The Relationships beyond Images, Conference – Day Five: 7 october 2020 at Palazzo Reale

The Relationships beyond Images

Interaction, Activation, Preservation

Conference – Day Five

Conference Hall, Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12 Milan

7 October 2020, 10.30 am-6 pm

A Museo del Novecento and ArtLine Milano collaboration


Palazzo Reale of Milan hosts the fifth conference day of “The Relationships beyond Images” (Le Relazioni oltre le Immagini) program, a series of conferences exploring the current trends in public art, analyzing their relation with contemporary social space. This series is part of the “ArtLine Milano” public program, a City of Milan public art project based in the CityLife Park.

How can a community be encouraged to develop a sense of belonging and protection towards site specific sculptures situated in urban space contexts? In what ways can public art be documented and preserved?

This final conference day sets out to address crucial issues for the future of public art, for ArtLine Milano’s sculptures in particular, trying to define in what ways they can become part of collective imagination so that citizens develop forms of responsibility and belonging, and also reflecting on what is the role of documentation and preservation for public artworks. A number of Italian and international case studies will be presented and analyzed, and some “hypotheses” will be formulated as to how the ArtLine Milano collection may become an open, alive and accessible collection via the involvement of other languages and the organization of various types of public activities.

Speakers: James Lingwood,Iolanda Ratti in conversation with Liliana Moro and Riccardo Benassi, Andrea Pinotti, Gabi Scardi, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Fiamma Montezemolo.

Moderators: Roberto Pinto, ArtLine Milano coordinator, and Cecilia Guida, responsible for ArtLine Milano public program.



Morning Session, 10.30 am-1 pm

10.30 am-10.45 am: Institutional welcome speeches by Marco Edoardo Minoja, Director of the City of Milan Cultural Area, Anna Maria Montaldo, director of the Polo Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Musei Civici di Milano, and Marina Pugliese, Head of Public Art for the City of Milan

10.45 am-11.00 am: Introduction to the conference subjects with Roberto Pinto and Cecilia Guida

11.00 am-12.00 pm: Keynote: “Entanglements – Art and Life in London”, James Lingwood

12.00 pm-1.00 pm: Keynote: “The artists’ point of view”, aconversation between Iolanda Ratti, curator at Museo del Novecento, Liliana Moro and Riccardo Benassi




Afternoon Session, 2.30 pm-6 pm

2.30 pm:“Traces of oblivion? The monumental paradox”, Andrea Pinotti

3.10 pm: “The life of a public artwork”, Gabi Scardi

3.50 pm: “Learning objects: Imagination as a collective exercise of care”, Jeanne van Heeswijk

4.30 pm: “Eco: the day after”, Fiamma Montezemolo

5.10-6.00 pm: Q&A


Free entrance with compulsory booking by sending an e-mail to

The speeches of all the speakers of the conference day are broadcast live on ArtLine Milano’s Facebook page

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Speakers’ Biographies

James Lingwood has been Co-Director of Artangel with Michael Morris since 1991. Amongst over 100 Artangel projects produced over the past 25 years are Rachel Whiteread’s House(1993-94), Matthew Barney’sCremaster 4(1995), Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave (2001), Francis Alÿs’s Seven Walks (2005), Susan Philipsz’s Surround Me (2010) and recently Steve McQueen’s Year 3project (2019). In 2016 Artangel produced INSIDE: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison (2016), a site-specific exhibition with over 20 artists and writers including Marlene Dumas, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Doris Salcedo and Wolfgang Tillmans. Lingwood has curated exhibitions for museums around the world, including surveys of the work of Douglas Gordon, Susan Hiller, Juan Muñoz, Robert Smithson, Thomas Struth and Thomas Schütte. He recently has curated Luigi Ghirri – The Map and The Territory; Photographs from the 1970sfor the Folkwang Museum Essen, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid and Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2018-19 and Hayward Gallery, London in 2020.

