Lago Mio: Lugano residency, 2020


Summer/fall 2020

We were thrilled by the numerous applications for the 2020 late summer residency in August/September, including an exhibition opening on 23 October 2020. It has been a real struggle to make our final selection, and we are all the more delighted with the well-considered choice made by our jury:

Johanna Bruckner from Vienna/Austria, based in Zurich/Switzerland, moves to Lago Mio after her residence at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome/Italy. Till Langschied, born in Frankfurt/Germany, travels from Basel/Switzerland. Diana Lelonek from Warsaw/Poland, is our non-physical guest – she is currently stuck in her apartment in Warsaw because of the coronavirus.

Johanna Bruckner (*1984) ’s work relates to ecologies of trust, care, and labor. She unsettles notions on the non/human body, intimacies, and emotional worlds produced by the ongoing transformation of technology. Her work asks how the indeterminacy of being might inform hybrid temporalities better tooled to deal with current technological, political, and ecological changes. She mainly works in the media of video, installation, and performance.

Till Langschied (*1987) concentrates his practice on the field of human hopes and dreams and investigates how they manifest themselves in the form of machines and technologies. He explores the evolving relationships between virtual and analog spaces. He first develops many of his works in digital formats and then transforms them into physical objects and installations in order to question the agency of the virtual.

Diana Lelonek (*1988) explores relationships between humans and other species. Her projects are critical responses to the processes of over-production, unlimited growth, and our approach to the environment. She uses photography, living matter, and found objects, creating work that is interdisciplinary and often appears at the interface of art and science.

The lake view residency above the roofs of the old town comprises ten rooms on 250 m2. In addition to curatorial support and housing cost takeover, Lago Mio provides a budget at free disposal, travel support, and additional production support for the final exhibition. Based on our 2019 experience, we accompany a guest who is unable to travel for legal, health, or other reasons. In 2018, Lago Mio, the first artist residency in the old town of Lugano, Switzerland, was inaugurated with a sleep-over installation by conceptual artist Johannes Willi. 2019 it opened its doors to three filmmaking artists: Chika Anadu, Zayne Armstrong, and Tobias Madison (resident in physical absence).


  • Tue, 25 February: Open call for artists
  • Tue, 17 March: Application deadline* PDF
  • Fr, 1 May: Selection of artists
  • August/September: Summer residency
  • Sat, 23 October: Exhibition opening**

Past Lago Mio editions:
Chika Anadu, Zayne Armstrong, Tobias Madison summer/fall 2019
Johannes Willi winter/spring 2018/19

More residency projects curated by Benedikt Wyss:
Explorers Film Club 2020/21
Haus #99 [last days] summer 2016


Lago Mio
Lugano artist residency
Via Cattedrale 15
6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Directors: Carlotta Zarattini (host), Benedikt Wyss (curator)
​Committee: Giulia Brivio, Samuel Leuenberger, Alice Nicotra, Claudia Scholz, Philip Selzer, Giovanna Silva, Johannes Willi
Jury: Elise Lammer, Benedikt Wyss, Claudio Vogt


Photography: Nicolas Gysin, Lago Mio

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Lago Mio Lugano
Artist residency / Residenza d'artista
Via Cattedrale 15
6900 Lugano
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Lago Mio 2019 was kindly supported by Città di Lugano, ERSL Ente e Agenzia Regionale per lo Sviluppo del Luganese, EVAV Verein für die Erforschung und Vermittlung audiovisueller Kulturgüter Basel, and SALTS Birsfelden. Partners: Associazione Turba, Deli Projects, and PRIMO Print in motion. Thank you to our crowdfunding campaign partners: Die Mobiliar, Locarno Film Festival, Artphilein Editions, and Johannes Willi. Thank you to our private supporters.