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Francesco Maria Spampinato

Associate Professor

Department of the Arts

Academic discipline: L-ART/03 History of Contemporary Art

Director of Second Cycle Degree in Visual Arts

Curriculum vitae

Last update February 2024

 

EDUCATION

 

2013 – 2018

 

Ph.D. in Études Cinématographiques et Audiovisuelles; École doctorale: Arts et Médias

University: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, Paris

Thesis: Art Contemporain et Télévision: Formes de Résistance, Appropriation et Parodie

Advisor: Prof. Antonio Somaini

 

2004 – 2006

Master of Arts (M.A.) – Major: Modern Art, Critical Studies Track

University: Columbia University, New York

Thesis: Painting, Information and the Brain

Advisor: Prof. John Rajchman; Co-Advisor: Terry Winters

 

2003 – 2004

Laurea Triennale in DAMS Arte (new university system)

University: University of Bologna, Bologna

Thesis: Takashi Murakami e il Problema del Glocal

Advisor: Prof. Renato Barilli

 

1997 – 2003

Laurea Quadriennale in Conservazione dei Beni Culturali (old university system)

University: University of Bologna, Ravenna

Thesis: Arte e Pop: Keith Haring e la Cultura Consumistica

Advisor: Prof. Flaminio Gualdoni

 

 

ACADEMIC CAREER

 

In 2023 achieved the Italian National Scientific Qualification (ASN – Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) as Full Professor in the sector 10/B1 Art History with unanimous judgment of the five commissioners.

 

Since 2022 Associate Professor, L-Art/03 History of Contemporary Art, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Italy.

 

In 2020 achieved the Italian National Scientific Qualification (ASN – Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) as Associate Professor in the sector 10/B1 Art History with unanimous judgment of the five commissioners.

 

From 2019 to 2022 Senior Assistant Professor (fixed-term)/Tenure-track, academic discipline L-Art/03 History of Contemporary Art, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Italy.

 

From 2011 to 2015 Part Time Faculty at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Department of History of Art and Visual Culture, Providence, RI, US.

 

From 2011 to 2012 Part Time Faculty at Parsons School of Design, The New School, Department of Art and Design History and Theory, New York, NY, US.

 

In 2009 Adjunct Professor at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), Design Department, Milan, Italy.

 

 

TEACHING ACTIVTIES

 

Since AY 2021/2022 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course Phenomenology of Contemporary Art: Fundamentals (Module 1) and Lab (Module 2), 12 CFU (60 hours), First Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Drama, Art and Music Studies, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. Course offered during the Fall semester.

 

Since AY 2020/2021 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course History of Contemporary Art, 6 CFU (30 hours), Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Storico-Artistici, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. Course offered during the Spring semester.

 

From AY 2019/20 to AY 2020/2021 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course History of Contemporary Art (Module 2), 6 CFU (30 hours), First Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Drama, Art and Music Studies, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. Course offered during the Spring semester.

 

Since AY 2019/20 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course Visual Studies, 6 CFU (30 hours), Second Cycle Degree/Two Year Master in AMaC – Arts, Museology and Curatorship, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. Course offered during the Spring semester.

 

Since AY 2019/20 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course Modern and Contemporary Art, 6 CFU (30 hours), Second Cycle Degree/Two Year Master in AMaC – Arts, Museology and Curatorship, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. Course offered during the Spring semester.

 

In AY 2018/19 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course Seminario di Arte – Post-Internet: Speculazioni sul Futuro nell’Arte del XXI Secolo, 6 CFU (30 hours), First Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Drama, Art and Music Studies, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. Course offered during the Spring semester.

 

2011 – 2015 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course Contemporary Art & Its Discourses, 1 TU (36 hours), Department of History of Art and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US. Course offered for five consecutive academic years during the Spring semester.

 

2011 – 2015 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course Performance Art: Between Media and Mass Media, 1 TU (36 hours), Department of History of Art and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US. Course offered for four consecutive academic years, the first two during the Fall semester, and the other two during the Spring semester.

 

2011 – 2012 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course Global Issues in Design and Visuality in the 21stCentury: Culture, 3 Credits (23 hours), Department of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY, US. Course offered twice during one academic year, Fall and Spring semester.

 

2009 Lecturer (Instructor) of the course How to Make a Public Performance, Intensive Course (30 hours), Design Department, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), Milan. Course offered during the months of February and October.

 

 

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES

 

2023 – ongoing

Scientific responsibility for the development and coordination of the project UnaVEx – UNA Europa Virtual Exchange for Sustainability, developed within UNA Europa and funded within the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange program of the European Commission. The Una Europa Virtual Exchange in Higher Education (UnaVEx) project aims to facilitate the co-creation and implementation of a virtual exchange framework for sustainability education across a partnership of leading European and African higher education institutions. The UnaVEx project consortium is composed of three Una Europa partner universities, the University of Helsinki (Finland), the University of Bologna (Italy), KU Leuven (Belgium), and three African partner universities, the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and the University of Johannesburg (South Africa).

 

2023 – ongoing

Member of the interdepartmental research group on the project RESTART – Resilienza e Sviluppo Territoriale – patrimonio a rischio tutela, funded within the initiative Alma CaReS 2023, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2023 – ongoing

Collaborator of the international research project Videoarteurope: Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960s–1980s), promoted by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne and Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint Denis.

 

2023 – ongoing

Scientific direction and coordination, with Marco Cucco and Matteo Paoletti, of the research group Arti e sostenibilità. Promoted by the Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2023 – ongoing

Principal Investigator (PI) for the University and Society project Arti e sostenibilità: modelli di public engagement tra immaginario, industria e buone pratiche, winner of a grant within the “University and Society Initiative – Scope B: Public Engagement,” Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. The project aims to disseminate the role of the arts and humanities in producing forms of public engagement regarding issues of sustainability (environmental, economic, social, and cultural). The project includes: the organization of a study day; the organization of a hackathon intended for 100 students, in collaboration with Bureau Veritas S.p.a., related to the application of ISO 20121 certification, which guarantees sustainability criteria for live performances; the publication of an illustrated book intended to be disseminated free of charge to 800 high school students; and a series of theater workshops organized by the Altre Velocità association, intended for a selected group of high school students based on the themes covered in the publication.

 

2022 – ongoing

Principal Investigator (PI) for the research project “Climate Change: Cultural Practices and Socio-Economic Outcomes” within the Erasmus+ program of Blended Intensive Programmes (BIPs), admitted for funding based on a competitive call of the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2022 – ongoing

Member of the research group on the project “Re-Waste –Circular Ecosystems in Textile Chain,” PE11 Extended Partnership “Made-in-Italy Circular and Sustainable,” Spoke 2 “Eco-Design Strategies: From Materials to Product Service Systems – PSS.” The project is funded by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – PNRR, Mission 4 “Education and Research” – Component 2 “From Research to Enterprise” – Investment 1.3, funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU through the Ministry of University and Research.

 

2022 – ongoing

Member of the research group on the project “EMOTIONAL – Experience Made in Italy: Immersive Storytelling Design for Contemporary Values and Sustainability,” PE11 Extended Partnership “Made-in-Italy Circular and Sustainable,” Spoke 2 “Eco-Design Strategies: From Materials to Product Service Systems – PSS.” The project is funded by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – PNRR, Mission 4 “Education and Research” – Component 2 “From Research to Enterprise” – Investment 1.3, funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU through the Ministry of University and Research.

