Fellows in Residence


Bogliasco Fellowship Recipients
Spring 2023 - Group 1 & 2


ARCHITECTURE

Joshua Stein

Joshua G. Stein – Professor of Architecture & Sustainable Practices, Woodbury University / Principal, Radical Craft – United States

Joshua G. Stein will be developing an ongoing research project, The Geological Atlas of the Built Metropolis, which reimagines the city’s seemingly discrete architectural objects as a continuous geological landscape that traces material trajectories backwards in space and time, suturing the city with the sites of extraction and production and the laboring populations it has historically attempted to push outside its identity.

DANCE

Rashaun Mitchell

Rashaun Mitchell – Choreographer – United States – Van Cleef & Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Dance

Project in collaboration with Silas Riener

Rashaun and Silas draw from their embodied “Desires Lines” practice – which combines improvisatory movement, vocalization, and object manipulation – to build Open Machine, a site-responsive, community-oriented performance installation. Open Machine interrogates the tension of the virtual and the real, where logics and syntaxes of coding and game theory are applied to live bodies and relational scenarios. Projected footage, documented scores, and audience participation influence performers’ paths and expose the mechanics of creation.

Neta Pulvermacher

Neta Pulvermacher – Choreographer, Associate Professor of Dance, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance – Israel

Since her parents' passing, Neta Pulvermacher has become increasingly obsessed with her German Jewish family history. The inevitable passing of the last living links to her family’s past, raises deep questions about the ephemerality of memory, history and experience. When the last person who remembers is gone, whole worlds, events, aunts, uncles, distant relatives and acquaintances disappear forever. In The Archives, she seeks to conjure a richly layered post memory performative landscape, where traces of these memories might hover.

Silas Riener

Silas Riener – Choreographer – United States – Van Cleef & Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Dance

Project in collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell

Rashaun and Silas draw from their embodied “Desires Lines” practice – which combines improvisatory movement, vocalization, and object manipulation – to build Open Machine, a site-responsive, community-oriented performance installation. Open Machine interrogates the tension of the virtual and the real, where logics and syntaxes of coding and game theory are applied to live bodies and relational scenarios. Projected footage, documented scores, and audience participation influence performers’ paths and expose the mechanics of creation.

FILM/VIDEO

Caterina Borelli
Photo Noira Guicheney

Caterina Borelli – Filmmaker – Italy

Giovanna’s century - an image book project - traces the evolution of the role of women in Italy in the XX century, through the story of one of them, Giovanna Moro (1920-2012). Giovanna's story will be a composite of different experiences and will come to represent that of all women in the country. By underlining and showing the relevance of the connection between personal and public events, the book will follow the pattern set by the 1970’s Italian feminist motto: The personal is political.

HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIP

Corinne Kratz

Corinne A. Kratz (Visual Arts-Scholarship) – Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and African Studies Emerita, Emory University – United States

Corinne Kratz's book project, Rhetorics of value: Exhibition, Design, Communication, examines exhibit design as central to understanding how museum exhibits create and convey meanings and values. It analyzes exhibits as multilayered communication that artfully combines such media as objects, texts, images, lighting, space, and narratives to fashion the persuasive form of designed space. Through design, exhibits can shape the ways we know, the stories we tell, and our contours of meaning and engagement.

Catriona Seth

Catriona Seth (History) – Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, All Souls College, University of Oxford – United Kingdom

Catriona Seth's current project concerns a talented Scottish painter, Katherine Read (1723-1778), whose career took her from Dundee, where she was born, to France, Italy, England and then India. She defies most of our expectations regarding women artists. Seth is trying to piece together her different networks. She aims to examine the success Read achieved in her lifetime, particularly as a portraitist, and the way she shaped her career, but also the reasons for her absence from the canon.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Laura Burnett

Laura Burnett – Landscape architect – United States – Van Cleef & Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Landscape Architecture

Project in collaboration with Martin Poirier

Grounds for design | examinations and interventions at Bogliasco. This collaborative project seeks to understand the Villa dei Pini grounds, then prepare design interventions shaped through interaction with other fellows. The product will be drawings and sketches organized as a framework for understanding the history, function, and vision of the place.

Martin Poirier

Martin Poirier – Landscape architect – United States – Van Cleef & Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Landscape Architecture

Project in collaboration with Laura Burnett

Grounds for design | examinations and interventions at Bogliasco. This collaborative project seeks to understand the Villa dei Pini grounds, then prepare design interventions shaped through interaction with other fellows. The product will be drawings and sketches organized as a framework for understanding the history, function, and vision of the place.

