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Public Lecture by Gea Politi/ The Curatorial Course „What Could/Should Curating Do?“ / MoCAB, Monday, October 1, 2018 at 6 p.m.Talk programs | 01.10.2018
Public Lecture by Gea Politi Making Flash Art today
Questions and answers in art publishing in 2018
Curatorial course What Could/Should Curating Do?
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ušće 10
Auditorium “Miodrag B. Protić”
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 6 p.m.
In collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, the fourth lecture in the series of public programs organized by What Could/Should Curating Do? will be presented by Gea Politi, Publisher and Chief Editor of Flash Art, a bimonthly arts magazine based in Milan. Following recent lectures concerning new and different perspectives on the theories and practices of exhibition-making, Gea Politi will address what it really means to run an art magazine in our present times.
Flash Art is a bimonthly magazine focused on contemporary art, founded in Rome in 1967 by Italian publisher and art critic Giancarlo Politi. It has been based in Milan, Italy, since 1971. Originally a bilingual publication, it was split into two separate editions, Flash Art Italia (in Italian) and Flash Art International (in English). This occurred in 1978 when Helena Kontova joined the editorial team. Aside from the magazine, Flash Art publishes books, monographs, and catalogues, including Art Diary International, a directory that lists addresses and phone numbers of artists, critics, galleries, and museums. In 2016, Flash Art International published Chinese artist Wang Yuyang's monograph Tonight I shall meditate upon that which I am.
As Gea Politi explains: “The art system is facing visible changes. Its magazines are becoming ‘platforms’ which provide a multitude of services that hadn't been previously considered. This panel aims to analyze the new directions of Flash Art, how the magazine has changed and developed in accordance with the contemporary art world, and what still needs to happen in order for it to keep up. How can a magazine, with its fifty-year legacy, keep pace as time passes? What makes it still worth reading? What other platforms does it need to engage in order to maintain relevance?”
Gea Politi is the publisher and chief editor of Flash Art. In 2017 she organized a two-days-symposium for the 50th anniversary of the magazine. She was part of several juries such as the Swatch Prize in Trieste, the Head school in Geneva and Artagon in Paris. She lives and works in Milan, Italy.
The WCSCD curatorial course and series of public lectures are initiated and organized by Biljana Ciric together with Supervizuelna. The lecture by Gea Politi is made possible with the help of MoCAB and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Belgrado, with the additional support of Royal Inn Hotel and Car:Go.
Project sponsor: Wiener Städtische; project partners: The Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade; GRAD—European Center for Culture and Debate; EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, ’Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation and Zepter Museum.
The project is supported by: the Goethe Institute in Belgrade; Istituto Italiano di Cultura Belgrado; the Embassy of Sweden; the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the Embassy of Ireland in Greece; the Embassy of Indonesia; the EU Info Centre; Mondriaan Fund, the public cultural funding organization focusing on visual arts and cultural heritage; Pro Helvetia - Swiss Art Council; and galleries Eugster || Belgrade, HESTIA Art Residency & Exhibitions Bureau, Center for the Promotion of Science and Zepter Hotel, Royal Inn Hotel and CAR:GO. Media partners: EUNIC Serbia, RTS3