Announcement
May 3, 2021

Digital Swamp: opening program of School of Waters

School of Waters, Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale

Marianne Fahmy, What things may come (still), 2019. HD film, 13 minutes. Photo: Mostafa Abdel Aty. Courtesy the artist.

Livestream on mediterraneabiennial.org & YouTube

School of Waters—Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale is a nomadic biennial dedicated to young and emerging artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. For the first time since its first edition in 1985, it will be hosted by the Republic of San Marino.

School of Waters imagines a biennial as a temporary school inspired by radical and experimental pedagogies and the way they challenge artistic, curatorial, and research formats. It revolves around a critical rethinking of the material and symbolic agency of waters from a geopolitical and deep-ecology perspective and acts as a collective tool to defamiliarise stereotypes that manipulate our geographical imaginaries, especially those linked to the eurocentric interpretation of the Mediterranean area.

In light of the current limitations on movement and commoning, School of Waters was inspired by swamps. Although they could be considered as foul, even disease-laden environments, these transition zones between land and water are vital for thriving ecosystems. “Digital Swamp” is the expanded public program of the Biennale that will be inaugurated concurrently with the onsite opening and will be providing livestreaming of performances, conversations, and lectures. Public events with participating artists, guest speakers and the curatorial team will continue until the end of October.

Senior curators: Alessandro Castiglioni, Simone Frangi
Curatorial board: Denise Araouzou, Giulia Colletti, Panos Giannikopoulos, Giulia Gregnanin, Theodoulos Polyviou, Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Nicolas Vamvouklis

All times are Central European Summer Time, CEST (GMT+2). Events will be streamed online on the Biennale’s platform, mediterraneabiennial.org and the School of Waters Youtube account.

May 14

5pm: Opening event
Livestreaming from Teatro Titano

6pm: Conversation & screening
Dina Mimi with Simone Frangi, The Act of Digging, 2019
Livestreaming from Cinema Concordia

May 15

10am: Workshop
”Writing in Waters”
Educational program in collaboration with School of Waters Fellows
Coordinated by Giulia Colletti
Livestreaming from Palazzo Gregotti, San Marino

11am: Lecture
“Marina: For a Feminist resignification of the Sammarinese myth”
Giulia Gregnanin in partnership with Unione Donne Sammarinesi
Livestreaming from Palazzo Gregotti, San Marino

5pm: Performance lecture with Q&A
Huniti Goldox, Dido’s Problem, 2021
Moderated by Denise Araouzou
Produced by Association L'Art Rue and Dream City, Tunis
Livestreaming from Leipzig, Amman and Teatro Titano, San Marino

7pm: Performance
Selma Selman, No Space, 2021
Streaming from Teatro Titano, San Marino

9pm: Performance in mixed reality
Theo Triantafyllidis, Anti-Gone, 2021
Commissioned and produced by Onassis Culture, Athens
Special thanks to The Breeder, Athens
Livestreaming from Los Angeles Studio, USA and Teatro Titano, San Marino

11pm: Listening session
Gabriele Rendina Cattani, Sci-Fi Audio Essay. CHAOSKAMPF TUTORIALS, 2021
Livestreaming from National Gallery, San Marino

May 16

6pm: Conversation
"Queer Methodologies"
with Johanna Bruckner, Ru Kim, Madison Bycroft, Sophie Utikal and Simone Frangi
Livestreaming from National Gallery, San Marino

May 17

6pm: Reading performance
Vesna Liponik, Frequently Asked Questions
Introduced by Jernej Skof
Livestreaming from Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

May 18

6pm: Screening & Q&A
Panos Aprahamian, This Haunting Memory That Is Not My Own, 2021
Moderated by Denise Araouzou
Livestreaming from Shams, Beirut, Lebanon

May 19

Conversations
"Liquid Junctions"
5pm: Chus Martinez with Eva Papamargariti, Valinia Svoronou and Panos Giannikopoulos
6:30pm: Ella Finer with Chara Stergiou and Angeliki Tzortzakaki
With the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
Livestreaming from ARTWORKS, Athens, Greece

May 20

6pm: Screening
Bodies of Works, 2019
Livestreaming from Limassol Municipal Arts Center-Apothikes Papadaki, Cyprus

May 21

11am: Conversation
“Art practice as education”
Corinne Mazzoli, Enrico Floriddia, Jacopo Rinaldi with Alessandro Castiglioni
Livestreaming from Museo MA*GA, Gallarate, Italy

6pm: Conversation
“The Earth doesn’t tell its secrets”
Noor Abuarafeh with Simone Frangi
Livestreaming from Centrale Fies, Dro, Italy

May 22

10am: Workshop
"Design methodology"
Marcello Ziliani and Design students, introduced by Karen Venturini
Livestreaming from University of San Marino

6pm: Conversation
“Practising from afar: engaging with Libyan history”
Tawfik Naas and Alessandra Ferrini with Simone Frangi and Sabel Gavaldon, in collaboration with UK New Artists
Livestreaming from Gasworks, London, UK

8pm: Screening
Go straight until you find the sea
Selection of films by Alcaeus Spyrou and Latent Community, introduced by Nicolas Vamvouklis
Livestreaming from K-Gold Temporary Gallery, Lesvos Island, Greece

May 23

8pm: Performance
Madison Bycroft, Buoy, 2021
Streaming from National Gallery San Marino

Opening days May 14–23
Exhibition open until October 3, 2021

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