29 February - 5 March 2016

Different transdisciplinary approaches to think about the alternatives to conventional methods of evaluation. The tension between institutional legitimization and research practices is the central focus of the work that will also discuss strategies of research and positioning between artists and researchers, extending the reflection on evaluation, its bases and its institutional framework.

29 February - 2 March 2016
Rome, various locations

Institutions as Places of (Surplus) Value?

Excursions, conversations and direct observations of places of production of surplus value, both in the arts and in the sciences.




Monday, 29 February 2016
10.00am Open Studio

2.30pm Excursion to Tor Vergata University
(meeting point: Istituto Svizzero di Roma, via Ludovisi 48)


Tuesday, 1 March 2016
10.00am Excursion to MAXXI
(meeting point: Istituto Svizzero di Roma, via Ludovisi 48)


Wednesday, 2 March 2016
From 10.00am Installation under construction


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3 - 5 March 2016
Istituto Svizzero

Evaluation: Empirical and Critical Approaches

Evaluation in art, research, and artistic research is the key topic of this workshop. It is based on empirical and critical  approaches to current evaluation regimes and particular situations of evaluation. A concluding performance will allow  workshop participants to reflect upon the multiple relationships between framing, situation, work, and evaluation –  be it from a productive, an analytic or a critical perspective, or a renewed mixture of these aspects.



Thursday, 3 March 2016
9.00am Welcome coffee


10.00am Opening remarks:
Frames and games: on practices and politics of evaluation
Philippe Sormani (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)


10.30am ‘Measuring academic performance’? A brief genealogy
Martin Benninghoff (University of Lausanne)


12.00am Pathologies of evaluation
Olivier Voirol (University of Lausanne / Institut für Sozialforschung,
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.)


3.00pm Publishing, evaluating and punishing
Valeria Pinto (University of Naples ‘Federico II’)


4.00pm Ubiquitous evaluation?
Roundtable with Dario Gentili (University of Roma Tre), editor of special issue of ‘aut aut’ ‘Intellettuali di se stessi. Lavoro intellettuale in epoca neoliberale’, no. 365 (2015), Valeria Pinto (University of Naples ‘Federico II’), president of Società di studi governamentali and associated member of ‘ROARS’ (‘return on academic research’) network, Franz Schultheis (University of St. Gallen), professor of sociology, co-author of Le cauchemar de Humboldt: les réformes de l’enseignement supérieur européen. Paris : Raisons d’agir, 2008 – chaired by Guelfo Carbone (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)


6.00pm The good-life value of the research through the means of art
Catherine Quéloz and Liliane Schneiter (Geneva School of Art and Design)



Friday, 4 March 2016
9.30am Welcome coffee


10.00am The alchemy of the art world: doing qualitative research at Art Basel
Tina Sturm (University of St. Gallen)


11.00am Installing installations, making them “valuable”: a video analysis
Yaël Kreplak (Centre Pompidou / Musée du Quai Branly, Paris)


12.30am Performance and evaluation in situ: “superstars” in the making
Alain Bovet (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology / Neuchâtel
University of Applied Sciences and Arts)


3.00pm When art meets money: an ethnographic approach of added value production at Art Basel
Franz Schultheis (University of St. Gallen)



Saturday, 5 March 2016
When situations turn into music: another next new first take


3.00pm Open studio
with LP Company (Laurent Schlittler and Patrick Claudet)


7.00pm Record presentation (by LP Company)


7.45pm sound installation (by Giovanni Piccardi)


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Gallery: Tor Vergata University - 29 February 2016
Gallery: Evaluation: Empirical and Critical Approaches - 3-5 marzo 2016