ARSPOLIS EVENT #1
Extimacy. The familiar unknown. Reality, symbolism and
imagery of Otherness.
Via Lavizzari, Via Canonica, Viale Cassarate, Il Foce
Lugano, 16 September 2011
6.00 p.m. – 05.00 a.m.
Arspolis is back again this year.
Arspolis is an event dedicated to showing contemporary art:
taking place in an area in the heart of the city of Lugano,
it lasts just one night.
Although this is officially its premier edition, Arspolis is
actually already nearly one year old. That’s because the
zero numbered edition, Arspolis event zero, took
place on 22 October 2010, involving a dozen artists, most of
whom live and work in Canton Ticino, whose creations
occupied the interiors and exteriors of several private
spaces, in many cases places quite off the usual art show
circuits that were offered by their owners, who supported
the initiative and made its success possible. Encouraged by
the event’s evident popularity with the public and that
public’s enthusiasm, the organisers decided to create a more
structured event for 2011, featuring more services and
complying with higher standards. While the aim of the event
zero was to illustrate the nature of each chosen artist’s
individual research, without giving the event itself any
overall concept, the event #1 differs in that it has chosen
a specific topic as its starting point, adopting it as the
basis for choosing the participating artists. As of this
year, then, Arspolis is transformed into a real contemporary
art show in the open air and with unrestricted access. Due
to be held once every year, the exhibition will be curated
by an artistic director who will be appointed for each new
edition: the aim is to encourage a fresher, more up-to-date
approach in the choice of topics, as well as variety in
The artistic director for Arspolis event #1 is
Pier Giorgio De Pinto (1968) - the current co-ordinator
of CACT the Contemporary Art Centre in Canton Ticino, based
in Bellinzona - who has decided to focus attention on an
aspect peculiar to our era by promoting the topic of
extimacy. The term was coined (as extimité) by the French
philosopher and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan to describe a
new kind of “simulated” intimacy, one that is not truly
intimate, because it is shared by an indefinite number of
people. Drawing his inspiration from Arspolis’ urban nature,
featuring direct contact with the public and everyday life,
De Pinto develops on the theme of the psychological and
anthropological impact of new social phenomena in the
Internet age, such as social networks, headed by Facebook.
Extimacy. The familiar unknown. Reality, symbolism and
imagery of Otherness - as the event’s title recites -
will transform via Lavizzari, via Canonica, viale Cassarate
(Lab_Comacina) and Il Foce into a concrete, albeit
temporary, City of extimacy, in which each artist’s work
will stimulate its own thinking. For more information about
the concepts behind the topic provided for the exhibition,
please consult the essay written by Pier Giorgio De Pinto,
which can be found in the booklet whose digital version can
be downloaded from our website at
In all, twenty-one artists are showing eighteen works of
photography, video, performance and installation. Eleven of
the artists at Arspolis event #1 work in Ticino.
Italy, France, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands are the
homes of the remaining artists chosen by De Pinto, whose
contents and languages are always close to the topic of
extimacy. Most of the artists are showing a site-specific
piece created especially for the event. To clarify the
intentions behind each piece, practical information sheets
have been prepared for each artist, complete with a short CV
and an explanation of the work on show. Whenever possible,
these have been written by the artists themselves. They can
all be consulted and downloaded from the event website at
Many of the artists will be there in person on the night for
information and interviews.
Katia Bassanini. Surveillance camera. 2004. Video
Giona Bernardi. GNB. 2007/2008. Video
Falconi, LIGHT. 2011.
Fabrizio Giannini. L’origine du Monde. 2011. Digital
Aglaia Haritz. L’abito dell’extimità.
2011. Installation *
Polymorphous. 2011. Sound performance *
Andrea La Rocca. Never Leave.
2011. Video installation *
Rafaël Rozendaal. Drawings.
Andres Senra. I hurt myself everyday.
Laura Solari and Plinio-Natale Cemento-Müller.
Formulario . 2011. Installation *
Parapluie. The Club. 2011.
