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Venice : 04-11-2009

The final activity organized by the IRL in Venice in parallel with the pavilion at the Biennale

Seminar in Venice on “The Unavovable Community. From Catalonia to Europe, via America”

On 4th November the Santa Margherita Auditorium in Venice will host, a seminar entitled “The Unavowable Community. From Catalonia to Europe, via America”. This will be the final activity organized by the Institut Ramon Llull in Venice this year linked to the project Venezia, Catalunya 2009. The Unavowable Community, with which Catalonia has participated for the first time at the Art Biennale.


The aim of the seminar is to debate whether the thesis of The Unavowable Community is still relevant within the context of the construction of the contemporary city, and to establish which type of communities are those cities imagined by writers. The question, naturally, does not only concern Catalonia, although it is from Catalonia that the question is expounded. The speakers, each from his or her own perspective and field, will deal with one or more “unavowable cities” from classical antiquity to contemporary metropolises, while also looking at “avowable” communities of utopian thought and places of literary creation.

The seminar will be structured into two sessions. The first will take place in the morning and will revolve around the theme “Cities and Thought”. The Mayor of Venice, Massimo Cacciari, will give the augural speech. This will be followed by papers by: Vittorio Gregotti, Italian architect and teacher; Mercè Rius, philosopher and lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona; Joana Masó, essayist and translator; and the lecturers Silvia Burini and Vincenzo Arsillo from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

The afternoon session will be based on the theme “Cities and Literature” and will see papers by Simona Škrabec, writer and translator; and the lecturers Patrizio Rigobon, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, Francesca Bisutti de Riz and Paola Mildonian from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

This is the final activity organized by the IRL in Venice this year to coincide with the occasion of Catalonia’s participation at the Venice Art Biennale. On 11th September this year the Institut Ramon Llull and the Musical Youth Association of Torroella de Montgrí presented a concert by Acadèmia 1750, the Torroella Festival Period Orchestra at the church of San Giovanni in Bragora, Venice.


A project by Valentín¬
Roma with:

Joan Vila-Puig¬
i Elvira Pujol/Sitesize¬

Daniel G. Andújar¬
/ Technologies To The¬

Pedro G. Romero¬
/ Archivo F.X.

La comunitat inconfessable

Based on the book of the same name by Maurice Blanchot, The Unavowable Community is a proposal that explores the types of social intervention adopted by various artistic practices that are developed around the idea of the communal

Three different projects have been selected to form part of this project: Sitesize by Joan Vila-Puig and Elvira Pujol, Technologies To The People by Daniel G. Andújar, and Arxiu F.X. by Pedro G. Romero. These projects share communal strategies of transversality and antagonism, in a territory that is difficult to chart, found in the cracks in both the institution of art and models of cultural productivity.

Valentín Roma

Sponsorship: Vueling Gas Natural La Caixa Grup Agbar
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