From 14th to 30th September, every afternoon in the Squero hall at Homo Faber in Venice organized by Michelangelo Foundation, the influencers of craftsmanship and creative excellence will share their vision with the visitors. A series of talks and discussions with the best of european artisans, curators, artists and experts from the arts and crafts world.

 

FRI 14.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | CREATIVITY

Best of Europe | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The largest room of Homo Faber (500 sqm) showcases the work of the best master artisans of Europe, from Italy to Iceland, from Bulgaria to Estonia, using materials ranging from ceramic to textile, glass, silver, plastics, wood and more. We will discuss creative processes and European craftsmanship with the curator and the architect of the room.

Jean Blanchaert, Gallerist and curator of Homo Faber room “The Best of Europe”

Stefano Boeri, Architect

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A gallerist, curator and art critic, Jean Blanchaert has been working in contact with contemporary materials for more than 30 years. He curated the “Best of Europe” room at Homo Faber.

 

FRI 14.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | DESIGN

Craftsmanship and imagination | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

India Mahdavi imagines spaces. Together with master artisans, the celebrated architect and designer has created for Homo Faber two unique “follies” showcasing the potential of fine craftsmanship to shape and inspire. In this session, Bruno Giussani will engage in a dialogue with Mahdavi about imagination, materials, and modern living.

India Mahdavi, Architect and Designer, showcases the Imaginary Architecture at Homo Faber

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Architect and designer, India Mahdavi is based in Paris and she has received countless awards. Her work has been included several times in Architectural Digest’s AD100 list, most recently in 2018.

 

SAT 15.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | DESIGN

Glass between craftsmanship and design| Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The intersection of glass craft and design has always proved fruitful. It is a space where tradition is celebrated as innovation is pursued – pushing forward towards novel interpretations of glass to match (and shape) contemporary tastes and desires. A discussion with French designer Emmanuel Babled and Danish scholar/artist Maria Sparre-Petersen.

Emmanuel Babled, Designer

Maria Sparre-Petersen, Artist and craftsperson

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Maria Sparre-Petersen is an artist, craftsperson, designer, teacher and researcher with a strong focus on hands-on experimentation with materials and a particular interest in the development of sustainable practices in creative glassmaking.

 

SAT 15.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | PHOTOGRAPHY

Where the Venetian masters work| Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Photographer Susanna Pozzoli has trained her camera on the “bottega” (workshops) of 21 master artisans from Venice and the surrounding region – spaces of unique skills and creativity. The images are exhibited in one of the rooms of Homo Faber, curated by Denis Curti. Here, the photographer discusses the making-of, together with two artisans.

Susanna Pozzoli, Photographer, exhibiting the “Venetian Way” at Homo Faber

Eleonora Menegazzo, Craftperson

Carlo Semenzato, Craftperson

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The Italian photographer Susanna Pozzoli has photographed the workshops of 21 master craftsmen in Venice and the region. 141 images are exhibited in the “Venetian Way” room curated by Denis Curti.

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MON 17.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | TECHNOLOGY

If it is virtual, Is it craft? | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Design and production of real-time 3D interactive experiences like video games or virtual reality are often considered relatively automated processes. But behind the making of these virtual experiences there are creative men and women with highly honed skills – a sort of “digital craftsmanship” that will be discussed in this talk through the example of the “Colossus of Venice”, the virtual reality guide (specially created for Homo Faber) taking visitors through the complex worlds of three exceptional artisans: the hard-stone inlayer, the automaton maker and the enameller.

Guillaume Martini, Interactive experience designer, creator of “Colossus of Venice” at Homo Faber

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Guillaume Martini has designed custom-made creative experiences using innovative media with brands such as Patek Philippe and Hermès. He has created the virtual reality experience “Colosso of Venice”, presented in the room “Singular Talents”.

 

MON 17.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | HISTORY

A Venice time machine | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The Venice Time Machine is a project by Ca’ Foscari University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) to create a model of Venice based on digitising and modeling in 3D the information contained in 1,000 years of the city’s archives, plans, maps and photos. A 3D visit, guided by Frédéric Kaplan, through the history of Venice.

Frédéric Kaplan, Digital Humanities Lab EPFL

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Frédéric Kaplan and his team are currently working on the Venice Time Machine, a project in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University to model the evolution and history of Venice over a thousand-year period.

 

TUE 18.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | BOOKS

The new frontiers of conservation | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The Michelangelo Foundation with the Cologni Foundation and Open Care presents a preview of “Art Work”, the English translation of the important book by Isabella Villafranca Soissons “In Opera” published by Marsilio, dedicated to the fascinating world of restoration and conservation of contemporary art.

Isabella Villafranca Soissons, Director conservation and restoration Open Care

Barbara Geary Truan, Secretary General Michelangelo Foundation

Giorgio Fasol, Contemporary art collector

Karole Vail, Director Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice

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Isabella Villafranca Soissons is currently the Director of the Department of Conservation and Restoration at Open Care in Milan, which she helped found. She is a curator of private and institutional collections.

