The Relationships beyond Images Conference – Day Four: 11 december at Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation

11/12/2019 10:30 – 11/12/2019 18:00

The Relationships beyond Images

Methodology, Workshop, Participation

Conference – Day Four

Multifunctional Hall, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, Viale Pasubio, 5 Milan

11 December 2019, 10.30 am-6 pm



The Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation of Milan hosts the fourth appointment of “The Relationships beyond Images” (Le Relazioni oltre le Immagini) program, a series of conferences exploring the current trends in public art and analyzing their relation with contemporary social space. This series is part of the “ArtLine Milano” public program, a City of Milan public art project based in the CityLife Park.

Can a public art project start or develop as an educational process? Should we understand workshops as participatory strategies or as tools towards ethical and aesthetic objectives? Should participation always be an essential objective of art projects set in public spaces?

The aim of this conference day is to analyze the relationship between art practices set in the public sphere and experimental pedagogy, through a comparison between art education taking place within educational institutions, and forms of non-formal education that initiate collaborative and participatory projects or are developed in artist- and curator-run spaces, aimed at creating shared experiences and raising methodological and social questions that affect other models of community.

Speakers:Mary Jane Jacob, Pascal Gielen, Anton Vidokle, Emanuela De Cecco, Cesare Pietroiusti, Marco Scotini.

Moderators: Cecilia Guida, head of the ArtLine public program, Roberto Pinto, ArtLine coordinator.



Morning Session, 10.30 am-1 pm

10.30 am-10.45 am: Institutional welcome speech

10.45 am-11.00 am: Introduction to the conference subjects with Cecilia Guida and Roberto Pinto

11.00 am-12.00 pm: Keynote: “Education as Art, Education as Experience: Learning from Dewey”, Mary Jane Jacob

12.00 pm-1.00 pm: Keynote: “Commonism – Artistic Constitutions of Public Space”, Pascal Gielen




Afternoon Session, 2.30 pm-6 pm

2.30 pm:“Exhibition as school, as publication”, Anton Vidokle

3.10 pm: “Proximity: space and time for encounter”, Emanuela De Cecco

3.50 pm: “Localized pedagogy and community formation”, Cesare Pietroiusti

4.30 pm: “The disobedient class. Public sphere and education”, Marco Scotini


5-6 pm: Q&A


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Speakers’ Biographies

Mary Jane Jacob is a curator and writer who championed public, site-specific, and socially engaged art as a shared practice and discourse. She is currently organizing a major exhibition of the pioneering Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz opening at the Tate Modern in June 2020. Jacob is Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Pascal Gielen is professor of sociology of art and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University, Belgium) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Gielen is editor in-chief of the international book series “Arts in Society”. In 2016, he became laureate of the Odysseus grant for excellent international scientific research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders in Belgium. His research focuses on creative labor, the institutional context of the arts, and on cultural politics. Gielen has published many books which have been translated in English, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Anton Vidokle is an artist and editor for e-flux journal. Born in Moscow, he currently lives in New York and Berlin. Vidokle’s work has been exhibited internationally at documenta 13and at the 56th Venice Biennale. His films have been presented at multiple venues and events, including: Bergen Assembly, Shanghai Biennale, the 65th and 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, Forum Expanded, Gwangju Biennale, Center Pompidou, Tate Modern, Garage Museum, Istanbul Biennial, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Tensta Konsthall, Blaffer Art Museum, and Stedelijk Museum.

Emanuela De Cecco has been teaching history of contemporary art and visual culture at the University of Bolzano since 2007. Previously member of the editorial staff of Flash Artin Milan, she worked at the Fondazione Sandretto in Turin during its first three years of activity. Her relationship with the arts is not only an interest but a personal and political necessity.

Cesare Pietroiusti is a visual artist basedin Rome. Medicine graduate with an essay on Psychiatry (1979), he was the co-founder and editor of the artist-run space Jartrakor in Rome (1977-1985) and of the magazine Rivista di Psicologia dell’Arte(1979-1984). Pietroiusti was one of the coordinators of the Oresteprojects (1997-2001), and co-founder of Nomads & Residents, New York, (2000). Curator of CSAV, the Advanced Visual Art Course of Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (2006-2011), he taught at the IUAV Laboratorio di Arti Visive in Venice (2004-2015) and at the MFA Faculty, LUCAD, Lesley University, Boston (2009-2016). He is member of the Le Cafausucollective and co-founder of Fondazione Lac o Le Mon, San Cesario di Lecce (2015-ongoing). Pietroiusti has been recently appointed President of Azienda Speciale PalaExpo, Rome (2018-ongoing).

Marco Scotini is a curator based in Milan. Artistic Director of the FM Center for Contemporary Art in Milan, since 2004 he has been Head of the Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Department at NABA (Milan and Rome), and since 2014 Head of the Exhibitions Program at Parco d’Arte Vivente PAV, Turin. Curator of the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015, he also curated three editions of the Prague Biennale, the Anren Biennale (2017), and the Second Yinchuan Biennale (2018).



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