 

2022 – ongoing

Principal Investigator (PI) for the research project Skank Bloc Bologna: Alternative Art Spaces Since 1977, winner of a grant under the 11th edition of the Italian Council (2022) – Scope 2, international promotion of artists, curators and critics – international publications, promoted by the Ministry of Culture - General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity.

 

2022 – 2023

Scientific responsibility for studies and research entrusted by MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna as part of the exhibition project “Immagini d'autore come opere e come fonti per la ricerca storica,” carried out thanks to funds from the PAC2021 – Plan for Contemporary Art, promoted by the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, for which the project in question was the winner. Curated by Uliana Zanetti, the project stems from the section “Archival Surveys. Le Settimane Internazionali della Performance e gli anni ‘60 e ‘70 a Bologna e in Emilia-Romagna” within MAMbo's permanent collection. The entrusted study concerns the relationships and exchanges between scholars, artists, and curators in the cities of Bologna and New York in those years, relationships that reached their peak in the 6th edition of the International Week of Performance. The study was also aimed at writing an essay (published in the volume La performance a Bologna negli anni ’70, 2023).

 

2022 – 2023

Scientific responsibility, as Co-PI, of a research project entitled “Artist's Lives: The Documentary as a Tool for the Investigation and Dissemination of Contemporary Art” funded by the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna under the “Alma Idea 2022” initiative based on a competitive call for proposals. Developed through the “Fund for the Promotion and Policy Development of the National Research Program” (PNR), this initiative is aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary research initiatives that explore topics of cross-cutting relevance to the PNR. Based on a dialogue between the fields related to SSDs L-Art/06 (Marco Cucco, PI) and L-Art/03 (Francesco Spampinato, Co-PI), the “Artist's Lives” research project consisted in the identification, mapping, and analysis of significant case studies to understand the importance of the audiovisual documentary as a tool for the investigation and dissemination of contemporary art.

 

2022 – ongoing

Scientific direction and coordination, with Marco Cucco, of the research group Libero accesso: la divulgazione delle arti attraverso l’audiovisivo. Promoted by the Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2021 - 2022

Responsibility for scientific studies and research entrusted by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Rome, as part of the exhibition project “Videoart in Italy. Video Makes You Happy,” curated by Valentina Valentini, presented at Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Rome, April 1 – September 4, 2022. Developed in collaboration with the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and the Ministry of Culture – Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea, the project was dedicated to video art and artist's cinema in Italy from the late 1960s to the present day. The studies and scholarly research entrusted has brough to: the preparation and curatorship of the exhibition project; the development and articulation of a volume published by Treccani; the coordination of a section of this volume; the writing of two scholarly essays for the same volume; the curatorship of three film and video screenings presented within the exhibition project; the organization and coordination of a study day.

 

2021 – ongoing

Responsibility for the development and coordination of the MOOC “Sustainability and the Arts: Between Collective Actions and Cultural Industries,” Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, as part of the “Micro-credential in Sustainability,” a course created through the collaboration between the University of Bologna, Helsinki University and Jagiellonian University of Kraków as part of UNA Europa.

 

2021 – ongoing

Scientific responsibility for the development and coordination of the “Micro-credential in Sustainability,” a course created through the collaboration between the University of Bologna, Helsinki University and Jagiellonian University of Kraków as part of UNA Europa.

 

2021 – ongoing

Member of the research group Enhancing Korean Studies: Bridging Humanities and Social Sciences. Promoted by the Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2021 – 2022

Member of the research group Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), Cultural Industries and the Digital Art Market. Promoted by the Department of the Arts, Department of Legal Studies, Department of Management, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2020 – ongoing

Scientific direction and coordination, with Roberto Pinto, of the research group Making Spaces: History and Phenomenology of Non-Profit Exhibition Spaces for the Visual Arts. Promoted by the Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2020 – ongoing

Participant in the activities of the interdepartmental center Alma Mater Research Center for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2019 – 2022

Activities of research, coordination, and editing for a research project on the history of video art in Italy led by Valentina Valentini (Sapienza – University of Rome) and sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC), aimed at the development of an exhibition and editorial project at Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2022).

 

2019 – ongoing

Member of the research group Thinking by Images: Drawings, Diagrams and Other Graphic Devices as Tools for Creating Knowledge. Promoted by the Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2019

Responsibility for scholarly studies and research entrusted by Fondazione Prada, Milan, as part of the exhibition project Whether Line: Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin (2019). The exhibition project focused on a large-scale multimedia installation through which American artists Lizzie Fitch and RyanTrecartin explored the concept of “new” promised land, as a metaphor for the desire to escape and the pervasiveness of the systems and technologies that interconnect us. The project also included a retrospective of films made by the artists since 2000, screened at the Fondazione Prada Cinema. This research led to the writing of an essay titled “The Schizophrenic Prosumer: Television in the Production of Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin,” published in the volume accompanying the exhibition project, which explores the work of the Fitch/Trecartin duo in light of the transformation of mass media brought about by the arrival of the Internet.

 

2019

Participant, as a faculty of Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, in the 22nd Curatorial Research Trip to Israel (June 16–23) sponsored by Artis, a New York-based independent nonprofit organization that supports contemporary Israeli art. Aim of the program is to provide leading members of the international art community with an immersive experience with the art scene in Israel, put them in contact with leading Israeli artists, curators and directors of museums and institutions of the State of Israel. The participation in the program has been the result of a selection based on a competitive call.

 

2018 – 2019

Creator and manager of the project Italia Periodica, a series of meetings promoted by Reading Room, Milan, dedicated to the study of magazines published in Italy from the 1950s to today. The goal was to set the foundations for a history of Italian periodic publishing as an experimental field of communication, cultural production, and artistic expression.

 

2017 - 2018

Responsibility for scientific studies and research entrusted by Fondazione Prada, Milan, as part of the exhibition project Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italy 1918-1943 (2017-2018). Curated by Germano Celant, the project explored the system of art and culture in Italy between the two world wars, starting from the research and study of historical documents and photographs that reveal the spatial, social, and political context in which works of art were created, staged, experienced, and interpreted by the public of the time. The study resulted in the writing of an essay titled “Machine, Monument, Dummy: The New Man in Italy,” published in the volume that accompanied the exhibition project, focusing on the idea of choreography in the 20-year period, that is, on the ways of representation and action of the body of the so-called “new man” in the visual arts and visual culture between the two world wars.

 

2016 – ongoing

Coordinator for the Emilia-Romagna region of the Censimento degli Archivi della video arte e dei film d’artista in Italia. The project was directed by Cosetta Saba (University of Udine) and Valentina Valentini (Sapienza – University of Rome), promoted by the universities of Turin, Milan-Bicocca, Udine, and Sapienza – University of Rome, in collaboration with the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione (ICCD), and sponsored by the Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC). The project led to the creation of the digital platform VARIA – Video ARte in ItaliA https://varia.beniculturali.it/ . Within the same project, from November 2018 to January 2019 he was awarded a scholarship for research activities issued by the University of Milan-Bicocca.

