April 12, 2015 - workinprogress - Venice Agendas during the 56th Venice Biennale: Crossing Boundaries
April 12, 2015

Venice Agendas during the 56th Venice Biennale: Crossing Boundaries

Marita Isobel Solberg in rehearsal with Mauro Sambo in The Foundling, Ca’ Pesaro, Venice, 2014. Photo: Roxana Kenjeeva.

Venice Agendas during the 56th Venice Biennale
Crossing Boundaries

6–8 May 2015

Breakfast events at CZ95
Giudecca 95, 30133 Venezia
Vaporetto stop Zitelle on lines 2, 4.1 and 4.2
6–8 May, 10–12h
Refreshments from 9.30h

Performances at Imagina Café
Rio Terà Canal, 3126 Dorsoduro, Venezia
Near Campo Santa Margherita
6–8 May 2015, 18h


Venice Agendas: a series of breakfast events and performances, curated by workinprogress, during the vernissage of the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia followed by a series of outcome events that take place internationally throughout 2015. The theme for this edition is Crossing Boundaries; an open brief, which considers the many ways art not only trespasses geographical territories but how it crosses cultural, political and artistic boundaries. Since 2011 Venice Agendas has also included live art presentations.

Venice Agendas at CZ95, curated by Terry Smith

Open Borders:  Where are you from?    
Wednesday 6 May, 10–11h
Moderators: JW Stella and Mark Waugh 
Participants include: Maria Isobel Solberg, Lois Keidan, Kristin Tårnesvik, Tony Heaton, Sue Williamson, Angela Vettese and Ala Younis
Considers identity—do artists belong to one culture through their nationality, or are they citizens of the world? This debate asks questions about statehood, effects of global migration on cultural boundaries, and if it matters where you are from.

Closed Borders: Whose boycott is it anyway?  
Thursday 7 May, 10–11h
Moderator: Gilane Tawadros 
Participants include: Anna Bitkina, Maria Veits, Sacha Craddock, Vassiliki Tzanakou and David A Bailey 
The recent questioning of geographical boundaries, both democratically and by force, and the withdrawal of support by some European countries for various International artists and institutions act effectively as a boycott with cultural events being altered by political agendas. Is this a genuine support for civil rights or a convenient way for governments to play politics with culture? 

Crossing Boundaries: Speed Date    
Friday 8 May, 10–11h
Connect in Venice. 60 questions. One hour of speed dating. 100 possible partners.  An opportunity to meet one to one with some of the worlds leading artists, curators, writers and museum directors.

Border Line: Rights of Passage, curated by Jean Wainwright
Wednesday 6 May–Friday 8 May, 11–12h
A unique performative publication event. 100 individual art books assembled from 24 signed prints by 24 international artists; each book is made to order and available to purchase. The artists include: Martina Bacigalupo, Roger Ballan, Behrnd Behr, Valerie Belin, Adam Chodzko, Shez Dawood, Ori Gersht, Shaun Gladwell, Glenna Gordon, Mishka Henner, Nina Katchadourian, Steffi Klenz, Martin Kollar, Karen Knorr, Sohei Nishino, Max Pinckers, Charlie Shoemaker, Heidi Specker, Laurie Simmons, Terry Smith, Julian Stallabrass, Daniel Traub, Sue Williamson and Catherine Yass.

Venice Agendas at Imagina Café, curated by Mark Segal
Wednesday 6 May, 18h—Jon Adams
Thursday 7 May, 18h—Katrina Palmer *
Friday 8 May, 18h Marita—Isobel Solberg  
Three artists have been selected to realise or represent the theme of Crossing Boundaries for Venice Agendas 2015. Each addresses, considers, celebrates and/or challenges single or multiple boundaries, be they neurological, physical, sculptural, geographic, fictional or actual.

*Katrina Palmer’s one-to-one readings require booking at eventbrite: EventbriteKatrinaPalmer

Venice Agendas 2015 presented in partnership with Turner Contemporary, SHAPE London, and University for the Creative Arts with additional support from Sámi Dáiddačehpiid Searvi, Arts University Bournemouth, Nuova Icona, Clocktower Productions, Audio Arts, DACS, International Curators Forum, CZ95 and Municipalità di Venezia. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Workinprogress is Terry Smith, Clare Fitzpatrick and Helen Rawlins.
Venice logistics:  Jennifer Macmillan Johnson.

Events are free but availability is limited: see www.veniceagendas.eu
Tickets: eventbriteVA15
For further information contact: press [​at​] veniceagendas.eu 
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