The Scientifc Committe of vessel is composed of Charles Esche, Ilaria Gianni, Cecilia Guida, Denis Isaia, Viktor Misiano, Marco Petroni and Roberto Pinto along with the curators of Motore di Ricerca, Viviana Checchia and Anna Santomauro.


Charles Esche (1962) is a curator and writer. He is Director of van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and co-director of Afterall Journal and Books based at Central St.Martins College of Art and Design, London. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of European art academies and a board member of Manifesta. In the last years, he has curated the following biennials 5th U3 triennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2010; 3rd Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah, Palestine, 2009 together with Reem Fadda,  2nd Riwaq Biennale 2007 with Khalil Rabah; the 9th Istanbul Biennial 2005 with Vasif Kortun, Esra Sarigedik Öktem and November Paynter and the Gwangju Biennale 2002 in Korea with Hou Hanru and Song Wang Kyung. From 1998-2002 he organised the international art academic research project called ‘protoacademy’ at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1993-1997 he was Visual Arts Director at Tramway, Glasgow where he curated exhibitions by Elisabeth Ballet, Christine Borland, Roderick Buchanan, Douglas Gordon, Jonathan Monk, Stephen Willats and Richard Wright as well as group shows such as Trust and The Unbelievable Truth. A book of his selected writings, Modest Proposals, was published by Baglam Press, Istanbul in 2005. He has written for numerous catalogues and magazines including: The Netherlands, for example (ed.), JP Ringier, 2007; Collective Creativity, Fredericianum, Kassel, 2006; Artur Zmijewski, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2005; Shifting Map, NAI, Rotterdam, 2004. He has written for art magazines Artforum, Frieze, Parkett and Art Monthly among others.

Ilaria Gianni is a curator and writer based in Rome. After a Degree and Postgraduate Degree in Art History from the Università  di Roma “La Sapienza”, she obtained an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently Co-Director of Nomas Foundation, Rome. She holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Art at the John Cabot University, Rome and is lecturer on the Master of Art at the University Luiss Guido Carli, Rome. In 2008 she co-founded the art publishing collective IMpress, and since 2009 she is member of the collective Art at Work. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including Roommates, MACRO (Rome, 2010); Voices from Silence, Galerie Opdhal (Berlin, 2010);  Desiring Necessities, John Hansard Gallery (Southampton, 2009); Fragile Currency, Klemm’s Galerie (Berlin, 2009); Flux Capacitor, Extraspazio (Rome, 2008, co-curated with Isobel Harbison); Behind, Monitor Gallery (Rome, 2008); Here Once again. Where Art and Cinema Interact, MOA and Loop Gallery (Seoul, 2008, co-curated with Hyunjoo Byeon and Jungmin Kwon); I desired what you were, I need what you are, Maze Gallery (Turin, 2008), and Step in Step out, Adriano Olivetti Foundation (Rome, 2006/2007). She has also coordinated a number of exhibitions and symposiums for museums, and has contributed with texts to various art catalogues. Ilaria Gianni collaborates with magazines such as «NERO», «Lo Specchio+», «Circa», «Flash Art», «Arte e Critica».

Cecilia Guida (1978) has a Doctorate in Communication and New Technologies (IULM, University of Milan) and is an independent curator based in Milan, Italy. Her interests in technology and curatorial practise parallel each other. As a researcher, she has been studying the Internet, as a public space, along with the participative and collective art practices connected to it. Her PhD thesis, titled “Spatial Practices. What is the public and the political function of the Art in the networked society?” analyzes the socio-political effects (real and potential), on a local and a global level, of the state of being connected to the Internet and of the active participation of the Web users/co-authors in the field of contemporary art. As a curator, she is interested in finding ways to redefine the established curatorial models and elaborate on new ideas and perspectives. She intends the curatorial practice to be a political action with the objective of offering a vision of the world that represents us and points out aspects that allow for reflection on possible social change. She has been Assistant Professor at IUAV – Treviso, at La Sapienza University of Rome and at Fine Arts Academy of Rome. She has curated: “Aprés le diner sur l’herbe” (Villa dei Quintili, Rome, 2007), “Menu” (Spaziorazmataz, Prato, 2007), “Fuori contesto” (Bologna, Milan, Trento/Bolzano/Rovereto, 2008), “Datti tempo/Take your time” (neon>campobase, Bologna, 2009 and Tank Space for Performing and Visual Arts, New York, 2009) and other collaborative projects. Additionally, she has participated in the “Unidee in Residence 2009”, an international artist residency program by Fondazione Pistoletto of Biella. Recently, she has been new media researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures-INC of Amsterdam, working for the project “Video Vortex-Moving Images Beyond YouTube”.