 

2015 – 2016

Creator and responsible for the development of a rehabilitation project of the exhibition space previously used by the design and interior company "Dino Gavina" in San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna – a building designed in 1959 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni – in exhibition space, library and research center dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Italian visual culture under the management of the Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Foundation, Bologna. For the same Foundation, he has developed an exhibition project (unrealized) for the Gagosian Gallery in New York, titled Futurist Reconstruction, exploring the utopian dimension of Futurism in art, design and visual culture.

 

2013 – 2018

Participation, as PhD candidate in Études Cinématographiques et Audiovisuelles (École doctorale Arts et Médias, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, Paris), at the activities of LIRA – Laboratoire International de Recherches en Arts, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, Parigi. As part of this research group, he conducted in-depth studies on issues related to: experimental cinema and relations between cinema and other arts; theories, aesthetics and archeology of media; aesthetics and art history; criticism and theory of contemporary art; relationship between bodies and screens and between performing arts technologies.

 

2011 – 2014

Co-founder and member of ArtMap, research project concerning the digital mapping of contemporary art history, conducted from January 2011 to January 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, United States, together with the faculties Daniel Lefcourt (Department of Experimental and Foundation Studies), Clement Valla (Department of Experimental and Foundation Studies) and Kevin Zucker (Painting Department).

 

 

INSTITUTIONAL CHARGES

 

Since 2024 Member of the group of referents for MUR Department of Excellence 2023-2027, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2023/2024 Coordinator for the Erasmus+ international mobility agreement with University of Hamburg, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2023/2024 Member of the Commission University and Society, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2023/2024 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Library of the Arts, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

In AY 2023/2024 Member of the commission of examiners of the Doctoral Program in Art History, Film Studies, Media Studies and Music, 35th Cycle, University of Udine.

 

In AY 2023/2024 Member of the admission board of the Doctoral Program in Visual and Media Studies, 39th Cycle, IULM University, Milan.

 

Since 2023 Coordinator, with Carmelo Marabello, of a working group on the “Visual Studies” within CUC – Consulta Universitaria Cinema.

 

Since AY 2022/2023 Member of the PE11 Extended Partnership “Made-in-Italy Circular and Sustainable,” Spoke 2 “Eco-Design Strategies: From Materials to Product Service Systems – PSS,” project “Re-Waste –Circular Ecosystems in Textile Chain,” funded under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – PNRR, Mission 4 “Education and Research” – Component 2 “From Research to Enterprise” – Investment 1.3, funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU through the Ministry of University and Research.

 

Since AY 2022/2023 Member of the PE11 Extended Partnership “Made-in-Italy Circular and Sustainable,” Spoke 2 “Eco-Design Strategies: From Materials to Product Service Systems – PSS,” project “EMOTIONAL – Experience Made in Italy: Immersive Storytelling Design for Contemporary Values and Sustainability,” funded under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – PNRR, Mission 4 “Education and Research” – Component 2 “From Research to Enterprise” – Investment 1.3, funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU through the Ministry of University and Research.

 

Since 2022 Principal Investigator (PI) for the research project Skank Bloc Bologna: Alternative Art Spaces Since 1977, winner of a grant under the 11th edition of the Italian Council (2022) – Scope 2, international promotion of artists, curators and critics – international publications, promoted by the Ministry of Culture - General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity.

 

Since AY 2022/2023 Coordinator of the project “Climate Change: Cultural Practices and Socio-Economic Outcomes” within the Erasmus+ program of Blended Intensive Programmes (BIPs), admitted for funding based on a competitive call of the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2022/2023 Member of a working group of the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna in charge of mapping an ecosystem related to “Cultural and Creative Industries and Sectors (CCSI)” carried out by UNA Europa within the framework of the KIC CCSI promoted by EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

 

Since AY 2022/2023 Member of the Commission AQ (quality assurance) of the First Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Drama, Art and Music Studies, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2022/2023 Member of admission subcommittee for the Overseas call – United States, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2022/2023 Coordinator of the exhibition cycle “Blind Spot: Unseen Paths at the Supino Library.” The project consists of two exhibitions per year, each focused on a theme, an artistic movement, or an area of interest, through a selection of publications from the Visual Arts section “I.B. Supino” of the Library of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2022/2023 Member of the Teaching Board of the PhD Program “Cultural Heritage in the Digital Ecosystem,” Interdepartmental Doctoral Program, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

In AY 2022/2023 Member of the admission board of the Doctoral Program in Visual, Performing and Media Arts, 38th Cycle, Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

In 2022 Consultant of the study “New technological frontiers of the cultural and creative industry,” Area Science Park, Trieste.

 

Since AY 2021/2022 Coordinator of AVEC – Art, Visuality and Electronic Culture, working group organizing a Graduate Student Workshop per semester, Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2021/2022 Member of the Management Committee of the “Micro-credential in Sustainability” developed by UNA Europa within the 1Europe funding project.

 

Since AY 2021/2022 Coordinator of the MOOC “Sustainability and the Arts: Between Collective Actions and Cultural Industries,” developed by the Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, within the “Micro-credential in Sustainability,” developed by UNA Europa within the 1Europe project.

 

Since AY 2021/2022 Responsible, together with Roberto Pinto, of the Curricular Internship dare_SPAZI, Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2021/22 Coordinator for the Erasmus+ international mobility agreement with Jagiellonian University (Kraków), Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2021/22 Member of the Scientific Committee of the cultural center “La Soffitta,” Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2021/22 Member of the Admission Committee of the second cycle degree program in Arts, Museology and Curatorship (AMaC), Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.


Since 2021 Member of the Committee for the Supervision and Development of the Research, Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2021 Member of the working group for the VQR 2015–2019 (Evaluation of Research Quality), Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2020/21 Member of the admission committee of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Storico-Artistici, Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

2020 Member of the committee for the “Luigi Tagliavini” prize for best thesis dissertation in the second cycle degree program in Visual Arts, Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

Since AY 2019/20 Member of Internationalization Committee of the second cycle degree program in Visual Arts, Department of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

 

TUTORSHIP ACTIVITIES

 

Research grants at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna:

– Maria Teresa Soldani, “Vite d’artista. Il documentario come strumento di indagine e divulgazione dell’arte contemporanea,” Tutor Marco Cucco, Co-Tutor Francesco Spampinato, funding Alma Idea 2022 – Line A, duration 12 months starting October 15, 2022.

 

PhDs at Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna:

– Beatrice Sartori, “I Was Raised on the Internet. Una ricognizione critica della condizione Post-Internet” (provisional title), Tutor Francesco Spampinato, PhD in Arts, History, Society, Cycle XXXIX, in progress.

– Eleonora Stacchiotti, “Moda e Made in Italy: storytelling e valorizzazione nella cultural visiva e nella svolta digitale” (provisional title), Tutor Federica Muzzarelli, Co-Tutor Francesco Spampinato, External Co-Tutor esterno Andrea Pinotti, PhD in Visual, Performative and Media Arts, Cycle XXXVIII, PNRR PE11, in progress.

– Sara Molho, “Interattività e partecipazione nell’arte italiana dalla mail art alla realtà virtuale 1980-2001 ca.” (provisional title), Tutor Francesco Spampinato, External Co-Tutors Leo Lecci and Duccio Dogheria, PhD in Visual, Performing and Media Arts, Cycle XXXVIII, in progress.

