Artist, Elena Cologni will be discussing the research background of her artistic project Seeds of Attachment, which looks into the attachment between parent and child (Ainsworth, 1973; Bowlby, 1969; Freud, A.,1967) as crucial to place attachment (Seamon, D., 2013). We get attached to a place through our attachment to our family (Gordon Jack, 2010), but how troubling can it be to be detached from a place and loved ones (Bowlby, 1998)?
Cologni attempts to investigate this through the adoption of a nomadic (Braidotti) and dialogic sculpture though a non-verbal approach, she designed based on the principles of the Margaret Lowenfeld Mosaic Box (1954). Aspects of this process were exhibited at New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College of the University of Cambridge, for which she developed the series 'Intraplaces'.
This project is funded by Arts Council England
About the Artist
Cologni's in(ter)disciplinary research approach with a consistent interest in artist/audience/participant relational and perceptual dynamics has been centered around memory in the present for sometime, and in collaboration with academics (psychology, philosophy, cognitive science). Relevant projects include Present Memory and Liveness in Delivery and Reception of Video Documentation During Perfornance Art Events (AHRC funded 2004/06) in collaboration with Thomas Suddendorf, on ideas of mirror self-recognition using video delays; based on same issues, RE-MOVED, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (ACE funded 2008); GEOMEMOS, Yorkshire Scukpture Park (ACE 2009); rockfluid in collaboration with Prof Lisa Saksida, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, when a more specific interest in place in relation to memory is addressed, including the live installation Spa(e)cious (Wysing Arts Centre, MK Gallery, Bergamo Scienza) related to James Williams' concept of Specious Present (various Arts Council England grants 2011/); more recently Lived Dialectics, Movement and Rest at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, was developed in dialogue with David Seamon and on place attachment (discussed at the Leonardo Laser series of talks in London).
Elena Cologni has a PhD in Fine Art (with psychology and philosophy) from University of the Arts, London Central Saint Martins College, 2004 (CSM). Her academic positions as artist include a Post-Doctorate Fellowship at CSM (Arts and Humanities Research Council UK 2004/06), a Research Fellowship at York Saint John’s University (Arts Council of England, 2007/09). Cologni is associate of the Creativities in Intercultural Art Network (Cambridge University). Process is central to her ‘research as art practice’ approach, and she often collaborates with academics and professionals from other disciplines with open formats as part of her process. Her work include dialogic undertakings resulting in drawings, sculptures, video and text. She has performed and exhibited in the US, Europe and the UK, including: Venice Biennale (Venice), Museum of Modern Art (Bologna), Museo Tosio Martinenego (Brescia), Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Bergamo), Italy; Oslo Kunstforening, Norway; Karsy Sanat (Istanbul) Turkey; Tournai Cathedral, Tournai (Belgium); National Portrait Gallery (London), Tate Modern (London), CCA (Glasgow), Whitechapel Gallery (London), MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), UK, and has had residences at Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Wysing Arts Centre. She is the founder and director of Rockfluid, umbrella interdisciplinary project, outcome of a residency at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Experimental Psychology, awarded with two Grant of the Arts, Arts Council of England, and Escalator Visual Art Retreat at Wysing Arts Centre, Escalator live art, Colchester Arts Centre. This includes many international site specific interventions, and discussions investigation the relationship memory, perception and place.