by Tiziana Casapietra
June 2014. We are finally ready to launch the project “Virtual vs Real.” We are starting with the publication of works by the artists Shifra Kazhdan and Haim Sokol, who were invited by curator Viktor Misiano.
“Virtual vs Real” is a cross-cultural, long-term research and experimental project that is taking place within this online platform and which involves international professionals working in the field of contemporary art and culture.
The research project wishes to highlight the dynamics of the contemporary world and the massive changes that we are witnessing on a global scale (digital revolution, geopolitical and environmental changes, economic global rearrangement, gender and migrations issues, etc.);
The curators are asked to indicate artists whose work deals with the issues stated above. Their “virtual” contributions are going to be published on this online platform which can be seen as a virtual exhibition space, or a window opened to our contemporary world, through which we can view different realities, as they are interpreted by contemporary art and culture.
Since this is a long term developing research, the list of curators and artists involved is obviously increasing day by day. To follow the development of this project, we encourage you to join our mailing list to receive our newsletters (we promise not to jam you inbox).
Finally, we like to see this project as a sort of Matryoshka, the traditional Russian nesting doll, where a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size are placed one inside the other. Similarly, each curator and artist involved in this research is welcome to suggest names and works of other colleagues, thinkers, and intellectuals interested in researching and better understanding the changes in our world.
Our office is located at the University Campus in Savona, Italy, and our territory is asking us to take some steps out of our, as they call it, “self-referential microcosm” of artists, scholars, and intellectuals and, once in a while, show the developments our research to a wider audience.
For this reason, based on the funds we manage to raise (ah, money is always the issue, is it not?!?!), we will try to present our research publicly by organizing video projections, public conferences and events. Hence, the title of this project “Virtual Vs Real”.
“Virtual vs Real” is a research project by the not-for-profit cultural association Radicate whose office is located at the University Campus in Savona. All the involved professionals contribute to this research on a voluntary basis.
Here is the provisional list of curators and artists already involved in this research project. Stay tuned to be updated on the developments of our research. Enjoy Radicate.eu.TC
Here is the list of curators and artists already involved in the “Virtual Vs Real” curatorial project (in-progress)
Sara Arrhenius, Director of Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. She indicated Lina Selander. Tiziana Casapietra, editor of Radicate.eu has invited artist Neil Beloufa. Charles Esche, Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Editorial Director of Afterall Publishing. He indicated Erwin van Doorn & Inge Nabuurs. Marina Fokidis, independent contemporary art curator based in Athens. Funding Director of the Kunsthalle Athena and Editor in Chief of South Magazine. She indicated Angelo Plessas, Andreas Angelidakis, Miltos Manetas. Matteo Lucchetti, Guest Curator at Lunds Konsthall, Sweden and Visible Award curator at Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna. Work in progress… Viktor Misiano, critic and curator of contemporary art, based in Moscow. Founder and Chief Editor of the Moscow Art Magazine. He indicated Haim Sokol and Shifra Kazhdan. Olu Oguibe, Professor of Art and African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He indicated Colin McMullan, Lani Asuncion, Ted Efremoff. Pilar Parcerisas is an art critic, art historian, essayist and exhibition curator based in Barcelona. She indicated Yuri Albert. Davide Quadrio, curator, co-founder and director of Arthub Asia, Shanghai, China. Work in progress… Michele Robecchi, editor for contemporary art at Phaidon Press, London; Visiting Lecturer at Christie’s Education, London. Work in progress… Stella Santacatterina, free lance critic and curator based in London. She indicated Daniele Puppi, Jorge Peris, Dorothy Cross, Pietro Ruffo. Emma Siemens, MFA Curating Candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London. Indicated Rory Pilgrim. Nora Sternfeld, Professor for Curating and Mediating Art at the Aalto University Helsinki and part of the platform schnittpunkt. Exhibition theory & practice in Vienna. Indicated Martin Krenn. Sarah Watson, Director of Artexte, Montreal, Canada. Work in progress… Octavio Zaya. Curator and writer based in Boston. Director at Atlántica. Revista de Arte y Pensamiento ( Journal of Art and Thought), published by Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas, Spain. He has selected Carlos Motta and Alfredo Marquez.