appointed by the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture:
Kultur l lx – Arts Council Luxembourg
Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
Joel Valabrega, Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
Andrea Mancini and Every Island
Lorenzo Mason Studio
A Comparative Dialogue Act
The project of the Luxembourg pavilion challenges the entrenched notion of individual artistic authorship by presenting a collection of works where artists relinquish ego in favour of a profound exploration of collective creativity through the medium of sound.
The title, A Comparative Dialogue Act, encapsulates the nature of this experimental project – an investigation of diverse sonic languages and a contemplation of dialogue beyond the visual, into the immersive world of sound as a tool for negotiation.
This exhibition explores the potential of sound as a medium for cultivating connection and understanding. It aims to transcend the limits set by singular perspectives of what sound can lend to the acts of interpreting, distorting and appropriating.
The pavilion is conceived as an infrastructure for the transmission of sound. Technology is used to develop a local experiment investigating the transmission of knowledge and work in progress.
A programme of four residencies taking place over the duration of the Biennale Arte 2024 will transform the pavilion into a production space where each individual research will contribute to a shared body of work. An unprecedented collaboration by four emerging artists from diverse backgrounds, it brings together Spanish musician and performer Bella Báguena, French transdisciplinary artist Célin Jiang, Turkish artist Selin Davasse and Swedish artist Stina Fors to offer four intersecting approaches to the multiple ways identity, performance and sound can meet.
The artists are invited to explore the elements that define their individual practices and artistic methods. Each of them is asked to create a sound library representing their unique approach by the start of the Biennale Arte 2024. These libraries will be made available in the Pavilion space as a common tool. Each artist will appropriate and use this library to create a soundscape. The aim being to stimulate cooperation and community through an understanding and interpreting of what was made available.
The body of work, both the libraries and the residencies’ productions, will constantly be absorbed and integrated anew – challenging notions of authorship and appropriation.
Each artist will engage in a series of performances. The performance is part of the collaborative artwork and is the moment during which each artist presents his/her contribution in public. The resulting sequence of pieces will be published as a vinyl record, to be released at the end of the Biennale Arte 2024.
A Comparative Dialogue Act offers a rich composition of singular voices brought together in a blurred sound artwork that pushes the boundaries of contemporary art production.
Meet the team
Joel Valabrega, curator
Joel Valabrega (b. 1991) is Curator of Performance and Moving Image at Mudam Luxembourg. She holds a master’s degree in Architecture (Milano and Venice). Valabrega has worked within institutional contexts as well as in independent spaces. Valabrega is part of the curatorial team responsible for programming of MEGA, a Milanese project space. In the past she has worked as visiting curator at the V-A-C Foundation in Moscow & Venice (2018-2019). Recent exhibitions, performances and commissions include projects with Tarek Atoui, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Cecilia Bengolea, Trajal Harrell, Ligia Lewis, Ari Benjamin Meyers and Nora Turato.
Andrea Mancini and Every Island
Andrea Mancini (b. 1989) is a Luxembourgish artist and musician based in Brussels. Mancini’s practice is multidisciplinary and investigates the relation between space, form and the realm of sound through installations and video environments activated by performance practices. His recurrent work method consists in confronting the intangible materiality of sound, the tension it creates and the texture it unveils. Mancini’s work also uses codes from club-culture, a scene he as been a part of for a number of years under his alias ‘Cleveland’. The artist’s works have recently been shown in exhibitions, festivals and labels such as Rotondes (2023), Kalahari Oyster Cult (2023), Casino Luxembourg (2023) and Cité internationale des arts in Paris (2022), among others.
The collective Every Island was founded in Brussels in 2021 by Alessandro Cugola, Caterina Malavolti, Damir Draganic, Juliane Seehawer and Martina Genovesi. Their spatial research focuses on the role of performativity in architecture, which translates into volatile building projects and installations. Their projects develop spaces that are open to different uses and consequently abandon inherited binary and conventional models. Space becomes a design tool that defines an alternative common ground. By provoking a confrontation between the spectator and the work, Every Island ‘arrives at scenarios in which seeing, acting and imagining become fundamental’. The work of the collective has been shown in several institutions and performative arts festivals, including Mudam Luxembourg (2022), Santarcangelo dei Teatri (2022), VIERNULVIER (2022) and BOZAR (2023).
Preview days of the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia
17 to 19th April
Arsenale, Sale d’Armi, 1st Floor
Campo Della Tana 2169F
The 60. International ArtExhibition – La Biennale di Venezia will take place from April 20 till November 24.