By repetition, you start noticing details in the landscape

Curator and researcher Yann Chateigné speaks on psychedelic archives and the links between Bay Area and European avant-gardes at CCA’s Curatorial Research Bureau.

Vortex Festival, Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco, 1959

Event Details


Curatorial Research Bureau, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103 United States


February 01, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Yann Chateigné presents By repetition, you start noticing details in the landscape, a collaborative multi-disciplinary project that explores the intersections among nature, technology, and community. By establishing connections between 1960s counterculture experiments in the San Francisco Bay Area, early European avant-gardes and contemporary Swiss artists and musicians, this collective research, led by Chateigné along with a group of individuals based in Geneva, highlights Terry Riley’s body of work and widespread influence.

Using By repetition as a launching point, Chateigné’s talk at the Curatorial Research Bureau will address methodological and theoretical questions related to curating psychedelia and collective research. What kind of curatorial shifts and new genealogies are possible with cooperative and interdisciplinary approaches to writing a history of the neo avant-gardes? What are the aesthetic and political implications of the renewed interest in mind-altering technologies and alternative representational strategies of psychedelic experiences? How can curating psychedelia lead to experiments in time and space in exhibition making, to specific ways of mapping, to sharing and embodying knowledge within curatorial thinking, or even to a new form of psychedelic curating?

The first installment of By repetition, you start noticing details in the landscape is comprised of an exhibition, series of concerts and a publication, will be on view at Le Commun exhibition space, l’Alhambra concert hall and Le Galpon theater in Geneva from December 2019 to January 2020 with the support of the City of Geneva.


6:00pm — talk
7:30pm — close


Yann Chateigné

Yann ChateignéYann Chateigné is a writer, curator, and professor at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD–Genève). He previously has served as dean of Visual Arts at HEAD–Genève and chief curator at CAPC in Bordeaux. Previous projects include Bringing Something Back, Bergen Kunsthall (2018), Seismology, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013) and IAO. Psychedelic Explorations in France, 1968–∞, CAPC (2008). His writings appeared in ArtforumFriezeKaleidoscopeMousse and Spike. He coedited The Archive as a Productive Space of Conflict (Sternberg Press, 2016).