– Edoardo Milan, “Il museo al cinema. Forme, presenze, trasformazioni,” Tutor Monica Dall'Asta, Co-Tutor Francesco Spampinato, PhD in Visual, Performative and Media Arts, Cycle XXXV, title not awarded.

 

Reviewer of PhD dissertations earned at other universities:

– Vincenzo Di Rosa, “La mostra come medium. Storia e teoria (1960–2020),” Tutor Vincenzo Trione, IULM University, Milan, PhD in Visual and Media Studies, Cycle XXXIII, 2021.

– Arianna Fantuzzi, “Narratività e anti-narrazione nell’arte contemporanea italiana (1989–2001)”, Tutor Anna Luigia De Simone, IULM University, Milan, PhD in Visual and Media Studies, Cycle XXXIII, 2021.

– Paolo Villa, “Immagini al secondo grado. Per una storia del film sull’arte in Italia (1948–1970): teorie, pratiche, contesti, figure,” Tutor Francesco Pitassio, University of Udine, PhD in Art Historical and Audiovisual Studies, Cycle XXXII, 2020.

 

Involvement as an expert in research for master's theses awarded at international universities:

– Airi Gomi, “Visualized Toxic Ideology: ‘Performing’ the New Italian Man. Artistic Expressions in Political Activity During the Italian Interwar Years and Its Ex Post Facto Impact,” Tutor Greg Dvorak, Master’s Degree, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, 2022.

– Jean-Rodolphe Petter, “Graffiti & art contemporain: les origines du discours inclusive et globalisé du monde de l'art (1980-2002). Les cas d'étude Colab et Fashion Moda,” Tutor Kornelia Imesch Oechslin, Mémoire de Maîtrise universitaire ès lettres en histoire de l'art, Faculté des Lettres, Université de Lausanne, 2021.

 

 

EDITORIAL COMMITTEES

 

2024 – ongoing Member of the scientific committee of the journal Bibliomanie. Letterature, storiografie, semiotiche, published with a double-blind peer review process following the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Department of History and Cultures, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Clueb, Bologna. Director: Mirco Dondi (Unibo). (The journal is included in the list of scientific journals compiled by ANVUR for the Area 10).

 

2022 Coordinator of the section “Interferenze” of the volume Videoarte in Italia. Il video rende felici, edited by Cosetta Saba and Valentina Valentini, Treccani, Rome, pp. 455–515. Volume published on the occasion of the exhibition project of the same name, curated by Valentina Valentini at Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Rome.

 

2019 – ongoing Member of the editorial board of the journal Piano b. Arti e culture visive, published with a double-blind peer review process following the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), by the Department of the Arts of the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. Directors: Claudio Marra (Unibo), Claudio Zambianchi (Sapienza Università di Roma). Editor-in-chief: Roberto Pinto (Unibo). (included in the list of the Classe A journals compiled by ANVUR for the Area 10).

 

2019 – 2023 Member of the scientific committee of the journal Sciami/ricerche. Webzine semestrale di Teatro, Video e Suono. Director: Valentina Valentini (Sapienza Università di Roma). (The journal is included in the list of scientific journals compiled by ANVUR for the Area 10).

 

 

ACTIVITIES OF PEER-REVIEW

 

2024 New York History, journal – Cornell University Press.

2023 ZoneModa, journal, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

2023 La Diana, journal, University of Siena.

2023 La valle dell’Eden. Semestrale di cinema e audiovisivi, journal, University of Turin.

2022 Elephant & Castle. Laboratorio dell’immaginario, journal, University of Bergamo.

2022 Quaderni di Visual and Media Studies, editorial series, Università IULM, Mimesis Edizioni, Milan.

2022 Mediascapes Journal, journal, Sapienza University of Rome.

2022 VCS – Visual Culture Studies. Rivista semestrale di cultura visuale, journal, Mimesis Edizioni, Milan.

2021 Digital Culture & Society, journal, [transcript] Independent Academic Publishing, Bielefeld, Germany.

2021 Venezia Arti, journal, Dept. of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.

2021 VCS – Visual Culture Studies. Rivista semestrale di cultura visuale, journal, Mimesis Edizioni.

2021 OBOE – Journal On Biennials and Other Exhibitions, journal, Iuav University, Venice.

2021 Il Pensiero. Rivista di Filosofia, journal, Inschibboleth Edizioni, Rome.

2020 Palgrave Macmillan, publisher, London.

2016 NECSUS_European Journal of Media Studies, journal, Amsterdam University Press.

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

 

Since 2023 Scientific Committee – Library of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

Since 2021 Scientific Committee – Centro “La Soffitta”, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

2020 – 2021 College Art Association (CAA), New York.

Since 2020 Consulta Universitaria Nazionale per la Storia dell’Arte (CUNSTA), Italy.

Since 2018 Association for Art History (AAH), London.

Since 2016 Consulta Universitaria Cinema (CUC), Italy.

2015 – 2016 Scientific Committee – Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Foundation, Bologna, Italy.

2013 – 2018 LIRA – Laboratoire International de Recherches en Arts, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris.

Since 2013 NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.

Since 2010 Italian Association of Journalists (ODG).

 

 

ORGANIZATION OF SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES

 

2023

– Member of the organizing committee of the conference La sostenibilità tra le arti: industrie, immaginari, buone pratiche, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, October 18.

Member of the organizing committee of the conference Arti e sostenibilità: immaginari, industrie e buone pratiche, promoted by the Department of the Arts as part of the Sustainable Development Festival 2023, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, May 24.

 

2022 – ongoing

– Coordination of a working group of graduate and post-graduate students in the organization of AVEC – Art, Visuality and Electronic Culture, Graduate Student Workshop, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna:

· AVEC #1 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, June 30, 2022.

· AVEC #2 – How to Survive in the Critical Zone?, December 16, 2022.

· AVEC #3 – And where is the Body? Browsing Through the Integrated Circuit, May 9, 2023.

· AVEC #4 – Is That MagicAI? Algorithmic Spells and Machine Hallucinations, December 15, 2023.

 

2022

– Coordination together with Felice Pesoli of the study day Dalla videoarte alla media art in Italia: dinamiche produttive. Speakers: Adriano Aprà, Antonio Glessi, Carlo Infante, Paola Lagonigro, Carmelo Marabello, Donato Piccolo, Elena Giulia Rossi, Cosetta Saba, Valentina Valentini, Elio Andalò Vimercati. Study day held as part of the exhibition project “Videoarte in Italia. Il video rende felici,” Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, April 27.

 

2021

– Member of the organizing committee of the conference Open Arts. New Audiovisual Scenarios for the Circulation of the Arts, promoted by the Department of the Arts, University of Bologna, Universidad de Murcia and IULM University, Milan, and held at DAMSLab, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, January 20–22.

 

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES

 

2024

Arte e tecnologia in Corea: una prospettiva occidentale, Algoritmo Corea. Performing arts ai tempi dell’intelligenza artificiale, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, January 17.

 

2023

“Sicilia”: pagine d’arte, folklore e cultura immateriale in “ragion turistica”, Panel “I periodici come spazi espositivi,” I periodici illustrati nell’Italia del secondo dopoguerra: testo e immagine tra arte, cinema e letteratura, IULM University, Milan, November 30.

