92908 - Exhibitions, New Media and Performance Art

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Docente: Leonardo Regano
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: L-ART/03
  • Language: English
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Visual Arts (cod. 9071)

Learning outcomes

Students develop the theoretical-methodological and historical-critical tools to understand the evolution of artistic movements with particular reference to New Media Art, Performing Arts and the problems concerning their exhibition. With the critical awareness acquired, students are able to carry out documentary and bibliographic research in paper and digital repertories, and to produce original texts for the research and dissemination of the contemporary artistic heritage.

Course contents

The first part of the course centers on an historical introduction: an economic and technological prism that explains the correlations among technological developments, economic prosperity and political agendas together with a presentation of the evolution of the curatorial practice. The course compares small-scale exhibitions to large-scale shows, such as the Biennials and Documenta and examines radical museology and the entrance of disciplines of temporal presence, such as performance and dance.

The second part of the course investigates the development of theoretical (rather than descriptive) tools for discussing art. It offers an overview of the current curatorial practices focusing on case studies regarding public art.


The bibliography consists of a selection of readings available online. The extended bibliography will be sent at the beginning of the course.

It is recommended to read at least two of the following texts:

Obrist H.U. A brief History of Curating, JRP | Ringier Le Presses du Réel, 2018

Hoffmann J., The Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art, 2014

Clair Bishop, ‘Radical Museology: Or What's 'Contemporary' in Museums of Contemporary Art?’, Walther Konig, 2013

Clair Bishop, ARTIFICIAL HELLS, Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, 2012

Teaching methods

First part: frontal lectures with PowerPoint presentations and other multimedia instruments.

Second part: seminar meetings with artists and curators engaged in defining new approaches between the artwork and the public space.

Students will be involved in writing a public art project. The relative context will be defined at the beginning of the course.

Restricted places for incoming exchange students:

Places for incoming exchange students in this teaching activity are limited and are primarily reserved to students enrolled in art related programmes at their home university. To check availability, please write to amac@unibo.it  


Assessment methods

Attending students: the examination consists of a paper prepared on the basis of the lectures.

Non-attending students: students are invited to discuss the examination methodology by appointment before the beginning of the course.

Teaching tools

PowerPoint presentations and videos; seminar meetings with artists, curators and scholars

Office hours

See the website of Leonardo Regano


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.