PUBLIC SPHERE: PROCESS AND PRACTICES DISCUSSION

7 April 2016, 6pm - 8pm

Focusing on the relationship between art and the public space, this discussion event is the culmination of months of conversations with artists, institutions and communities across the city undertaken by Italian curator Claudio Zecchi. Seeking to explore the fragile relationship between these two entities, this discussion aims to unearth how art engages with the local area and community, and the legacy of these relationships. Join Claudio and some of those he has met along his journey, to share your thoughts.

Produced in collaboration with BJCEM (Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée) with the support of BCC – Credito Cooperativo

About Claudio Zecchi
Zecchi is an independent curator whose field of research is a practice aimed at investigating new visions and reading of the public space as well as the role that artists, curators, institutions and the public (in its active function) perform in the contemporary society at large.
Over the years he developed medium and long term multidisciplinary projects that aim at generate, encourage and nurture a dialogue in a continues dialectical tension between different forms of thought, processes and practices.

In 2014 he launched a new interdisciplinary platform, performativepractices, along with the project Practices as an intersection in a Fragile Environment (Milan 2014; New York 2015) a project that has been conceived as a horizontal and porous long-term narration that originates from the need to reconsider from a discursive approach an almost ten-years long attention on the relationship between the arts and the public space. The process starts from the practices (basically artistic, curatorial, institutional) and moves within a fragile and precarious space such as that of the relationship between the arts and the public space.

Although the presence of artists, curators and institutions as part of the panels enabled to reach a specific audience so far, the project aims to be wider and inclusive creating the conditions to make all the contributors, the panelists as well as the general public, engaged.

From 2006 until 2013, Zecchi was co-curator of Cantieri d'Arte Public Art Project, a platform for new visions and readings of urban space and society out of which emerged several workshops and editorial projects among which:
(Workshop) Mapping the future, Milan (2012), La Ville Ouverte, Viterbo/Genova (2011 - 2012); La Forma editorial workshop, Thessaloniki/Rome, collateral events of BJCEM – Symbiosis? (2011); La forma della città, Viterbo (2011); (Publications) C. Zecchi, Ramdom: planning, sustainability and imagination (Temporary Art Review) (2015); C. Zecchi, When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out, (Temporary Art Review) (2015); C. Zecchi, Responsabilità, pratiche e tensione narrativa nel lavoro di Gian Maria Tosatti, (Arte e Critica) (2015); C. Zecchi, Una certa mancanza di Occidente (Arte e Critica); Pratiche di attivismo nel panorama dell'Euro-Mediterraneo. Il ruolo del curatore, dell'artista e del pubblico (2014); C.Zecchi – M.Trulli, New strategies of activism in the public space. A ipothesis. (2013); C.Zecchi – M.Trulli, BUTOBA MT5_registrare il rimosso (2011); Drawing a new memory (2010); Visioni Urbane Contemporanee, Viterbo (2008-2009); La città dei biSogni, Viterbo (2007-2008); Ridisegnare i Luoghi Comuni Viterbo (2006).

Since 2008, Zecchi has also provided curatorial and editorial input to the gallery De Crescenzo & Viesti Gallery (Rome). A regular contributor to Arte e Critica (ITA) and Temporary Art Review (USA), Zecchi is curator of: Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment, Milan (IT) (2014), New York (2015) and co-curator of: 2013, Errors Allowed, 16th Mediteranean young art Biennial Ancona (IT); 2012, Disorder BJCEM project for World Event Young Artists in Nottingham, (UK); 2011-2012, La Ville Ouverte (a residency program focused on different aspects of the relationship between art and public space in the Mediterranean area, questioning the nature of the urban space and the role that art can play activating different forms of partecipation of citizens), Casablanca, Viterbo and Genova (MA/IT); 2011 La Forma della città, Viterbo (IT); 2008-2009 Visioni Urbane Contemporanee, Viterbo (IT)

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