Bologna (Italy) : GAP / Public art Forum - 15-16 May, 2008


The forum, occurring in Bologna on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 2008, is dedicated to public art and the relationship between artistic interventions in public space and urban transformation.
Numerous speakers from
Italy and abroad have been invited to participate, as well as representatives of local institutions. The forum is open and invites artists and students from the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Bologna to participate as well. The brief text that follows indicates the taking of a position, a defined point of view, and constitutes an explicit invitation to the debate. "We do not wish to give being to a parade of declarations and an ordered sequence of meetings in which each of the speakers finds an audience to whom he or she illustrates his or her own experience, reading from an already-prepared speech; on the contrary, our aim is to create a platform of discussion in order to attempt to describe/circumscribe the multiform practices that are presently comprised in the term ?public art.? The forum, moreover, will signal the beginning of a path destined to continue with several weekly meetings and various workshops, intended as preparatory steps to the conception and creation of works at public art that will begin to be executed in the urban landscape of the city of Bologna in 2009.
The entire project is connected with the BJC and the Iceberg Festival, and is made possible by the agreement between the Emilia-Romagna Region and the
Municipality of Bologna.

Gianfranco Maraniello, Direttore MAMbo, Bologna / Roberto Daolio, Docente Antropologia Culturale Accademia BB.AA., Bologna / Mili Romano, Docente Antropologia Culturale Accademia BB.AA., Bologna / Mario Lupano, Docente Storia dell?Architettura Contemporanea Dipartimento Arti Visive UNIBO, Bologna / Elvira Vannini, curatrice e ricercatrice Dipartimento Arti Visive UNIBO, Bologna / Lorenzo Bruni, curatore indipendente BASE, Firenze / Piero Orlandi, Servizio Beni Architettonici e Ambientali dell?Istituto per i Beni Artistici, Culturali e Naturali, Bologna / Daria Filardo, curatrice indipendente, Firenze / Cecilia Guida, curatrice indipendente, Roma / Anna Detheridge, giornalista e critica nel campo delle culture visive Connecting Cultures, Milano / Alessandra Pioselli, curatrice indipendente, Milano / Marina Pugliese, curatrice e docente Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano / Marco Scotini, critico d?arte e curatore indipendente, coordinatore del Dipartimento di Arti Visive NABA, Milano / Santa Nastro, giornalista e critico d?arte, Good-will, Bologna; festival dell?arte contemporanea, Faenza / Lorenzo Giusti, curatore indipendente, Prato / Nathalie Zonnenberg, curatrice dell?artistic team di Bureau Beyond, Utrecht, Paesi Bassi / Herve Bechy, fondatore di, Parigi, Francia / Florian Matzner, professore di Storia dell'Arte Accademia di Arti figurative di Monaco
di Baviera, Germania / Mark Beasley, curator e producer presso Creative Time, New York, USA / Uliana Zanetti, curatrice presso il MAMbo, Bologna / Marinella Paderni, curatrice indipendente, Reggio Emilia / Anna Stuart e Vincenzo Chiarandà, Undo.Net, Milano / Pierluigi Sacco, professore ordinario di politica economica presso lo IUAV, Venezia; festival dell?arte contemporanea, Faenza

Gino Gianuizzi
Coordinator of the GAP project (Youth for Public Art / Giovani per l'Arte Pubblica).