 

WED 19.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | ECONOMY

Craftsmanship in a post-industrial world | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Craftsmanship and mobility mingle in the “Workshop Exclusives” room curated by Stefano Micelli for Homo Faber, where even a handmade helicopter is exhibited. In this talk and subsequent discussion with host Bruno Giussani, the economist explores the intersection of craftsmanship and of the “fourth industrial revolution”.

Stefano Micelli, Professor at Ca’ Foscari University

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Stefano Micelli is Professor at Ca’ Foscari University, and for Homo Faber he has curated the “Workshop Exclusives” room, where he explores the relationship between master artisans and mobility through the original set-up of a series of craft workshops.

 

THU 20.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | ARCHITECTURE

Vatican chapels | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The “most surprising” pavillion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is the Vatican’s, according to the NY Times. It is installed in the park of Fondazione Cini and composed of ten chapels created by international architects. A discussion about this itinerary for people of faith and for believers in architecture alike, and about its making-of.

Francesco Dal Co, Curator at Vatican pavillion

Renata Codello, Director Institutional Affairs at Fondazione Cini

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Renata Codello is the Director of Institutional Affairs of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. She has collaborated with Tadao Ando in the construction of the Contemporary Art Center of Punta della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi and the Grassi Teatrino for Pinault Foundation.

 

FRI 21.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | BOOKS

Artfully made | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The Fondazione Cologni and publishing house Marsilio present the book by Ugo La Pietra “Fatto ad arte. Né arte né design” (“Artfully Made. Neither Art nor Design”), which presents a selection (1975-2018) of writings and drawings by the great Italian artist, architect and designer, a historic champion of applied arts.

Ugo La Pietra, Artist, architect and designer

Alberto Cavalli, General Manager Fondazione Cologni and Commissioner at Homo Faber

Alberto Bassi, IUAV University Venice

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Alberto Cavalli is the General Manager of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte in Milan and Co-Executive Director of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship in Geneva.

 

FRI 21.09 | 18:00-18:45 | CONFERENCE | BOOKS

Italian masters of beauty | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The Fondazione Cologni and publishing house IdeaBooks present a preview of the new publications “Maestri della grande bellezza” (“Italian Masters of Beauty”): an extraordinary tribute to 35 Italian masters of excellence, true “living treasures” active in all sectors of high artistic craftsmanship.

Graziella Pasquinucci, Publisher IdeaBooks

Toto Bergamo Rossi, Director Venetian Heritage Italy

Peter Marino, Architect and Chairman Venetian Heritage New York

Alberto Cavalli, General Manager Fondazione Cologni and Comissioner at Homo Faber

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Peter Marino is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Chairman of Venetian Heritage in New York. Awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, he created projects around the world for luxury brands from Louis Vuitton to Chanel, Dior, to Giorgio Armani.

 

AT 22.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | MATERIALS

Making, and knowing how: matter and time | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

In this session Aman Iwan and collective Les Bâtisseuses review their experience at Caserma Pepe, on the Venitian Lido island. With French and Italian craft, architecture and design students, they probed the erosion process during a workshop on water, wood, mud and mosaic, thus replacing matter at the centre of sustainable and responsible practices. In collaboration with Les Ateliers Médicis. With the support of Fondation Bettencourt Schueller.

Feda Wardak, Architect

Nicola Delon, Architect

Agnès Prévost, Visual artist

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Agnès Prévost is a member of the Collectif Les Bâtisseuses, whose mission is to promote the use of ecological materials through training and transmission of know-how.

 

SAT 22.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | MATERIALS

Making, and knowing how: earth | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Of all the eco-materials, earth is the one with the strongest symbolic meaning. It invites magic, emotion and creativity. This universal resource generates a tremendous diversity of vernacular and contemporary architecture and crafts and inspires a new relationship to the world, where we create from what we have under our feet. In collaboration with the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller. Followed by a guided tour of the exhibition “Pour l’intelligence de la main”.

Ramy Fischler, Designer

Romain Anger, Architect

Nicola Delon, Architect

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Specialist of mud architecture, Romain Anger is currently pedagogical and scientific director of Amàco. Amàco has been in charge of the technical conception and realisation of the raw earth structure for the Homo Faber exhibit “Pour l’Intelligence de la Main”.

 

MON 24.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | TECHNOLOGY

Traditional skills vs the digital world | Moderator: TBD

At the interface of handicrafts and digital technology lies a wide and mostly-unexplored space for innovation as well as for the preservation of traditions. In this session, Rainald Franz will discuss how technology changes (or not) the role of traditional skills, and the objects they produce.

