Art as a Thinking Process: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production

Art as a Thinking Process: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production

Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV)

May 18, 2011
Art as a Thinking Process: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production

Sunday, 5 June; Monday, 6 June 2011

Venue: AULA MAGNA, IUAV, Tolentini
Santa Croce 191, 30135 Venice


The year 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Faculty of Arts & Design at IUAV University in Venice, which offers the only public Undergraduate & Graduate Programme in Visual & Performing Arts in Italy. On this occasion, under the directorship of Angela Vettese (who has run the graduate programme since it was founded), the International Symposium Art as a Thinking Process: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production will be held. The event will be curated by Mara Ambrozic, and will feature the presentation of Visual Arts at IUAV 2001–2011, a publication edited by Chiara Vecchiarelli.


The symposium, which is to be held on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th June 2011 in the Aula Magna in Tolentini, the main IUAV University venue, will aim to investigate the role of art in the context of knowledge production.


Within the two-day symposium a series of papers will be presented by a number of prominent thinkers—be them theoreticians, curators or artists—variously involved in both the teaching of art and the reflection on the relationship, overlapping and intertwining between art and thought.


The goal of the symposium is to discuss the logic and methods involved in this specific yet open form of knowledge production and dissemination from which arises the idea that art is to be conceived as lying within the thinking process itself.


The symposium Art as a Thinking Process. Visual Forms of Knowledge Production follows the increasing interest in art schools, the prominence gained by their joint exhibition places, the evidence of art practices and, accordingly, the diffusion of an extensive literature discussing art schools as a resource and potential alternative to the merely commercial dynamics that are presently shaping the system of contemporary art.


The meeting will also address the current crisis and shifts in the practices of knowledge production within the general educational sphere.




John Aiken (Professor, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London); Ute Meta Bauer (Dean of the Visual Arts Program, MITMassachusetts Institute of Technology); Carol Becker (Dean of The School of Arts, Columbia University, New York); Franco Berardi (Conceptor of theSCEPSI – Scuola Europea di Immaginazione Sociale, San Marino); Jan Cools (Research group Arts, Hogeschool Sint-Lucas University College of Art & Design, Brussels); Marco De Michelis (Professor, Faculty of Arts & Design graduate programme in Visual & Performing Arts, Iuav); Paolo Garbolino (Vice director,Graduate Programme in Visual & Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts & Design, Iuav); Mika Hannula (Professor of Artistic Research, Faculty of Fine, Applied & Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg) Mary Jane Jacob (Executive Director of Exhibitions & Exhibition Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago); Jan Kaila (Head of the Doctoral Studies Programme, Kuva Helsinki); Cornelia Lauf (Professor,Graduate Programme in Visual & Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts & Design, Iuav); Lev Kreft (Director, Art Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana); Paolo Legrenzi (Professor Emeritus, Cognitive Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Design, Iuav); Hongjohn Lin (Curator and Professor, Taipei National University of the Arts); Sarat Maharaj (ProfessorofVisual Art & Knowledge Systems, Lund University and the Malmö Art Academy); Suzana Milevska (Researcher, Art History & Theory, Faculty of Fine Arts University St.s. Cyril & Methodius, Skopje); Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Director of International Projects and co-director of Exhibitions & Programmes, Serpentine Gallery, London); Gertrud Sandqvist (Director of the Malmö Art Academy); Henk Slager (Dean and Professor of Artistic Research, MahKU – Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Arts and Design); Hito Steyerl (Artist and Filmmaker, Berlin); Angela Vettese (Director and Professor, Graduate Program in Visual & Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts & Design, Iuav); Mick Wilson (Dean of GradCAM, The Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Dublin).






FDA Exposedproject produced by students as part of the Visual & Performing Arts Workshop held by Lewis Baltz, with the Associate Professorship of Giuliana Racco;DOCUMENT/ART Video Projects realized in the frame of the Course of Marco Bertozzi, featuring: Peace of Mind of Francesco Federici, Enrico Poli, Matteo Primiterra and Matteo Stocco, L’Incubo di Andrea of Federico Bovara, Andrea Facchetti, Luca coppola, Giovani Eroi of Rajeev Badhan, Maria Ida Bernabei, Lucilla Calogero, Una Volta Per Sempre of Veselina Kuznetsova, Giacomo Colosi and Huimin Liu; Remo Salvadori,Presentation of the Poster Project; Book Presentation of Agonistic Academies. Published by MakHU-Utrecht, Sint Lukas-Brussels and EARN.


The symposium proceedings will be published shortly afterwards, in autumn 2011.


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The two-day symposium will be open to the public.


Note: Please enrol by 28th May, sending an email to [email protected]



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