[NetBehaviour] OPENING PRISONS: Art as Investigation & Deconstruction of Carceral Spaces - Fri Nov 4

Tatiana Bazzichelli tbazz at disruptiv.biz
Thu Nov 3 15:22:26 CET 2022

Dear all,

I would like to invite you to attend our upcoming online panel this
Friday at 5PM CET, as part of our Disruptive Fridays series:

Opening Prisons: Art as Investigation & Deconstruction of Carceral Spaces

With Sean Vegezzi (Visual Artist and Researcher, US) and Fiamma
Montezemolo (Artist and Anthropologist, IT/US). Moderated by Tatiana
Bazzichelli (Founder & Artistic Director, Disruption Network Lab, IT/DE)

Live & online chat - Friday Nov 4, 2022:
FREE Registration: https://pretix.eu/disruptionlab/df31/

This Disruptive Fridays launches a series of events heading to the SMART
PRISONS: Tracking, Monitoring & Control conference, that will take place
on March 24-26 at Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin. At the core is the
investigation of recent developments in the creation of prisons and
detention centres, with attention both on technical and ethical
implications of tracking, monitoring and control.

New York based artist and researcher Sean Vegezzi introduces his
investigative artistic project on an obscured part of New York City's
carceral infrastructure – as an artistic production commissioned by
Disruption Network Lab, whose results will be presented at our
conference during a keynote speech. The focus of his investigation is
the Vernon C. Bain Center (VCBC), an 800-bed, 191-meter floating
detention facility moored in the East River within the Hunts Point
section of the South Bronx. VCBC functions as an auxiliary of the Rikers
Island jail complex and is the primary facility for the criminal court
intake in the Bronx. Worldwide, it is the only floating structure that
was ever purpose-built as a detention facility. Vegezzi's work with
Disruption Network Lab in 2022-2023 will present the history of this
structure through a curated selection of archival materials gathered
thus far, and a commissioned video installation that will bring the
"ship" into more expansive public view from its current state of
"offshore obscurity" (Mike Ricketts, 2015).
Sean Vegezzi's talk for Disruptive Fridays starts with an extract of the
film Edgelands: VCBC, made in collaboration with Laura Poitras and
grassroots organization Take Back the Bronx / TBBX (IG, TW).

Fiamma Montezemolo works at the intersection between contemporary art
and anthropology, creating site-specific, interdisciplinary, and
cross-genre interventions that build on her long-term exposure to
borderlands and border zones. In this talk, she will focus on specific
issues related to the border as a sign of confinement and the
possibility of overthrowing its constraining connotation through certain
acts of imagination. Montezemolo will present Project Perucatti, in
which, working with architect and designer José Parral, she transformed
the historical Santo Stefano prison on the island of Santo Stefano from
an architectural center of power (the panopticon) into a volume
populated with poetic still images. She will also discuss Exit Only, in
which 'Exit Only’ is the Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History’s exit
ticket. The piece meditates on the deferred temporality of a facility
whose promise to be closed never arrives, except for those in possession
of the ‘Exit Only’ ticket. As more visitors deliberately choose to enter
in possession of this yearly ticket and with it to access and create an
art critical space, the emergency measures of wartime are gradually

Funded by Allianz Kulturstiftung, as part of the project “SMART PRISONS:
Tracking, Monitoring & Control” (July 2022-June 2023).

More information on topics and speakers:

Tatiana Bazzichelli // Artistic Director
Disruption Network Lab
E-mail for personal messages: tbazz(at)disruptionlab.org
Twitter: @disruptberlin // @t_bazz
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