In between | Arada | Tra | Venice and Istanbul

Dialogues and projects on public art

In 2008 and 2009, the spanish artist Antonio Muntadas has conducted two seminars in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Design (IUAV, Università Iuav di Venezia) and the Visual Arts Program (MIT, Cambridge, USA); the results have been published in the book In between: dialogues and projects on public art, edited by Ayse Orhun Gultekin [Istanbul: Visual Arts Directorate: Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency]  and in the exhibition that was held in 2008 at the Jarah Gallery in Venice.

Among the artists we have selected the research project by Valentina Ciarapica, an open archive on the homologation of commercial icons in the urban landascape of Istanbul and Venice (with its interland).

“I defined somewhere else the shape of the contemporary metropolis as: an urban structure completely generated by the laws of economic growth; without neither boundaries nor limits to the growth; homologizing the territory that it takes up; eco-catastrophic; depreciatizing the individual qualities of the places; without any aesthetical quality; narrow in the patterns of living.
(…) The contemporary metropolis shape isn’t a synonymous with big city, but it represents its negation. The contemporary metropolitan pattern talks only about itself, or about the production of goods for the market and their consumption: the producer/consumer takes the place of the inhabitant.”

This is a video-archive, yearly updated, which documents the ongoing globalization process of the turkish and venetian metropolitan area. [text written by Alberto Magnaghi, The local project]

This is a work in progress project and it has been publiesh in  the magazine krisis n. 1 >

Artist web-site >

BIO | Valentina Ciarapica, born in Fermo (IT) 1984, is a videographer. She graduated in History (Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, 2007) and Visual Arts (IUAV, Univeristà Iuav di Venezia, 2010).       Her personal research deals with social anthropology related to screen representation in public and private spaces. She lives and works between Venice and Berlin.


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