THE VOICES OF THE SIRENS
Book Launch and Screening
Thursday 5 November 2015
To mark the publication of The Voices of the Sirens (Mousse Publishing), Little Constellation Network, in collaboration with Mnemoscape, will host a launch event at Banner Repeater (London) on Thursday the 5th of November 7-9pm. Edited by Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza and Pier Paolo Coro, The Voices of the Sirens presents the activities undertaken at Listen to the Sirens, the first space dedicated to contemporary art in Gibraltar, founded in 2014. Conceived as an 'atlas', The Voices of the Sirens acts as both an exhibition catalogue and a travel guide to Gibraltar, offering an in-depth journey through the cultural, geographical, historical and artistic landscape of this atypical microstate.
During the event, Castiglioni, Canarezza and Coro will be in conversation with Mnemoscape founders (Elisa Adami and Alessandra Ferrini) to discuss their long-term research on the artistic production in small states and geo-political micro-areas in Europe, that has culminated in the establishment of Listen to the Sirens. Overall, the discussion will reflect upon the issues involved in provincial art production within a highly globalized and interconnected art world, where the very distinction between the provinces and the centre seems to be blurred out.
The talk will be preceded by the screening of two artists films offering different depictions of Gibraltar: Stabat Mater by Nina Danino (1990) and Winston Churchill Avenue, 2010
by Canarezza and Coro.
/little constellation/ is an international network on contemporary art aiming to organize and promote projects with a specific focus on the current research activity in the small states of Europe and in a few european geocultural micro-areas. The network was developed from a research project carried out between 2004 and 2013 by artists Rita Canarezza and Pier Paolo Coro, with the support of the Institutions and Foundations of the Republic of San Marino.
Alessandro Castiglioni is an art historian and cultural researcher based in Milan (IT). He is the curator of the research activities of the Museo MAGA, Gallarate, Varese and, since 2009 he has been the curator of Little Constellation Network. With Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, since 2014 he is curator of Listen to the Sirens | Space for Contemporary Art, Gibraltar. Currently he is a professor of History of Art at Istituto Marangoni, Milan.
Mnemoscape is a research platform, online magazine and curatorial project dedicated to furthering research into contemporary visual culture and art practices that operate at the interstices of political and historical scrutiny, with a special focus on issues of memory, methodology and the archive. It was founded by Elisa Adami and Alessandra Ferrini in 2013.