“Space, Site, Installation” Program & Registration

Giotto, Scrovegni Chapel frescoes, 1303-1305, Padova


Space, Site, Installation. Philosophy, art theory and art practice

23-25 March 2020 – University of Padova, FISPPA Department

Under the patronage of Società Italiana di Estetica (SIE) and Società Italiana di Filosofia Analitica (SIFA)

Venue: Sala delle Edicole, Piazza Capitaniato, 3, Padova

Contacts: spacesiteinstallation@gmail.com




Monday 23 March

8.30 – 9.00: Conference registration

9.00 – 9.15: Opening remarks (speakers TBA)

Chair: Gabriele Tomasi (University of Padova)

9.15 – 11.00: Keynote speaker: Sherri Irvin (University of Oklahoma), Contemporary Art and the Invocation of Place (TBC)

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30: Fabio Bacchini (University of Sassari), Site-Specificity and Site-Specific Works of Art

12.30 – 13.30: Deniz Güvensoy (University of The Applied Arts, Vienna), Installation Art between Concepts and Affects: the Relation of Conceptual Art with Site, Space and Installation 

13.30 – 15.00: Lunch break (Peace’n’Spice, Via Dondi dall’Orologio, 13, Padova, TBC)

Chair: Jonida Gashi (Academy of Albanian Studies, Tirana)

15.00 – 16.45: Keynote speaker: Jason Gaiger (University of Oxford), Parthood and Composition: A Mereological Approach to Installation Art

16.45 – 17.15: Coffee break

17.15 – 18.15: Gemma Argüello (UNAM, Mexico City), Towards a Philosophy of Installation Art

18.15 – 19.15: Andrea Maistrello (independent scholar), Is That (a Medium of) Art? On Installation as an Artistic Medium


Tuesday 24 March

Chair: Fabio Bacchini (University of Sassari)

9.00 – 10.45: Keynote speaker: Sondra Bacharach (Victoria University of Wellington), Fearing Fearless Girl (TBC)

10.45 – 11.15: Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15: Nickolas Lambrianou (Birkbeck, University of London), Matter in the Wrong Place: A Public Object on the Move

12.15 – 13.15: Shelby Moser (Azusa Pacific University), Digital Media and Locative-Specific Art

13.15 – 15.00: Lunch break (Peace’n’Spice, Via Dondi dall’Orologio, 13, Padova, TBC)

Chair: Elisa Caldarola (University of Padova)

15.00 – 16.45: Keynote speaker: Ken Wilder (University of The Arts, London), Framing Installation Art

16.45 – 17.15: Coffee break

17.15 – 18.15: Emine Hande Tuna (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Octavian Ion (University of Toronto): Apt Perception, Aesthetic Engagement, and Installation Art

18.15 – 19.15: Eva Frapiccini (University of Leeds), Creating Archival Installations in the Era of the Internet and the Physical Engagement of the Viewer

20.00: Conference dinner (Trattoria da Dante alle piazze, Via Daniele Manin, 10, Padova, TBC)


Wednesday 25 March

Chair: Shelby Moser (Azusa Pacific University)

9.00 – 10.45: Keynote speaker: Elisa Caldarola (Università di Padova), When the Museum Is the Artwork

10.45 – 11.15: Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15: Jonida Gashi (Academy of Albanian Studies, Tirana), Politics of Installation: Three Case Studies

12.15 – 13.15: Madeleine Kennedy (University of Oxford), Borrowed Time: The Exhibition as Necessarily Time-Specific



Conference attendance is free. If you wish to attend the conference we kindly ask you to register in advance, sending an email to spacesiteinstallationATgmail.com by March 7th 2020, with the following information:

– Name, Surname

– Academic affiliation (if any)

– email address

– participation into conference dinner on March 24th (cost: 35/40 euro): yes or not

– if yes, please indicate if you have any dietary requirements

– any special request

The conference will take place at the Philosophy Department of the University of Padova, in Sala delle Edicole, Piazza Capitaniato, 3. To reach Sala delle Edicole, you can either enter the main door in Piazza Capitanato 3, take the elevator to floor 2 and follow the signals, or enter the large gate on the right of the main door, go up the external stairs and turn left.


Organizers: Elisa Caldarola (University of Padova) and Gabriele Tomasi (University of Padova)

Collaborator: Elżbieta Nagaj (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Programme committee: Sondra Bacharach (Victoria University of Wellington), Elisa Caldarola (University of Padova), Frida Carazzato (Museion Foundation, Bolzano), Deborah Perron Tollefsen (University of Memphis), Letizia Ragaglia (Museion Foundation, Bolzano), Gabriele Tomasi (University of Padova), Kenneth Wilder (University of the Arts London).

The conference is funded by the University of Padua through the initiative “Supporting TAlent in ReSearch@University of Padua” – STARS Grants (Starting Grant 2018-2020, APAI – “A Philosophy of Art Installation”, P.I. Dr. Elisa Caldarola).

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