Dr Valeria Graziano
Valeria Graziano is a cultural theorist, practitioner and educator whose research is concerned with inventing postwork alternative imaginaries and practices. She has a background in critical management studies and visual culture. Her doctoral dissertation investigated the theoretical and practical implications of different notions of the pleasure of being in common, such as ‘sociability’ and ‘conviviality’, for the formatting of contemporary artistic and cultural practices. Her current postdoctoral research considers the various meanings of ‘prefigurative practices’ and the role of imaginal procedures within the organizational lives of collectives.
Over the years, Valeria has been involved in organizing cultural projects hosted by a international institutions such as the Vanabbemuseum (Eindhoven), MACBA (Barcelona), Steirischer Herbst festival, (Graz) and the Institute for Network Culture, Amsterdam (NL), among others. With the Micropolitics Research Group (2006-2011), she contributed to a number of participatory action research projects focusing on the circulation of value in creative economies. She has been involved with the Carrot Workers Collective - later Precarious Workers Brigade (2006-present) - against the use of free labour as an instrument of governance in the cultural sector and beyond, and more recently she joined the Radical Education Forum, with whom she co-organized the State of Education Conference (2014). In 2013, she contributed to the School for Study initiative, led by Prof Stefano Harney, hosted at Pa-f (St Erme, France). Between 2008 - 2012, she co-directed Summer Drafts - Laboratories of Transversal Vivacity, a residency programme bringing together artists and cultural practitioners with migrant and anti-racist organizations in the border region of Bolzano (IT). She co-facilitated Self.Organizing (2011) at Queen Mary University, London, a practice exchange series unpacking some of the conceptual paradoxes associated with notions of autonomy and ‘self-management’. Together with Manuela Zechner, she co-created two editions of the Future Archive project, at Intermediae Matadero in Madrid and at LASA, L’Havana, in the context of the X Biennale (2009). For the Plymouth Arts Centre, she co-curated No Programme: Chronicles of a Bureaucratic Beyond in 2007, initiated by Janna Graham.
Valerio del Baglivo: Institution building as a curatorial act.