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Monday 23.10.2017

Harbour for Cultures - Trieste Forum

Harbour for Culturers, 2017

Harbour for Cultures - the Trieste session of the 8th CEI Venice FORUM for Contemporary Art Curators
Trieste Contemporanea Committee


Saturday, October 28, 2017 venues: Old Port of Trieste
Magazzino delle Idee
Studio Tommaseo

Giuliana Carbi
+39 040 639187

Trieste Contemporanea Committee
via del Monte 2/1
34122 Trieste

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On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the project HARBOUR FOR CULTURES will be presented to the citizens of Trieste in a one-day event during the Trieste Session of the EIGHTH CEI VENICE FORUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART CURATORS.

The project has been launched in the international atmosphere of the CEI Venice Forum, last May, and it will be developing within two years with an open process method, between art and urban topics, with the organization of workshops and meetings, studies, exhibitions and multidisciplinary events, also inspired by Brian Eno's 'Oblique Strategies' (1975). The aim is to think how to make an available space for everybody which could be created (according to Henri Lefebvre) by the people who live in there by expressing their personal visions of it.


Drawing inspiration from the real case history of how to convert and reuse the area of the Porto Vecchio (old port) of Trieste and ideally looking for an accessible model of a shared society, the H/C project's research and discussion will be based on both the historical functions of port activities carried out for economic interest (exchanges of goods, insurance issues and commercial profit) and the idea of 'suspension' inherent in the imaginary of a port (of arriving, temporarily belonging and then leaving). The H/C project will focus on the social and cultural dimensions of these issues in view of shaping an image of a 'new port' where people freely exchange their own cultures, while assuring their core values, so that new profits (benefits of art and culture) are earned by the many.



Old Port of Trieste
(Trieste, Porto Vecchio, meeting point in front of the Hydrodynamic Power Station)

H/C workshop by transparadiso (Vienna)

transparadiso will take you on a poetic and visionary walk through Porto Vecchio, where you may cultivate your individual desires for creating a community in this contested area. What do you want from the harbour, what you never dared to express?: this will be the moment for placing your desires. Engaging in H/C means to have a voice: all your contributions – no matter how contradictory, ambivalent, improvised, long-lasting, desperate, hidden or urgent. Your desires will be shown at Trieste Contemporanea, together with selected projects by transparadiso (Austrian co-curators of the H/C project) as part of the cumulative H/C exhibition: opening on November 25, 2017.

Magazzino delle Idee
(Trieste, corso Cavour, 2)

HARBOUR FOR CULTURES. Continental Breakfast 2017.

The presentation of the H/C project will take place in the frame of the exhibition 'Maria Theresa and Trieste. History and cultures of the city and its port'. The exhibition is organised by ERPAC, in collaboration with the Polo Museale of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the University of Trieste.

Among the eighteenth-century maps of a realized vision for the city of Trieste – the open process (and the state of the process) of the H/C participatory project, proposing to look together for a new vision for the old port of Trieste, will be presented in form of individual contributions and discussion panels.
At the meeting some of the most interesting H/C keywords will be discussed, which so far have been collected through Europe by a Trieste Contemporanea's open call inviting art curators, artists, other experts and citizens to imagine an harbour for cultures and submit their own vision and desire on it.
During the event the audience will be able to interact and send live their own H/C keywords via SMS.

Speakers: Giovanna Amadasi (Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milano, Italy); Matthias Anton (performer and project maker, Hamburg); A. Sulamith Bruckstein Çoruh, (Taswir project, Berlin); Klemens Dreesbach, (expert of network programming, Berlin); Branko Franceschi (director of the GALUM-Gallery of Fine Arts, Split); Marina Gržinić, (artist and curator, Ljubljana and Vienna); Barbara Holub (architect and artist, transparadiso, Vienna); Thomas Kellein (art historian, Berlin); Giovanni Leghissa, (philosopher, Trieste and Torino); Giulio Polita (architect, Trieste); Elisabetta Porro (architect and performer, Trieste); Paul Rajakovics (architect, transparadiso, Vienna); Janka Vukmir (director of the Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb); Kathrin Wildner (professor, HafenCity University, Hamburg); Christopher Yggdre (Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka)

Studio Tommaseo
(Trieste, via del Monte 2/1)

(October 28 - December 13, 2017)

This cumulative exhibition will be based on a spatial setting with a scaled representation of the warehouses of Porto Vecchio, documentary material, and the H/C maps filled in by local and international contributors, as well as by the participants of the H/C 'carte blanche' workshops that have taken place during the last months. Further H/C 'carte blanche' workshops will take place and pieces by various artists will be added throughout the duration of the exhibition.

The Venice and Trieste sessions of the Forum are a CEI Feature Event and a Continental Breakfast project under the patronage of Mr Tibor Navracsics, Member of the European Commission.
The Forum is conceived and organised by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee in cooperation with the CEI-Central European Initiative and in collaboration with transparadiso Vienna and the BM Contemporary Art Center Istanbul.
The event is being held under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo), the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, the Central European Initiative, the 'Regione del Veneto', the Trieste Town Council, the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea-Trieste Port Authority, the Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the University of Trieste.
It is supported by the CEI, the Autonomous Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council and the BEBA Foundation of Venice.
The Forum in Trieste also benefits from the collaboration of the 'ERPAC (Ente Regionale PAtrimonio Culturale) - Servizio promozione, valorizzazione e sviluppo del territorio' in using the premises of the 'Magazzino delle Idee'.