CONTEMPORANEA is a transdisciplinary platform exploring the many languages of contemporaneity, launched as part of the exhibition Contemporanee/contemporanei held at the University Campus of Santa Marta, Verona.
Contemporanea is aimed at promoting opportunities for continuous interaction between research and civil society through educational and cultural initiatives – to develop knowledge and critical thinking, and rise to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Indeed, Contemporaneity is a landscape of challenges and opportunities, and a place like the University, which has always been devoted to research and the development of knowledge, is today more than ever called upon to engage with such a landscape. On the one hand, the University is called upon to investigate the present by means of its knowledge; on the other hand, it must contribute to keeping open a space for what is new, unexpected and enigmatic.
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The University of Verona has adopted an original and innovative approach by choosing to host on its premises the exhibition Contemporanee/contemporanei, which is the result of the University's important collaboration with the collector Giorgio Fasol. Indeed, contemporary art has the ability to disrupt well-established narratives and introduce new ones, opening up to new perspectives.
It’s in this context that we now launch Contemporanee/contemporanei a transdisciplinary platform aimed at making the exhibition Contemporanee/contemporanei a vehicle for opening the University to the local community and the city. Contemporanea will promote opportunities for continuous interaction between research and civil society; it will aim to transfer to the community the many forms of expression that characterise the University; it will enhance the participation and involvement of students also beyond the normal teaching activities; it will use contemporary forms of expression - theatre, literature, music, philosophy, cinema and visual arts - as opportunities to develop knowledge and critical thinking.
The project and its creative force are rooted in the idea that all the disciplines taught at the University of Verona can contribute, in different ways, to providing the university city of Verona with a new international perspective, strongly focused on interpreting our constantly evolving world, and its opportunities.
In order to provide tools to develop an understanding of a constantly changing world, Contemporanea has made available a series of videos (in Italian), in which our lecturers engage in an ideal dialogue with the works of the Contemporanee/Contemporanei exhibition by exploring the new words for the world of tomorrow (hence the Italian title ‘Lessico per un tempo a venire’).
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We can think of contemporaneity as a space that we must never stop looking for in the time we are living. It's in the contemporaneity that we are called to find new ways to inhabit, new words to describe, and new visions to imagine, such a space. A movement that, pushing us forward, challenges us to find keys to understand its darker aspects, but also its enormous potential.
Creating new words for the world of tomorrow seemed to us a fruitful way of responding to this challenge, and maintaining the tension existing between the concept of contemporaneity and the present time through words capable not only of measuring time and the changes we are witnessing, but also of enabling us to move into uncharted territories.
The keywords explored in the videos below (in Italian) engage in an ideal dialogue with the works of the Contemporanee/Contemporanei exhibition with the aim of recomposing the areas of light and shadow through which our experiences take shape. By redefining shapes and contrasts, these words allow us to get a glimpse of what the world of tomorrow will be like.