the theme of the second edition
The theme chosen is Common Ground: the “common ground” is that metaphorical place where divergences meet, where the dialogue and the negotiation of commonality sought. It is a place where entities that recognise themselves as different find the possibility of exchange, of a consensual encounter. This common place is not devoid of conflict, roughness and compromise, but also focused on a shared sense of the humanity that is nourished by the celebration of moments of cultural conviviality: this is the true meaning of the event. Common ground is also a symbolic formula in subtle antinomy with the fluid nature of the sea to which it refers: an allusion to the unstable and controversial form of the relational dimension, whose vitality and contrasts have always been the subject of art investigations. The theme is helpful to guide the readability of the event’s purpose and certainly not be a constraint for the artists’ work.