Informal conversation

June 3, 2012 in Angelo Romano

17 June, 5.00 PM, Kluboksięgarnia Głośna, Św Marcin 30/8-9, 61-805 Poznan.

Angelo Romano is a Swiss curator who since April 2012, as a part of the International Artists in Residence Programme, has been carrying out his research with an aim to prepare an exhibition which would involve the residents of Poznan and the places where the local culture is created. His project titled „How do we think about art?”, in progress since 2010, focuses on the interdisciplinary issue of the relation between art and society. Romano hopes to create a new model of exhibiting, open for a wide audience, a structure which would offer new ways of thinking about and within the framework of exhibition. As the curator notes, the institutional framework of exhibition space is often designed as a product rather than as a medium which should provide unique interactions with art. He quotes Robert Simpson’s words that „A work of art when placed in a gallery loses its charge, and becomes a portable object or surface disengaged from the outside world. The function of the warden-curator is to separate art from the rest of society. Next comes integration. Once the work of art is totally neutralized, ineffective, abstracted, safe, and politically lobotomized it is ready to be consumed by society.”

Romano refuses to be the warden-curator. His research, based on the relation between art and society, aims to discover the ways to expand the influence of art within the institutional framework of exhibition space.

The Głośna guests are invited to participate in his curatorial laboratory.

The project has been implemented with the financial support from Poznan City Hall, the International Visegrad Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovakia, the Swiss Embassy in Warsaw.