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SMOKING MATERIALS is the title chosen by the curators of PILOTENKUECHE / international art program round 57 – Thom Hamer and Maria Chiara Wang – for the open studio day of the 12 artists selected for the residency that began on October 3, 2023. Event’s goal: to show the different stages of the creative process from conception, to design, to production.
Alongside the rooms dedicated to the work of individual artists, a collective exhibition space will be set up where works still in the making will be juxtaposed according to different technical and conceptual juxtapositions. Thus it is that the abstract will be placed side by side with the figurative, the colorful with the monochrome, the empty with the full, organic elements with artificial ones.

A double thread will run through the spaces and works giving voice to a coherent narrative: the ephemerality of smoke as a metaphor for the process leading to creation, combined with the tactility of materials. Brushes, oils, acrylics, ceramics, textiles, and waxes will take center stage as witnesses of artistic making and will speak to the public about a manuality linked to creation.

Smoking Materials – Open Studio

Friday, November 17

Pilotenkueche Studio

Franz-Flemming Strasse, 9


International artists:

Sarah-Mecca Abdourahman  (CA) – @thesmecca

Jo Michiels (BE) – @jomichielsart

Megan Audður (IS) – @megan.audur

“Billie” Sibylla Robertson (AU) -@mud_grub

Stefan Weich (US) – @stefanweich

José Vivenes (VE) – @vivenes35

Hanae Kawai (JP) – @Hanae-kay

Sian Kelly (AU) – @siankellyartist

Jakob Mödlinger (AT) -@mod.jack

Jay Lee (KR, US) –

Local artists:

Marlet Heckhoff (DE) – @marlet_heckhoff

Therese Lippold (DE) – @thereseme


Thom Hamer (NL) – @thomhamer

Maria Chiara Wang (IT)- @mariachiarawang


Marika Sheridan (IE) – @marikasheridan

Tessa Haverney (DE) – @tessverney

Margot Lallier (FR) – @pafolichone

Alessio Tassi (IT) – @ale_

Maria Chiara Wang

BIOGRAFIA Maia Chiara Wang (Bologna, 1981) Laureata in Lettere Moderne con una tesi in cartografia medievale, mi dedico all'arte contemporanea come critica e curatrice indipendente. Scrivo principalmente per le riviste Arte Morbida, Espoarte e Exibart e collaboro con spazi espositivi indipendenti, gallerie e istituzioni, in Italia e all'estero. Tra i progetti più importanti i testi realizzati per i cataloghi En la Herida di Teresa Margolles | Kunsthalle Krems (2019),  GE/19 Boiling Project |Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (2019) e Postumano Metmorfico | Padiglione della Repubblica di San Marino - 59° Biennale di Venezia (2022). Nel 2023 sono stata selezionata per la partecipazione al programma Gathering Spells (promosso dall’associazione internazionale BJCEM – Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée e co-fondato dall’Unione Europe), dal  NTU – Center for Contemporary Art Singapore e Nanyang Technological University Singapore per la pubblicazione di un paper su arte e cambiamento climatico, dal PILOTENKUECHE / international art program Leipzig (DE) e dalla Fondazione di Sardegna in collaborazione con il Museo Nivola di Orani per prendere parte a CONTEMPORANEA 2023. A novembre 2023 sono stata ammessa al research cluster Ecological Art Practices presso NICHE/Ca’Foscari (VE) e ho partecipato come relatrice al convegno Follow the Thread presso Parsons The New School of Design di New York. Maia Chiara Wang (Bologna, 1981) A graduate in Modern Literature with a thesis on medieval cartography, I dedicate myself to contemporary art as a critic and independent curator. I mainly write for the magazines Arte Morbida, Espoarte and Exibart and collaborate with independent exhibition spaces, galleries and institutions in Italy and abroad. Among the most important projects are the texts written for the catalogues En la Herida Teresa Margolles | Kunsthalle Krems (2019), GE/19 Boiling Project | Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (2019) and Postumano Metmorfico | Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino - 59th Venice Biennale (2022). In 2023, I was selected to participate in the Gathering Spells programme (promoted by the international association BJCEM - Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée and co-founded by the European Union), by the NTU - Center for Contemporary Art Singapore and Nanyang Technological University Singapore for the publication of a paper on art and climate change, by the PILOTENKUECHE / international art programme Leipzig (DE) and by the Fondazione di Sardegna in collaboration with the Nivola Museum in Orani to take part in CONTEMPORANEA 2023. In November 2023, I was admitted to the Ecological Art Practices research cluster at NICHE/Ca'Foscari (VE) and participated as a speaker at the Follow the Thread conference at Parsons The New School of Design in New York.