La Sovversione del Sensibile – Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan
27 Novembre 2014
Italian National Selection for Visual Arts
25 Febbraio 2015

Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment | Fabbrica del Vapore Milan

Bjcem Association in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan, organizes the project Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment  curated by Claudio Zecchi that will take place in Milan at Fabbrica del Vapore on December  1st – 2nd – 3rd.

Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment, is a project by the independent curator Mr Claudio Zecchi. It is a debate and a platform of reflection in a perspective that puts the artistic practices at the center of a path that has in a fragile and precarious territory, as the one of the relationship between art and activism, the reference coordinates.
The project will be developed in three panel of discussions in which we will try to answer from different perspectives and points of view to the following questions: which is the role of art in society at large? What is the role of artists, curators and institutions? What is the relationship with the audience and finally what role the audience play?
In 2013 Claudio Zecchi was co-curator of Errors Allowed, Mediterranea 16 Young Artists Biennial (Ancona, Italy) and in 2012 he was co-curator of Disorder (BJCEM project for World Event Young Artists, Nottingham, UK). 2011-2012 he was co-curator of La Ville Ouverte a multidisciplinary project – in the Euro-Mediterranean area – made by residencies, confrontation and reflection between artists and artistic practice, on the topic of public space. (Casablanca, Viterbo, Genova); he was co-curator of several workshops in Italy and abroad (La Forma_o delle Memorie delle città, Thessaloniki (GR); Mapping the future, Milan (IT)); he has held many lectures at Università della Tuscia (Viterbo); he has curated many publications and he currently writes for the Italian magazine Arte e Critica.
Free entrance while seats last 
15:00 – 17:00

Institutional Opening: Federica Candelaresi – General Secretary  BJCEMAlessandro Nassiri Tabibzadeh – President of Careof

Presentation of the project: Claudio Zecchi

Fokus Grupa, Rises and falls of art politic, Performance


projection of The infiltrators by Khaled Jarrar

2nd December

10:30 – 13:30

Gruppo A12, For a reflection on the quality of urban space.

Interventions: Francesca Guerisoli, curator and art historian.

15.30 –  17:30

Francesca Guerisoli, The attractive town, Lecture

3rd December 

10:30 – 19:00

Isola Utopia RiMaflow Island and Isola Verde Pepe

Isola Utopia Video (loop)
1. Isola Utopia Revolution, 6’51’’, 2014, (it/eng), by Camilla Topuntoli
2. Isola Utopia Floating, 2’07’’, 2014, (it/eng), by Camilla Topuntoli
3. Isola Utopia Rising, 3’12’’, 2014, (it/eng), by Camilla Topuntoli
4. The Expanded Present/Il presente espanso, 2’44”, 2014 (it/eng), by Mariette Schiltz (by Isabell Lorey, voice over Steve Piccolo)
5. 1968: Isola delle Rose, 4’22”,2014, (eng/it), by Philippe Nathan & Milena Steinmetzer
6. Tentativo di tentativo di volo, 1’13’’ 2013, (it), by Angelo Castucci e Francesco Lomonaco
7. Isola Solar Cloud (by Nicola Uzunowski) 1’20’’, 2014, (it/eng), by Camilla Topuntoli
8. Attempt to fly, 5’00”, 2013, (it/eng), by Orestis Mavroudis
9. Ape che vola, 45’’, 2014, (it/eng), by Roberto Balletti
10.Culture don’t grow on trees, 5’39’’, 2014, (eng/it), by Emanuel Balbinot (with Angelo Castucci, Bert Theis, Flora Vannini, Wei-Ning Yang and Isola Art’s Club Band
11. Isola Utopia Slides, 5’00”, 2014, (it/eng), photographs choosen Edna Gee e Edith Poirier

– Isola Utopia, Web-interactive documentary
curated by Antonio Cipriani and Valentina Montisci, with the contribution of Antonio Brizioli and Kristina Borg.

– Island Utopia and Fight-Specific Island, productions
Books, texts, photos, screen prints and more.


From “Fight-Specific Isola” to “Isola Utopia”
The concept of “Fight-Specific” introduction by Antonio Brizioli.
Interventions Andris Brinkmanis, Giusy Chechola, Elvira Vannini and others, with contributions by Isabell Lorey, Gerald Raunig, Gianfranco Marelli, Heinz Norbert Jocks.


Sounds from Utopia
Sound performance by Steve Small, Vincenzo Onida, and friends.


Concrete utopias: RiMaflow Isola and Isola Pepe Verde, two experiences of recovery and self-management in comparison.
Meeting and discussion with the factory workers recovered Rimaflow and activists of the shared garden Isola Pepe Verde.
Occupy, Resist, Produce – Rimaflow ’34’ 20 ”, 2014 (en / eng), by Oliver Ressler & Dario Azzellini
Occupy Horizons – Isola Art Center and Isola Pepe Verde, 5’38 “, 2013 (en), by Camilla Topuntoli.

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