Rainald Franz, Art historian, and curator

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Rainald Franz is an art historian and the curator of the glass and ceramics collections at the MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is also the curator of the Josef Hoffmann Museum in Brtnice, Czech Republic, and a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

 

THU 27.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | FUTURE

Crafts thinking | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

What role does craft play in an uncertain world in search of meaning? Beyond the excellence of the artisans’ skills and works, we see signs of craftsmanship’s impact extending into education, politics, economy and the environment. Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel and Fabien Petiot, co-authors of the new anthology “Crafts”, argue that it’s time for “craft thinking”.

Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel, Writer and curator

Fabien Petiot, Designer and art historian

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Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel is currently working on a book on Rena Dumas, an architect passionate about craftsmanship, who has contributed to the identity of Hermès over the last forty years.

 

THU 27.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | FASHION

Crafting fashion, and crafting fashion exhibitions | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Fashion curators Judith Clark and Maria Luisa Frisa have within their practice to identify, describe, catalogue, and display fashion in order for it to be taught. In their talks they will discuss craftsmanship both as a set of skills and as a set of ideals, and as a generator for the most conceptual fashion and fashion exhibition-making today.

Judith Clark, Fashion curator

Maria Luisa Frisa, Critic and curator

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Maria Luisa Frisa is a critic and curator and Full Professor at IUAV University in Venice, where she directs the BA programme in Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts. She’s also a columnist for the magazine D La Repubblica.

 

FRI 28.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | ECONOMY

The paradox of the craft economy | Moderator: Muriel Prouet

This roundtable examines the business model of crafts companies and addresses the paradox existing between the attractiveness and fascination of consumers for crafts products, and the economic weakness of crafts companies.
In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA for Homo Faber 2018.

Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, Glass blower

Nicky Dewar, Crafts Council UK

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Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert is a glass blower with his own studio in an area of Paris historically renowned for excellent craftsmanship. He has created site-specific installations in different places such as the Four Seasons Megève, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the V&A Museum in London, among others.

 

FRI 28.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | ECONOMY

China, Korea, Japan : markets or rivals for European crafts? | Moderator: Muriel Prouet

Often considered a target market for European crafts companies, China, Korea and Japan are also characterised by a strong craft tradition and represent nowadays a growing challenge for European stakeholders. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA

Beatrice Quette, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Grace Zhan, ZENS Lifestyle Europe

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Beatrice Quette is currently curator of the Asian collections at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD Paris), and teaches at the Ecole du Louvre.

 

SAT 29.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | TECHNOLOGY

Crafts in the digital age | Moderator: Annie Warburton

This roundtable addresses the opportunities and challenges offered by digital technologies in crafts: how does it impact craftspeople’s thinking and technical processes, as well as the link between the hand and the material. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA.

Stephen Hoskins, Professor at UWE Bristol

Lucy Johnston, Author and innovation consultant

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Lucy Johnston is an author, curator and innovation consultant, with long experience in trend analysis and brand strategy. She explores the effects of new technologies on consumer, industrial and creative culture, developing engaging ways to explain the global movements and commercial trends that are empowered by digital innovation.

 

SAT 29.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | PHOTOGRAPHY

Craftsmanship, crafts, and society | Moderator: Lyne Cohen-Solal

This session explores the work of Atelier Hélio’g, one of the last to use the photogravure process (engraving and printing technique invented at the end of the 19th century) and to collaborate with artists and journalists, embellishing and ensuring the sustainability of their creations. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA.

Fanny Boucher, Héliograveur Hélio’g

Marie Levoyet, Apprentice Hélio’g

Édouard Elias, Photographer and journalist

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Fanny Boucher founded Atelier Hélio’g, and she has collaborated with photographers and international artists to translate their images into heliography through prints, artists’ books, engraved brass and more. In 2015, she received the title of Master of Art.

 

SUN 30.09 | 14:00-14:45 | CONFERENCE | ECONOMY

Know-how, and knowing why | Moderator: Antonio Mancinelli

Luxury is living through a paradox: while big brands may be tempted to yield to the impersonal logic of mass production, they must at the same time guarantee value and durability. The role of the metiérs d’arts thus becomes essential to confirm the codes of elegance and exclusivity. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA.

Maurizio Galante, Couturier and designer

Serge Carreira, COO Mary Katrantzou

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Maurizio Galante’s creations are part of the permanent collections of important museums: the V&A in London, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre, the MUDAM Musée d’Art Moderne du Luxembourg, the Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan. In 2008 received the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

 

SUN 30.09 | 15:15-16:00 | CONFERENCE | FUTURE

Craftsmanship, a comparative advantage for future excellence | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

This closing session will examine the singularity of crafts and their role for the future of luxury Maisons and will review the Homo Faber exhibition: experiences, anecdotes, knowledge and future trends. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d’Art INMA.

Lyne Cohen-Solal, President of INMA, Paris

Fabienne Lupo, Co-executive Director at Michelangelo Foundation

Alberto Cavalli, Commissioner at Homo Faber

 

*The sessions at Homo Faber 2018 take place in the language indicated in the programme, without translation.

 

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