/ The Project / The Festival
/ The Project / The Festival
Nicola Miulli Creations is a space for multidisciplinary, research-based visual experimentation, focusing on creative projects applied to various areas of design, building stories and identities.
As creator and author of the Festival, NMC owns the brand MANIBUS,
which represents an Art and Enterprise project that connects the artisan wisdom of Apulia with Contemporary Art. MANIBUS gives voice to the authentic cultural treasure of the Apulian lands in a completely new manner in order to preserve its intangible assets and bring young people closer to crafts that would otherwise be lost.
It is a great event that includes artist residencies, artisan production, exhibitions, round tables and performances. It is the meeting of Art and Enterprise.
The artists of MANIBUS 2022 were selected by the curatorial board specialised in Art and Enterprise, and by the scientific committee. The selection was made starting from a short list of national and international artists specialised in the practice of artist residencies, following the criterion of gender parity. Two Italian and two foreign authors were identified, and among the two foreigners, one EU and one outside the EU. The artists’ profiles also met the scientific need for a suitable artistic language expressed by each, a language that could easily dialogue with the Apulian artisans and their specificities in terms of research, materials, workmanship, sensitivity and visions.
Similarly, the artisans of MANIBUS 2022 were selected by the curatorial board, the scientific committee and a team of local experts and historians. The selection of the artisans and maestros involved considered the artisan profession in all its contemporary meanings: both as an enterprise of the individual artisan dedicated to his workshop, and as a company and industry, where craftsmanship was channelled into the regional production sector to represent its excellence.
Material played a predominant role as the subject of the dialogue between host craftsman and guest artist.
As an art critic, independent curator and essayist, she deals with Contemporary Visual Arts with a focus ranging across different languages and necessary contaminations. She designs and curates international exhibitions and publishes books and catalogues distributed in Italy and abroad. She carries out Cultural Project Management activities, courses and workshops at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and Venice, at IED, in public institutions and private galleries, and participates in juries and scientific committees within private and public institutions.
She was born and lives in Fasano. She teaches Art History and has focused her interests on historical and artistic heritage since 1982, collaborating with museums and institutions and publishing numerous books, essays and articles. Committed to promoting Fasano’s cultural heritage, she chairs the local section of the Società di Storia Patria per la Puglia [Apulia Homeland History Society]. She has curated and presented art exhibitions, not infrequently working to spread and promote handicrafts.
Fabrizio Panozzo is the scientific director of aiku – “art enterprise culture center” of the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice where he teaches “Cultural Policies”, “Critical management studies” and “Artistic Management”. His research interests are primarily focused on the various forms of interaction between the company and artistic, cultural, and creative processes. In the domain of Art and Enterprise, he has published books such as the recent “Culture and creativity in business environments” (Franzlab, 2021) and articles in international magazines.
In recent years he designed and managed a series of research projects including: “Industry, Culture, Creativity and Local Development” (2015) on the relationship between cultural productions and territorial attractiveness, “Art & Business” (2017) which introduced the format of the ” artistic residence in business organizations”, now replicated on dozens of occasions in business firms across Italy. In 2022 he won, with the aiku center, the “Culture + Business” award. He currently coordinates the Spoke “Tourism, Culture and Creativity” within the innovation ecosystem financed by the Next Generation EU funds.