Il convivio come pratica artistica: esempi di sostenibilità alimentare nell’arte partecipativa, Panel “Buone pratiche,” La sostenibilità tra le arti: industrie, immaginari, buone pratiche, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, October 18.

Access to Tools: Guerrilla Television, Media Art and the Late 1960s Counterculture, Télé – Visions: Technologies of Ubiquity in the Visual Arts (XIX–XXI Centuries), international conference organized by IMAGO – Cultures Visuelles, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, INHA – Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, October 4.

La svolta ecologica nel design Made in Italy: tra passato e futuro, Panel “Analisi umanistica,” EMOTIONAL – Experience Made in Italy: Immersive Storytelling Design for Contemporary Values and Sustainability, project of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – PNRR, PE11 Extended Partnership “Made-in-Italy Circular and Sustainable,” Spoke 2 “Eco-Design Strategies: From Materials to Product Service Systems – PSS,” Politecnico di Bari, September 22.

Ugo La Pietra’s Unbalancing System: From Interactivity to Alienation, Panel “Spatial Practices,” RE:SOURCE – The 10th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, September 13.

– Participation, as a member of the University of Bologna KIC CCSI working group, to the C&C Eco System Preliminary Mapping 2nd Co-Creation Workshop: Universities as Breakthrough Labs, organized by UNA Europa, University of Bologna, KU Leuven with the support of ART-ER and the EIT C&C Co-Location Center South in Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, June 15–16.

Construction of the One Europe Micro-Credential in Sustainability and coordination of the MOOC “Sustainability and the Arts: Bewteen Collective Actions and Cultural Industries,” Panel “UNA Europa League,” RItrainPlus General Assembly & Consortium Meeting, University Milano Bicocca, Milan, May 30.

Arti e sostenibilità: il ruolo del DAR nel network UNA Europa e iI contributo a progetti pionieristici di Micro-Credential, Blended Intensive Program e Virtual Exchange, Panel “Scenari,” Arti e sostenibilità: immaginari, industrie e buone pratiche, conference promoted by the Department of the Arts as part of the Sustainable Development Festival 2023, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, May 24.

– Chair of the panel “Visual Korean Wave: Challenges and Innovations in Animation, Webtoon, Art and Technology,” Creative Korea: Exploring Contemporary Korean Cultural Industries and Cultural Production, DAMSLab, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, May 5.

 

2022

Poveri radicali: istanze comportamentali ed esperienze intermediali, Panel “Oltre Italy at Work. Il ‘New Domestic Landscape’ dei radicali italiani (New York 1972),” Italy at Work: The Italian Lifestyle on Display, Politecnico di Milano, Sistema Moda Italia, November 29 – December 01.

Il video sono io. Prove tecniche di disidentità postmoderna, Panel “Linguaggi artistici,” Cosa resterà di questi anni ’80. Immaginari italiani e visioni dall’Italia, DAMSLab, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, November 10–11.

Sustainability and the Arts: Between Collective Actions and Cultural Industries, Panel “Creating a European space for micro-credentials – first experiences from European University Alliances,” Innovating Higher Education Conference, Athens War Museum, Atene, October 19–21.

Cattelan prima di Cattelan: il design “industriale” e di interni, Anni Novanta. Orizzonti creativi tra arti visive, fotografia, moda, design, Università degli Studi di Parma, October 13.

Sustainability and the Arts: Between Collective Actions and Cultural Industries, SSC Sustainability with group work on Micro-Credential, UNA Europa Week, Helsinki University, May 30 – June 3.

 

2021

La Casa Telematica: Italian Postmodern Design and the Advent of Domestic Technologies, AN-ICON Annual Workshop, Reframing Interactivity. Myths, Antinomies, Genealogies, Università degli di Milano, October 19.

Pandemic Visual Regime: Strategies and Tactics, with Julia Ramírez-Blanco (University of Barcelona), PanelArt History with(in) Crisis: Communovirus and Class Conflict, 109th CAA (College Art Association) Annual Conference, online, February 12.

 

2020

Gran Fury: A Response to the AIDS Crisis at the Crossroads of Art and Activism, Seminario Internacional Arte y Comunidad. Restaurando el vínculo de lo colectivo, Facultat de Geografia i Història, Departament d´Història de l´Art, Universitat de Barcelona, November 19.

 

2019

Arte contemporanea e produzione discografica: dischi e label d'artista, Musiche Popular: suoni, immagini, media, discipline, Dipartimento delle Arti, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, June 11.

Pratiche video in Italia negli anni Ottanta: Ibridazione, Corpo e Mass Media, Panel “Analisi storico-critica sulla video arte in Italia (anni ’70-oggi),” VARIA: Video Arte in Italia, Dipartimento di Pianificazione, Design, Tecnologia dell'Architettura, Sapienza Università di Roma, Roma, June 6–7.

Electronic Automation in Italy in the 1960s: Two Antithetical Perspectives, Panel “Automation, Animation and the Imitation of Life in Cinema and Media,” Moving Pictures, Living Machines, XXVI Udine International Film Studies Conference, Università degli Studi di Udine, Gorizia, March 21–23.

 

2018

The Yes Men: Ecocritical and Tactical Media, Panel “Film and Video Activism,” The NECS 2018 Conference, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, June 27–29.

Speculative Geology: Art Faces the Anthropocene, Panel “Towards and Aesthetics of Geology in the Age of Anthropocene,” Association for Art History (AAH), 2018 Annual Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art, King’s College, London, April 5–7.

 

2017

Group Grammar: How Art and Design Collectives Rearticulate Language, Forming Collectives: Strategies in Modern and Contemporary Art, Hamburg University – Warburg Haus, Hamburg, October 9–13.

Synapses Overload: USCO’s Mind-Expanding Intermedia Environments, Panel “Synaesthetic Experiences: Color, Light, Vertical Montage, Intermedia Environments,” The NECS 2017 Conference, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, Paris, June 29–July 1.

Tele-Pictures: Feminism, TV and the Pictures Generation, Panel “No-Turning Back. Re-Thinking the Postmodern,” XV Magis International Film Studies Spring School, Sezione Cinema and Contemporary Arts, Università degli Studi di Udine, Gorizia, March 29–April 2.

 

2016

Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici, Panel “Cinema e Video d’Artista in Toscana 1960–1990,” Memorie del Contemporaneo, organized by Senzacornice, Auditorium di Sant’Apollonia, Florence, November 22–23.

DIS: Connectivity After the Internet, Panel “Translocal Platforms – Media Art and Connectivity,” The NECS 2016 Conference, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, July 28–30.

Slavs and Tatars: Alphabets and Art Histories, Troubled Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East: Post-colonial Conflicts, Pedagogies of Art History, and Precarious Artistic Mobilization, Birkbeck University of London e University of Nicosia, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, June 3–4.

Public Movement: Performing Politics Through Conflictual Choreographies, Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities, The Fourth Euroacademia International Conference, Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Venice, March 4–5.

 

2015

Frieze Projects: Context-Specificity in the Art Fair Age, Art Market Studies: Art History’s Salvation or Doom, Christie’s Education, New York, April 18.

Comizi di Non Amore: Francesco Vezzoli Revisits Pasolini through Reality TV, Panel “Media Then and Now,” The Legacy of Pier Paolo Pasolini conference, Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center, New Haven, March 5–7.

