Harbour for Cultures

Trieste (I), 2017-2020

Projektdaten

8th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators from Central Eastern Europe.
May 12, 2017

HARBOUR FOR CULTURES. Continental Breakfast 2017.
Venice, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930)

H/C: workshop, exhibition, 8th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators from Central Eastern Europe/ Trieste session
Oct.28, 2017

19:00-21:00 H/C: opening of the exhibition
Studio Tommaseo
Exhibition: Oct.29–Dec.13, 2017

Shared Values, Ambulant Gardens, and Other Spaces
exhibition by transparadiso, Nov.28 - Dec.29, 2017

TRI/E/S/T/E
exhibition, HdA Graz
July 25-Aug.5, 2018

Team

a project by Giuliana Carbi/ trieste contemporanea, transparadiso and Betta Porro

 

Trieste (I), 2017-2020

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 Forum’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).

H/C was first presented at the 8th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators from Central Eastern Europe.
The Venice Forum discussion initiated the H/C project and focussed 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.

H/C is a two-year project focused 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. H/C will create a network of art curators, artists and free thinkers from other disciplines, "experts" and "non-experts", to engage in curatorial workshops and meetings, in-depth studies, art exhibitions and multidisciplinary events.
 
H/C re-interprets the usual functions of a harbour based on economical interests (exchange of goods, commercial profit, insurance issues) and its interim state between arriving, temporary belonging and leaving.  H/C diverts these functions to challenge a macro-utopia – a vision to create a (near) future society beyond geographical and mental borders, a heterotopia, as Foucault noted in Other Spaces (1967), highlighting the role of the ship:  “The ship is the heterotopia par excellence. In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates”.
“Harbour” is a synonym for “arriving”, at a final destination, for being at “home" – as a promise or hope, even though this might be interimistic at the same time: we witness the complex tragedies of the refugee in recent years – many of them never arriving, not onto dry land, but even when they do so, hardly ever do they arrive into our societies.  
Even though the point of departure for H/C is Trieste and her unresolved situation of the Porto Vecchio, which has remained unused and in a state of decay for decades, this project transgresses a real physical location.

H/C collects individual contributions by putting forward personal desires as integral elements to create communal profit based on human, social and societal values for living together by addressing the following questions:

_ How can arts and culture, artistic and curatorial strategies contribute to our society to counteract the current dismal state  of democracy (in Europe) and an arts and cultural production predominantly orientated towards profit in the art-market? 
_How can H/C create a harbour in the sense of “arriving” and “belonging” by addressing the burning issues and changing conditions we are faced with in the Mediterranean area and in Europe as a result of increasing social and economic injustice and wars? 
_ How can H/C re-inforce the power of collective action and produce desires and visions beyond the increasing sense of helplessness experienced by large parts of society?
_ How can H/C reverse the desire for certainties and insurance against whatever problem might occur by reassuring the need for risk-taking, for engagement?

In many venues a "production of desires" was enhanced with international and local contributors. This will serve as a basis for a plan for "Harbour for Cultures".