The leading query of my research is how the technological progress increasingly modifies our scopic regime and how it influences our ways of thinking and narrating through moving images. My current projects are mainly focused on lens-based and moving-image art, and I seek to highlight the relevance of movie theatres in framing the viewing experience for narrative video works, as well as exploring the potential of TV and the Internet as media to expand curated exhibition formats, with the aim to reach a wider audience for engaged art practices. A central topic to my current research is man-made climate change and the human depredation of the planet’s resources typical to the Anthropocene, with a special interest in posthuman imagery and new aesthetics born within mindful visions of our future.
Curator of ‘Earthly Mutations: Films from the Near Future’ at Salzburger Kunstverein (Salzburg). Artists: Bjorn Melhus, Michael Snow, Manu Luksch, Bady Minck, Fabrizio Terranova. Screenings: July 25th - Aug 29th
Curator of 'Fragmented Vision' at the The New Gallery, Musrara - The Naggar School of Photography, Media and New Music (Jerusalem).
Artists: Saverio Cantoni, Lior Gal, Elena Mazzi and Sara Tirelli
Opening: May 29th (Musrara Mix Festival)
Exhibition dates: May 30th - July 1st, 2018
'Earthrise: the scopic regime of a new global era' at The EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam)
with a performance by Bjørn Melhus and screening of "Planet of the Apes" (F. Schaffner, 1968). May 8th, 2018
Co-curator of OLHO | Tentacular
Artists: Agnieszka Polska, Ali Cherry, Cao Guimaraes and Rivane Neuenschwander, Carlos Motta, Clément Cogitore, Sebastian Díaz Morales, Gabriel Mascaro, Jonathas de Andrade, Júlio Cavani, Luiz Roque, Marc Johnson, Mika Taanila, Naïmé Perrette, Tanya Busse, The Otolith Group, Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen, Regina Parra, Yuri Firmeza.
Within the '3 Encontro da Imagem Contemporanea'. In collaboration with Videobrasil.
27-28th February - 1st March 2018: Cine Sao Luiz and Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture; 2-3-4th March 2018: Cinemateca do MAM (Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro)
Co-curator of OLHO at Palais de Tokyo (Le Tarmac) within Video SUR's selection.
Artists: Ana Vaz, Leticia Ramos, Tamar Guimarães
Opening: 15th February
Exhibition dates: 16th February - 12th March 2018
Curator of 'The Crisis of the Horizon' (Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway) Artists: Agnieszka Polska, Emilija Škarnulytė, Jenny-Marie Johnsen, Simon Faithfull.
Opening: 18th January 2018
Exhibition dates: 19th - 31st January 2018
Co-curator of OLHO | Binaural
screening program at Cine Sesc Lounge in conjunction with the 21ª Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes (Brazil). Artists: Cao Guimarães e Rivane Neuenschwander, Regina Parra, Tanya Busse, Reynold Reynolds, Yuri Firmeza, Luiz Roque, Mika Taanila, Julio Cavani.
Screening dates: 20th - 27th January 2018
Curator of The Impossibility of an Island at Kunstmuseum Bonn (Auditorium) within TBA21's 'Open Ocean Space x COP23', in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference COP23.
Artists: Ursula Biemann, Isabelle Hayeur, Michelle Claire Gevint, New Mineral Collective (Tanya Busse and Emilija Škarnulytė), Sara Tirelli and Fiona Tan.
November 10th, 2017 at Kunstmuseum Bonn (Bonn, Germany)
Curator of Lost Dimension within AMIFF - Arctic Moving Image and Film Festival (Harstad, Norway)
Artists: Sebastian Díaz Morales, Agnieszka Polska, Graeme Arnfield, David Blandy and Larry Achiampong, Nicolás Rupcich, Christopher Kulendran Thomas and The Mycological Twist in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann.
19-22nd October 2017, Harstad Cinema (Harstad, Norway).
Guest Curator of the Screen City Biennial (Stavanger, Norway). Artists: David Blandy and Larry Achiampong.
12-31st October 2017, online exhibition and SCB Journal's Curator Perspective.
Curator of The Impossibility of an Island
September 28th, 2017 at Parakino, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdánsk, Poland)
Co-curator of OLHO I
Artists: Jesper Just, Laurent Grasso, Mario Garcia Torres, Adrian Paci, Tamar Guimarães, Enrique
Ramirez, Guido van der Werve, Pietro Fortuna, Reynold Reynolds and Salla Tykkä.
