27 Sep 2019–28 Sep 2019

Pétunia

  • Project Location
  • co. (company projects)
  • 1237 4th Street NE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55413
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  • Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis "Goethe in the Skyways"
  • City Center, Skyway Level
  • 40 South 7th Street, Suite 208
  • Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Passages: a symposium including film screenings, performances, panel discussions, and many thought-bending lectures in the iconic Minneapolis Skyway System.

–with Jennifer Newsom/Dream the Combine, Elsa Dorlin, Interesting Tactics, Cameron Gainer, Brandon Hundt, Bill Lindeke, Alexandra Midal, Andy Delany/OOIEE, Sarah Petersen, Emilie Pitoiset, Daniel Shinbaum, Emily Stover, Sandra Teitge, Susana Vargas Cervantes, and Ramaya Tegegne.

Europe-based feminist art and culture magazine Petunia is organizing Passages, a weekend symposium of performances, screenings, readings, and discussions at co. (company projects)/The Third Rail and at the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways in the city’s iconic skyway system.

Passages, of course, refers to the skyways as physical passageways. It also, in this case, refers to passing the baton in a relay race. This handoff, or passage, is an apt metaphor for several of the contributing spaces, organizers, and magazines who are participating in the symposium and are themselves transitioning to new manifestations, handing over their own legacy. Finally, Passages refers to a book written by Walter Benjamin dedicated to the famous 19th-century urban Parisian arcades, one of the direct forerunners of Minneapolis’s skyways. Benjamin used those urban features as a pretext to discuss other subjects, just as this symposium will use the skyways to think about legacy, traces, private and public spaces, and more.

Coinciding with the conclusion of both Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways and the relocation of co. (company projects), the aim of the two-day symposium is to invite critical feedback while reflecting on the notions of transition, transmission, commitment to the local, as well as reflecting on this peculiar urban space/architectural environment: the Minneapolis Skyway System.

The symposium is preceded by a month-long film program There is No Neutral Space that introduces the writers, theoreticians, and artists who have been featured in Petunia or films that have been reviewed within the journal since 2009, such as Lizzie Borden, Kathryn Bigelow, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Alexandra Midal, Caroline Mesquita, Michelle Naismith, Lili Reynaud Dewar, and Emily Wardill. There is No Neutral Space will take place at co. (company projects) every Wednesday in September.

This project is supported by Etant Donnés Contemporary Art, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the French Ministry of Culture and Institut Français-Paris, the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, the ADAGP, and the CPGA.

Performance by Ramaya Tegegne with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Clothing for the performance by Emilie Pitoiset sponsored by agnès b.

  • Info

Passages: a symposium including film screenings, performances, panel discussions, and many thought-bending lectures in the iconic Minneapolis Skyway System.

–with Jennifer Newsom/Dream the Combine, Elsa Dorlin, Interesting Tactics, Cameron Gainer, Brandon Hundt, Bill Lindeke, Alexandra Midal, Andy Delany/OOIEE, Sarah Petersen, Emilie Pitoiset, Daniel Shinbaum, Emily Stover, Sandra Teitge, Susana Vargas Cervantes, and Ramaya Tegegne.

Europe-based feminist art and culture magazine Petunia is organizing Passages, a weekend symposium of performances, screenings, readings, and discussions at co. (company projects)/The Third Rail and at the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways in the city’s iconic skyway system.

Passages, of course, refers to the skyways as physical passageways. It also, in this case, refers to passing the baton in a relay race. This handoff, or passage, is an apt metaphor for several of the contributing spaces, organizers, and magazines who are participating in the symposium and are themselves transitioning to new manifestations, handing over their own legacy. Finally, Passages refers to a book written by Walter Benjamin dedicated to the famous 19th-century urban Parisian arcades, one of the direct forerunners of Minneapolis’s skyways. Benjamin used those urban features as a pretext to discuss other subjects, just as this symposium will use the skyways to think about legacy, traces, private and public spaces, and more.

Coinciding with the conclusion of both Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways and the relocation of co. (company projects), the aim of the two-day symposium is to invite critical feedback while reflecting on the notions of transition, transmission, commitment to the local, as well as reflecting on this peculiar urban space/architectural environment: the Minneapolis Skyway System.

The symposium is preceded by a month-long film program There is No Neutral Space that introduces the writers, theoreticians, and artists who have been featured in Petunia or films that have been reviewed within the journal since 2009, such as Lizzie Borden, Kathryn Bigelow, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Alexandra Midal, Caroline Mesquita, Michelle Naismith, Lili Reynaud Dewar, and Emily Wardill. There is No Neutral Space will take place at co. (company projects) every Wednesday in September.

This project is supported by Etant Donnés Contemporary Art, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the French Ministry of Culture and Institut Français-Paris, the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, the ADAGP, and the CPGA.

Performance by Ramaya Tegegne with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Clothing for the performance by Emilie Pitoiset sponsored by agnès b.

Artist Bio Related Events

Pétunia

Pétunia is a fine feminist publication on art and culture founded by artist Lili Reynaud Dewar, writer and curator Dorothée Dupuis and cultural producer Valerie Chartrain in 2009. A yearly journal, it presented visionary, nonconformist and radical views at the intersection of art, architecture, film, design, fiction and other cultural fields.

If Petunia ceased to exist on paper after completing a seven year cycle, the spirit remains and reappears occasionally. Since then it indeed operates as a discursive situation maker, exhibition curator and other non expected ways.

Valerie Chartrain

Valerie Chartrain is a curator, editor, publisher, and writer focusing on art, spirits, and probable futures and one of the co founders of Petunia. When not in the art world, she writes about spirits and curates knowledge in the wine and spirits industry while working as a strategic researcher for companies imagining their futures. In September 2019 she will lead the Passages Symposium.