Speakers Announced for 2020 Verbier Art Summit in Switzerland

Joan Jonas, Moving Off the Land, 2016/2018. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, 2019. Photo: FMCAC/Justin Oliphant.

From January 31, 2019, to February 1, 2020, the Verbier Art Summit in Switzerland will present its fourth edition in partnership with Jessica Morgan, Nathalie de Gunzburg Director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York. Leading speakers, based on their multi-disciplinary perspectives, will discuss the following urgent theme:


Among the confirmed speakers are artists Jennifer Allora, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Joan Jonas, Lucy Raven and Dineo Seshee Bopape; architect Adrian Lahoud; curator Elvira Dyangani Ose; and El Ultimo Grito (Professors in Design Roberto Feo & Rosario Hurtado).

The 2020 Verbier Art Summit, in partnership with the Dia Art Foundation in New York, will ask how to envision a way forward in finding harmony between art, ecology and related resources.

The leading speakers will gather for an extended dialogue in Verbier, Switzerland, to consider questions raised around resources, land and culture. The framework of the Summit allows for the exploration of a variety of subjects, ranging from:

  • the history of land art and work made in and about the land- and urban-scape
  • the resources consumed by art and institutions
  • engineering and other man made forms in the environment real and imagined landscapes
  • the future of art in the context of an ecological crisis

Pioneer in Video and Performance Art to Discuss Climate Change

The 2020 Summit opens with the artist Joan Jonas (US), a pioneer in video and performance art. Her dynamic practice recently focused on the present danger of climate change and extinction. Works including They Come to Us Without a Word and Moving Off the Land combine drawings, sculptural elements, poetry, prose and texts with moving images of oceans.

Compelling Talks by Designer, Multimedia Artist, Architect and Other Presenters

An investigation into the nature and representation of systems and how these construct our ideas of reality is provided by El Ultimo Grito, the designer and academic duo Rosario Hurtado (ES) of HEAD, Geneva University of Art and Design & Roberto Feo (ES) of Goldsmiths, University of London. The talks continue with the artist Dineo Seshee Bopape (ZA), a multimedia conceptual and visual artist exploring memory, narration, and representation by using earthly materials, archival imagery and symbols of femininity.

Our cultured landscape is explored by Adrian Lahoud (AU), architect, curator, writer and educator who examines urban spatial forms and large-scale environmental change. He is the Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London, and curator of the first edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (2019): Rights of Future Generations. A further interrogation into contemporary urban life is made by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (FR), a cross-disciplinary artist who creates and reinvents ‘environments’ to study our relationship with urban utopia and architecture.

Influence of Digital, Technological and Global Infrastructures

Inspiration is found in the work of artists such as Lucy Raven (US), a multidisciplinary artist examining the influence of the digital, technological and global infrastructures. The work of interdisciplinary artists Jennifer Allora (US) and Guillermo Calzadilla (CU) also provides food for thought. Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, they collaborate on producing work which combines rich historical backgrounds with contemporary political opinions on landscape and populations.

Elvira Dyangani Ose (ES), writer, international curator and Director of the Showroom London will offer further insights. This talk will focus on new environmental forms produced in public spaces and socially engaged practices.


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