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Talks | May 26 2015 6:00pm

Practices as an intersection in a Fragile Environment #3

Tuesday May 26, 2015
6:00pm (free and open to the public)
Residency Unlimited (RU)
360 Court Street (enter church building through main entrance)
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Practices as an intersection in a Fragile Environment is an ongoing curatorial project by Claudio Zecchi that takes as point of departure the fragile and precarious space to be found in the relationship between the arts and public space. Launched in Milan in 2014, this project now enters a second phase of investigation during Zecchi's current residency in New York.

It is no longer a novelty for artists, curators and institutions to look at public space as the main stage for their research and actions but the ones that Zecchi is looking at are revisiting some well consolidated dynamics. A situation of clear hybridization has emerged with the so called politicization of art and the aestheticization of politics which as Boris Groys argues delineates the fragility of the art world, as its aesthetic impact might be neutralized in favor of an immediate political and social impact.

This third discussion, moderated by Zecchi, investigates these issues from different, but also convergent, perspectives, by setting up a situation of a broadened debate between artists, curators, institutions and the public.

DAY 3
Tonight’s discussion will focus on the role of the institution, its social responsibility and practices with guests speakers Marco Antonini, Angelo Bellobono, Joy Glidden and Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria.

What is the role of institutions? Post-disciplinary or interdisciplinary art continues to have a broad impact upon artistic, curatorial and institutional practice. Following those paths created by artists, the role of the institution takes on multiple identities. As a stimulating public platform for exchange and the development of new relationships of production of knowledge or as repositories as is often the case for more conservative mechanisms.

Guest speakers will provide examples of alternative and collaborative methodologies that favor horizontal relationships, reciprocity and an inclusive approach in terms of audience engagement and dialogue.


Claudio Zecchi's 5 months curatorial residency is made possible by BCC Credito Cooperativo and an anonymous funder.

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