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“Take off your shoes and walk along a beach through the ocean’s last thin sheet of water gliding landwards and seawards.
You feel reconciled in a way you wouldn’t feel if there were a forced dialogue between you and either one or the other of these great phenomena. For here, in-between land and ocean – in this in-between realm, something happens to you that is quite different from the sailor’s reciprocal nostalgia. No landward yearning from the sea, no seaward yearning from the land. […] There’s nothing wrong with the sailor’s nostalgia as long as we realize that he’s always wanting home both ways. What we need is to be at home – wherever we are.”

— Van Eyck A., “Our Natural Affinity toward the In-between”

For a long time the notion of the in-between has had an influential role on our spatial understanding and can support unexpected approaches to issues related to the reciprocal influence between design and space. Acting the In-between is a one-week summer school whose aim is to challenge those forms of interaction and discussion, which one experiences and practices within various institutional communication and exchange spaces.
During this interdisciplinary summer school, we will concentrate on issues related to the idea of both, university and exhibition space, as established places of education and knowledge-transfer. Taking the Free University of Bozen Bolzano and ar/ge kunst as an example, we will investigate their role as active and discursive spaces and imagine further, “other” spaces.
 The participants will be asked to develop these “other” spaces outside of the physical boundaries and the rules of the institutions and to question their characteristics. Is it possible to stimulate, in a non-conventional manner, the way we interact, discuss, show, see, talk and listen? How can these “other” spaces become tangible in the public space of Bolzano in the form of ephemeral, site-specific interventions/actions? 
Guests from different disciplines and contexts will participate in the discussion around these issues with contributions in different formats, which can vary from workshops to walks or shared dinners.

Starting with an input by the artist Alex Martinis Roe and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, the participants will work through the week on the realisation of ephemeral interventions in the public space of the city of Bolzano.
Andreas Müller, Gerhard Glüher, Matteo Guidi, and Lupo & Burtscher will hold their lectures at the beginning of the week.
A presentation in the ar/ge kunst gallery is foreseen at the end of the school.

 – SAT 10
Introduction by Roberto Gigliotti, Eva Mair and Jonathan Pierini.
Workshop by Alex Martinis Roe and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga.

DAY 2 – SUN 11
Project working day.
Evening lecture by Gerhard Glüher.

DAY 3 – MON 12
Project working day.
Evening lecture by Andreas Müller.

DAY 4 – TUE 13
Project working day.
Afternoon lecture by Lupo & Burtscher.

DAY 5 – WED 14
Project working day.
Evening lecture by Matteo Guidi.

DAY 6 – THU 15
Project working day.
Project finalization.

DAY 7 – FRI 16
Project installation and presentation.

ROBERTO GIGLIOTTI (Interior & Exhibit Design, unibz)

Roberto Gigliotti graduated in architecture from the IUAV in Venice and in Landscape Architecture from the Edinburgh College of Art. After having worked as an architect, 2003-2005 he worked as a researcher and lecturer at the TU in Darmstadt. 2005 he started working as researcher and lecturer of Interior and Exhibit Design at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen Bolzano. Since 2010 he has been associate professor at the same university. His main research interests include the forms in which architecture thinking becomes public, with a focus on architecture exhibitions, and the meaning of public space in contemporary urban structures. He is founding member of the project space Lungomare and vice-president of the ar/ge kunst gallery in Bolzano. His publications include Displayed Spaces. New Means of Architecture Presentation through Exhibitions (2015, Spectorbooks), Casa Tabarelli 1968-2008 (2008, BU-Press) and Traum Stadt Wir (co-edited with Angelika Burtscher and Manuela Demattio, 2005, Studienverlag).

EVA MAIR (Architecture, TU Wien)

Eva Mair lives and works between Vienna and Bolzano. She studied Architecture at the TU Graz and the ETSAV Barcelona and graduated in 2011 with distinction. Since 2014 she is a member of the Chamber of Architects of Bolzano.
Between 2011–2013 she led – in collaboration with Walter Angonese, Kaltern (IT) – the conversion of a commercial building in the old city centre of Bolzano, she worked on the project Symbolic actions for our present – curated by the project space Lungomare – and she was involved as organizer, editorial assistance and author in the project Displayed Spaces. New means of Architecture Presentation through Exhibitions led by Roberto Gigliotti. From 2013 to 2014 she worked as project manager for ARTEC Architekten in Vienna. Currently she is teaching and researching, as University Assistant, at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Wien and following her own projects.

JONATHAN PIERINI (Graphic Design, unibz)

Jonathan Pierini is a type designer and graphic designer. He holds a BA in Graphic design and Visual communication from the ISIA Urbino and a MA in Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague. Jonathan is currently working as researcher and lecturer in graphic design at the Free University of Bozen Bolzano – Faculty of Design and Art. He is also contract Professor at ISIA Urbino and PhD candidate at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication of the University of Reading. 
His projects are based on thorough research and passionate experimentation, with a fascination for the relationship between texts and places and the potential of designing textual places to develop dense narrative spaces. Currently his practice focuses on publishing processes and on the relationship between the production and the consumption of signs in the lived environment.
Since 2014, Jonathan is art director of MOULD, a new magazine for contemporary culture, founded by Alessio Cancellieri.

in collaboration with Teresa Palmieri.


