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Event: Beyond the Crisis. For the Practice of the Commons

BEYOND THE CRISIS. FOR THE PRACTICE OF THE COMMONS

54th International Art Exhibition –
la Biennale di Venezia

S.a.L.E-Docks and Institut Ramon Llull
Catalonia and Balearic Islands
Magazzino del Sale N.2
Dorsoduro 265, Venice

9 June–30 October 2011

Project website
http://www.saledocks.org
Venezia.llull.cat
Info:
saledocks@gmail.com

S.a.L.E.-Docks in partnership with the Institut Ramon Llull is organizing a round of meetings parallel to 180º the personal exhibition of Mabel Palacín.

From June to October, the meetings will focus on issues such as: the Commons, piracy, metropolitan conflicts, China and the Euro-Mediterranean Zone and the status of the image today.

This is a transdisciplinary program where artists, historians, architects, sociologists, philosophers, curators and economists will be invited to discuss.

These are the first two sessions planned on June 2011.

In collaboration with Centro Studi Alternativa Comune.

Mabel Palacín: 180º
The Catalonia and Balearic Islands project for the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia presents a solo project by the artist Mabel Palacín that has been specifically conceived for the occasion in the city of Venice.

The 180º project alludes to the so-called 180º rule in film that establishes the relationship between the position of the camera and that of the viewer. Mabel Palacín refers to this principle to show that the relationship between the viewer and the image has been altered in the contemporary world by its multiplication and democratic use.

June 10
3pm
The Commons. A new Paradigm Beyond the Private and the Public.
– Joan Fontcuberta
– Christian Marazzi
– Ugo Mattei
– Francesco Raparelli
– Raquel Xalabarder

June 25–26 (timetable to be confirmed)
The practice of the Commonwealth in the metropolis of the crisis
Gentrification, Colonialisms, Conflicts, Arts and Architectures.
– Decholonizing Architecture (Eyal Weizman, Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal)
– Josephine Berry Slater
– Anthony Iles
– Martí Peran
*All the participants to be confirmed, please check the website

Free admission.
Info: saledocks@gmail.com
Language: Italian–English

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Project: European School of Social Imagination

SCEPSI – European School of Social Imagination
Conference 20-22 May 2011, Republic of San Marino

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM: http://scepsi.eu/en/program
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: http://scepsi.eu/en/info

Reinventing the autonomy of knowledge is the task of our time. It’s not only a political task. The epistemic foundation of research and learning as autonomous activities is at stake, when dogmas of profit, growth, competition take the lead in the old institutions of production and transmission of knowledge. This is why we are calling students and researchers, artists and scientists and social activists to gather in the first conference of SCEPSI that will take place in San Marino, on 20-22 May 2011.

Protests against the financial aggression and the destruction of the public school in the European continent are spreading, but we have to create new institutions, aimed to self organization of cognitive workers and to the reactivation of social sensibility and imagination. The conference will be the first act of the activity of the European School of Social Imagination, that in the next year will organize seminars in San Marino, and in European cities like Helsinki, London, and Oslo.

The activity of the School starts from four question: 1. How can we think the consequences to every day life in the face of a possible economic failure of the European Union? 2. How can art and poetry arouse new energies and revitalize the social field weakened by precarization and the alienation of (digital) labour? 3.How can emergent scientific imagination
reconstitute the social body? 4. How can we open up spaces for the autonomy of knowledge within the process of the marketisation and capitalisation of the education system?

These questions will be foundational for the emergent curriculum of the first year of seminars and engagements of the European School of Social Imagination. The following is the program of the conference, that may change slightly during the next weeks.

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Art: Art For Business Forum 2010

Art For Business Forum 2010: Beautiful, Fair, Effective. Transforming Organizations Through The Arts

October 22nd – 24th, 2010
La Triennale, Milano

BEAUTIFUL, FAIR, EFFECTIVE. Transforming organizations through the Arts is the title of the Art For Business Forum third edition, a great appointment where arts, culture and the world of companies interact. It will take place from the 22nd to the the 24th of October 2010 at La Triennale di Milano.

This year the Forum – organized by the non-profit association Art For Business – has been enriched with more studies, experiences made directly on field, theorical considerations and a growing sharing thanks to a wider and wider network and the important partnership with the Fondazione La Triennale di Milano.

Special guest will be Howard Gardner, phsycology scholar and head of the Harvard Project Zero, well-known to the public for his theory of multiple intelligences and considered one of the one hundred most influential intellectuals of the world, will be the.

