PennDesign Fine Arts Lecture @ ICA: Not VitalThursday / 1 / March / 2012 / 6:30pm
PennDesign Fine Arts Series
"When Architecture Is Sculpture"
Not Vital explores the potential of different materials, people, and places around the world. Vital's curiosity for the world can be observed in particular periods throughout his career: he has spent time with third-generation Venetian glass blowers in Murano, Tuareg silversmiths in Niger, and papermakers in Bhutan. The juxtapositions found in relation to different places stimulate Vital's intense need to experiment with materials (conventional or otherwise) and new artistic practices and to see how other cultures create objects.
Not Vital (b. 1948, Sent, Engadin, Switzerland) studied in Paris and Rome before moving to New York in 1974. At present, he lives and works in the Engadin, Beijing, Italy, Rio de Janeiro, and Patagonia. Vital's major recent solo exhibitions include âPlateau of Humanityâ at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001); âNot Vital: Agadezâ at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (2005); âNot Vitalâ at The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, (2006); âNot Vital: Schlafendes Hausâ at KÃR Kunsthalle Wien public space karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria (2009 â 2010); and âNot Vital: Full Onâ at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2011).
Presented by ICA and the School of Design, Department of Fine Arts.
image: Not Vital, House to Watch the Sunset, 2005, Agadez, Niger.