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PRESS ROOM at the Creative Time Summit

PRESS ROOM will be returning to Venice as a Special Project during the 7th Creative Time Summit, presenting three breakfast briefings on the mornings of 11, 12 and 13 August 2015 at the Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice collateral exhibition venue.

The Summit is the New York-based nonprofit Creative Time’s annual platform for the intersections of art and politics. This year it is being staged as part of Okwui Enwezor’s curated exhibition for the 56th Venice Biennale, All The World’s Futures.

In keeping with the Summit’s theme of “The Curriculum”, PRESS ROOM are inviting a number of Guest Editors to present conceptual briefings for artists and citizen journalists to respond to throughout the three days.

PRESS ROOM at Creative Time Summit will mirror the structures and processes of journalism and PR, replacing the journalist with the interventionist – contemporary artists who take on the role of artist-investigator – in order to question and explore how knowledge is constructed and cemented within universal narratives.

The breakfast sessions will be an official pre-summit meeting point where the Venice arts community, summit delegates and members of the public can gather for morning coffee, croissants and dialogue.

The project is supported by A plus A Gallery and School for Curatorial Studies Venice and kindly hosted by Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice. Helen Sear’s collateral exhibition …the rest is smoke will be open early from 8.45am for delegates attending the three breakfast briefings. Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice is commissioned and managed by the Arts Council of Wales and Wales Arts International with support and collaboration from the Welsh Government and British Council.

Practical details:

Breakfast sessions: Creative Time delegates are invited to attend pre-summit breakfast ‘press briefings’ taking place at Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice on the mornings of 11, 12 and 13 August 2015, 8.45am-9.45am. Full venue details and map here.

Press Office: Over the course of each day, summit delegates can stop by PRESS ROOM’s floating ‘news desk’ situated within the Creative Time Summit in the Arsenale’s Teatro Tese Cinquecentesche to receive a daily curriculum of press briefings. Look out for the PRESS ROOM banner-stand.

Online: Follow on Twitter @pressroomvenice #pressroom, on Facebook and visit pressroom.org.uk for the latest alternative news and information throughout the summit.

creative-time     Venice Biennale logo strip 2015  A plus A Gallery, Venice


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Announcing PRESS ROOM’s artist-investigators

PRESS ROOM are delighted to announce that over 20 artist-investigators will participate in the project, including  Johanna Berger, Maurice Carlin, Robert Frankle, Abhinit Khanna, Pippa Koszerek, Jane Lawson, Gabriele Longega, Filippo Lorenzin, Amy McDonnell, Nicole Mollett, Jade Montserrat, Gaynor O’Flynn, Alice Palamenghi, Fabiola Paz, Monica Rivas, Helen Stratford, Venanzio Straulino, Giuliano Tarlao, Cecilia Tirelli, Valerio Veneruso, Serge Ecker, Kate Walters, Webb-Ellis and Ilaria Zanella.

PRESS ROOM is a temporary community that comes together for an intensive period of dialogue and creative investigation over the period of the Venice Biennale preview week.

The People

Guest editors: Select curators, journalists, thinkers, art world individuals who have been invited to contribute a brief for the reporting team to respond to. These one sentence ideas range from the poetical to the political, the conceptual to the analytical and are aimed to provoke a line of enquiry that one or more reporters will undertake to investigate as they attend the Venice Biennale preview week.

Artist-Investigators: This is the core group of artists-investigators forming part of a unique temporary community during the biennale preview week of 6-8 May, attending breakfast briefings, scouring the city and the biennale to create one response each to a brief and generally attending, engaging with and soaking up the experience of the Venice Biennale preview week.

Citizen journalists: Anyone who attends a breakfast briefing can become a PRESS ROOM citizen journalist, charged with investigating a brief (of their choice) that day during the biennial.