The cultural programme that runs in parallel to the presence of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands at the Venice Biennale begins on 10th June. It consists of four seminars organized by the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) in conjunction with Sale Docks. This collective has allowed the IRL to use a fifteenth century salt warehouse, where the video art display 180º, by Mabel Palacín, and curated by David G. Torres, will be shown until 30th October.

In this parallel programme there will be a total of four seminars between June and September, with speakers of the first order who will be debating contemporary issues.

The programme is as follows:

  1. "The Commons: A New Paradigm Beyond the Private and the Public. Defending and Governing the Common Good" Corsairs and pirates of the 21st century: capture, expropriation and privatization vs. recuperation, reappropriation and redistribution.

    Date: 10th June.
    Time: From 3 to 7 p.m. at the Magazzino del Sale No. 2. Dorsodouro, 265.

    UGO MATTEI: Jurist, Professor of Civil Law at the University of Turin. Professor of International and Comparative Law at Hastings College of Law (University of California, San Francisco). His particular interests are property rights and common goods. He regularly collaborates with the newspaper Il manifesto, and is the author of Common Law (1992), La legge del più forte (2010) and, with Laura Nader, Il saccheggio. Regime di legalità e transformazioni globali (2010).

    CHRISTIAN MARAZZI: Economist, MA in American Economic History from the London School of Economics, PhD in Economics from City University London. Author, among other works of Capitale & linguaggio. Dalla New Economy all'economia di guerra (2004) and Il comunismo del capitale. Finnziarizzazione, biopolitiche del lavoro e crisi globale (2010).

    FRANCESCO RAPARELLI: Philosopher and activist, student of Paolo Virno.

    JOAN FONTCUBERTA: Artist, teacher, essayist, critic and art promoter specializing in photography. David Octavius Hill Medal from the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie (1988), Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture (1994), National Photography Prize, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture (1998), and National Visual Arts Prize of Catalonia (2010).
  2. "The Practice of the Commonwealth in the Metropolis of the Crisis. Gentrification, Colonialisms, Conflicts, Arts and Architectures"

    Date: 25th-26th June

    Speakers: - Decolonizing Architecture (Eyal Weizman, Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal) - Josephine Berry Slater and Anthony Iles - Martí Peran
  3. "Changing the World in the Time of the 'New World Disorder'" Global governance in social and environmental conflicts, revolts and revolutions: the paradoxes of China and the developments in North Africa that are changing the Euro-Mediterranean region.

    Date: 23rd-24th September

    Speakers to be confirmed
  4. "After the Show. Reflections on the Meaning of the Image Today"

    Date: 14th-15th October

    Speakers to be confirmed