The Economics of Art: Managing Events or Being Managed by Them?

The event is a collaboration between ASK Center - Art, Science and Knowledge at Università  Bocconi, Milan, and Sabanci University, Istanbul. It is part of the ISEA2011 Istanbul pre-symposium events with the support of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac and will be hosted by Kasa Gallery, Thursday April 8, 2010.

Speakers will be: Stefano Baia Curioni, Vice President of the ASK Research Center, Paola Dubini, Director of the ASK Research Center; Ilaria Morganti; Massimiliano Nuccio and Laura Forti researchers at the Center and a group of international students of the master course in Economics and Management of Arts Culture Media and Entertainment (ACME) at Università Bocconi; Dr. Banu Karaca, Lecturer in Art Management at Sabanci University. The event is chaired by Paola Dubini and Lanfranco Aceti. The symposium will conclude with an address by Prof. Mehmet Bac, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University.

This one day symposium and poster display event will offer the opportunity to meet staff and students from the ASK Research Center at Bocconi University. The event will provide a platform to establish synergies and to discuss the role that contemporary art and the creative industries play in contemporary economies.

The meet and greet event is based on the opportunity of networking and developing an understanding of the contemporary management of artistic practices. It will be based on a series of individual and/or institutional posters displays. Local artists, cultural operators, musicians, arts managers and international visitors are invited to join in.



11:00am to 1:00pm ART MARKET

Meeting and greeting (interviews, personal discussions, networking, ten physical posters displays from artist run organizations, artists and curators, slideshow presentations of artists' work, galleries and cultural organizations).

1pm to 2:30pm LUNCH BREAK

A quick lunch during which emerging artist will present and discuss their work.


The seminar will consist of a performative element with an audience led critical discussion. The seminar will analyze the function of contemporary fine art by questioning the role of art and culture in building new 'worlds' and identities.

3:30 - 4:30 CONCLUSIONS

Poster Displays are presentations displayed on poster boards by an individual or organization for small groups.(Useful general information on Poster Sessions and their display is available here.)

The abstract and PowerPoint presentations (files no larger than 9 megabites) should be submitted to no later than April 6, 2010. An International Program Committee, composed of curators, artists and arts manager, will selects Poster Displays based on individual merit and space availability at the conference.

The following information is required:

1. Title of Poster Display

2. Summary of project, not to exceed 250 words and a brief description of you and/or your organization

3. Name of presenter(s) and affiliation(s)

4. URL (maximum 5) of you and/or your organization

5. Complete mailing address and telephone number

6. Email address

Displays must be assembled by 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 8 2010, and cleared by 6:00 PM on the same day.

Poster Displays, networking and discussion will happen throughout the day. During this time, presenters can stand by the poster displays while others view the display and interact with the presenters.