LITERATURE

Melissa Febos
Photo Beowulf Sheehan

Melissa Febos – Writer/Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of Iowa – United States

While in residency at Bogliasco, Melissa Febos will be working on her fifth book, The Dry Season, a deeply researched memoir about the author’s year of celibacy, an expectedly sensual and revelatory time during which she examined her own intimate patterns and their cultural underpinnings, and began a wide-ranging exploration into the lives of women throughout history who used celibacy and other forms of divestment to forge radical paths of liberation.

Terry Kurgan

Terry Kurgan – Writer and visual artist, Research Associate at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research, and staff member of the School of Creative Writing, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg – South Africa

Terry Kurgan will work on Patrimony: My Father Myself—the title piece in a linked collection of essays circulating around her soldier/father’s 1948 Arab/Israeli war album. The essay will discuss two photographs, both shot at the edge of graves—one in Ein-al-Beida, Palestine, and the other in a forest outside Panevėžys in Lithuania—as entry point to the taboo subject of the entangled histories, injuries and trauma resulting from the catastrophic impact of both the Holocaust and the Nakba.

MUSIC

Allie Martin

Allie Martin – Ethnomusicologist, Asssistant Professor, Dartmouth College – United States

Gentrification is often considered through a visual lens, where development and neighborhood change are seen. But what does gentrification sound like? Intersectional Listening: Gentrification and Black Sonic Life in Washington, DC engages the sounds of gentrification, drawing from ethnomusicology, Black Studies, and digital humanities. At its heart, the book is an ethnography how Black people throughout the city are experiencing gentrification as a sonic, racialized process.

Camilo Mendez

Camilo Mendez – Composer, Assistant Professor of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University – Colombia/Hong Kong

Camilo Mendez intends to work on Aira/Sonora for prepared/enhanced string quartet. This work is part of the compositional cycle Archipelago Sierpinski. The piece will be scored for a prepared/enhanced string quartet and will be produced in collaboration with the JACK quartet.

Steven Takasugi

Steven Kazuo Takasugi – Composer, Associate of Music, Harvard University – United States – Aaron Copland Bogliasco Special Fellow in Music

Steven Takasugi will complete the orchestration for his Piano Concerto for pianist Roger Admiral and the SWR Symphony Orchestra for the Donaueschingen New Music Festival and will finish the score for a new septet for the Montréal-based ensemble, No Hay Banda. Takasugi will also prepare audio samples freshly recorded by Ensemble Tzara in Zürich for a new septet and will design the choreographic notation and audio stage directions for a percussion trio for the Melbourne-based ensemble, Speak Percussion.

THEATER

Amy Cook

Amy Cook – Professor of English & Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, College of Arts and Sciences, Stony Brook University – United States

Shadow Play explores works of art that enable us to tell and retell our own story of loss and grief, to dance with what is missing. Dawoud Bey’s “Birmingham Project,” Itaru Sasaki’s Wind Phone, and various public memorials, for example, stage or render present loss for the purposes of metabolization and transformation. The project is punctured throughout by the artefacts of Cook's own loss: voicemail messages to the dead and the dying.

Melisa Tien
Photo Tom Matthew Wolfe

Melisa Tien – Playwright, Professor of experimental theatrical writing, Sarah Lawrence College – United States – Bogliasco and Baryshnikov Arts Center Joint Fellowship

Melisa Tien will be working on an opera about Chinese American architect I.M. Pei and the challenges he faced in constructing the glass-and-steel pyramid that was added to the Musée du Louvre during its renovation in the 1980s. The opera relates Pei’s struggles to realize his proposed design, his eventual transformation of the Louvre and its identity, and perhaps most significantly, how tradition and nationalism can sometimes become obstacles to the forward trajectory of a culture and a people.

VISUAL ARTS

Carlos Estevez

Carlos Estevez – Visual Artist – United States

During his residency, Carlos Estevez will continue working on his tarot card series, which include the Cosmic Tarot deck. His new piece will be called Tarot Bogliasco and will be based on Estevez's personal experiences. More specifically, the cards will be inspired by his relationship with his surroundings, the local culture and exchanges with other residents. Tarot Bogliasco will be a kind of existential diary in the form of visual poetry, capturing his daily life in Bogliasco.

Georgette Maag

Georgette Maag – Visual Artist – Switzerland – Fondation Gianni Biaggi De Blasys Special Fellow

Georgette Maag's artistic research is based on observing and enhancing environmental perception, in the tradition of Strollology. Unlike her former studies in the historic center of Genoa, she will this time concentrate on the landscape, exploring the surroundings of Bogliasco with her camera, collecting moments that manifest the interaction of man, nature, environment, time, and ephemerality in a multi-layered way. The footage will be developed into atmospheric poetic video installations.