Conversations on the Rock

Talking about the Contemporary in Malta

12 October 2018

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During a series of talks to be held at the University of Malta, MCAST and the Grand Salon at the National Museum of Archeology, the MICAS platform aims to evaluate both the local and international contemporary situation today. In a series of four discussions by panels made of local and international speakers from various creative disciplines, academia and other fields, the notion of the contemporary and its role in society will be explored.

 

Date: Friday 12th October  Time: 13:00 hrs -14:30 hrs

Venue: Gateway Building (GW) Hall E, University of Malta, Msida

Talk: Art & Internationalisation: developing transnational platforms in local contexts

Moderator: Carmen Sammut

Speakers: Sara Dolfi AgostiniEdith DevaneyRonald MicallefGeorgina PortelliCatherine TaboneHans Ulrich Obrist

Art can be a transformative enabler for the creation and democratisation of spaces, as an operator for freedom of expression, accessibility and equality of opportunity. It can open new spaces for dialogue about common futures whilst celebrating differences. Through art we can dislocate from the singular world view by interacting with the multiple social worlds it mediates. Art can be inspirational, and has the potential to make interconnectivity visible. It can engage with the big questions and challenges that face the world through its capacity to reimagine and transform.

In an increasingly interconnected yet unpredictable world, where conflict, environmental, economic and social impacts are not constrained by national borders, how can art build bridges, trust and good relations between people? To what extent should this be reflected in the policies and actions of a new museum for contemporary art? Does art truly have the power to iteratively rethink the world? Given its own power in the world and its potential as a disrupter is art too susceptible to instrumentalisation?

This event forms part of a series of four discussions to be held on the 12th and 13th of October as part of the MICAS concept launch. During each talk, local and international speakers from various creative disciplines, academia and other fields will explore the notion of the contemporary and its role in society.

No booking is required. Seating is on a first come first served basis.

For further information please email info@micas.art or call MICAS on +35621242183

 

Date: Friday 12th October  Time: 15:30 hrs – 17:00 hrs

Venue: Admin Building HallMCAST, Paola

Talk: How to get ahead in the creative industries

Moderator: Ruth Bianco

Speakers: Matthew Attard NavarroPatrik Fredrikson & Ian StallardSuzanne SharpCaroline TonnaYana Peel

There’s a lot of institutional focus on supporting the creative industries and promoting accessibility through education, social inclusivity or opportunities. When it gets to the real art world though, it is not easy to get ahead, not when it is every young artist’s and designer’s dream to “make it” out there. The effort, knowhow, confidence, self-marketing, contacts and network-building require as much time and skill as inspirational studio practice, if not more. Are young professionals fresh out of art and design school adequately prepared for what it takes? New media provide key mechanisms to level the global playing field, but this also means that competition has become more fierce.

Students, designers and artists yearn to hear from other professionals and their own paths to success. To what extent is it luck, wealth or connections? How does one get “in”? Is inclusivity only a buzzword?

This event forms part of a series of four discussions to be held on the 12th and 13th of October as part of the MICAS concept launch. During each talk, local and international speakers from various creative disciplines, academia and other fields will explore the notion of the contemporary and its role in society.

No booking is required. Seating is on a first come first served basis.

For further information please email info@micas.art or call MICAS on +35621242183

 

Date: Saturday 13th October  Time: 09:30 hrs – 11:00 hrs

Venue: Grand Salon, National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Talk: The influence of contemporary art on other disciplines

Moderator: Gianluca Longo

Speakers: Claude BorgPatrik Fredrikson & Ian StallardRoland MouretMichele Oka Doner

Modern and contemporary art has always played an important role in other creative industries. In fashion, Yves Saint Laurent was inspired by Mondrian for his 1966 collection, and most recently Raf Simons has teamed up with the Andy Warhol foundation for a multi-year partnership for his creative direction at Calvin Klein; the interiors world has always looked to artists like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock for colours and patterns, while architects often look at sculptures as inspiration for their projects. This leaves us with several questions. Why is there so much attention to contemporary art from other creative industries? Do contemporary artists really shake the creativity of our times? What is the main reason for contemporary Art’s influence and ability to inspire us? Maybe because contemporary art is able to reflect today’s society?

No booking is required. Seating is on a first come first served basis.

For further information please email info@micas.art or call MICAS on +35621242183

 

Date: Saturday 13th October  Time: 11:30 hrs – 13:00 hrs

Venue: Grand Salon, Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Talk: The contemporary art world today

Moderator: Gianluca Longo

Speakers: Ruth BiancoCristiano De Lorenzo; Edith Devaney; Norbert Francis AttardYana Peel

In recent years, contemporary art has become more mainstream. Artists are becoming more and more well-known. Art fairs are spreading around the world. We receive newsletters and notifications about the latest art exhibitions, auctions and projects on a daily basis.Art galleries promote their artists in ways that have never been seen before, helped by the power of social media. Is there really such a need to make contemporary art more accessible? Or is it only a trend? Another reflection of what is happening in our society today?Contemporary artists have become well-known for one or two pieces they might have made. Does this devalue the power of their artwork? And if contemporary art is not for an elite group anymore, how will this be reflected in the future? How can the values and standards of art be maintained?’

No booking is required. Seating is on a first come first served basis.

For further information please email info@micas.art or call MICAS on +35621242183

 

Featured image: Grand Salon, National Museum of Archaeology. Courtesy of Heritage Malta