Brought together under the title What Can We Imagine? the miartalks 2018 will explore imagination as an essential force that creates and transforms reality, rather than as a form of escape from the present. Together with our speakers, we will explore the individual and collective boundaries of imagination, we will question “where” is it possible to imagine; how art can be a space of social transformation; how imagination can become a daily exercise of emancipation and, finally, what can we imagine for a future that is already here?

Curator: Fatos Üstek, Director and Chief Curator, David Roberts Art Foundation, London


Friday, April 13 

12:15 – 12:30
Welcome speech

Beatrice Bulgari, Founder, In Between Art Film
Alessandro Rabottini, Artistic Director, miart 2018
Fatos Üstek, Director and Chief Curator, David Roberts Art Foundation, London and Curator of miartalks 2018

12:30 – 13:30
Jeremy Deller in conversation with Massimiliano Gioni

On the occasion of the Milanese presentation of Sacrilege, the Turner Prize awarded artist Jeremy Deller will explore the participatory dimension of his public interventions, and the value of individual and collective imagination as social forces. Sacrilege is a project promoted by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and curated by Massimiliano Gioni.

Jeremy Deller, Artist, London
Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan and Artistic Director, The New Museum, New York
Language: English

15:00 – 16:00
Social Imaginary VS Institutional Imaginary

Taking as a starting point the notion of “social imaginary” as conceptualized by philosopher and psychoanalyst Cornelius Castoriadis, this conversation will explore how geographical and cultural alliances inform art institutions today and how they can contribute to the formations of knowledge production.

Defne Ayas, Curator, With or Without, Rotterdam and Berlin
Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa
Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Chair: Fatos Üstek
Language: English

17:30 – 18:30
Sharing the Imagination

Community-based artistic practices and participatory esthetics are more and more relevant today, in a constantly changing global landscape. How can we conceive forms of social engagement and political commitment today as integral aspects of an artistic vision?

Andrea Bowers, Artist, Los Angeles
Lydia Yee, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Tobias Zielony, Artist, Berlin
Chair: Fatos Üstek
Language: English

Saturday, April 14 

12:30 – 14:00
Critical Regionalism and the Making of Manifesta 12

To what extent can an international art event work as a social, economic and political experiment? How should curatorial strategies evolve in order to meet the expectations and desires of local communities, as well as leave a long-lasting legacy in a foreign territory? Elaborating on their own experiences of working in Palermo, Manifesta 12 Director and Creative Mediators will discuss the issues arising from the relations between the local and the international, and will explain how these issues have informed the selection of the artists.

Hedwig Fijen, Director of Manifesta, Amsterdam
Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Manifesta 12 Creative Mediator and Partner at OMA, Rotterdam
Mirjam Varadinis, Manifesta 12 Creative Mediator and Curator at Kunsthaus, Zurich
Chair: Paola Nicolin, Editor-at-large, Domus
Language: English

15:00 – 16:00
Christian Marclay in conversation with Jean-Pierre Criqui

On the occasion of his special commission Concerto Spaziale for the Furla Series #01 at the Museo del Novecento, artist and composer Christian Marclay will discuss his work and the intersections of music, moving images, memory and imagination. Furla Series #01 is curated by Bruna Roccasalva and Vincenzo de Bellis.

Christian Marclay, Artist and Composer, London
Jean-Pierre Criqui, Curator of Contemporary Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Editor-in-chief, Cahiers du Mnam
Language: English

16:30 – 17:30
How to Imagine New Histories of Italian Art?

Post-war Italian art has been the subject of growing interest, both in terms of the international market and institutional surveys. Contemporary Italian artists might yet have even more considerable importance within the circuit of biennials and international exhibitions. The talk will consider new ways to facilitate a more in-depth understanding of the complex landscape of historical Italian art and to promote younger contemporary generations.

Luca Massimo Barbero, Art Historian and Associate Curator, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Vincenzo de Bellis, Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Vittorio Calabrese, Director, Magazzino Italian Art, New York
Andrea Viliani, General Director, Fondazione Donnaregina per le Arti Contemporanee – Museo Madre, Naples
Chair: Barbara Casavecchia, Frieze Contributing Editor and Independent Curator, Milan
Language: English and Italian

18:00 – 19:00
Walid Raad in conversation with Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy

Since the early 1990s, Walid Raad’s multi-media practice has constantly questioned the foundations of Western art history and the nature of its institutions. In this artist’s talk, he will explore the potentialities of new narratives for our current global scenario.

Walid Raad, Artist, New York
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Director, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Language: English

Sunday, April 15

11:15 – 11:45
Perspectives for a New Tax System for Art

In a global market like that for art, the role of the tax system proves to be a decisive factor. The conversation outlines a process, currently undertaken in Italy, for rethinking regulations which, on the one hand provide greater certainty and, on the other, favor exchanging and collecting even in the international scene.

Annibale Dodero, Director, Centrale Normativa Agenzia delle Entrate, Rome
Alessia Panella, Studio Pannella, Ordine degli Avvocati, Rovigo
Mauro Stefanini, President, ANGAMC – Associazione Nazionale Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Milan
Chair: Franco Broccardi, Partner, Studio BBS-Lombard, Milan
Language: Italian

12:00 – 13:30
Instituting the Forces of Imagination

Imagination is one the greatest forces available to cultural contexts: the capacity to transform regulated conformity into a colloquial or experimental approach suggests multiple potential realities. The talk will investigate the boundaries of imagination fostered by the institutional and independent practices of curating, writing and educational formations.

Shumon Basar, Writer and Curator, Berlin / Dubai
Chus Martinez, Director, Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel
Mark Rappolt, Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview / ArtReview Asia
Nikola Dietrich, Appointed Director, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Chair: Osei Bonsu, Independent Curator and Writer, London / Paris
Language: English

15:00 – 15:30
Awarding Ceremony – Premio Rotary Club Milano Brera per l’Arte Contemporanea e i Giovani Artisti

Laura Cherubini, Curator and Professor of Contemporary Art History, Brera Fine Arts Academy, Milan
Christian Marinotti, Publisher, professor of Art History in Architecture Faculty, Politecnico, Milan and founder of the prize
Paola Nicolin, Editor at Large, Domus
Giorgio Verzotti, Art Critic and Curator, Milan
Language: Italian

16:00 – 17:00
Teresa Margolles in conversation with Diego Sileo

Extreme realities are made tangible, intimate and personal through the power of imagination that Teresa Margolles brings to her work. On the occasion of her solo exhibition at the PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, the artist will discuss the urgencies and controversies surrounding her practice through a combination of political motivations and personal perspectives.

Teresa Margolles, Artist, Mexico City / Madrid
Diego Sileo, Curator, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan and Curator of the exhibition
Language: Spanish with Italian translation

17:30 – 18:30
A Better Future: Imagination and Design

Much of modern life feels broken or in a state of flux. The power and potential for design as an agent for positive change have never been greater. How can we effectively use design to help interrogate our current reality and imagine a better future?

Andrea Anastasio, Designer, Naples / Mumbai
Michael Anastassiades, Product Designer, London
Emily King, Writer and Curator, London
Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, Department of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago
Chair: Hugo Macdonald, Design Critic, Journalist and Curator of “Object” at miart 2018, London
Language: English

Photo credit : Andrea Rossi, MiArt, 2018, Milano.