24th March – 11th April, 2009
Gabi Scardi, curator of Careof e Viafarini, DOCVA, invites The Mobile Archive to Milano, Italy. The exhibition will be taking place between March 24 – April 11, 2009 and is designed as an open-access video library where guests can curate their own programs of video art.
The 600 m2 of the new premises at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan are organized in two areas: the area on the ground floor hosts the two exhibition spaces run by Careof and Viafarini; on the first floor is the storage and consultation area for the DOCVA materials.
The new Documentation Center for Visual Arts comprises a specialized Library with 15 000 titles including monographic catalogs, catalogs, essays, artists books and magazines; a Video Archive with more than 4500 artists’ works and video documentations; the Portfolio Archive with documentation material of more than 2600 Italian artists; the database ArtBox with information about opportunities such as competitions, fellowships and organizations for artists and art professionals. Connected to the Archives is a portfolio viewing service, carried out by the curators Chiara Agnello (Careof) and Milovan Farronato (Viafarini).
The materials and pieces of information are all made available also through online databases: http://www.bibliobit.it (catalog of the library and video collections), http://www.portfolioonline.it (complete list of the artists in the Archive, with information and selections of their works), http://www.italianarea.it (around 100 monographic documentation files about the main artists of the Italian scene, including bio/bibliographies and images of their works) and http://www.bancadatiartbox.it (synthetic information about opportunities with links to related websites).