Date of Publishing:
June 18, 2021

Teaser-Image: Marianna Vecellio 2021

HASENHERZ Compost: a model for a fluid/co-evolutive and co-generative curatorial practice

26 June 21, 16:00-17:00

An event within the Viennal Biennale for Change 2021. LiveStreamed with the youtube-Channel of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Meeting-ID: 687 0326 2399

Kenncode: 793892

As an intellectual metaphor, Compost responds to the present time’s complexity as a format able to offer various perspectives to consider new cultural productions and speculative reflexions about social and ecological urgencies. The research is based on the expansion of the concept of species, gender, diversity and collectivity to configure a new form of subjectivity increasingly linked to the ecological and social dimensions of the world. Compost as a collection of practices on the process of decomposition highlights the life itself in which everything is connected and entangled with one another. 

Compost is a formal model of fluidity and co-evolutionary space on which Marianna Vecellio focuses her personal research and curatorial practice. On the occasion of her speech based on the idea of an entangled reciprocity, she intends to offer an encounter with philosopher Leonardo Caffo, in the form of a flexible and open performance. Caffo will discuss the relationships between art and anthropocentrism, also analyzing some unusual characteristics of anthropocentrism such as the definition of "youth”.

In 2019, in collaboration with the curatorial collective a.titolo she has created COMP(H)OST a project that combines the notion of composting and hospitality, supported by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin. For more information:

Moderated by Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond the HASENHERZ or the Pleasures of the Moving Image and Word sessions present artistic research from academic and non-academic background to a wider audience. By means of repetition and an open and receptive conversation between the audience and invited artistic researchers, new ways of artistic and curatorial practice and their novel ways of knowledge work will be introduced to the audience.

MARIANNA VECELLIO is a curator and art historian, graduated in History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Rome, La Sapienza.Since 2012, she has been Curator at the Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli – Turin – where she has worked since 2007.

For the Castello di Rivoli, she conceived and created exhibitions and publications paying particular attention to subjectivity in the digital society. These include aaajiao. Deep Simulator (2020), Renato Leotta. Sole (2020), Claudia Comte (2019-20), Michael Rakowitz. Imperfect Binding (2019-20), Pedro Neves Marques (2019-20), Hito Steyerl. The City of Broken Windows (2018-19), Cally Spooner (2018-19), Anna Boghiguian (2017-18), Cécile B. Evans (2017-18), Ed Atkins (2016-17), Rachel Rose (2016- 17), Paloma Varga Weisz (2015-16), Manifest Intention (2013-14), Massimo Grimaldi. Before The Images (2009). Also she conceived and curated transdisciplinary projects such as Abitare il minerale (2018) and Comp(h)ost (2019-20) which, between ecology and posthuman, explores new forms of coexistence and transformation of the living. Curator of various monographs such as John McCracken and Luigi Ontani, she has collaborated on various catalogs, including the monographs Gianni Piacentino, Robert Overby. Works 1969-1987 and Giorgio Griffa. Works: 1965-2015. She has published with international institutions, including Whitechapel, London, Le Consortium, Dijon, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Le Center d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Fondation Serralves, Porto and has collaborated with Italian and international magazines such as Flash Art and L’Officiel. Since 2016 she has curated the residences program Curva Blu located on the island of Favignana, which was attended: Trisha Baga, Diego Marcon, Giulia Cenci, Stephen G. Rhodes and David Horvitz. Also for INCURVA he also curated Sivilization’s Wake by Stephen G. Rhodes and Barry Johnston (Palermo, 2018).

LEONARDO CAFFO is philosopher and writer. Currently he is a Philosopher in Residency at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art  and former curator of the Public Program at La Triennale Milano and former professor of Ontology at Politecnico, in Turin. He is professor of Philosophy of Art, Art Direction and Philosophy of Fashion at NABA in Milan, and Faculty Member at Made Program (Sicily). His latest book Essere Giovani (2021) is published by Ponte alle Grazie. Forthcoming English book is Human Fragility (Palgrave MacMillan 2022).