In a time of strong economic, social and cultural discontinuity, as the one we are living, Art For Business Forum 2010 suggests the contribution of arts and culture as a strategic resource for organizations – either companies, territorial, cultural or non-profit institutions – in order to wonder about new possible solutions. For this reason the Forum suggests three open questions to build a thinking platform:

What kind of contribution do arts offer in order to develop the new skills requested by organizations to face the future?

In which way can cultural institutions become permanent learning places?

How is it possible to figure out a sponsoring model, which could produce value for the organization?

THE SCENARIO

The global economic crisis could become an opportunity for us. From History we learn that crisises are necessary as times of growth: as it happened in 1929 or in the second postwar, the old developing models are challenged and new ones are built. In the past culture has been one of the keystones leading countries out of the abyss. Therefore the only way to get out the crisis of the last few years is that of creating a project set on arts and culture. Organizations need to give up the logic of the linear cause-effect thinking in order to face the analysis in a trasversal way. Only in this way the contribution of arts and culture will be clear: culture is innovation, development and growth and, this way, an answer to insecurity and intolerance.

THE CONTRIBUTION OF ARTS

Art For Business puts out the issue that arts are the way which can help people to provide themselves of those new skills that will lead them to create innovation.

Contemporary organizations work in complex context and need people who are able to learn quickly, to build around themselves a network of relations to share knowledge and draw information. The Forum wants to suggest a reflection on the contribution that arts can offer to organizations and their people, in terms of knowledge, abilities and the management skills, which create a competitive asset.

MUSEUMS AS PLACES OF PERMANENT LEARNING

If culture can take this new role, therefore museums can be seen as strategic contexts where the relationship with arts can be an essential contribution to the organizational learning. The acknowledgement of this value foreshadows the definition of new partnerships which would overtake the concept of sponsorship: museums, together with companies, can become operative characters of our economy’s process of transformation.

FROM THE FUNDING TO THE INVESTEMENT LOGIC

Art For Business Forum 2010 is an opportunity to debate on the advantage of investing in the cultural field.

It is necessary to move from a “financing culture” logic to the one of the mutual investement. Today the true topic is to analyse items, which make up the profit of an investment, first of all the symbolical capital which is the base for the birth and growth of a social system, made by the individuals’ growth. The milestone is exactly the emphasis put on human resource: arts represent an extraordinary instrument because they support the development of those essential abilities, which will help us to face the requests of the world we live in.

Art For Business
Via Ariberto, 21 – 20123 Milano, Italy
info@artforbusiness.it
tel. + 39 02 58112940

info and programme: http://www.artforbusiness.it

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Sound of Ebb: Capitalism is an empty factory

Name: Obsil (Giulio Aldinucci)
Location: Siena (Italy)
Link: www.obsil.com

Title: Capitalism is an empty factory
Description:
This composition can be described as an imaginary (and cerebral) soundscape of the life inside one of the factories that are going to close in Italy (…in Europe, in the World). In other words, as an enormous empty space where just some of the machines are in function; a sort of desert where the human and machine sounds jumble up like gloomy mirages.

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Sound of Ebb: Same old car

Name: Damiano Rocco
Location: Padova, Italy

Title: Same old car
Description:
Crisis is a basic part of our economic system, for this it happens cyclically. Every time crisis affects our system governments uses always the same methods to face it. Funds to car industry and building trade, especially in Italy, are a constant in economic crisis times. So, to represent the periodicity of crisis and the immobility of institution, I made this loop starting from field recordings of car passing.

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Sound of Ebb: Economicrisis

Name: NicolaBogo
Link: http://nicolabogo.wordpress.com
Location: Italy

Title: “economicrisis”
Description:
the feeling of loss and of misunderstanding on 9 overlapping voices of the first ministers of the 8 major countries and the President of the European Union talking about the NEW global crisis (every speech is taken from registration of the recent G8 or the World Economic Forum). so many words that no one can understand the sense.

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Sound of Ebb: deb(e)atEs

Name: Dario Lazzaretto
Location: Padova, Italy
Link: www.noloco.it / www.dariolazzaretto.info

Title: ” deb(e)atEs ”
Description:
What happens in Italy, where every political party seems to deny this global crisis.

Left and Right of the parliament speak of exactly the same things, and don’t propose any changes at all.

This is not a political work, but just an observation. Mp3 is a popular and fast format, easy to transmit.

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