 

2014

Ed Atkins: Melancholic Avatars in HD, International Conference of Cinema: Art, Technology and Communication, Avanca I Cinema, Avanca, Portugal, July 23–27.

Richard Serra: TV, Mirrors and Manipulation, Panel “Conceptual Factories. Cinema and Video in the Conceptual Art Context: Weiner, Morris, Serra, Smithson,” The NECS 2014 Conference, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, June 19–21.

 

2013

Stelarc: The Post Human Freak, The Science of Stelarc Symposium, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, June 19–20.

 

 

LECTURES FOR MASTER PROGRAMS, SUMMER SCHOOLS, MOOCS AND PHD PROGRAMS

 

2024

The Book Is on the Table: Skank Bloc Bologna, 2-hour talk as part of the course of “Editorial Studies” taught by Ilaria Bombelli, Visual Arts Department, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), Milan, January 11.

 

2023

Edonismo al potere: prove di riconsiderazione della cultura visual postmodernista italiana, 2-hour talk as part of the seminar cycle “Arti e politica” organized by Michele Filippini and Marco Santoro, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, June 29.

Trans-Europe Express: l’Europa futuribile dei Kraftwerk tra dimensione intermediale e ricadute culturali, 2-hour lecture within the Master program in “Produzione e Promozione della Musica” directed by Anna Scalfaro, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, June 28.

Estetica del riflusso: arti, sottoculture ed edonismo in Italia negli anni Ottanta, 2-hour seminar within the cycle “Berlinguer e gli altri. Comunicazione politica e produzione visiva nel sistema delle sinistre italiane dagli anni Settanta agli anni Ottanta” organized by Andrea Capriolo e Veronica Bassetti, scientific responsibility Maurizio Degl’Innocenti and Paolo Rusconi, Università degli studi di Milano, in collaboration with Fondazione Turati, Florence, May 11.

Arte Video: questioni di produzione, archivio e accesso, 3-hour seminar as part of the PhD program in Cultural Heritage in the Digital Ecosystem, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, March 13.

Intangible: The Electronic Image in Postmodernist Italian Art and Visual Culture, 2-hour lecture as part of “The Archive on Screen II. Art and Cinema Towards Visual Culture,” Doctoral Seminar Series, organized by Cristina Baldacci and Miriam De Rosa, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, April 5.

Il corpo mediato: disidentità, dislocazione e documentazione nelle arti visive, 8-hour module, articulated into four 2-hour lectures, of the course Estetiche della scena intermediale, part of the First Cycle Master program “IKONA. Produzione, curatela digitale e valorizzazione del patrimonio audiovisivo dello spettacolo dal vivo” directed by Enrico Pitozzi, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, February 3 and February 10.

 

2022

Introduction to Sustainability and the Arts, introduction to the MOOC “Sustainability and the Arts: Between Collective Actions and Cultural Industries” coordinated by Francesco Spampinato, part of the “Micro-Credential in Sustainability,” a course born from the collaboration between the University of Bologna, Helsinki University and Jagiellonian University of Kraków within UNA Europa, online.

This is Not a Ball: Earth as Representation, lecture part of the MOOC “Sustainability and the Arts: Between Collective Actions and Cultural Industries” coordinated by Francesco Spampinato, part of the “Micro-Credential in Sustainability,” a course born from the collaboration between the University of Bologna, Helsinki University and Jagiellonian University of Kraków within UNA Europa, online.

Extinction Rebellion: Art, Agency and the Climate Crisis, lecture part of the MOOC “Sustainability and the Arts: Between Collective Actions and Cultural Industries” coordinated by Francesco Spampinato, part of the “Micro-Credential in Sustainability,” a course born from the collaboration between the University of Bologna, Helsinki University and Jagiellonian University of Kraków within UNA Europa, online.

Speculative to Idealistic: Art and What-If Scenarios, lecture part of the MOOC “Sustainability and the Arts: Between Collective Actions and Cultural Industries” coordinated by Francesco Spampinato, part of the “Micro-Credential in Sustainability,” a course born from the collaboration between the University of Bologna, Helsinki University and Jagiellonian University of Kraków within UNA Europa, online.

Immersioni intermediali: convergenze tra suoni e visioni dalla psichedelia al digitale, lecture part of the seminar “L’Opera nella contemporaneità: nuovi scenari, suggestioni, allestimenti e riscritture,” within the course “Filosofia ed Estetica musicale” taught by Anna Scalfaro, DAMSLab, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, October 12.

Arti visive e pratiche collettive: nuove forme di aggregazione, produzione e relazione, 2-hour lecture part of the Summer School “Le culture partecipative creative nei processi di welfare di comunità. Mondi simbolici per partecipare al nuovo welfare” directed by Roberta Paltrinieri, DAMSLab, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, September 30.

Archeologia del Metaverso, lecture part of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” AVEC – Art, Visuality and Electronic Culture, Graduate Student Workshop, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, June 30.

Arte contro TV: manipolazioni, rappresentazioni e vaporizzazione, lecture part of the course “Storia del film e video d’artista” taught by Guido Bartorelli, Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali, University of Padua, April 21.

 

2021

L’arte contemporanea guarda al futuro: automazioni, cambiamento climatico e I.A., 6 hours seminar, articulated in three 2-hour lectures, within the PhD program in Visual, Performing and Media Arts, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, January 27–29.

 

2020

Estetiche dell’abiezione, presentation within “Fotografia giornalistica, comunicazione e potere nell’era digitale: il caso di Matteo Salvini”, discussion around the photographic book Il corpo del capitano (Cesura Publishing) by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli, part of the course “Storia della Comunicazione” taught by Riccardo Brizzi, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, November 18.

 

2016

Art and Television, Séminaire Doctoral ED267 Arts et Média, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, Parigi, April 6.

 

 

ORGANIZATION OF TALKS AND CONVERSATIONS

 

2024

– Organization, with Fabio Massaccesi, of the conference cycle I Mercoledì di Santa Cristina – Incontri con l’arte, promoted by the Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, February–May.

Skank Bloc Bologna: Alternative Art Spaces since 1977, Roberto Pinto and Francesco Spampinato present the book Skank Bloc Bologna published by Mousse Publishing, in conversation with Syusy Blady, Gino Gianuizzi and Gianpietro Huber, as part of Art City Bologna 2024, in relation with Arte Fiera, DAMSLab, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, February 2.

 

2023

Welcome Palermo (2019), MASBEDO in conversation with Maria Teresa Soldani and Francesco Spampinato, as part of the screening cycle Fuori Ruolo: slittamenti creativi nel cinema italiano, organized by Paolo Noto, Maria Teresa Soldani and Francesco Spampinato, Centro La Soffitta, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, December 18.

Pirata! Cult Movie (1984), Paolo Ciaffi Ricagno and Jo Squillo in conversation with Paolo Noto and Francesco Spampinato, as part of the screening cycle Fuori Ruolo: slittamenti creativi nel cinema italiano, organized by Paolo Noto, Maria Teresa Soldani and Francesco Spampinato, Centro La Soffitta, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, December 15.

