from 12 to 12 May 2017

harbour for cultures in venice

eighth cei venice forum for contemporary art curators



8th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators from Central Eastern Europe.
HARBOUR FOR CULTURES. Continental Breakfast 2017.
Venice, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930)
Friday, May 12, 2017 [14.00 – 19.00]

The Forum is a CEI Feature Event and a Continental Breakfast project under the patronage of Mr Tibor Navracsics, Member of the European Commission.

It is conceived and organised by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee in cooperation with the CEI-Central European Initiative and in collaboration with transparadiso Vienna and the BM Contemporary Art Center Istanbul. 

The event is being held under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo), the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, the Central European Initiative, the Regione del Veneto, the Trieste Town Council, the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea-Trieste Port Authority, the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the University of Trieste.  It is supported by the CEI, the Autonomous Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council and the BEBA Foundation of Venice.  The Venice Forum also benefits from the possibility of using the premises of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, located in Venice.

The Forum is scheduled to take place on Friday, the 12th of May, from 2 to 7pm, at the premises of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, located in Venice(Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930 – near Campo Santa Maria Formosa).The CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators is a biennial event dealing with contemporary art promotion and the exchange of curatorial practices coinciding with the opening of the Biennale Arte.  The initiative was started by Trieste Contemporanea in 2001 and is conceived and run by this non-profit organisation under the auspices of the Central European Initiative (CEI).  The Venice Forum has been a CEI Feature Event and has regularly received grants from the CEI Cooperation Fund since 2003. [see all editions]

Drawing inspiration from the real case history of how to convert and reuse the area of the Porto Vecchio (old port) of Trieste and ideally looking for an accessible model of a shared society, the Forum’s research and discussion will be based on both the historical functions of port activities carried out for economic interest (exchanges of goods, insurance issues and commercial profit) and the idea of “suspension” inherent in the imaginary of a port (of arriving, temporarily belonging and then leaving).

The Venice Forum discussion will initiate the H/C project and will focus on the social and cultural dimensions of these issues in view of shaping an image of a “new port” where people freely exchange their own cultures, while assuring their core values, so that new profits (benefits of art and culture) are earned by the many. [read more]



There is no fee for participation but you have to register online:
The working language will be English.
How to reach Palazzo Zorzi

From the 2017 CEI Venice Forum, the H/C project will develop into a longer term and process oriented project between art and urban issues.  A two-year research work will be made up of curatorial workshops and meetings, in-depth studies, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary events based on focused questionnaires and inspired by Brian Eno’s “Oblique Strategies”.

On the occasion of the Venice meeting and in view of preparing the Second Forum SESSION IN TRIESTE [Oct. 28, 2017] and next H/C steps Trieste Contemporanea launches an OPEN CALL and invites art curators, artists, experts from other disciplines and free-thinkers to imagine an Harbour for Cultures and submit their own answers to six H/C questions.

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The H/C project has been conceived by Giuliana Carbi, Barbara Holub, Elisabetta Porro and Paul Rajakovics. H/C logo has been designed by Barbara Holub.  We gratefully aknowledge the assistance of Juan Jose Arzubialde, Gabriella Cardazzo, Dubravka Cherubini, Jessica Francesca Cipolla, Giulio Cok, Vanna Coslovich, Véronique Dauge, Virginia Dordei, Carlo Dorio, Barbara Fabro, Fabrizio Giraldi, Costanza Grassi, Diana Iennaco, Nickolas Komninos, Emanuela Marassi, Dominic Norman-Taylor, Irina Ranalli, Valeria Riselli, Manuela Schirra, Giulia Sgrò, Paolo Tassinari.