Public Program as an “alternative space”? by Valerio Del Baglivo

Date: October 28th 2019 18:00

Venue: Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art (14 Pariska Street)

In the last years the expression “Public Program” spread all around the art word as a new format and paradigm in curatorial practices. Its broad definition reunions what before were indicated as as gallery education, museum pedagogy, mediation, community work, lecture series, event etc. In the same period the rise of the term coincided with a crises of University art education in the western world due to intense marketization of the higher education system on one hand and to reforms of homologation to another.

How practices of Public Programming intervene in this situation and what is the role of institutions, providing alternatives to pre-packaged strategies for art professionalism? Can formats of public program generates processes of self-reflection on the functions, missions and management structures of institutions? Can it contribute to articulate system of values in curatorial practice in which different forms of learning, sociabilities and publics cohabit?

In his talk, Valerio Del Baglivo will focus on a number of projects which embraces his ongoing interest in alternative education, the history of artist run spaces and audience engagement. And specifically, he will discuss how formats of public programs can be sites to speculate about the broader, society-wide production of political, economic and social alternatives.

About the Speaker:

Valerio Del Baglivo is a freelance curator, educator and perennial collaborator based in Brussels. Collaborative research, alternative education, fiction and storytelling play a continuing and vital role within the methodology and interests of Valerio Del Baglivo.

He attended Curatorlab, an independent curatorial course, at Konstfack University (2011), and is now completing a PhD Programme at Middlesex University with a research focused on public engagement and experimental pedagogy in self-initiated art institutions. He has integrated his academic training by participating in international residency programs at The Banff Centre in Banff, ICC at Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, Wysing Art Centre in Cambridge, Futura in Prague, The Luminary in Missouri and BAR Projects in Barcelona.

In the last years, he has curated exhibitions and projects for organizations such as, Apexart – NY, Kunstverein – Milan, Konsthall C – Stockholm, Kunsthalle WUK- Vienna, Azkuna Zentroa – Bilbao – and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo – Turin among others.

In 2017 he initiated The Institute of Things to Come an itinerant art programme aimed at investigating forms of imaginative speculation as cultural strategies and methodologies for critical positions. Each year The Institute focuses on a different theme, inviting artists to present works that interact with other disciplines.

In 2017 he was Curator in Residency and Shadow Curator at Grand Union, Birmingham. He is currently Associate External Curator at MAXXI– Museum of XXI Century (Rome) and 2018-19 Visiting Curator of UNIDEE at Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella).

The event is free and open to the public.

The WCSCD curatorial course and series of public lectures have been initiated and organized by Biljana Ciric.

The lecture by Valerio Del Baglivo is generously supported by Instituto Italiano di Cultura in Belgrado


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