Presentation of When In Rome Project
Movement, UK
7.12.2011 - 21.01.2012

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Presentation of When In Rome Project
Brown Project Space, Milan, Italy
17.11.2011

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Symposium When In Rome / Reconsidering Site-Specificity
with Nick Aikens, Mark Godfrey, Nikolaus Hirsch, Mark Mangion, Simon Starling

Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany
03.11.2011

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Joseph Beuys as Teacher and Social Sculptor

A new Public Lecture series on Contemporary Art is being launched on Friday, 18th March and aims to disseminate information about central issues in the visual arts today and build bridges with different sectors of the public, including practitioners in other art-forms and members of different academic disciplines.

Conceived by Raphael Vella for Malta Contemporary Art, the general series title of these lectures is Contemporary Art in Dialogue with..., and the different sessions in 2011 will deal with various aspects of artistic production and social engagement with the arts.

The first lecture in this series is entitled Contemporary Art in Dialogue with...Politics and Education: Joseph Beuys as Teacher and Social Sculptor. The main speaker is Professor Carl-Peter Buschkühle from Justus-Liebig-University Giessen in Germany, whose research interests include art education, aesthetics, and culture and media theory. The overriding theme of the session is the relationship between art and political or educational domains: is the artist also an ‘educator’, and what relevance do his or her political concerns have in the wider social spheres? Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was one of the most important post-war artists in Germany and exemplifies this relationship perfectly because he was also a politically engaged person as well as an influential teacher, having taught at the famous academy of Düsseldorf before being dismissed in 1972. A number of Beuys’ foremost works and ideas will be discussed, such as his blackboard diagrams and his theories of direct democracy and social sculpture.

The lecture will be held at 7pm on 18th March, 2011 in the Cinema at St James Cavalier in Valletta. The Public Lecture series is being supported by St James Cavalier and the Malta Arts Fund.

Friday March 18 at 7:00pm
Open to the general public.
Free

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Austin Camilleri
Maltese artist and curator Raphael Vella in conversation with Austin Camilleri.

27th November 2010 6.30pm

Open to the general public.
Free

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Little Constellation. Geography of Proximity
Italian curator Alessandro Castiglioni discusses this travelling exhibition and the greater scope of the 6-year and going project Little Constellation.

October 15th 2010 7pm

Open to the general public.
Free

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Artists in conversation

Jean-marie Bytebier
Olphaert Den Otter
Kris Van Dessel
Christian Noirfalise

Saturday 20 March at 5pm

Open to the general public.
Free

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Discussion Workshops

Nikola Hansalik
Veronika Hauer
Andreas Heller
Margit Neuhold
Gerald Straub
Helmut Weber

Three discussion workshops will take place simultaneously in the exhibition space’s three galleries. Subjects of discussion are various forms of spatial production: territorial (architectural, geographically…) and social (politically, linguistically…) as well as the notion of ‘site’ in terms of artistic production and the artwork’s exposure.
Saturday 13 February at 6pm

Open to the general public.
Free

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Dustin Cauchi
Artist Talk
The paper/ public talk brings forth or summons the phantom of Mintoff in a context that is not yet traced. The phantom is confronted with fragments, which are foreign to him (or it) and thus inform itself (phantom or phantoms i.e in the plural) through this exchange of fragments.
Saturday 30 January at 5pm

Open to the general public.
Free

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Mark Mangion
MCA Director & Curator of A New Generation
Saturday 23 January at 5pm

On January 14th 2010, MCA officially inaugurated its new galleries in Valletta. How will this move contribute to challenging and stimulating the local art scene and what is MCA's vision for the future of Art in Malta.

MCA Director Mark Mangion talks about MCA's programme and plans and leads a discussion with the 10 emerging Maltese artists who formed part of the first exhibition entitled 'A New Generation'.

Open to the general public.
Free

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Martina Schmuecker
Artist talk about recent performance works.
Friday 15th May, 2009 7.30pm

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MCA Art Forum
CROSS-CURRENTS: CONTEMPORANEITY AND MALTESE ART
The recent publication Cross-Currents: Critical Essays on Maltese Art and Culture (Allied, 2008; edited by Raphael Vella) proposed different theoretical readings of specific topics related to art, architecture and culture in Malta. One of the 'currents' that runs through every contribution is the issue of 'contemporaneity': What does the word 'contemporary' mean in Maltese contemporary art and architecture? What 'time' do Maltese artists and architects inhabit? How does the global affect the local in Maltese art and culture? These questions will be discussed in a public Forum by all the essayists in Cross-Currents. Members of the public are encouraged to come and participate in the discussion.

Speakers: Professor Kenneth Wain, Professor Paul Clough, Ms Isabelle Borg, Dr Raphael Vella, Professor John Baldacchino, Mr. Peter Brincat.
Chair: Professor Peter Mayo

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Mark Mangion
Artist Talk about his project, Black Out, which deals with issues of journey, migration and integration, specifically dealing with asylum seekers landing on the island of Malta.

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Rupert Ackroyd
“IKEA”
A talk examining IKEA as an example of lifestyle branding taken to a new level.
Saturday 17th January, 2009 7pm

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Raphael Vella
Catholicism: The Ghost is here to stay or, The Maltese artist's inability to forget religion.
A brief introduction to the recently published Cross-Currents: Critical Essays on Art and Culture in Malta (Allied, 2008) will precede the talk.