Round table with Salla Tykka (artist), Reynold Reynolds (artist), Leonardo Bigazzi (curator of VISIO and Schermo dell’Arte, Florence)
and Alessandra Bergamaschi (OLHO)
17-18-19th January 2017, Teatrino of Palazzo Grassi (Venice)
Co-curator of Cinema per l’Arte: Digital Nature with Federica Patti
Experimental film program about the interaction of nature and new technologies featuring artists Filippo Berta, Marco Mendeni, Nicolas Rupcich, Ubermorgen, Ulu Braun, Jacques Perconte
27th January 2017, CUBO Unipol (Bologna)
Guest curator at IBRIDA Art Festival
Artists: Regina José Galindo, Lars Jan, Nina Kurtela, Rain Kenkana, Michael Najjar, Wenfeng Liao
5-6th May 2017, Fabbrica delle Candele (Forlì, Italy)
Guest Curator of Till it’s Gone (Curated by Çelenk Bafra and Paolo Colombo) with Art Speaks Out, an experimental film and video art program focused on the environment and climate change. Organised in collaboration with ArtCOP21 and supported by the BMUB (German Ministry of the Environment), produced by and broadcast on ikonoTV.
13th January – 5th June 2016, Istanbul Modern Museum (Istanbul, Turkey)
May 12th, 2016, Special program and panel discussion, Istanbul Modern Cinema
Curator of Adrian Paci: A State of Temporary Permanence within Lovely Days Bol (Festival directed by artist Renata Poljak)
16th-20th July 2016, Kino Mediteran, Bol (Croatia)
Co-curator of OLHO II – Uncharted Land
Artists: Ana Vaz, Anri Sala, Basim Magdy, Ben Rivers, Fiona Tan, Graeme Arnfield, Leticia Ramos, Mihai Grecu, Shingo Yoshida and Yael Bartana.
29th September – 2nd October 2016, Cinemateca Brasileira, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
6-8th September 2016, Cine104, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
17-19th October 2016, Cinemateca do MAM, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Curator of Art Speaks Out II
Artists: Christian Bau, Volkan Diyaroglu, Simon Faithfull, Christiane Geoffroy Isabelle Hayeur, HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen), Oto Hudec, Michel Huneault, Louis Jammes, Sjaan Klijne, Michael Najjar, Joshua Reiman and Eric Weeks, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Yael Toren.
7-18th November 2016, ArtCOP22 (Arkane Afrika), Marrakesh (Morocco)
Broadcast on ikonoTV in conjunction with COP22.
Curator of OLHO - Inaugural Chapter
Artists: Jesper Just, Laurent Grasso, Mario Garcia Torres, Adrian Paci, Tamar Guimarães, Enrique Ramirez, Guido van der Werve, Pietro Fortuna, Reynold Reynolds and Salla Tykkä.
14-16th August 2015, Espaco Itaú de Cinema Botafogo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
18-20th August 2015, Espaco Itaú de Cinema Augusta (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
Curator of Art Speaks Out
Featured artists (selection): Olafur Eliasson, Antti Laitinen, AK Dolven, Janet Laurence, Ursula Biemann, Su Rynard, Isabelle Hayeur, Enrique Ramirez, Markus Hoffmann, Simon Faithfull, Carlos Casas, Olaf Holzapfel, William Lamson, Linda Sanchez, Wang Sishun and Xue Song.
Guest curator: Kathy Rae Huffman
5th December 2015, SOHO House (Berlin) opening event.
Broadcast on ikonoTV in conjunction with COP21.
Curator of the ikono On Air Festival, video art and experimental film program featuring more than 150 international artists, among whom Anthony McCall, Bill Viola, William Kentridge, Armin Linke, Elisabetta Benassi, Francis Alÿs, Jananne Al-Ani and Ori Gersht.
5-9th September 2013, Total Recall, Ars Electronica (Linz Austria)
5-6th September 2013, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin
6-29th September 2013, broadcast worldwide on ikonoTV
Curator of Vertical World | approaching gravity
Artists: Oliver Parzer, Alessandra Bergamaschi, Miquel García, Constanza Jarpa, Fabio Castro, Andrés Andreani, Isadora Willson Gazmuri, Milena Gröpper.
August 18th, 2012, General Public (Berlin, Germany)
Co-curator of Un Lugar Habitable es un Evento, with Isadora Willson Gazmuri, Juan Arturo Piedrahita, Milena Gröpper and Juan Pablo Martínez.
17th April – 4th May 2012, Centro Cultural Facultad de Artes (Medellín, Colombia) in collaboration with the University of Antioquia and the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), funded by Ramon Llull Institute (Barcelona)
residencies and visiting programs
Goethe Institut, Research Grant for Curators from Germany
New York City (22nd - 31st October 2018)
International Research Program funded by The Danish Art Foundation
August 29th - September 5th, 2018 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Curatorial Program for Research CPR - Dimming the Northern Lights.
