Realized in collaboration with production company In Between Art Film, the miartalks 2016 function as a cross-disciplinary forum that brings together leading international artists, curators, filmmakers, directors of institutions, writers and others engaged with the visual and performing arts to consider how time based practices are re-defining the boundaries of contemporary art.

Curated by

Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth

12:15-12:30 am

Welcoming speech


Beatrice Bulgari, Founder, In Between Art Film

Ben Borthwick, Curator miartalks 2016

Vincenzo de Bellis, Artistic Director, miart

Alessandro Rabottini, Deputy Director, miart


12:30-1:30 pm

Anri Sala in conversation with Francesco Bonami


Anri Sala will discuss his video installations and collaborations – particularly with musicians

for numerous films, including the French Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale – with

Francesco Bonami, one of Italy’s leading international curators whose work includes

curating the 2003 Venice Biennale.


Francesco Bonami, curator, Milano

Anri Sala, artist, Berlin

language: English


2:00-3:00 pm

Mind the Gap: Documentary, Fiction, and Artist’s Film


The crossover between documentary and fiction is ubiquitous today, from artists

explorations of past and present narratives to TV productions. How can we position

artist’s documentary approaches within the current models of understanding reality?


Yuri Ancarani, artist and filmmaker, Milano

Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, artists and filmmakers, Torino

Chaired by Maria Bonsanti, Artistic Director, Cinéma du Réel, Paris

language: Italian


3:30-4:30 pm

From Object to Process: Curating Contexts


Institutions are increasingly mirroring the breadth of artistic practices, expanding their remit to

include time based media and interactive technologies. What possibilities and challenges

does this broadening of interest from the art object to the artistic process

present to institutions and their audiences? Are there historical precedents for

recent changes?


Natasha Ginwala, Curator, Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen and Curatorial

Advisor, documenta 14, Kassel / Athens

Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Aram Moshayedi, Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, London

Chaired by Barbara Casavecchia, writer, independent curator, and contributing

editor of frieze, Milano

language: English


5:30-6:30 pm

Care and Attention: Private Collection, Public Collection


Once an artwork

leaves the studio it’s social life is shaped by the collection, or collections, it enters.

What different possibilities do private and public collections offer in our relationships

to time-based artworks like videos and films and their reception?


Martin Bethenod, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Palazzo Grassi - Punta della

Dogana, Venezia

Florence Derieux, Curator of American Art, Centre Pompidou Foundation & Curator-at-

Large, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Helena Fernandino and Emilio Pi, private collectors, Madrid

Chaired by Ben Borthwick

language: English

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Le prospettive del mercato dell'arte in Italia


The growth of modern and contemporary art necessarily must also happen through the creation
f a cultural and economic network whose concrete formulation involves forms of protection, 

policies of value assignment and processes of bureaucratic and administrative simplification
not completely realized in Italy
.This event offers a moment of discussion among the main stakeholders,
o outline an ambitious perspective of reform in our country, in order to promote our artistic heritage.


Roberto Rampi, Culture Commission, Chamber of Deputies, Roma

Bruno Corà, President, Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello

Pietro Valsecchi, collector, Roma

Giuseppe Calabi, Partner CBM & Partners, Milano

Annamaria Gambuzzi, President, ANGAMC, Milano

Chaired by Marilena Pirrelli, Journalist, Art Economy 24 - Plus 24 - Il Sole24ore, Milano

language: Italian


2:00-3:00 pm

Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi in conversation with

Eva Fabbris


Starting from the late 1970s, internationally celebrated artists and

filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi have been developing a visual

practice that critically explores cinema, the archive, history and memory as sites of

social and political transformation.


Eva Fabbris, independent curator, Milano

Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, artists and filmmakers, Milano

language: Italian


3:30-4:30 pm

Virgilio Sieni in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist


One of the most influential dancers and choreographers in the European scene,

Virgilio Sieni will share with international curator and art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist

his unique vision that brings together dance, visual arts, Classical poetry and an intimate

reflection on the human condition.


Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director

of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery,


Virgilio Sieni, dancer, choreographer and Director, Biennale di Venezia - Dance Sector

language: Italian


4:45 - 5:30 pm

Jérôme Bel in conversation with Gabi Scardi

Jérôme Bel is an internationally renowned choreographer whose work goes beyond
the institutional representation of dance and the body. For the staging of his Compagnie Compagnie
inside the program Stage as a Social Platform at the Teatro Continuo of Alberto Burri
Bel discusses his practice with Gabi Scardi, curator of nctm e l'arte and of the renovation of the Teatro Continuo,
an environmental sculpture and stage open to urban space,
created in 1973 by Burri in Parco Sempione at the time of the 15th Milan Triennale. 

Jérôme Bel, choreographer, Paris

Gabi Scardi, Curator and Supervisor of the project nctm e l’arte, Milan

Chaired by Ben Borthwick

language: English


5:30-6:30 pm

A Moving History: Museums and Time-Based Arts


Artists have always been actively engaged with the cinema, theatre, dance and performance of

their time but this has not been mirrored in the ways museums collect and display an

artist’s work. Recognition of this has been one of the big changes in museum culture

in the last decade. How will inclusion of these practices in museum exhibitions and

collections influence, expand, or rewrite cultural histories of the past and future?


Philippe-Alain Michaud, Curator in charge of the film department, Centre Pompidou,


Philip Bither, William and Nadine McGuire Director and Senior Curator, Performing

Arts, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis

Annie Fletcher, Chief Curator at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Chaired by Elena Volpato, Curator, GAM Torino

language: English

12:30-1:30 pm

Tim Etchells in conversation with Chris Dercon


Tim Etchells has led world renowned experimental theatre group Forced Entertainment

since it was founded in 1984. He is gaining international recognition

for his visual art practice and will discuss his work with curator and documentary

filmmaker Chris Dercon, who takes up his new post as Director of Berlin’s Volksbühne

Theatre in 2017.


Chris Dercon, outgoing Director, Tate Modern, London

Tim Etchells, artist and performance maker, London and Sheffield

language: English


2:00-3:00 pm

Staging Visions


Theatre and the visual artists have a long history dating back

to the early avant gardes and beyond. With ever more cross-overs between the performing

arts, film and music, contemporary culture is in a period of radical expansion of

collaborative practices. What are the potentials and implications of this new approach?


Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza and Jacopo Bedogni), artists, Milano

Nicola Sani, composer and CEO, Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Monique Veaute, President, Romaeuropa Fondazione Arte e Cultura and Member of

the Board of Directors, MAXXI, Roma

Chaired by Umberto Angelini, Artistic Director, Uovo performing arts festival,

Milano and CEO and Artistic Director, Fondazione Teatro Grande, Brescia

language: Italian


3:15-3:45 pm

Prize Rotary Club Milano Brera for Contemporary Art and Young Artist


Laura Cherubini, Professor of Contemporary Art History, Accademia di

Brera, Milano and Vice-President, MADRE, Napoli

Christian Marinotti, Publisher and Professor of Contemporary Art History,

School of Architecture, Polytechnic, Milano and creator of this prize

Cristiana Perrella, Curator and Professor of Phenomenology of

Contemporary Art, IED, Roma

language: Italian


4:00-5:00 pm

Changing Displays: Exhibition as Event


With the increasing presence of performance in contemporary

art, the lines between durational event and temporary exhibition are starting to blur.

As these new approaches become more widespread, are institutions responding

to changing artistic practices by creating spaces that are more flexible, temporary,

and performance focused, or are artists having to adapt how they work to fit into

these new conditions?


Hendrik Folkerts, Curator, documenta 14, Kassel e / and Athens

Vincent Honoré, Chief Curator, DRAF, London

Fatos Üstek, independent curator and writer, London

Chaired by Frédérique Bergholtz, Director, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of

Your Revolution, Amsterdam

language: English


5:30-6:30 pm

Parallel Lines: An Artist’s Film Industry?

Changes in technology mean artists can now access the same equipment used

by directors of commercial television, documentary and even movies. What can

artists, producers, museums, and biennials learn about commissioning, funding and

distribution from the television and film industries, and vice versa?


Knut Åsdam, artist, Oslo

Benjamin Cook, Director, LUX, London

Jacqui Davies, Producer, London

Chaired by Leonardo Bigazzi, Curator, Museo Marino Marini and Curator Special

Projects, Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, Firenze

language: English

Carnet de Miart


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