On Wednesday 29th November, Visual Arts Department of NABA and the FM Centre for Contemporary Art are staging an international seminar dedicated to those artistic practices that have rendered the display the main object of their reflection and production in the Carroponte hall at the FM Centre. After fifteen years since its first appearance as a NABA platform for curatorial debate, the annual cycle of meetings entitled The Utopian Display sets out once again with a totally renewed format.
Coming from various different experiences and geographical areas (from China to Turkey, from the ex-Eastern Bloc to Brazil) the artists in ‘Utopian Display’ will meet face to face on the more general terrain of the exhibition policies of the Biennials, of museum neighbourhoods and the exporting of museum brands as consequences of globalisation. There are many contributions from these artists to the reflections made on display techniques, and that which for years has remained invisible and unobserved now becomes the device at the very heart of their practices.
From the ‘Support Structure’ cycle by Céline Condorelli to the ‘Individual Systems’ section by Josef Dabernig and Igor Zabel at the 50th Venice Biennale, from the reading spaces of Luca Frei to the models for socioeconomic-political spaces of Can Altay, to name but a few. Rather than with the figures of the curators, after a break of eight years, the revival of ‘Utopian Display’ means to start out from the broadest and most widespread components of contemporary exhibition making: the display, audiences and means of communication.
10.00 am - Introduction by Marco Scotini
Moderator Elvira Vannini
10.30 - Céline Condorelli - Making things public
11.00 - Luca Frei - We do not work alone
11.30 - Josef Dabernig - Exhibition display as a sculptural tool
12.00 - Petra Feriancova - I cannot help myself to manipulate my own work but I can do it for the others
12.30 - 13.15 Discussion and Q&A
13.15 - 14.45 Lunch Break
Moderator Andris Brinkmanis
15.00 - Falke Pisano - Re-presentation and cultural reproduction
15.30 - Can Altay - Setting a setting
16.00 - Marko Tadić - A step back, closer to understanding
16.30 - Liu Ding - Exhibition as exhibition: a few thoughts on the Intertextuality between Artworks and Archival Materials in Exhibitions
17.00-18.00 - Discussion and Q&A