Donatella Bernardi

Donatella Bernardi is a multidisciplinary artist, academic, and manager in the field of art education. Her artistic practice is complemented by her scholarly research and teaching, spanning installations, publications, films, essays and curated exhibitions. She places particular emphasis on questions of power and power dynamics, gender, postcolonialism, intersectionality, as well as capitalism and rigorous critiques thereof.

  • Art & Energy

    Art & Energy

    Donatella Bernardi

    The conviction that an arts school can be a pedagogical nexus dedicated to the transmission of knowledge, experimentation, and research.

    If you immerse yourself at Lake Zurich, a hedge-fund office, a botanical garden, or a land-art piece built on ruins, is it possible to discern an energy particular to art? Art as a form of energy capable of encompassing the whole of life, more powerful than finance and its algorithms? Art as science or speculative fiction? We dwell in castles with Schrödinger's cat until we give form to the formless: molecules and failed soldiers, art spaces previously owned by the mafia. We share tips about the tricks of the trade—only to intervene, emancipate, culminate, collapse, and (re)emerge. Let us look everywhere for ideas, and let us be gloriously out of touch: may we grow our capacity and courage to love. Catastrophism, miniskirt, particle.

    This book arises from the activities of the MA Fine Arts program at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2019. It reflects the conviction that an arts school can be a pedagogical nexus dedicated to the transmission of knowledge, experimentation, and research as much as a locus for civic and critical debate and exhibition, involved in its community, locally and globally.

    • Paperback $27.00
  • Art, Self & System

    Art, Self & System

    Donatella Bernardi

    How an art school can be a pedagogic nexus dedicated to the transmission of knowledge as well as a locus for civic and critical debate.

    The artist as entrepreneur has become a common topic of discussion. This book, however, puts forward the notions of “self” and “system.” First, every artistic practice is self-reflexive and self-contextualizing. Second, each system an artist builds allows for innovation. Let us construct a space where we inevitably find ourselves together with others, even if we feel lonely, like a witch lost in a library of artists' books. Let us invent our right to do so. Let us enter the world of smell and write about a megalomaniac art school while documenting a generation of art students and their studios with analogue photography.

    This book arises from the 2018 activities of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). It reflects the conviction that an arts school can be a pedagogic nexus dedicated to the transmission of knowledge, experimentation, and research, as much as a locus for civic and critical debate and exhibition, involved in its community, locally and globally.

    Contributors

    Jeremy Ayer, Velibor Barisic, Donatella Bernardi, Amos Bollag, Katharina Brandl, Clifford E. Bruckmann, Gioia Dal Molin, Philip Frowein, Désirée Myriam Gnaba, Noëlle Guidon, Adrian Hanselmann, Vanessà Heer, Dijan Kahrimanovic, Maya Lama, Matthias Liechti, Romain Mader, Marisa Meier, Javor Milanov, Fidel Morf, Angi Nend, Dominic Neuwirth, Leila Peacock, Elodie Pong, Dorothee Richter, Nils Röller, Evan Ruetsch, Antonio Scarponi, Christoph Schifferli, Claudia Stöckli, Aurélie Strumans, Raphael Stucky, Jan Vorisek

    • Paperback $26.00