Denis Isaia is cultural pratictioner and contemporary art curator. In 2006 he was curator of the prize for young curators Best Art Practices. In 2007 he won first prize in the Borsa Arte Giovane competion in Genoa with the exhibition Del paese e altre storie. For Manifesta 7 he was assistent curator for the Raqs Media Collective group with whom he also curated the Tabula Rasa project at the former Alumix industrial building in Bolzano. In 2009 he launched the first edition of the Prize for passions the second moon. In 2009 opened the curatorial project cosa ho visto di bello, a search about the narration and the description of the contemporary beautiful. From July 2009 is the director of the artist project by Anna Scalfi “indeposito”, a free storage for contemporary art works. He curated solo and collective show as: From an to, Qatees, Everybody is international in his present, Three stories of balance on the threshold of fiction, The title is the public.

Viktor Misiano was born in Moscow in 1957, where he lives. From 1980 to 1990 he was curator at the National Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. From 1993 to 1997 he was director of the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Moscow. She has curated many exhibitions of contemporary art in Moscow, Rome, Helsinki, Tours, Monaco, Paris, Berlin, Ljubljana. He was editor for the Russian participation at Istanbul Biennial (1992), Venice (1995, 2003), Valencia (1999). He was one of the curators of Manifesta I in Rotterdam in 1996. In 2005 he curated the Central Asian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. Since 1993 he is the founder and director of “Moscow Art Magazine (Moscow) since 2003 he is one of the founders and publishers of Manifesta Journal. Journal of Contemporary curatorship “(Amsterdam-Ljubljana). He is the author of numerous articles on contemporary art, photography and art theory. In 2007 he made an exhibition project, entitled Progressive Nostalgia. Art from the Former USSR, held at various institutions, such as the Center for Contemporary Art in Prato, the Benaki Museum in Athens, KUMU in Tallinn and the Kiasma in Helsinki.

Marco Petroni, law graduate,  he studies contemporary art and architecture. He has collaborated with La Repubblica Bari, has directed the designmagazines Design Plaza, Casamiadecor and actually writes on Curator and Head of communication at the research center Plart museum in Naples. He developes innovative curatorial projects and events related to the themes of the design world with a transdisciplinary approach: Nanotech design in collaboration with Laboratory of Nanotechnology Lecce, Light on the design with the scientific direction of Francesco Moschini, Passages, Super-neo-Baroque paths between art and design, and Autarcky and Botanic by FormaFantasma, Mischer’Traxler – Naturally combined. He collaborated on the design and section of the new multimedia and interactive Plart Foundation “Plastic Alchemy“. Art director of the Sud collection of  TerreBlu (by Francesca Lanzavecchia, Giovanni Innella e Gionata Gatto). He has lectured at Naba and Politecnico di Milano.

Roberto Pinto Roberto Pinto is an independent curator and art historian. He is a researcher of History of Contemporary Art at the Trento University. He was chief editor of Flash Art, he has curated exhibitions such as the Gwangju Biennale (2004), the Tirana Biennale (2005), Subway (various locations, Milan, 1998), Transform (various locations, Trieste 2002), Spazi Atti (PAC, Milan, 2004), Dimensione Follia (Galleria Civica, Trento, 2004), Confini (Man, Nuoro, 2006). He edited the eight editions of the program of meetings and conferences La generazione delle Immagini (Accademia of Brera and the Triennale of Milano), and their books. Among his books, reports Lucy Orta, Phaidon Press, London 2003. From 2004 to 2007 he was curator of the Advanced Course in Visual Arts Foundation Ratti, Como, and since 2007 has co-curator of Cecac (European Course for Curators of Contemporary Art) organized by the Ratti Foundation and the Province of Milan.

Viviana Checchia (1982) She worked as assistant curator for Eastside Projects, not for profit space based in Birmingham (UK)where she researched and assisted in curating the shows Abstract Cabinet Show(26 September to 8 November 2009); Liam Gillick Two Short Plays. Her projects as an independent curator include Back to Rome,solo show by Angelo Castucci (2010);There’s something to this (but I don’t know what it is) a solo show by Helen Brown at Nitra Gallery- Slovakia(2010)and Twist, curatorial project co-curated with Eleonora Farina at uqbar, 91mQ, Golden Parachutes and Hungarian Institute of Culture (2011) among others; she organized a serie of talks and screenings dedicated to art and social change as well as art in Eastern European countries. She took part of the European Course for Contemporary Art Curators in Milan arranged by the Province of Milan and the Fondazione Antonio Ratti (2009), as well as to the AICA International Summer Seminar Program of Art (2009) and the Gwangju Foundation Course for International Curators (2010).

Anna Santomauro (1983) lives and works as curator between Bari and Bologna. During the last years she has been collaborating with neon>campobase, a non profit association devoted to contemporary art. She has been curating mainly video projects (Playlist, neon>focus on video artists and, together with Vincenzo Estremo, neon>video selection). In 2009 she has started cooperating with Viviana Checchia within the projects: 1h art, Festa del Migrante and Green Days. Together with Vincenzo Estremo she is carrying out an indipendent research focused on the social changes connected to new mobility phenomenon and on the concept of identity and community. She writes on Arte & Critica magazine. She has founded, together with Viviana Checchia, vessel, non profit art space.