From 14th to 30th September, every afternoon in the Squero hall at Homo Faber in Venice organized by Michelangelo Foundation, the influencers of craftsmanship and creative excellence will share their vision with the visitors. A series of talks and discussions with the best of european artisans, curators, artists and experts from the arts and crafts world.
FRI 14.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | CREATIVITY
Best of Europe | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
The largest room of Homo Faber (500 sqm) showcases the work of the best master artisans of Europe, from Italy to Iceland, from Bulgaria to Estonia, using materials ranging from ceramic to textile, glass, silver, plastics, wood and more. We will discuss creative processes and European craftsmanship with the curator and the architect of the room.
Jean Blanchaert, Gallerist and curator of Homo Faber room “The Best of Europe”
Stefano Boeri, Architect
FRI 14.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | DESIGN
Craftsmanship and imagination | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
India Mahdavi imagines spaces. Together with master artisans, the celebrated architect and designer has created for Homo Faber two unique “follies” showcasing the potential of fine craftsmanship to shape and inspire. In this session, Bruno Giussani will engage in a dialogue with Mahdavi about imagination, materials, and modern living.
India Mahdavi, Architect and Designer, showcases the Imaginary Architecture at Homo Faber
SAT 15.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | DESIGN
Glass between craftsmanship and design| Moderator: Bruno Giussani
The intersection of glass craft and design has always proved fruitful. It is a space where tradition is celebrated as innovation is pursued – pushing forward towards novel interpretations of glass to match (and shape) contemporary tastes and desires. A discussion with French designer Emmanuel Babled and Danish scholar/artist Maria Sparre-Petersen.
Emmanuel Babled, Designer
Maria Sparre-Petersen, Artist and craftsperson
SAT 15.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | PHOTOGRAPHY
Where the Venetian masters work| Moderator: Bruno Giussani
Photographer Susanna Pozzoli has trained her camera on the “bottega” (workshops) of 21 master artisans from Venice and the surrounding region – spaces of unique skills and creativity. The images are exhibited in one of the rooms of Homo Faber, curated by Denis Curti. Here, the photographer discusses the making-of, together with two artisans.
Susanna Pozzoli, Photographer, exhibiting the “Venetian Way” at Homo Faber
Eleonora Menegazzo, Craftperson
Carlo Semenzato, Craftperson
MON 17.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | TECHNOLOGY
If it is virtual, Is it craft? | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
Design and production of real-time 3D interactive experiences like video games or virtual reality are often considered relatively automated processes. But behind the making of these virtual experiences there are creative men and women with highly honed skills – a sort of “digital craftsmanship” that will be discussed in this talk through the example of the “Colossus of Venice”, the virtual reality guide (specially created for Homo Faber) taking visitors through the complex worlds of three exceptional artisans: the hard-stone inlayer, the automaton maker and the enameller.
Guillaume Martini, Interactive experience designer, creator of “Colossus of Venice” at Homo Faber
MON 17.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | HISTORY
A Venice time machine | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
The Venice Time Machine is a project by Ca’ Foscari University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) to create a model of Venice based on digitising and modeling in 3D the information contained in 1,000 years of the city’s archives, plans, maps and photos. A 3D visit, guided by Frédéric Kaplan, through the history of Venice.
Frédéric Kaplan, Digital Humanities Lab EPFL
TUE 18.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | BOOKS
The new frontiers of conservation | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
The Michelangelo Foundation with the Cologni Foundation and Open Care presents a preview of “Art Work”, the English translation of the important book by Isabella Villafranca Soissons “In Opera” published by Marsilio, dedicated to the fascinating world of restoration and conservation of contemporary art.
Isabella Villafranca Soissons, Director conservation and restoration Open Care
Barbara Geary Truan, Secretary General Michelangelo Foundation
Giorgio Fasol, Contemporary art collector
Karole Vail, Director Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice
WED 19.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | ECONOMY
Craftsmanship in a post-industrial world | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
Craftsmanship and mobility mingle in the “Workshop Exclusives” room curated by Stefano Micelli for Homo Faber, where even a handmade helicopter is exhibited. In this talk and subsequent discussion with host Bruno Giussani, the economist explores the intersection of craftsmanship and of the “fourth industrial revolution”.
Stefano Micelli, Professor at Ca’ Foscari University
THU 20.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | ARCHITECTURE
Vatican chapels | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
The “most surprising” pavillion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is the Vatican’s, according to the NY Times. It is installed in the park of Fondazione Cini and composed of ten chapels created by international architects. A discussion about this itinerary for people of faith and for believers in architecture alike, and about its making-of.
Francesco Dal Co, Curator at Vatican pavillion
Renata Codello, Director Institutional Affairs at Fondazione Cini
FRI 21.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | BOOKS
Artfully made | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
The Fondazione Cologni and publishing house Marsilio present the book by Ugo La Pietra “Fatto ad arte. Né arte né design” (“Artfully Made. Neither Art nor Design”), which presents a selection (1975-2018) of writings and drawings by the great Italian artist, architect and designer, a historic champion of applied arts.
Ugo La Pietra, Artist, architect and designer
Alberto Cavalli, General Manager Fondazione Cologni and Commissioner at Homo Faber
Alberto Bassi, IUAV University Venice
FRI 21.09 | 18:00-18:45 | CONFERENCE | BOOKS
Italian masters of beauty | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
The Fondazione Cologni and publishing house IdeaBooks present a preview of the new publications “Maestri della grande bellezza” (“Italian Masters of Beauty”): an extraordinary tribute to 35 Italian masters of excellence, true “living treasures” active in all sectors of high artistic craftsmanship.