August 2nd - 28th, 2018 (Reykjavik, Tórshavn, Tromsø, Boden, Luleå, Hyrynsalmi, Helsinki)
Visiting research program, funded by ProHelvetia
April 22nd - 30th, 2018 (Switzerland)
Curator in Residence at GENERATOR, 40mcube/EESAB
March 1 - 31st, 2018 (Rennes, France)
Expert Visitor Program funded by Frame Contemporary Art Finland
November 29th - December 9th, 2017 (Helsinki and Turku, Finland)
International Research Program funded by The Danish Art Foundation
September 5 - 10th, 2017 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
LECTURES / TALKS
'Artistes et Commissaires: convergences et divergences?'
with Anne Langlois (40mcube), Bruno Peinado (artist), Patrice Joly (Zoo Galerie), the artists and curators of Generator 2018.
Journée d'Études, EESAB – Quimper (France), March 16th, 2018
'A Vertical World: The Experience of Gravity and Motion in Contemporary Art'
Lecture within Salla Tykkä's class ’at the Department of Time and Space Art, Helsinki University of the Arts, 4th December, 2017
'Between Contemporary Art and Cinema'
With Leonardo Bigazzi (Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, curator), Alessandra Bergamaschi (OLHO, co-founder and curator) and Vanina Saracino (OLHO, co-founder and curator), moderated by Francesca Colasante (Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, programming director)
17th January 2017, Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi (Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, Venice)
‘How Culture Builds Cities: Berlin and Abu Dhabi’
With David Elliott (curator, writer) and Janet Bellotto (associate dean at Zayed University) and Vanina Saracino (independent curator). Moderated by Jeni Fulton (Sleak Magazine, editor in chief)
10th December 2016, Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin)
‘Distributing and curating contemporary moving image art on digital platforms’
With Marco Mancuso (DigiCULT, director), Claudio Musso (curator), Federica Patti (Robot Festival, curator) and Vanina Saracino (ikonoTV, curator)
6th July 2016, Adiacenze Gallery (Bologna, Italy)
‘Till It’s Gone – on nature and sustainability in contemporary art’
With Celenk Bafra (Istanbul Modern, curator), Paolo Colombo (Istanbul Modern, art advisor), Kerem Ozan Bayraktar (artist), Müge Yildiz (artist) and Vanina Saracino (ikonoTV, curator).
12th May 2016, Istanbul Modern Cinema (Istanbul)
'On-screen, Off-screen: Collecting Video and Digital Art’
With David Gryn (Art Basel Miami, film program director), Steve Fletcher (Carrol-Fletcher Gallery), Aja Martin (Zhulong Gallery, director), Barbara Polla (Analix Forever, director), Trent McConaghy (ascribe.io, director) and Vanina Saracino (ikonoTV, curator)
5th June 2015, Professional Meetings at LOOP, video art festival and art fair (Barcelona)
'Art Discourse in the Digital Age’
With Marco Mancuso (DigiCULT, director), Tatiana Bazzichelli (transmediale, curator), Anna Frants (artist) and Vanina Saracino (curator). Moderated by Kate Martin
Cyberfest, The WYE, 2013
MFA in Philosophy and Art Theory
'Grammars of Contemporary Art', Faculty of Philosophy, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
Thesis: “Ausencia, Levedad, y Microgravedad. Écfrasis y existencia de las obras de arte visual en la Literatura Contemporánea” (“Absence, Lightness and Microgravity. The ékphrasis and existence of visual artworks in Contemporary Literature”).
Prof: Dr. Gerard Vilar
Evaluation: Sobresaliente (Outstanding)
MA in Art Management
'Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts' (GIOCA) Department of Economics, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna.
Academic year 2007/2008 completed at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), funded by the Faculty of Economics and the CUIA (Centro Interuniversitario Italiano per l'Argentina).
Thesis: “Fenomenología de una Provocación Cultural. Hibridación y colisión entre la producción material y la producción simbólica en las Empresas Recuperadas en la Argentina” (“Phenomenology of a Cultural Provocation. Hybridization and collision between the material and the symbolic production in the Argentinean Retaken Factories”).
Prof: Dr. Luca Zan
Evaluation: 100/100 magna cum laude
Bachelor in Communication Sciences
Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna.
Academic year 2004-2005 completed at the University Paris VIII (Paris), funded by an Erasmus Scholarship.
Prof: Dr. Paolo Leonardi