Manifesta and DutchCulture present the book launch of the Manifesta 12 Palermo Atlas followed by a debate on 'a new tool for a nomadic biennial'. Participants include: Zef Hemel, Professor Urban and Regional Planning, University of Amsterdam (moderator); Leoluca Orlando, Politician and Mayor of the City of Palermo, Italy; Hedwig Fijen, Founding Director of Manifesta, the European nomadic Biennial; Bregtje van de Haak, Dutch journalist and filmmaker, Creative Mediator Manifesta 12; and Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Architect and partner at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Creative Mediator Manifesta 12.
With among others:
Book launch & discussion
Following the book launch a discussion will be held with participants from different Dutch institutions like Prince Claus Fund, TU Delft, DutchCulture as well as individual artists like Richard Vijgen amongst others to investigate the notion and meaning of these participations.
Manifesta, the European nomadic biennial, originally a Dutch initiative, wants to be more than merely a sum of individual changing exhibitions, and therefore has a unique concept in which the biennial is co-creating together with the Host city a two years program of transition and transformation, inclusive and participatory to create a unique legacy of civic experimentation. Manifesta commissioned for the first time a new methodological research study by OMA, “The Palermo Atlas”, to decode the city of Palermo as a pre-biennial exploration and as a potential view whether Palermo might serve as a prototype for the world to come. In the debate, participants will discuss how Manifesta 12 has penetrated the stratification and syncretism of Palermo’s cultures. Manifesta 12 “The Planetary Garden, Cultivating Co-existence”, is currently on view in Palermo until 4 November 2018.
For the first time in its history, Manifesta 12 in Palermo included a specific Dutch component called Dutch Trail into the Biennial as an initiative of the Dutch Embassy in Rome and supported by DutchCulture, in which Dutch artists, thinkers, designers, architects, galleries, institutions and universities were taking part in a multiple series of programs parallel to the Biennial.
For information on Manifesta 12: http://m12.manifesta.org