from 25 to 26 October 2019

the trieste session of the ninth cei venice forum

for contemporary art curators

9th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators
Trieste Session
CEI Secretariat (via Genova 9) – Friday, 25th October, from 4 to 7 pm. (via Genova 9) – venerdì, 25 ottobre, ore 16 – 19,
Trieste Contemporanea (via del Monte 2/1) – Saturday, 26th October, from 3 to 7 pm.

The 9th edition of the CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators (an event organised by Trieste Contemporanea every two years, both in Venice, during the Biennale days’ of preview, and in Trieste, in Autumn), moves to Trieste on Friday the 25th of October, to the premises of the Central European Initiative (via Genova 9, inizio ore 16) in order to continue the Venetian discussion about Forum’s 2019 topic: on methods used for determining the RELEVANCE of a contemporary artistic fact or phenomenon (how to conduct “a selective operation in the boundless expance of facts” according to historian Giorgio Negrelli).

Beside the Forum’s session of last May at the Academy of the Fine Arts of Venice, that engaged several internationa art curators and gave a significant voice to young curators (the European ones selected through an Open Call and the Italians invited from the Q-rated workshops of the Quadriennale), the Trieste Session will hear also voices belonging to different disciplines.

In the first part of the meeting (4.20 pm, working language English), among the most awaited individual contributions there is the one by Macedonian curator Suzana Milevska. Researcher in the field of postcolonial critique, gender theory, feminism and participatory art, she taught and lectured, among others, at the Columbia University of New York, Oxford University, Akademie der Kunst of Berlin, IUAV in Venice, TATE Modern in London.

The second Friday part (5.30 pm, working language Italian) will include an interdisciplinary panel discussion of Italian experts, moderator artist Roberto Paci Dalò. It will be discussed the meaning of making a selection of relevance in todays world – that sees possible the equivalence of truth and false. Among contributing researchers there are historian Paolo Cammarosano, CERM president (European centre for medieval history research), curator Guido Comis, ERPAC Villa Manin director, and graphic designer Paolo Tassinari, member of the AGI Alliance Graphique Internationale.

On Friday also a special event will be proposed (5.20 pm): it will be premiered the video work HEAR ME, realised by the last winner of Trieste Contemporanea’s SQUEEZE IT contest. Young artist Antonio Mayor Ray from Spain, winner of the Franco Jesurun Award 2018, was guided in directing it by great Polish artist Mirosław Bałka last May.

The Forum’s Trieste Session will continue on Saturday 26th October, at Trieste Contemporanea’s, where representatives of European institutions of contemporary art and science and of the Trieste International Foundation for Freedom and Progress of Science, the Central European Initiative and Trieste Contemporanea will meet in camera to define BOTH WAYS, an international art and science project, due to be co-produced in July 2020 for the Science in the City Festival in the framework of ESOF2020 (EuroScience Open Forum). The working group will include Miruna Amza, science communicator at Scientifica in Cluj (Romania), Anna Bálványos from the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, Maja Ćirić, art curator in Belgrade, Dobrivoje Lale Erić from the Center for the Promotion of Science in Belgrade, Ingeborg Fülepp from the Academy of Applied Art – University of Rijeka (Croatia).

The Forum is a CEI Feature Event and a Continental Breakfast project. | It is conceived and organised by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee in cooperation with the CEI-Central European Initiative and in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. | The event is being held under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo, the CEI – Central European Initiative, the Regione del Veneto, the Trieste Town Council, the Ca’ Foscari University and the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, the University of Trieste. | It is supported by the CEI, the Regione autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia and the BEBA Foundation of Venice. | Special collaborations in Trieste: Trieste International Foundation for Freedom and Progress of Science, in the framework of proESOF2020 activities, and Juliet Art Magazine.

The production of squeeze-it video Hear me has been carried out under the patronage of the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico in Rome and in partnership with ArtSpace–Venice, Etrarte–Udine, Institute for Contemporary Art–Zagreb, L’Officina–Trieste, Studio Tommaseo–Trieste, Vitamins of Society–Graz, vivacomix–Pordenone. It has been supported by the Regione autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia. Special collaboration: Nikamvideo, Udine.

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