Design! Oggetti, processi, esperienze nella Chiesa dell'Abbazia di Valserena, sede dell'Archivio-Museo CSAC dell'Università di Parma. Foto: Paolo Barbaro
Archivi vivi: incontro digitale con Maria Giovanna Mancini e Francesca Zanella
9 marzo 2021

MACTE, while preparing the exhibition of the LXII edition of the Premio Termoli, presents a live stream with two Italian art historians, where they will talk about the methodologies employed in archives of contemporary objects.

Francesca Zanella, former President of the Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (CSAC) of the University of Parma, established as research centre in 1968 by Arturo Carlo Quintavalle, will give examples of processes, research and exhibitions that have inspired the relation between museum and archive, sourced from a collection of about 12 millions works of art, photography, architecture, design, fashion and graphics.

Maria Giovanna Mancini will present her theoretical research, in particular a study on the tension between Italian territorial identity and global art history and how those exist digitally.

Together with Caterina Riva, Director of MACTE, criticalities of a museum like the Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Termoli will be discussed: from the relation with a place to the dialogue with the public and the accessibility of the history and collection of the Premio Termoli.

Maria Giovanna Mancini teaches Contemporary Art History at the University of Bari. At the University of Salerno (2016-2019) she attended a project on global art history and recently she studied Big data and the relation between art history and large digital archives. She published two monographs: L’arte nello spazio pubblico: una prospettiva critica (2011) and «October» una rivista militante (2014). Mancini is a member of the Società Italiana di Storia della Critica d’Arte and of the board of the Forum of the Italian contemporary art; some of her critical essays have been published on international journals.

Francesca Zanella is Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Modena and Reggio. She taught History and Theory of Exhibitions and Installations and, from 2015 to 2020, directed the CSAC, Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione at the University of Parma. She has curated several exhibitions such as Architettura e pubblicità (Parma 2005) and for the CSAC: Ettore Sottsass. Oltre il design (2017–18) e 1968. Un anno (2018–19). She deals with contemporary archives, curating as well as digitalisation projects. She is part of the Scientific Committee of MoRE Museum of unrealized projects and of CSAC.