Liliana Moro lives and works in Milan. After graduating from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, in 1989 she founded, together with other artists, the “Spazio di via Lazzaro Palazzi” art space in Milan, which closed in 1993. She has exhibited in important group shows, such as Documenta IX Kassel; Aperto XLV Venice Biennale; Castello di Rivoli; Quadriennale di Roma; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; PS1, New York; De Appel, Amsterdam; LVIII Venice Biennale – Italy Pavilion; and has held several solo shows at Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan; MUHKA, Antwerp; Fondazione Ambrosetti, Brescia; Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como; Fondazione Zegna for “All’Aperto” in Trivero-Biella (permanent work); Galleria Francesco Pantaleone, Palermo/Milan; Galleria de’ Foscherari, Bologna.

Riccardo Benassi lives and works in Berlin. His work has distinguished itself for its multidisciplinary approach focusing on the impact of technology in our daily relation to space, mostly reflecting on how technological devices have radically altered the structures we use to experience and organize reality around us, from architecture to politics, from cultural production to consumption. Over the years, Benassi has often collaborated with exponents of 1990s subcultures, having been a key figure of the European underground music scene himself in the early stages of his career. His visual art production integrates new media with particular focus on the expressive growth of the millennial generation, becoming a point of reference in terms of new media theory and implementation. His work is displayed in public and private spaces in Italy and across the globe. Some of his most recent solo shows include: ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe (2020); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève (2019); permanent installation at Fondazione ICA, Milan (2019); permanent installation at ArtLine, Milan (2018); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2016). Benassi has been working as professor of Sound Design at the Accademia di Belle Arti Carrara in Bergamo since 2013, from 2014 to 2016 he was professor of Creative Practices at dBs College in Berlin, and has been guest lecturer at NABA in Milan since 2019. He has published: Lettere dal sedile del passeggero quando nessuno è al volante(Mousse Publishing 2010),Briefly, Ballare(Danilo Montanari 2012), Attimi Fondamentali(Mousse Publishing 2012), Techno Casa(Errant Bodies 2015), Sicilia Bambaataa(NERO Publishing 2015) and Morestalgia (NERO Publishing 2020).

Andrea Pinotti is professor in Aesthetics at the State University in Milan. His research topics include: empathy theories, image theories, visual culture studies, practices of contemporary monumentalization. He has been fellow of various international research institutions. He has published the volumes Cultura visuale. Immagini sguardi media dispositivi(with A. Somaini, Einaudi 2016); Empatia. Storia di un’idea da Platone al postumano (Laterza 2011); Estetica della pittura (il Mulino 2007). In 2018 he has been awarded the Wissenschaftspreis der Aby-Warburg-Stiftung. He is currently running the “ERC-Advanced project AN-ICON”, devoted to virtual immersive environments.

Gabi Scardi is an art historian and curator. Her research focuses on the latest artistic trends and the relationship between art and neighboring disciplines. She is interested in cultural policies and has been involved in public projects for years. She has worked with museums and institutions in Italy and abroad, including: Province of Milan; Pac, Milan; Museo del Novecento, Milan; Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan; MAXXI, Rome; Venice Biennale; Royal Academy, London; Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen. Since 2011, she has been artistic director of the “nctm e l’arte” project. Projects she has curated include: the restoration of the Teatro Continuo by Alberto Burri, Parco Sempione, Milan, 2015 and the Greek Pavilion for the LVI. Venice Biennale 2015, displaying Why look at animals AGRIMIKÁby artist Maria Papadimitriou. She is the author of Paesaggio con figura: Arte, sfera pubblica, trasformazione sociale(Allemandi 2011).

Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist whose projects seek to encourage and realize the citizens’ engagement in shaping their environments. Her long-scale community-embedded projects transcend the traditional boundaries of art by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and learning activities to assist communities in taking control of their own future.

Fiamma Montezemolo born in Rome in 1971, she lives and works in San Francisco. She is both artist (MFA, San Francisco Art Institute) and anthropologist (PhD, Orientale University of Naples). She is an established scholar in border studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema & Digital Media at the University of California, Davis. She has exhibited in various institutions including: Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2019), Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (2019), Munich Jewish Museum, Germany (2019), La Galleria Nazionale, Roma (2019), Headlands Center for the Arts, California (2018), ASU Art Museum, Arizona (2019), Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2016), Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles (2014). She is represented by Magazzino gallery in Rome.