Graziella Pasquinucci, Publisher IdeaBooks
Toto Bergamo Rossi, Director Venetian Heritage Italy
Peter Marino, Architect and Chairman Venetian Heritage New York
Alberto Cavalli, General Manager Fondazione Cologni and Comissioner at Homo Faber
AT 22.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | MATERIALS
Making, and knowing how: matter and time | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
In this session Aman Iwan and collective Les Bâtisseuses review their experience at Caserma Pepe, on the Venitian Lido island. With French and Italian craft, architecture and design students, they probed the erosion process during a workshop on water, wood, mud and mosaic, thus replacing matter at the centre of sustainable and responsible practices. In collaboration with Les Ateliers Médicis. With the support of Fondation Bettencourt Schueller.
Feda Wardak, Architect
Nicola Delon, Architect
Agnès Prévost, Visual artist
SAT 22.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | MATERIALS
Making, and knowing how: earth | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
Of all the eco-materials, earth is the one with the strongest symbolic meaning. It invites magic, emotion and creativity. This universal resource generates a tremendous diversity of vernacular and contemporary architecture and crafts and inspires a new relationship to the world, where we create from what we have under our feet. In collaboration with the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller. Followed by a guided tour of the exhibition “Pour l’intelligence de la main”.
Ramy Fischler, Designer
Romain Anger, Architect
Nicola Delon, Architect
MON 24.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | TECHNOLOGY
Traditional skills vs the digital world | Moderator: TBD
At the interface of handicrafts and digital technology lies a wide and mostly-unexplored space for innovation as well as for the preservation of traditions. In this session, Rainald Franz will discuss how technology changes (or not) the role of traditional skills, and the objects they produce.
Rainald Franz, Art historian, and curator
THU 27.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | FUTURE
Crafts thinking | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
What role does craft play in an uncertain world in search of meaning? Beyond the excellence of the artisans’ skills and works, we see signs of craftsmanship’s impact extending into education, politics, economy and the environment. Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel and Fabien Petiot, co-authors of the new anthology “Crafts”, argue that it’s time for “craft thinking”.
Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel, Writer and curator
Fabien Petiot, Designer and art historian
THU 27.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | FASHION
Crafting fashion, and crafting fashion exhibitions | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
Fashion curators Judith Clark and Maria Luisa Frisa have within their practice to identify, describe, catalogue, and display fashion in order for it to be taught. In their talks they will discuss craftsmanship both as a set of skills and as a set of ideals, and as a generator for the most conceptual fashion and fashion exhibition-making today.
Judith Clark, Fashion curator
Maria Luisa Frisa, Critic and curator
FRI 28.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | ECONOMY
The paradox of the craft economy | Moderator: Muriel Prouet
This roundtable examines the business model of crafts companies and addresses the paradox existing between the attractiveness and fascination of consumers for crafts products, and the economic weakness of crafts companies.
In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA for Homo Faber 2018.
Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, Glass blower
Nicky Dewar, Crafts Council UK
FRI 28.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | ECONOMY
China, Korea, Japan : markets or rivals for European crafts? | Moderator: Muriel Prouet
Often considered a target market for European crafts companies, China, Korea and Japan are also characterised by a strong craft tradition and represent nowadays a growing challenge for European stakeholders. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA
Beatrice Quette, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Grace Zhan, ZENS Lifestyle Europe
SAT 29.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | TECHNOLOGY
Crafts in the digital age | Moderator: Annie Warburton
This roundtable addresses the opportunities and challenges offered by digital technologies in crafts: how does it impact craftspeople’s thinking and technical processes, as well as the link between the hand and the material. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA.
Stephen Hoskins, Professor at UWE Bristol
Lucy Johnston, Author and innovation consultant
SAT 29.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | PHOTOGRAPHY
Craftsmanship, crafts, and society | Moderator: Lyne Cohen-Solal
This session explores the work of Atelier Hélio’g, one of the last to use the photogravure process (engraving and printing technique invented at the end of the 19th century) and to collaborate with artists and journalists, embellishing and ensuring the sustainability of their creations. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA.
Fanny Boucher, Héliograveur Hélio’g
Marie Levoyet, Apprentice Hélio’g
Édouard Elias, Photographer and journalist
SUN 30.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | ECONOMY
Know-how, and knowing why | Moderator: Antonio Mancinelli
Luxury is living through a paradox: while big brands may be tempted to yield to the impersonal logic of mass production, they must at the same time guarantee value and durability. The role of the metiérs d’arts thus becomes essential to confirm the codes of elegance and exclusivity. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA.
Maurizio Galante, Couturier and designer
Serge Carreira, COO Mary Katrantzou
SUN 30.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | FUTURE
Craftsmanship, a comparative advantage for future excellence | Moderator: Bruno Giussani
This closing session will examine the singularity of crafts and their role for the future of luxury Maisons and will review the Homo Faber exhibition: experiences, anecdotes, knowledge and future trends. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA.
Lyne Cohen-Solal, President of INMA, Paris
Fabienne Lupo, Co-executive Director at Michelangelo Foundation
Alberto Cavalli, Commissioner at Homo Faber
*The sessions at Homo Faber 2018 take place in the language indicated in the programme, without translation.
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