Emilio Fantin: Artist Talk & Short Film Premiere

Emilio Fantin
"Integratore (dettaglio)". Photo credit Claudio Favero.

Monday, November 8, 6pm
Logan Center Penthouse Room 901

Visiting artist, Emilio Fantin, will present a live and in-person performance/workshop to members of the UChicago arts community.

Presented in alignment with 'Emilio Fantin: Dreaming is Common to All'


Logan Center Health & Safety Protocols

Events at the Logan Center are open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago and Logan Center vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

All visitors to the Logan Center over age 12 who are attending public events in venues with fixed seating must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks. By exception, visitors who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or due to a sincerely-held religious belief may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event, or proof of a positive test 14-90 days prior to the event with affirmation that you are not experiencing any symptoms. Proof of vaccination or COVID test must be in English. University of Chicago students and staff subject to the University’s vaccine requirements may demonstrate proof of compliance by presenting their UChicago ID (UCID).

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Emilio Fantin sets the conditions for dialectic exchange between differing forms of knowledge-- from mathematical logic, to agriculture, to the world of dreams. He investigates the relationship between plants, earth and other forms of life through the lens of biodynamics, making manifest their aesthetic character through implementation of artistic process. 

His forays into the field of logic aim to illuminate boundaries between reason and intuition as fertile ground for provocative insight and overlap.  Fantin operates from the conviction that flow, impulse, intention and movements of thought--albeit subjective, invisible, and immaterial--constitute the very real origin of concrete and manifest fact.

Fantin creates spaces and situations which facilitate a sharing of the non-geographic zones of sleep and the dream. In these zones, intense dynamics of exchange are generated--what Fantin refers to as "the social aspect of dreams", a search for those unique and hidden bonds that animate the life of a community.

Fantin's practice is particularly engaged with pedagogy as a form of dialogue, expressed as the Art of Conversation, alongside the concept of Invisible Community, in which the poetic and evocative aspects of social life become daily practice.

Since 2005, he is Professor of Architecture and Society at the University of Milan Polytechnic School of Architecture, where an early pedagogical experiment he co-founded developed into the experimental educational laboratory known as  "Architecture and Art in Public Space". During this period, he established the  "Public Art Observatory", a research facility for art in public spaces.

Fantin currently leads the “Dynamica” project, a nomadic study group dedicated to cross-disciplinary research into the relationship between differing areas of knowledge. He is co-founder of the Lu Cafausu project at the Lac o le Mon Foundation, a residency and center for artistic research in San Cesario di Lecce, Puglia. He has lectured widely, including the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), and has collaborated with the Free Home University, sponsored by the Musagetes Foundation, Ontario (2013/14). 

Emilio Fantin has exhibited in major Italian and international exhibition venues including: Sensibile Comune GNAM, Galleria Nazionale Arte Moderna, Roma (2016); ASU Art Museum at Arizona State University (2013), Documenta 13 (2012); Frasq, International Festival of Performance, Paris (2011); Performa, New York, (2007); Venice Biennials (1993, 1999, 2008).