International Visitor Programme : January 2008

Marco De Michelis

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the IUAV University in Venice

Marco de Michelis (b. 1945) is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the IUAV University of Venice and a member of that faculty's PhD programme "Theories and History of the Arts." Having earned his degree in 1969 at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, de Michelis has since taught History of Architecture within that institution working closely with Manfredo Tafuri. A former scholar at the Getty Center for the History of Arts in Santa Monica, at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and at the Institute of Fine Arts and Cooper Union in NYC, de Michelis has focused on the major protagonists of architecture in his research - including Walter Gropius, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Leberecht Migge, Luis Barragan, Rudolf Schindler, Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi among others. De Michelis contributes regularly to international journals including Domus, Casabella, Abitare and Lotus International. Currently he devotes his research to the crossover in contemporary art and architecture.

Giovanni Carmine

Curator and art critic

Giovanni Carmine

Carmine worked at the Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zürich and has organised exhibitions for various institutions such as 999 (1999) and Updating Landscapes (2003) for the Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, the exhibition Body Proxy about Norma Jeane (Helmhaus Zürich, Swiss Institute New York, and Kunstverein Freiburg, 2004/5), and the painting trilogy Fois Gras (Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, 2007). He has also initiated a number of independent projects like Unloaded (2002) in former Swiss-army bunkers and the mobile platform zimmerfrei. He has contributed to various magazines (Kunst-Bulletin, Frieze,Parkett), written for catalogues and edited publications (PSYOP Post 9/11 Leaflets with the artist Christoph Büchel, 2005). Since March 2007 he is the director of the Kunst Halle St. Gallen. He lives and works in Zürich and St. Gallen.