, shortlisted for the Photo Text Book Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles; “Reviviscence. A Bridge Over Genoa” (Rizzoli, New York 2020), about the demolition and construction site following the collapse of the Morandi Bridge.

Isa Kurz
LANDSCAPE AS PERFORMANCE. The concert
Music

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 7 p.m.
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck

Free admission
© Isa Kurz
Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 7 p.m.
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck

Free admission

Four musicians embark on an explosive collaboration: traditional Alpine music meets various playing practices of different cultures in resonance with Andrea Botto’s world of images. A musical transfer of knowledge across mountains and valleys to the here and now of the concert.

The Tyrolean multi-instrumentalist Isa Kurz started her diverse musical education as a child, learning first the recorder, dulcimer and guitar, later the piano, violin and oboe. She also taught herself to play the accordion and harp. Kurz has been invited by INN SITU to respond to the exhibition with the development of a new concert format. For this, she will involving her ensemble, JÜTZ, plus a special guest – a conference of sounds from all across the Alps played by four distinct personalities.

The Tyrolean-Swiss ensemble respects and preserves a long tradition of Alpine folk music, while at the same time opening it up to “borderless improvisation and outward freedom” (Folkmagazin). The musical paths intersect with various regional dialects and tonal timbres. The lines between traditional, classical and contemporary elements blur.

© Yannick Mosimann

Isa Kurz – vocals, violin, accordion, dulcimer, Daniel Woodtli – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals, dulcimer, Philipp Moll – double bass, vocals

© Bernhard Schimpelsberger

Special guest: Bernhard Schimpelsberger – percussion

When it comes to explosions, a percussionist is the logical choice for backup. On his unique, multifaceted and melodic “drumkit” Bernhard Schimpelsberger sets out on sonic journeys, sweeping his audience off into a fascinating “tapestry of colours and elements full of virtuosity and surprising twists” (Augsburger Allgemeine). His skill, which matches “the style of a virtuoso tabla player” (Confluence), takes him on tour all over the world with stars like Anoushka Shankar (sitar) and Akram Khan (dance).

 

 

 

 

LANDSCAPE AS PERFORMANCE. The dialogue
Dialogue

Thursday, 6 October 2022, 7 p.m.,
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck

Jam session for star researcher, political scientist, philosopher, pianist and percussionist

Free admission
© photo4passion
Thursday, 6 October 2022, 7 p.m.,
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck

Jam session for star researcher, political scientist, philosopher, pianist and percussionist

Free admission

Echoes of the exhibition from various fields of expertise. The dramaturgical triad of the INN SITU series is rounded off with an accompanying dialogue format. We invite experts from the fields of science, culture and music to respond to the exhibition. In doing so, we experiment with new formats of exchange. (Im Bild Transdisciplinary dialogue in response to the exhibition PORTRAITS IN MOTION).

Each of the speakers chooses a picture from the exhibition and discusses it with the artist Volker Gerling before an audience. An open dialogue between various perspectives, with music and inspired by the exhibition.

Konstanze Zwintz

© Bechyna

is an astrophysicist and specialist on the explosion as the beginning of the world. Konstanze Zwintz first took interest in young stars as a student. Back then she was a pioneer in this new field; today she is among the leading experts. She is currently a professor for Stellar Astrophysics at the University of Innsbruck, a position she has held since 2018.

Anton Pelinka

© Anton Pelinka

is one of Austria’s most renowned political experts. He is a sought-after interlocutor in the analysis of global unrest, the success of right-wing extremist parties and the social explosive power of inflation and price increases. A joint walk through the exhibition in conversation with Hans-Joachim Gögl, artistic director of INN SITU.

From 1975 to 2016 he was a professor of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, and from 2006 to 2018 he served as a professor of Nationalism Studies and Political Science at the Central European University in Budapest.

Hubert Matt

© Hubert Matt

studied philosophy and art history. One of his main focuses is on strategies of performance in art and media. He works as a visual artist and researcher and teaches Perception, Culture, Design and Theory, among other courses, in the degree programme InterMedia at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in Austria and abroad, and his exhibition design and texts on and for artists also have an international scope.

Isa Kurz, piano, and Bernhard Schimpelsberger, percussion

© Isa Kurz
© Gui Sussekind

The multi-instrumentalist Isa Kurz is featured in the musical part of this INN SITU theme. In conjunction with the dialogue of the panel of experts she will improvise ­on the grand piano – joined by Bernhard Schimpelsberger, who will be playing various percussion instruments.

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