October 12. ‘Local Encounters #4: Elena Agudio/Savvy Contemporary’ at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

Elena Agudio is a Berlin based art historian and curator. Her research is focused on the sharing and exchange of knowledge and skills across disciplines and cultures. She studied Art History at the University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari and in 2010 she received her PhD in Art and Design at the University of Palermo. From 2005 to 2010 she lectured at the University Iulm of Milano and at the University of Architecture of Palermo. Since 2007 she is writing for and coordinating the direction of the Italian art magazine Art e Dossier.

She is artistic director of the non profit association AoN_a platform for Neuroscience and Art, a project in collaboration with the Medical University of Charité and The School of Mind and Brain of the Humboldt University encouraging both a dialogue and lasting cooperations between contemporary art and the cognitive sciences, for which she has been curating projects at the Deutsche Guggenheim (Berlin) and the Library of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice).

Since 2013 she is artistic co-director of SAVVY Contemporary, a non profit Berlin based art space founded and directed by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, where she is curating and co-curating exhibition projects, discursive programmes and series, among which – currently – Speaking Feminisms dedicated to an exploration of current feminist practices and alliances, That, Around Which The Universe Revolves investigating ryhthmanalysis and the interrelations of space and time, memory, architecture and urban space, How Does The World Breathe Now, a film screening series critically reflecting on our now and the role of art in the society, and SAVVY Funk, a radio programme and exhibition for Documenta 14.

Among the most recent curated exhibitions and projects: Ivana Franke: Retreat Into Darkness. Towards A Phenomenology Of The Unknown (Schering Stiftung, Berlin), Amos Gitai. The Law Of The Pursuer(Forum Expanded, Berlinale 2017, SAVVY Contemporary), What The Tortoise Murmurs To Achilles (SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin), Feedback Control Mode (HALLE 14, Leipzig),The Ultimate Capital is the Sun. Metabolism in Contemporary Art, Politics, Philosophy and Science (Exhibition, Symposium, Publication), nGbK, Berlin; Giving Contours to Shadows, Berlin (nbk, SAVVY Contemporary, Maxim Gorki Theater, Gemäldegalerie), Marrakech, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos; Embodied Cognition (…) An interdisciplinary dialogue addressing Tino Sehgal’s work, (30th-31st May, 2013), Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s Library, Venice; In Other words – The Black Market of Translations / Negotiating Contemporary Cultures (3 March/15 April 2012), NGBK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin; Totem and Taboo. Complexity and relationships between art and design (Oct/Nov.2011), Museum Quartier, freiraum quartier21, Vienna;

She is member of SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network organized by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
She was curator in residence at CRIS (Curatorial Residency in Stockholm) and in autumn 2017 will be at Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) organized by HIAP.



Local Encounters’ at Bethanien Künstlerhaus.

This program aims at introducing to you a series of local projects, with a recognized trajectory and fully engaged in the local scene. The agents invited to present their projects are key practitioners to enter in contact with the diversity of the art spheres in Berlin. The objective of these encounters is twofolded: On the one hand, they will facilitate a deeper knowledge of the cultural infrastructure of the city; on the other hand, they will provide the chance of a series of meetings in an informal atmosphere that might facilitate long time contacts.

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