Urban Interventions



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20151027_140754_resizedThe research by Elena Cologni at Impington College since October 2014, is funded by the Arts Council of England to mark the 75th anniversary of the only British publicly funded building by Walter Gropius, looking back to the impact of rural community of agricultural workers migrating to the area in 1930’s.


The program devised is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and includes:

24 October -1 November, 12-4 pmA Modernity which forgets‘,  exhibition by Elena Cologni contextualised by theoretician Cristina Bogdan’s specially commissioned virtual tour, open every day
25 October: 1-3 pm: Art and the rural, workshop led by Rebecca Beinart  workshop: art and the rural

29 October: 1-3 pm. Power and Space,  workshop led by Elena Cologni  workshop: power and space

31 October: 12-5 pm: GROPIUS’ IMPINGTON, power and space, art and the rural, Symposium  symposium: power and space, art and the ruralwith contributions from other theorists and artists: Gulsen Bal, Rebecca Beinart, Cristina Bogdan, Elena Cologni, Ian Hunter, London Fieldworks, Alana Jelinek, Ian Nesbitt, Bram Thomas Arnold, Aid & Abet

The year long research Elena Cologni conducted as part of a residency at Impington College to contribute to the 75th anniversary of the only British building by Gropius, adopting an ‘art as interface in society through dialogue’ approach. Gropius modernist building’s use by the rural community (eg. agricultural workers migrating to the area in1930’s)  informed workshops, performances, sculptures,  roundtable, symposium, screenings, events and publication, including:

– ‘dialogic and interdisciplinary’ roundtable discussion (Cologni with Anna Santomauro from Vessel, Tahara Fitzwilliam from Circuit Cambridge, Julian Klein director of Institute for Artistic Research, Berlin) on the 24th of October 2014, part of the conference Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures, CIAN network University of Cambridge.

– lo scarto, site specific, Castelvetrano Selinunte, April 2015 Sicily http://rockfluid.com/lo-scarto;

lo scarto (touch), participatory investigation, July 2015 in #TransActing A Market Of Values, presented by Critical Practice and forms part of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School’s Public Programme http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2015/7/11/-TransActing-A-Market-of-Values/.

– ‘Pre-linguistic Dialogues’ at Cognitive Futures 2015 — Forging Futures from the Past: History and Cognition  Conference Oxford University, 13-15 April 2015

-Elena Cologni interviewed by Brainard Carey on Yale University Radio, May 2015 , including a preview of the work for Impington Gropius Building , available here  http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/elena-cologni/

Artistic Research: Practice and Research re-defining each other, seminar at University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, Graduate School, Wednesday 28 January 12.30-1.30. 1.30-2.30 Session 3 (chaired by Pam Burnard)

–  Lo scarto, A Dialogic Approach For The Artist As an Interface in an Intercultural Society, CARU | Arts re Search Conference 2015, Oxford Bookes

A Modernity which Forgets, exhibition at Impington Village College, October 2015, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, with related publication

-Workshops: Gropius’ Impington: art and the rural, by Rebecca Beinart and Gropius’ Impington: power, space and memory, by Elena Cologni

Gropius’ Impington: power and space, art and the rural, symposium :Introduced by the Principal Robert Campbell, contributors include: Gulsen Bal, Rebecca Beinart, Cristina Bogdan, Elena Cologni, Alana Jelinek, Ian Nesbitt, Bram Thomas Arnold -Aid & Abet among others, at Impington Village College, October 2015, Cambridge Festival of Ideas

–  I am stuck! memory and place attachment in situated art practice and research, in A & R | ARTI E RICERCA | ARTS AND RESEARCH conference, November 2015, Accademia di Belle Arti di Catania, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Education.

– ‘Reciprocal Maieutics: An Approach For The Artist As an Interface In an Intercultural Society’. In Pamela Burnard, Elizabeth Mackinlay, Kimberly Powell, The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research, London, New York, Routledge Publishing (2016)

These activities are produced by Rockfluid. This is an umbrella project addressing the relation memory-place, outcome of a residency at Faculty of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge (ACE Grant, Escalator Live art and Visual Art, 2011-13) . A substantial body of work was developed including: Spa(e)cious (Wysing Arts Centre, MK Gallery, Uk, Performace studies international, Stanford USA, Bergamo Scienza ,Italy, 2013, Institute for Artistic Research, Berlin, Germany 2012), L’elastico, Anglia Ruskin (curator Bronac Ferran) ‘Navigation Diagrams’, MK Gallery, ‘Balancing’, Doppelgaenger Gallery, Bari, Italy, Athens Biennale (2013-14) Curators Vessel .

Overall Rockfluid is a project for artistic research in dialogue with other disciplines, involving general public, other artists and academics. This residency allows me to frame my work within the dialogic approach, and underline the crucial role of art in society.


ROCKFLUID is awarded Grants for the Arts, Arts Council of England, within the Escalator Programme. ROCKFLUID is supported by Colchester Arts Centre, Wysing Arts Centre and the University of Cambridge, while opening up to other collaborating institutions.


Studio: Wysing Arts Centre
Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TX

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