Luigi Presicce. La benedizione dei pavoni. Digital print
Miki Tallone. Ciambella con Buco. 2011. Installation *
Stella Goldschmit, Être heureux (Essere felici). 2011.
Suka Off. TranSfera. 2011. Video
Waiting. 2011. Installation
Massimo Vitangeli. Gender Bending. 2010. Video
Artur Żmijewski. Oko za Oko (An eye for an eye). 1998. Video
created specifically for the Arspolis event #1 (2011)
The Guide (Booklet)
In addition to all the necessary information, the booklet
being distributed to publicise the event also contains a
simple voting card for members of the public to have their
say about which work they find most interesting. To take
part, all they have to do is fill it in and drop it off at
the main Arspolis stand (located at the junction of via
Canonica and via Lavizzari). The work that gets most votes
will win the Public Award. Voting is restricted to during
the actual event.
Who, What, When?
The evening’s programme locates the event’s official opening
at Il Foce, at 6.00 p.m., with a sound performance by La
Jovenc featuring ClashDisko. From 7.00 p.m. to midnight, the
exhibition will then take place in several different venues
in the streets mentioned above (see the map inside the
booklet). There will be plenty of stands to visit on the
spot: some of them will carry information (for the Arspolis
Association, Arspolis event info, artist/publisher
editions), while others will cater for your culinary needs
(La Birraria, Il Birrificio). Another series will be
artistic, featuring performances by Niska and Rabbitrevolver.
Rete Tre, the event’s media partner, will be there with us
throughout, airing a series of live links. The shops, bars
and several artist studios located on the streets involved
in Arspolis will stay open until midnight. When the event
comes to an end, music lovers can move back to Il Foce,
where the closing party organised by the Youth and Events
Department and animated by Rete Tre will go on until 5.00 in
the morning. Via Lavizzari and Via Canonica will be closed
to traffic from 6.00 p.m. to midnight.
Arspolis. The Association
The Arspolis Association was founded in 2011 to promote and
manage artistic and cultural events at cantonal and national
level. One of its main aims is to achieve cohesion between
the local population and contemporary art. Arspolis invites
everyone to support its activities by becoming a member. For
further information and to take out membership, please go
RSI - RETE TRE
SWISSLOSS Republic and Canton of Ticino DECS -
PURO design Sagl Cucine, Locarno - TAKE AWAY Fumo e Profumo,
Lugano - CAFFÈ PORTICI, Lugano - S.LISCHETTI-QUADRI A.
Macelleria Equina, Lugano
AUL, Arte Urbana Lugano – DGE, Youth and Events Department
Lugano - LUGANO LEVEL - COLOR X, Lugano - RABBIT REVOLVER,
OCCULTO MAGAZINE, Berlin - LA BIRRARIA STEAK HOUSE,
Mendrisio - CASCIO EDITORE, Lugano, NISKA, Locarno -
ANTIMOBERTOLINO, Lugano - PIZZERIA IL MURETTO, Lugano -
BIO MARKET, Lugano
fine arts unternehmen ag, Zug -
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich - CACT Centre for
Contemporary Art in Canton Ticino, Bellinzona - I
Sotterranei dell’Arte, Monte Carasso - Michele Balmelli
Gallery, Lugano - Nopavillion, Lugano - Compagnia Finzi
Pasca, Lugano - Studio Meyer Piattini, Lugano - La Rada
Contemporary Art Space, Locarno -
Arspolis event #1: Friday 16 September 2011.
Venues: via Lavizzari, via Canonica and viale Cassarate (Lab_Comacina),
6.00 - 7.00 p.m.: official opening - Il Foce (via Foce 1)
7.00 p.m. - midnight: exhibition - various locations (see
map in booklet)midnight - 5.00 a.m.: Closing party - Il Foce
(via Foce 1)
Artistic Director: Pier Giorgio De Pinto
Association: Michele Balmelli, Al Fadhil, Jean-Marie Reynier
Press Office: Anna Mazzucco –
translation Pete Kercher