June 6, 2005 - Trans:it. Moving Culture through Europe - at the 51th Venice Biennale
June 6, 2005

at the 51th Venice Biennale

Trans:it. Moving Culture through Europe
at the 51th Venice Biennale

NowHere Europe is the event for the final presentation of the project Trans:it. Moving Culture through Europe
Opening: Friday June 10, 6 pm

Laboratorio Scientifico della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo
Museale Veneziano
Cannaregio 3553


Trans:it. Moving Culture through Europe
The event includes:
presentation of the book The (Un) Common Place. Art, Public Space and Urban Aesthetics in Europe; screening of the documentaries Invisible Communities, Ruins for the Future and Fluid Cities; a selection of video material of the artists from the archive of the project and a site specific project by Cesare Pietroiusti, 10.000 Unique Art Works Distributed for Free
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
Mario Airò; Can Altay; Patrick André; An Architektur; Atelier van Lieshout; Baktruppen; Shigeru Ban; Massimo Bartolini; Matei Bejenaru; Irina Botea; Luchezar Boyadjiev; Eva Brunner-Szabo; Campement Urbain; Mircea Cantor; Monserrat Cortadellas Bacaria; Matali Crasset; C?lin Dan; Esra Ersen; Gelatin; Ion Grigorescu; Gülsün Karamustafa; Kimsooja; Iosif Király; Athanasia Kyriakakos; A.P. Komen & Murphy; Aydan Murtezaoglu; Lucy Orta; Osservatorio Nomade; Maria Papadimitriou; Cesare Pietroiusti; Oda Projesi; Bülent Sangar; School of Missing Studies; kart; Sean Snyder; Simon Starling; Socrates Stratis; Anne-Violaine Taconet; Krassimir Terziev; Barthélémy Toguo; Gert Tschögl; Urban Void; Jeanne van Heeswijk; Erik van Lieshout; Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor; Zafos Xagoraris; Edwin Zwakman
NowHere Europe is the event for the final presentation of the project Trans:it. Moving Culture through Europe, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, a recognition across Europe of creative practices in arts, architecture and urban practices that are re-defining the concept of public space. Initiating from direct field study, the project has produced a publication entitled The (Un)Common Place. Art, Public Space and Urban Aesthetics in Europe, published by Actar-Barcellona in english and italian version, which documents more than fifty artistic and urban projects and interventions realized or in the\process of realization in Europe; a cycle of three documentary films Invisible Communities, Ruins for the Future, Fluid Cities realized along three itineraries in eleven European cities and including interviews with artists, curators, architects, critics and intellectuals, depicting the context in which the interventions were realized and offering an introductory panorama of the themes dealt with in the book; and an exhibition that gathered, in the form of an archive, materials documenting a selection of the artist’s projects.

From Norway to Turkey, from Spain to Bulgaria, from Cyprus to Romania, a “common feeling” has emerged, along with a shared context where artists, institutions and civil societies try out new relationships within which to seek new forms of co-habitation, comprehension and vision of the urban space. A common feeling that underlines a European specificity which, to quote Etienne Balibar, “has the capacity to speak/listen, teach/learn, understand/make understood (in short, to translate), a capacity that can be extended from a strictly linguistic one to a broader cultural level.”

The “European specificity” which emerges from the artists’ projects seems to be articulated in themes that deal with the dichotomy between public and private space in geographically and culturally distant contexts where the boundaries between social, individual, intimate and shared tend to blur. Artistic practices arise that call into question the traditional institutions of the art system, oscillating between political activism, manifestoes of intentions and direct action in the territory. What emerges from this specificity of approach is a redefinition of the meaning of community through a rediscovery of the urban experience as a learning practice that produces new visions and representations and an exploration of the collective symbols and memories. In terms of both artistic practice and theoretical reflections, NowHere Europe focuses on a new definition of the European cultural identity characterised by openness and by the constant redefinition of the Self in the relation with the Other.
For the occasion it has been produced the site specific project of Cesare Pietroiusti, 10,000 unique art works distributed for free that will be presented during the opening.
Trans:it. Moving Culture through Europe a project by
Fondazione Adriano Olivetti – www.fondazioneadrianolivetti.it/ in collaboration with
European Cultural Foundation – www.eurocult.org/
Fondation de France – www.fdf.org/
Fondation Evens – www.evensfoundation.be/
The J.F. Costopoulos Foundation and
Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Veneziano
ALSO VISIT: www.transiteurope.org fondazioneadrianolivetti.it
RELATED LINKS: www.labiennale.org

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