The Elliptical Research Foundation is a platform for collaborative artistic research, serving as a point of convergence for a network of researchers across different fields, interests, and attitudes toward knowledge production.
The Foundation (ERF) supports joint production and exhibition, and presents the work of its founding members, Sarah Stein and Enrico Piras. The Foundation also facilitates the connection of diverse researchers for the purpose of collaborative exchange, and the outcome of these activities are presented in the journal Emergent Orbits. This publication, edited and curated by the Elliptical Research Foundation, creates a framework for two selected contributors to develop a shared research related to, but diverging from, their individual creative practices. Emergence results from a series of interactions between heterogeneous elements, producing an outcome that cannot be reduced to the sum or difference of these components of individual production.
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Sarah Stein (born 1978) is a Canadian artist and researcher from Victoria, BC, Canada, currently working in Berlin, Germany. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and a Master of Arts in Fine Arts degree from the Utrecht Graduate School of the Arts, the Netherlands. Her installations use elements of drawing, writing and video to explore the mediation of experience through perception, language, and the construction of narratives. In her research, forms are examined as indexical remains of processes of feeling, memory, perception, and knowledge.
In 2011, her work was selected for inclusion in the symposium New Directions in Drawing, Vancouver, BC, and she curated and participated in the exhibition Present Imperfect, Future Tense at Gallery Fukai, Vancouver. In 2012, she worked as an artist assistant at Documenta (13), and her work was included in the exhibitions To Follow a Line at the Campbell River Public Gallery, Campbell River, BC, Three Artists Walk into a Bar, organized by De Appel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam, and Longing/Belonging: Narrating Space Through the Experiences of a City, Academie Gallerie, Utrecht. A solo exhibition based on her MA thesis project titled The Opening: Structures of Uncertainty was presented at MEME arte contemporanea e prossima, Cagliari, Italy in November 2012.
Enrico Piras (Italy, 1987) is an Italian visual artist and researcher, based in Cagliari, Italy. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Sassari, and a Master of Arts in Fine Arts degree from the Utrecht Graduate School of the Arts, the Netherlands. His work has been shown mainly in Italy and the Netherlands; in 2011 he was selected among the winners of the award Premio O.R.A. by the gallery Zelle Arte Contemporanea in Palermo. He worked as an artist assistant and performer at Documenta 13 (2012) for the artist Paul Ryan, and participated to the Maybe Educational Program hosted in Kassel by Documenta 13. In 2012 his work was shown in the Netherlands in the exhibitions Three Artists Walk into a Bar, organized by De Appel Curatorial Programme and Longing-belonging: Narrating Space Through the Experiences of a City, Academie Galerie, Utrecht and in Italy at Zelle Arte Contemporanea in the exhibition The Ruin Gazer, curated by Maria Giovanna Virga.