Art curators from Eastern and Central Europe met with science communication experts last Friday at the electrical substation, ESOF2020 Headquarters, and at the CEI (Central European Initiative) Secretariat to build a bridge between the two cultures. The initiative was made possibile by the tight collaboration between CEI, FIT (Fondazione Internazionale Trieste) and Trieste Contemporanea. The goal of the meeting, part of the proESOF2020 framework, was the definition of common ideas around which to build towards looking forward to ESOF2020, in July 2020, with a multi-center, international, contemporary art exhibit built co-curated by the art and science communication experts. "Both Ways" is the tentative title of the initiative, to communicate the fluidity of the dialogue about ways of thinking that can seem very distant, but are both capable of imagining the world to come.
Nina Kodelja, CEI vice secretary general, opened the works by remarking that "This initiative underlines CEI's role towards cultural and scientific cooperation in Europe, and we're especially happy this coincides with the thirtieth anniversary of our organization."
Milada Slizinska, art historian from Varsavia and internationally-renowned art curator also expressed her satisfaction and gave her full support for the realization of the initiative. Giuliana Carbi of Trieste Contemporanea also drew attention towards the importance of this first collaboration between the three organizations that have their headquarters in Trieste but are starting this never seen before cultural project with an eye towards central-eastern europe.
The event also featured Miruna Amza, science communicator and forunder of Scientifica in Cluj (Romania); Anna Bálványos from Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest; Maja Ćirić, curator from Belgrade; Ingeborg Fülepp from the Academy of Applied Arts of Rijeka's University; Dobrivoje Lale Erić from the Center for Science Communication Belgrade; Vedrana Mikulić from Rijeka University; Barbara Fabro from INCE; Paola Rodari ESOF Science in the City Programme Manager representing Fondazione Internazionale Trieste with her two collegues Annalisa Cesaro e Giulia Riosa.
The event also featured a public discussion.