“Instructions for the woodcutters”
© Lina Lapelytė


From Monday 19th to Friday 23rd of October 2020


On the occasion of its third annual symposium “ART, SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMITMENT”, Thanks for Nothing is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries’ General Ecology project, as well as with the international magazine ArtReview.

Against a backdrop of growing antagonism and the physical closure of borders due to the health crisis, Thanks for Nothing intensified its global commitment and strengthened its international dimension at its annual “ART, SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMITMENT” Symposium.

Serpentine Galleries, in London: an institution of reference for contemporary art and environmental commitment, and its General Ecology project, curated by Lucia Pietroiusti. This event marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration, part of the General Ecology Network. The Serpentine’s General Ecology project has convened the session, “About Place”, on Thursday 22nd October.

•  ArtReview: founded in 1949, ArtReview is one of the world’s leading international contemporary art magazines, dedicated to expanding contemporary art’s audience and reach, and tracing the ways it interacts with culture in general. Aimed at both a specialist and a general audience, the magazine and its sibling publication, ArtReview Asia (launched in 2013), feature a mixture of criticism, reviews, commentary and analysis alongside commissioned artist projects, guides and special supplements.

Accessible to all, this symposium aims at bringing together international thinkers, philosophers, artists and architects around the central and decisive theme of ecology and sustainability, allowing them to exchange on their vision of commitment to future generations, particularly with the aim of building a better world.

Due to the health crisis and in compliance with the restrictions linked to it, the 2020 edition was held online from Monday 19th, to Friday 23rd, October.

Monday, October 19th

6:00-7:30 p.m. (5:00-6:30 p.m. UK Time)

Leïla Slimani, author, in dialogue with Anaël Pigeat, editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper.

Lina Lapelytė, artist and musician, winner of the Golden Lion of the 2019 Venice Biennale (with Sun & Sea (Marina) by Lapelytė, Rugile Barzdziukaite and Vaiva Grainyte), in conversation with Lucia Pietroiusti, curator of Sun & Sea (Marina) and its international tour and Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, London.

Tuesday, October 20th

6:00-7:30 p.m. (5:00-6:30 p.m. UK Time)

Carte blanche to Emanuele Coccia, philosopher

Intervention by Felix Hallwachs, managing director of Little Sun Foundation.

Wednesday, October 21st

6:00-7:30 p.m. (5:00-6:30 p.m. UK Time)

Carte blanche to Boris Bergmann, author, and Alex Cecchetti, artist and poet

“From La banque du miel to the creation of ZONE SENSIBLE. The urgency to act!” a presentation by Olivier Darné, artist and founder of Le Parti Poétique

Thursday, October 22nd

6:00-7:30 p.m. (5:00-6:30 p.m. UK Time)

In English

About Place”: A conversation with artists Fernando García-Dory (INLAND/Campo Adentro) and Isabel Lewis, moderated by Lucia Pietroiusti.

“About Place” was curated by Lucia Pietroiusti, Holly Shuttleworth and Kostas Stasinopoulos at the Serpentine Galleries

Friday, October 23

6:00-7:30 p.m. (5:00-6:30 p.m. UK Time)

In English

Carte blanche to ArtReview

« What Can Art Do? »

Norberto ‘Peewee’ Roldan, from Green Papaya Art Projects in Quezon City, Manila and Marv Recinto, Filipina critic

A conversation moderated by Fi Churchman, Senior Editor of ArtReview Asia

Click on the links to go to the registration pages where you will find instructions on how to attend the digital events.

Link to previous editions: 2018, 2019

In media partnership with The Art Newspaper.

We also thank Johanna Conte for her support to the project as Art Director and Graphic Designer.