Book launch: H/C - The Harbour for Cultures' Logbook, Sept. 24, 7 pm, Trieste Contemporanea

Book launch: H/C - The Harbour for Cultures' Logbook, Sept. 24, 7 pm, Trieste Contemporanea

On the occasion of the European Heritage Days on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 7 pm, Trieste Contemporanea will present:
H/C-The Harbour for Cultures’ Logbook
(Juliet Editrice 2022)

Giuliana Carbi Jesurun, Barbara Holub, Elisabetta Porro and Paul Rajakovics (projects curators), Giulio Polita (contributing author, architect), and renowned guests: Laura Carlini Fanfogna (former director of Museums and Libraries of the City of Trieste), Paolo Tassinari (former Head of the Dept. of Culture/ City of Trieste), et.al.

Harbour for Cultures is a participatory project that Trieste Contemporanea, in association with transparadiso and Elisabetta Porro, initiated in 2017 in Venice during the eighth edition of CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators. 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 multidisciplinary research and discussion that H/C promoted have been based on both the historical functions of port activities carried out for economic interest (the functions of exchanges of goods, insurance issues and commercial profit) and the idea of ‘suspension’ inherent in the collective imagination of a port (the imaginary of arriving, temporarily belonging and then leaving).

The catalog “H/C–The Harbour for Cultures’ Logbook” shows the results of the intensive engagements carried out in workshops and seminaries, conferences and meetings of curators, art exhibitions, and numerous participatory meetings with citizens and stakeholders from 2017 until 2021.

The texts and images, collected in 288 dense pages, give back the ideas and proposals of hundred of people, suggestions, insights, and perspectives. Following the inspiring idea of the project, the volume is proposed as an open form of annotations: a logbook.

The desires that were formulated oscillate between concrete and visionary, and can be seen as the basis for a new programming of socially and culturally engaged urban development. The collective production of desires and experiences from the artistic interventions form the basis for concrete plans for establishing the Harbour for Cultures Center in Porto Vecchio: a transdisciplinary international Centre for Arts and Culture;

This publication has been supported by The Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia.