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The city of Florence is regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The fact that the economic and commercial power structures that developed during the Renaissance also impelled the colonization of non-European worlds – among other things through linguistic and semiotic hegemony – is to this day rarely incorporated into this Florentine narrative. 

In the tourism industry and in the sciences, eurocentric categories are each in their own way persistent, even – or especially – in times of rapidly progressing globalization: even as looking outward may become more natural, it often still turns into another confirmation of the accepted master narrative.


In recent years, though, we have also seen a growing awareness of the categories and of the perceptual processes associated with it, develop in the context of a comprehensive transcultural turn. Post-colonial theoretical approaches, for example, question the role of the Latin alphabet, of printing, of language or of particular social ideals on whose flip side processes of dispossession, canonization and hierarchization of culture, memory and space unfolded – and can continue to unfold in the afterlife of the Renaissance narrative.


Since the 1990s, ethnographical and anthropological representations are being critically examined and aesthetic positionings are challenged in artistic inquiries and practices through chronopolitics and techniques of distancing. Contemporary art production is global and reflects the colonization of gazes and conceits.


In this sense the symposium Unmapping the Renaissance follows critical resurveys of the mental map of a canonical and canonizing understanding of culture and period-concept: in a dialog between science and art, whose performative practices are intended to decidedly transcend established academic formats, the event considers the connections between hegemonic sign systems, imagination and (de-) colonial practices.


Participants: Walter D. Mignolo, Professor at Duke University, Durham, USA; Mariechen Danz, artist, Berlin; Medina Lasansky, Professor at Cornell University Ithaca, NY; Maria Thereza Alves, artist, Berlin; Johannes Paul Raether, artist, Berlin, Villa Romana Fellow 2015; Hannah Baader, permanent research fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz; Artefakte // anti-humboldt (Brigitta Kuster, Regina Sarreiter, Dierk Schmidt) artist/academic group, Berlin; AFROTAK TV cyberNomads (Adetoun & Michael Kueppers-Adebisi) Black German Education, Media Art & Culture Archive, Berlin; Andreas Siekmann, artist, Berlin; Alvaro Jose Guillen Jr., artist, Los Angeles; Gala Porras-Kim, artist, Los Angeles; Adam Herring, Associate Prof. at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, United States; Liz Glynn, artist, Los Angeles; Carlin Wing, artist, Los Angeles; Gabriel Rossell Santillán, artist, Berlin.


Unmapping the Renaissance is initiated and organized by Mariechen Danz (artist), Angelika Stepken (director Villa Romana, Florence) and Eva-Maria Troelenberg (Max Planck Research Group at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz). This event is a joint project of Villa Romana and the Max Planck Research Group at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institut.


Thursday, 12 March | Giovedì 12 marzo
Sala Ferri | Palazzo Strozzi
17.00 | Key Lecture: Walter D. Mignolo |
Performance: Mariechen Danz

Friday, 13 March | Venerdì 13 marzo
Biblioteca Laurenziana
09.30 | Introduction: Il Codice Fiorentino
10.00 | Lecture: Medina Lasansky | Was there an Italian Renaissance? And Whose Was it? | 
11.30 | Lecture: Maria Thereza Alves | Some considerations about European concepts of Race since the Renaissance | 

Piazza Signoria | Ponte Vecchio
15.00 | Performance: Johannes Paul Raether 

Villa Romana
17.00 | Lecture: Hannah Baader, Mapping and Un-mapping the Maritime Renaissance
19.00 | Opening: The Anti-Humboldt-Box | A declaration 
| Performance: AFROTAK TV cyberNomads present Adetoun Kuepper-Adebisi & Michael Kueppers-Adebisi in Der Reichstag in the reMIX– Contemporary Epistemic Literature Sound & Image Archiving | Talking in Tongues. Art & Multi-Media Interventions in Times of the new Global Renaissances.

Saturday, 14 March | Sabato 14 marzo
Casa Zuccari | Kunsthistorisches Institut 
10.00 | Lecture: Andreas Siekmann 
11.30 | Lecture: Alvaro Jose Guillen Jr.

Villa Romana
15.30 | Presentation: Gala Porras Kim | Whistling and Language Transfiguration
16.00 | Lecture: Adam Herring | Place in the Sun: Synaesthetic Experience in Inca Peru
18.00 | The Anti-Humboldt-Box: A guided tour by Artefakte // anti-humboldt
19.00 | Screening | Liz Glynn

Sunday, 15 March | Domenica 15 marzo
Villa Romana
11.00 | Performance Lecture: Carlin Wing, Bounce, Ricochet, Rebound: Two Cases of 16th Century Ball Play
12.00 | Final meeting over brunch
Performance: Gabriel Rossell Santillán 


Mariechen Danz in collaboration with Genghis Khan Fabrication Co., Methods of Inscription (bodies ink), 2013.



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