Making Art Through Data: The Role of Infrastructures, panel co-organized with Valentina Presutti, Speakers: Antonia Folguera, Giovanni Nuzzolese, Ran Slavin, Jermina Stanojev, Alessandra Gariboldi, Vania Virgili, EIT European Culture & Creativity Days, organized by ART-ER, Palazzo d’Accursio, Bologna, October 13.

– Pietro Grandi, Dipingere con la luce. L’incredibile storia dei fuochi artificiali, I Mercoledì di Santa Cristina – Incontri con l’arte, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, April 12.

– Marco Sammicheli, La tradizione del nuovo, I Mercoledì di Santa Cristina – Incontri con l’arte, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, February 1.

– Organization, with Fabio Massaccesi, of the conference cycle I Mercoledì di Santa Cristina – Inconri con l’arte, promoted by the Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, February–May.

 

2022

Different Fields, One Goal: Sustainability, blended event of launch of the “Micro-credential in Sustainability,” a course created through the collaboration between the University of Bologna, Helsinki University and Jagiellonian University of Kraków as part of UNA Europa, Alma Mater Fest, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, October 7.

PsychoPixel: sperimentazioni audiovisive nell’Italia postmoderna. Speakers: Antonio Glessi, Paola Lagonigro, Leo Lecci. Organization and coordination of the panel as part of the cycle Insert Coin, Future Film Festival, Cinema Arlecchino, Bologna, September 22.

– Bonnie Marranca, The Time of Our Lives. Riflessioni editoriali, I Mercoledì di Santa Cristina – Incontri con l’arte, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, April 20.

– Romy Golan, Riprese sull’arte italiana degli anni Sessanta, I Mercoledì di Santa Cristina – Incontri con l’arte, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, February 9.

– Organization, with Fabio Massaccesi, of the conference cycle I Mercoledì di Santa Cristina – Incontri con l’arte, promoted by the Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, February–May.

 

2021

DAMS50 – Tavola Rotonda: Autoproduzioni Culturali Trasversali, Anna Rosellini and Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Emanuele Angiuli, Carolina Galbignani, and Anna Persiani, DAMSLab, Dipartimento delle Arti, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, June 19.

DAMS50: Incontro con Ratigher, Paolo Noto and Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Ratigher, DAMSLab, Dipartimento delle Arti, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, June 19.

DAMS50: Incontro con Chiara Alessi, Anna Rosellini and Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Chiara Alessi, DAMSLab, Dipartimento delle Arti, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, March 31.

– Valentina Valentini, Come raccontare 50 anni di arte video in Italia, I Mercoledì di Santa Cristina – Incontri con l’arte, Dipartimento delle Arti, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, April 29.

 

2019

Italia Periodica #3: Virus, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Reading Room, Milan, May 23.

Italia Periodica #2: Fotoromanzo, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Pietro Derossi (Gruppo Strum), Reading Room, Milan, March 30.

 

 

TALKS AND LECTURES AS INVITED SPEAKER (SELECTION)

 

2023

Immagini di classe. Operaismo, autonomia e produzione artistica (DeriveApprodi, 2023), book presentation and conversation with the author, Jacopo Galimberti. Coordinated by the publisher, Gigi Roggero, Il Pallone, Bologna, December 7.

Immersioni. La realtà virtuale nelle mani degli artisti – Fantastiche presenze. Note su estetica, arte contemporanea e realtà aumentata (Johan & Levi, 2023), book presentation and conversation with the authors, Elisabetta Modena and Sofia Pirandello. Coordinated by Federica Villa, University of Pavia, November 27.

Basket Beyond Borders: dall’NBA a Bologna, introduction to the exhibition and conversation with photographer Matteo Marchi and journalist Daniele Labanti, Alma Mater Fest, Palazzo Poggi, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, September 27.

GMM: video e computer dal cyberpunk al cyberdelico, lecture as part of the conference cycle Video-Setting / Videoarte: origini e sperimentazioni, directed by Maurizio Camerani, Zanzara arte contemporanea, Ferrara, September 24

Radical Landscapes. A Film by Elettra Fiumi, introduction to the film and conversation with the director, Elettra Fiumi, and the film’s producers, Valeria Adilardi and Laura Romano, Complesso di Santa Cristina, Biografilm Festival, Bologna, June 15.

Il valore sociale della cultura per il benessere delle comunità, panel as part of Eufonica, Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, April 14.

– Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Ran Slavin, Fondazione Imago Mundi, Treviso, April 4.

 

2022

The African Desperate. A Film by Martine Syms, introduction to the artist’s work and the film, Cinema Odeon and Mubi Italia, Bologna, December 13.

Film e video dall’architettura radicale al design postmodernista, introduction to the film and video screening as part of the exhibition project Il video rende felici. Videoarte in Italia, Department of Architecture of D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Spazio Matta, Pescara, 3 novembre.

Frigo!!!, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Ivan Carozzi, Massimo Carozzi, Fernando Pellerano, Nicolò Porcelluzzi, ZOO, Bologna, October 28.

Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici. Hackers dell’immaginario, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Antonio Glessi, within the event cycle “Anni Hottanta Remix” organized by Bruno Casini, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, September 14.

Studio Azzurro. Il corpo e l’immagine elettronica, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Leonardo Sangiorgi (Studio Azzurro), talk part of the “Workshop on Contemporary Art” organized by Istituto Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, MAMbo – Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, June 9.

Frigidaire. Pisa Benefit, Conversation between Fabio Gadducci, Antonio Glessi, Maicol & Mirco, Francesco Spampinato and Maurizio Vaccaro, Cantiere Sanbernardo, Pisa, March 23.

 

2021

Unlocking Potentials. The Art of Publishing Books, Dimitri Bruni in conversation with Francesco Spampinato, Moderated by Stella Succi, Istituto Svizzero at Spazio Maiocchi, Milan, December 10.

Frigidaire! Una Folle Avventura Editoriale, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Vincenzo Sparagna, Filippo Sozzari and Ugo Delucchi, on the occasion of the exhibition that reconstructs the history of Frigidaire magazine, Fluart. Centro d’Arte Urbana, Bologna, October 7.

DAMS50: 1978-1982: Gli anni Male Detti, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Vincenzo Sparagna and Filippo Scozzari, on the occasion of the exhibition that reconstructs the history of Il Male magazine, Fluart. Centro d’Arte Urbana, Bologna, June 24.

La musa della multimedialità: il caso dei Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici, Maria Teresa Soldani in conversation with Francesco Spampinato, Archivissima – Il festival degli archivi, Turin, June 5.

Francesco Spampinato + Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici, Del Contemporaneo. Linguaggi, pratiche e fenomeni dell’arte del XXI secolo, a cura di Laura Barreca, mudaC – Museo delle arti Carrara, Carrara, January 8.

 

2020

Bill Viola e la televisione, Discussione e presentazione del libro Bill Viola, testi e conversazioni 1976–2014, a cura di Valentina Valentini (Sciami Edizioni, 2020), L’immagine oltre – Prima Rassegna sul Video d’Autore, Cosenza, December 6.

 

2018

Italia Periodica #1: Musica 80, Reading Room, Milan, November 24.

Robot e Cyborg d’Artista: Tra Automazione e Accelerazionismo, Intelligenza Artificiale. Una Sfida Etica, on the occasion of the exhibition Low Form. Imaginaries and Visions in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Speakers: Paolo Benanti, Diego Ciulli, Francesco Spampinato, Moderated by Federico Ferrazza, MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, October 30.

