curated by Alessandra Poggianti
ANNA’S WEEKEND, A SETTING
by Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann
Opening, Saturday 24 March 2018 at 4pm
Piazza dei Servi, Lucca
Dates 25 March – 15 April 2018 by appointment
“Thingness”, the annual program of artist’s residences curated by Alessandra Poggianti for Terzopiano, presents its first appointment dedicated to Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann. The French artist presents Anna’s Weekend, a setting a project produced by Terzopiano which was shown in 2016 in occasion of the Salone del Mobile in Milan in via Farini, curated by Simone Frangi.
Now, Saturday 24 of March 2018 for the first time in Tuscany, in the spaces of Terzopiano, Anna’s Weekend, a setting expands and adapts to its new environment.
Anna’s Weekend, a setting “It’s a collective appointment, a work zone, a workshop made available at the heart of an arts centre for a specified time. It’s a research tool, a practical approach towards and for the community, DIY between endangered institutions and philanthropic sponsors. It’s a question of luck and necessity, a pleasurable task, never a problem. It’s a fluctuating group, a variable geometry embodied, each time, in a unique manner. It’s an elementary principle: making items of furniture, furniture for daily use based on a wish list devised by the hosts/guests. It’s a moral contract and a production contract. It’s imagining design as a series of accidents. It’s an accident. A unique meeting between the members of a transient group. It’s the sharing of a practice, in a one-off and intensive fashion. It’s a group of reciprocal interests, a division of roles, of know-how of transmission and redistribution and superimposition of responsibilities. Of contradictory positions and ambiguous approaches. It’s horizontal. It’s work of distinction, of interchangeability, of multifunction and hybridisation. It’s an attempt. An open story. A test, a prototypical zone. It’s lemon zest. It’s a practice that defines its own method at each appearance, a work protocol that is a form in itself. Concrete experimentations. Suppositions. Sequences of form, of collaboration, of independence and community. It’s expending or conserving energy. It’s an analysis of the banal as a method and a working exercise. It’s a project of furniture, functional and hybrid, as a rampart against power and the banality of standardised, administrative furnishings. It’s a sorting zone for imagining solutions. For the comfort of the body and the heart. It’s inventing other approaches to design, planning other spaces, predicting other environments, imagining other lives. It’s offering travelling companions with whom one can discuss it. It’s choosing to evolve in a more generous context. It’s an open specification document. Aesthetic exercise and conceptual declaration. It’s generating furniture from the interior, adapting the final structure to the logical variables of the constraints of the location and its activities. It’s a contract that is defined during the process, prototypes of varying uses, benevolent collaborations. It’s a production choice: not of an original, of numbered pieces, but of prototypes, of experimentations of coordinated systems and independent expressions. It’s a non-professional and rigorous cooperative. It’s a different relationship with the world, more sophisticated, more elastic, more complex. It’s a story and its writing. It’s cinema without the image, but with volume, for the body. It’s a specific communication. It’s an invitation. AS WE. “ Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann
“Thingness” is an annual program of artist residences designed to achieve new productions connected to the idea of the object and of its “being a thing”, (Heiddenger, “Discourse on Art”). Therefore, the object is not intended in its functionality, but as Roland Barthes suggested, as a device able to trigger symbolic visions, a means of significance, a spread sign, a really true text. In this way the object serves as a relationship between the action and the human being, contributing to assemble a new social potential and give a different value to material life. From here it is possible to rework a utility’s ideology.