Alex Martinis Roe is an Australian artist born in Melbourne in 1982. In 2009 she moved to Berlin, where she currently lives and works. She holds a PhD from Monash University, in which she developed feminist artistic methodologies that attempt to contribute to a collective politics of difference. Her current projects focus on feminist genealogies and seek to foster specific and productive relations between different generations, as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures. This involves developing research and storytelling methodologies, which employ non-linear understandings of time, respond to the specific practices of different communities, experiment with the dispositives of discursive encounter, and imagine how these entanglements can inform new political practices. In addition to her current research project To Become Two, she is exploring these methodological concerns in collaboration with theorist Melanie Sehgal and the research group FORMATIONS within the framework of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga

Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga works between the realms of art, architecture and urban research to explore the possibilities inherent in the intersections between social and physical spaces. Such context specificity finds working manifestation in curation, artistic production and collaborative organization, all of which point to an interest in structure as a dynamic of living and working together.
In 2006 Fotini co-founded, with Carson Chan, PROGRAM – initiative for art and architecture collaborations in Berlin, and she was one of the organizers of HomeShop, an artist-run space in Beijing, active from 2008-2013. She has been part of the committee of The Public School Berlin since 2010 and is co-running A Public Library since early 2015. Fotini was a grantee at the Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin University of the Arts (2012-2013), and is currently a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2015-2016).


Gerhard Glüher is a cultural scientist, art educator and publicist and Professor for Visual Culture and Theories and language of product design at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano. After a degree in design at the Fachhochschule Würzburg, he studied art history, philosophy and Slavic studies at the Philipps-Universität Marburg where he received his doctorate. In 2007 he was awarded his postdoctoral lecture qualification on Untersuchungen zu Bildsprachen und Ausdrucksformen neuer Medien in der zeitgenössischen Kunst at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.


Matteo Guidi is a visual artist and social anthropologist. Based in Barcelona, he operates at the intersection between art and anthropology, investigating complex contexts of more or less closed structures, i.e. high security prisons, factories, and, most recently, refugee camps. His practice looks into the ways individuals, or groups of, manage their own movement, on a daily basis, through strongly defined systems which tend to objectify them and even induce forms of self-restraint. Reflecting on unpredictable methods of daily resistance sparked by a combination of simplicity and ingenuity, he focus on contexts that are considered marginal or exceptional but, in reality, anticipate more common scenarios.
Matteo Guidi is Professor of Sociology of Communication at ISIA of Urbino – since 2014, Founder of Cooking in Maximum Security project and Co-founder of The Artist and the Stone project. He is Member of PAC Platafroma_Artistas_Catalunya since 2015, A/A Network (Art and Anthropology Network), and CoMoDo (Communicates Multiply Duties).


Andreas Müller is a German architect and exhibition designer, who lives and works in Berlin. He studied architecture at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, and he has been co-founder and co-editor of the architectural journal An Architektur. Produktion und Gebrauch gebauter Umwelt. He has held a scholarship at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and has been a researcher in the field of Urban design at the HafenCity Universität in Hamburg. He is part of the exhibition design studio Kooperative für Darstellungspolitiek in Berlin, which researches into how political and cultural issues are represented and displayed in the public arena.


Lupo & Burtscher is a design studio founded in 2004 in Bolzano by Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo. The work of Lupo & Burtscher deploys in multiple directions, from graphic and communication design to curatorial projects, from exhibition design to product design. The studio develops a wide range of design projects, and is above all interested in the multidisciplinary approach to design. Lupo & Burtscher develops corporate identities, communication campaigns, editorial projects, signage and orientation systems and communication and exhibition projects in public space. Together with artists and curators Lupo & Burtscher realize exhibition designs, books and catalogues.
In 2003 Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo founded the project and exhibition platform Lungomare, an experimental and project–related platform to rethink and expand the interdisciplinary issues among design, architecture, urban planning, art, and theory.

Acting the In-between is a cooperation between the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen Bolzano and ar/ge kunstand the Department for Building Theorie by Design, Institute for Architecture and Design, TU Wien.

Free University of Bozen Bolzano
Faculty of Design and Art
Piazza Università 1
, 39100 Bozen Bolzano

Acting the in-between is a one-week summer school open to students of all levels and young professionals in graphic design, product design and architecture.

You can make an application by sending a CV and a portfolio consisting of 5 images of your work and a short description (max 300 characters including spaces for each image) to
The deadline for applications is 29 July 2016.

The Acting the In-between summer school requires a fee of €200 per participant.

Fees do not include travel costs, accommodation and lunches. The participants will be informed about affordable accommodation and will receive a unibz student card in order to have access at the university canteen.
Participants need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as unibz accepts no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.