 

2017

Il Disco Come Medium Artistico, FLAT – Fiera Libro Arte Torino, Palazzo Cisterna, Turin, November 3–5.

Art Record Covers, John Corbett in conversation with Francesco Spampinato, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, May 5.

Art Record Covers: La Storia dell’Arte Contemporanea Attraverso le Copertine dei Dischi, Talk: L’Arte Visiva Incontra la Musica: Presentazione del Volume di Francesco Spampinato. Speakers: Ruggero Eugeni, Gianni Sibilla, Francesco Tedeschi and Vincenzo Trione, Almed – Alta Scuola in Media Comunicazione e Spettacolo, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, March 29.

 

2016

L’Arte Contemporanea e Il Suo Pubblico, Lecture, Rotary Acireale, Catania, April 21.

 

2015

Muse Fuse: Francesco Spampinato, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, New York, December 16.

Can You Hear Me? Music Labels by Visual Artists, Talk: Artists’ Records and Recordworks. Speakers: Matthew Higgs, Pieter Schoolwerth, Francesco Spampinato and Susan Thomas, The New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York, September 19.

Can You Hear Me? Music Labels by Visual Artists, Onomatopee, Designhuis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, May 23.

The Sketchbook Project World Tour. Speakers: Guno Park, Steven Peterman, Sara Elands Peterman, Francesco Spampinato and Jason Wong, The New York Public Library, New York, May 20.

Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with David Burns (Fallen Fruit), Ben Jones (Paper Rad), Prem Krishnamurthy (Project Projects), Karla Diaz (Slanguage) and Marc Fisher (Temporary Services), The Los Angeles Art Book Fair, MoCA at The Geffen Contemporary / Japanese American Museum, Los Angeles, February 1.

 

2014

Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Andy Bichlbaum (The Yes Men) and Marvin Jordan (DIS), The New York Public Library, New York, December 3.

 

2009

Arte Contemporanea: Tra Design e Marketing, Le Sempre Maggiori Interazioni tra l'Industrial Design e le Arti Figurative: Profilo Artistico, Tutela Giuridica e Partnership con le Imprese, Organized by Idealex, Palazzo Gnudi, Bologna, Italy, January 25.

 

 

RADIO AND TELEVISION INTERVIEWS AND CONVERSATIONS

 

2021

DOC – Tratti da una storia vera: Bob Ross, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Roberta Lippi and Francesca Scherini, Radio Popolare, Milan, March 29.

GMM – Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici: Computer Comics 1984–1987, Francesco Spampinato and Antonio Glessi (GMM) in conversation with Gimmy Tranquillo, Controradio, Florence, January 29.

 

2019

Francesco Spampinato: Art Record Covers, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Monica Bartocci and Gianluca Polverari, Frame – Una copertina la sua musica, Rai Play Radio, May 3.

 

2018

Gli Sbandati di Radio 2, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Matteo Bordone and Melissa Greta Marchetto, Rai Radio 2, Milan, June 23.

Retromania, Episode 3: The Compact Disc, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Isabella Ragonese, Minimum Fax Media, Sky Arte, Milan, May 28.

 

2017

L’Arte a 33 Giri: Intervista con Francesco Spampinato, De.Sign: Transiti, 3D Produzioni, Sky Arte, Milan, April 18.

Francesco Spampinato: Art Record Covers, Francesco Spampinato in conversation with Silvia Boschero, King Kong, Rai Radio 1, Rome, March 24.

Art Album Covers: Interview with Francesco Spampinato, Euromaxx, Deutsche Welle (DW) TV, Bonn, Germany, February 17.

 

 

CURATORSHIP OF EXHIBITION PROJECTS AND SCREENINGS

 

2023 Screening cycle Fuori Ruolo: slittamenti creativi nel cinema italiano, organized by Paolo Noto, Maria Teresa Soldani and Francesco Spampinato, Centro La Soffitta, Department of the Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, December 15–21.

 

2023 Production of two video-essays, Watch! Guardare il conflitto (08’02” min.) and Shoot! Guerra, geometria e orrore (15’12” min.), part of the exhibition project “War is over! Peace has not yet begun,” Fondazione Imago Mundi, Treviso, April 5 – September 17.

 

2023 Consultancy to the organization and curation of the exhibition “War is over! Peace has not yet begun,” Fondazione Imago Mundi, Treviso, April 5 – September 17.

 

2022 – 2023 Exhibition project “Utopie del virtuale: arti visive e immaginario elettronico dalla computer art al web,” opening exhibition of the cycle “Blind Spot: percorsi inediti alla Biblioteca Supino” coordinated by Francesco Spampinato, “I.B. Supino” Visual Arts section of the Biblioteca delle Arti, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, December 16 – February 24.

 

2022 – ongoing Concept and coordination of the exhibition cycle “Blind Spot: percorsi inediti alla Biblioteca Supino.” The cycle consists in two exhibitions a year, each focused on a theme, an artistic movement, or an area of interest, through the selectioj of publications from the collection of the “I.B. Supino” Visual Arts section of the Biblioteca delle Arti, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

 

2022 Screening “PsychoPixel: sperimentazioni audiovisive nell’Italia postmoderna”, Future Film Festival, Cinema Arlecchino, Bologna, September 22.

2022 Collaboration to the curatorship of the screening “VARIA 90–2000”, part of the exhibition project Videoarte in Italia. Il video rende felici, curated by Valentina Valentini, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome, April 12–September 4.

 

2022 Screening “Film e video dall’architettura radicale al design postmoderno”, part of the exhibition project Videoarte in Italia. Il video rende felici, curated by Valentina Valentini, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome, April 12–September 4.

 

2022 Screening “Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici,” part of the exhibition project Videoarte in Italia. Il video rende felici, curated by Valentina Valentini, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome, April 12–September 4.

 

2022 Collaboration to the restaging of the first video installation created by art collective Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici in 1984, part of the exhibition project Videoarte in Italia. Il video rende felici, curated by Valentina Valentini, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome, April 12–September 4.

 

2022 Scientific collaboration to the exhibition project Videoarte in Italia. Il video rende felici, curated by Valentina Valentini, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome, April 12–September 4.

 

2021 Screening of videos by Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici for the online platform Afterimage, Spazio Maiocchi, Milan, part of SPRINT – Independent Publishers and Artists’ Books, Milan, November. The screening has been accompanied by the essay “Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici.”

 

2017 Screening “Art Takes Over Music: una selezione audiovisuale a cura di Francesco Spampinato,” FLAT – Art Book Fair Turin, November 4.

 

2016 Exhibition project “Can You Hear Me? Music Labels by Visual Artists,” Printed Matter Inc., New York, Stati Uniti. The project included a live performance of experimental musician Walter Steding for the opening, May 19 – June 6.

 

2015 Screening “Can You Hear Me? Music Labels by Visual Artists,” music selection as part of the talk “Muse Fuse: Francesco Spampinato,” NURTUREart, Brooklyn, New York, December 16.

 

2015 Exhibition project “Can You Hear Me? Music Labels by Visual Artists,” Onomatopee – Designhuis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, May 2–30.