The labs/artistic spaces are intended as a fundamental instrument for the purpose of artistic formation and popularization, across the organization and management of activity and artistic spaces for artistic and cultural debate and exchange.
2009 was, for the European Council of Art, in this sense, a year of great diligence and saw the constitution of workshops dedicated to diverse themes and activity.
ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
The theme was chose with intention to encourage reflection on an aspect that involves all as “inhabitants” of the planet: the necessity to protect the future of humanity with a responsible attitude to the environment and energy. The European Council of Art promoted to offer the occasion and the spaces for those who wanted to communicate, raise awareness, and elicit this creative emergency, in a context which Forte Marghera, the first symbol of the potential of an environmental context.
In practice, “ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY” saw the realization of various artistic installations, thought of by various member artists of the European Council of Art. Each installation had a creator to which other artists had joined, occupied at various stages during the practical implementation of the project, and address through various means of expression. Various workshops held:
- Painting workshop;
- Workshop with papier mache, fiberglass, and other types of similar materials
- Common areas called “OFFICINA”
- Photographic and cinematographic workshops.
- Workshops concentrating on engraving with graphic support to the project..
WORKSHOP OF INTAGLIO PRINTING FOR SCHOOLS
If one of the objectives of the European Council of Art is the realization of initiationves to engage young people with the understanding and knowledge of manifestations and expressions of early, modern, and contemporary art (as stated in the statute), one could not leave out an intiative that involved the schools.
A particular intention of the project was to help students discover the printing as an artistic language with great expressive and communicative protentional. Contributing to the development of youth is also fundamental by providing a sense of belonging to their cultural heritage by means of creative and physical activites and, in press as a communication process, which is the basis of today’s multimedia world.
The workshop was dedicated to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd classes of secondary school of the first grade and was implmeneted in various phases:
- Idenetification and choice of a visual theme.
- Introdcution to the history of painting.
- Experimentation with the intaglio technique.
- Meeting with experts from the graphic art world.
- Practice the art of printmaking techniques, intaglio matrices, etching, ceramics, and aquatint, etc..
- Development of a reproducible intaglio print.
- Exposition of the elaborate and end-product through print media.
GRAPHIC AND MULTIMEDIA
Work in progress, born from the fact that artistic experimentation moves in many ways, creates new languages, and adopts new materials and techniques. The technical innovations have influenced very slowly the way in which to art making it possible, for a long time, to easily idenitify the artist object and the area of its creation.
In the contemporary age which the division between “traditional” and “innovational” artistic styles advance with greater clarity. The debate about the legitimacy of new instruments in the artistic field reawakens periodically, on one side there are those who see the use of increasingly sophisticated instrumentation as an enhancement to expression and on the other side there are those who consider the appeal to technology as a renunciation of creativity.
The European Council of Art, becoming a dynamic association that aims to evolve in tandem with the needs of the world today, places itself in play, aiming to ensure that technology does not limit but instead provides valuable support to the artistic production process.
It is experimenting, in particular, and innovative technique that allows, starting from a plate engraved with intaglio, the digital processing of it, and then make it editable again at the engraving level. Reaching the final stage of elaboration, the through of the plotter one can create two-dimensional prints.