the voices of the sirens

listen to the sirens / little constellation
space for conemporary art

23 giugno  - 21 agosto, 2015
montagu bastion

gibilterra - uk

The Voices of the Sirens
curated by Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro

Ambrose Avellano, Canarezza & Coro, Martina Conti, Creative Gibraltar, Nina Danino, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Doris Drescher, Barbara Geyer, Irena Lagator, Lito Kattou & Leontious Toumporis, Mark Mangion, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Pierre Portelli, Miki Tallone

Site specific art works, art installations, exhibitions, performance, lectures and workshops in Gibraltar - UK
curated by /Little Constellation/ - Network for contemporary art in geo-cultural micro-areas and small states of Europe (based in San Marino), programme Promoted by the Government of Gibraltar, Ministry of Culture

This new Little Constellation event was preceded by two years of intense work for the first time simultaneously in two countries: Gibraltar - UK and the Republic of San Marino, with artworks involving site-specific research, workshops, conferences and the creation of new artistic productions specially in both territories. Gibraltar has renovated one of the historic ramparts of the old city walls, Montagu Bastion, to host Listen to the Sirens – Space for Contemporary Arts, where experiments have been conducted with five site-specific projects by artists from Gibraltar and other small states. San Marino, in addition to having planned the whole project through the Little Constellation Network, has likewise produced new works of art specially designed in its territory and intended for this important occasion.

The exhibition is divided into three thematic sections in two exhibitions venues.
At the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, present the first two sections of the exhibition:
- Closest Voices will consist of site-specific works developed in Gibraltar: In a Low Voice by the Swiss artist Miki Tallone; Dancing Under the Shadows, by the Gibraltarian artist Ambrose Avellano; Spaceship Command and the installation This is Little Constellation by the duo from San Marino Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro; Magins by Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir from Iceland and Kitchen by the Gibraltarian group Creative Gibraltar.
- Other Voices consists of other works by artists who are particularly significant for the Little Constellation network: Doris Drescher, Barbara Geyer, Pierre Portelli, Irena Lagator, Lito Kattou and Leontios Toumpouris, Mark Mangion, who have worked specially for The Voices of the Sirens in relation to specific features of their countries: Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Montenegro. At the Alameda, Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, a performance was held by the San Marino artist Martina Conti, whose action fuses the visual arts with theatre and dance.
In the spaces of Montagu Bastion, Listen to the Sirens - Space for Contemporary Arts present the third section of the exhibition, Voices from Further Away, with two works specially produced by the Republic of San Marino: the short film Distanza by the Icelandic artist Ingibjörg Magnadóttir and Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara by the British director and filmmaker Nina Danino, a native of Gibraltar. A sound installation, built up through a deeply moving dialogue with the director of the twelve cloistered nuns of the Monastery of Santa Chiara di Valdragone in the Republic of San Marino.

In parallel with the exhibition, the Gibraltar Garrison Library will be hosting the Summer School A Natural Oasis with Performing History.
The School curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi, with the participation of Jennifer Ballantine Perera, Director of the Garrison Library, the artist Kapwani Kiwanga and young artists and researchers: Sarah Capesius, Martina Conti, Viola Conti, Lito Kattou & Leontios Toumpouris, Alessandro Di Pietro, Katrín I. Jonsdóttir Hjördísardóttir Hirt, Nico Macina, Francesca Mangion, Orestis Mavroudis, Mnemoscape (Elisa Adami, Alessandra Ferrini), Michela Pozzi, Giacomo Raffaelli, Jacopo Rinaldi, from small states and countries bordering the Mediterranean. Some of the installations by young artists are exhibiting at the Garrison Library for the whole period of the event.

A comprehensive catalogue of the whole project will be produced by Mousse Publishing.

Conceived and curated by /Little Constellation/ Network
Republic of San Marino
Promoted and coordinated by Gibraltar Cultural Services & Ministry of Culture, Government of Gibraltar – UK
Republic of San Marino Most Excellent Captains Regent; Ministry of Foreign and Political Affairs; Ministry of Education and Culture; Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy; Ministry of Territory
/Little Constellation/ Contemporary art in geo-cultural micro-areas and small States of Europe
Network Library and Archive
NUA new arts and contemporary research
Republic of San Marino

With the support and collaboration of:
Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Republic of Malta; Arts Council Malta; Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Cyprus; Ministry of Culture, Republic of Montenegro; Ministry of Culture and Research of Luxembourg, FOCUNA National Cultural Fund, MUDAM Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Casino Luxembourg; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Cultural Affairs of Principality of Liechtenstein, Kulturstiftung Liechtenstein, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein; Government of Iceland, Icelandic Arts Centre, SIM Iceland; Prohelvetia - Fondazione Svizzera per la Cultura; Goldsmiths - University of London; Arts Council England; Gibraltar Garrison Library; DOCVA Viafarini.

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mousse magazine

The Voices of the Sirens


June 16th 5.00 AM
John Mackintosh Hall 308 Main Street
Gibraltar Spring Visual Art Competitions
parallel project


June 23th 6.30 PM

The Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery
Casemates Barracks Building, Casemates Square
Institutional welcome
H. Steven Linares, H. Giuseppe M. Morganti Ministers of Culture of Gibraltar, San Marino

Closer Voices
Site Specific Art Works by:
Miki Tallone Ticino – CH
In a Low Voice
Ambroise Avellano Gibraltar – UK
Dancing Under the Shadow
Canarezza & Coro SM
Spaceship Command
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir IS
Creative Gibraltar Gibraltar – UK

Other Voices
Art Works 
Doris Drescher, L
Barbara Geyer
, FL
Pierre Portelli M
Irena Lagator MNE
Lito Kattou & Leontios Toumpouris, CY
Mark Mangion M

June 23th 8,30 PM.
The Alameda Botanic Gardens
Martina Conti SM

Curated by /Little Constellation/ Network Republic of San Marino
Promoted and Coordinated by Gibraltar Cultural Services & Ministry of Culture, Government of Gibraltar – UK

June 24th 10,00 AM to 5,00 PM
Garrison Library
2, Library Ramp

Performing History - A Natural Oasis Summer School Provoc’Arte 1991, hypothesis for an arch
special parallel project for
MEDITERRANEA17, Young Artists Biennial, Milan 2015

workshop with:
Sarah Capesius L
Martina Conti SM / F
Viola Conti SM / F
Lito Kattou & Leontios Toumpouris CY 
Katrín I. Jonsdóttir Hjördísardóttir Hirt IS 
Orestis Mavroudis GR
Mnemoscape (Elisa Adami, Alessandra Ferrini) I / UK 
Giacomo Raffaelli I
Jacopo Rinaldi I
Kapwani Kiwanga F
curated by
Alessandro Castiglioni, Simone Frangi

June 24th 6,30 PM
Listen to the Sirens |Space for Contemporary Art
Montagu Bastion
Line Wall Road

Further Voices
Nina Danino Gibraltar - UK
Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara
in collaboration with The Sisters of Santa Chiara Convent of Valdragone Republic of San Marino

Installation by
Ingibjörg Magnadóttir IS
actors Giulia Ceccoli, Luigi Busignani, Lucilla di Meco 

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Listen To the Sirens - Space for contemporary Art
Montagu Bastion
Gibraltar (UK)