Manifesta 12 Creative Mediator Team Announced

 

 

The selection of Rotterdam-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) as the Manifesta 12 team for urban studies in Palermo, Sicily, has been followed up by the appointment of an international, interdisciplinary team of four creative mediators.

Italian architect Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, partner at OMA working on preservation, scenography and curation, is both leading OMA Urban Studies, as well as the team of creative mediators, which includes the Swiss contemporary art curator Mirjam Varadinis, who works in Kunsthaus Zurich and was co-curator of TRACK, a largescale city-wide international exhibition in the tradition of “Chambres d’amis” in Ghent, Belgium; Spanish architect, artist and scholar based in New York and Madrid, Andrés Jaque, the founder of the Office of Political Innovation, working on the intersection of research, politics and design; and Dutch filmmaker and journalist Bregtje van der Haak, who has been directing international documentaries and transmedia projects on long-term social change with a special focus on urbanisation and technological culture.

 

In conjunction with the outcome of the urban studies conducted by OMA, these four creative mediators will collaborate collectively on the conceptualisation of the Manifesta 12 biennial programme. This newly invented biennial model of collaborative research, made by an urban office working together with a team of interdisciplinary mediators, is functioning as a curatorial intervention in the city of Palermo. This format corresponds perfectly with how a nomadic event like Manifesta can create a solid legacy in the host city.

 

 

 

 

Italian architect Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, who is a partner at OMA, working on preservation, scenography, and curation, and also leading OMA Urban Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bregtje van der Haak, a Dutch filmmaker and journalist, who has been directing international documentaries and transmedia projects on long-term social change with a special focus on urbanisation and technological culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish architect, artist and scholar, Andrés Jaque, the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an international practice that works in the intersection of research, politics and design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mirjam Varadinis, a Swiss contemporary art curator, who works in Kunsthaus Zürich and was co-curator of TRACK, a largescale city-wide international exhibition in Ghent, Belgium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can read the full press release here.