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Venice Agendas is a series of breakfast events and performances during the preview week

of the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

This Venice Agendas grew out initially from Audio Arts and then began its first manifestations as Agendas, Agendas, Agendas in 1999 a programme devised by Bill Furlong and Mel Gooding.


In 2011 workinprogress co-directors Terry Smith and Clare Fitzpatrick after discussions with both Bill and Mel decided to continue the tradition and opened a series of three day discussions followed by a sound work by Bill Furlong and an evening of performance and readings. To support Agendas 2011 we invited artquest, the De La Warr Pavilion and ACIA.


In the 2013 edition we have invited creative partners and a group of advisors to help and support the project. Workinprogress has a growing reputation for constructing strong, dynamic, intelligent and successful collaborations.


The eight edition of Venice Agendas will focus on Live Art for two sessions the first is a discussion on Live art, the second a speed dating performance where the idea of an audience is lost and everyone becomes active, and the third concentrating on art production and ways in which discussions and debates are becoming influential or at least prevalent in many art fairs and Biennales.


The Team in Venice include Tim Rawlins, Chantelle Purcell and students from CSM Ambra Gattiglia, Yifei Wu and Tabita Rezaire. Video films of the events were made by Marie Therese Shortt.

We are also pleased to announce that ArtonAir at the Clocktower in NYC will be broadcasting the events during the press days

The Clocktower Gallery and ARTonAIR.org

Founded in 1972 by Alanna Heiss, the Clocktower Gallery is a legendary alternative art space for exhibitions, performances, long-term and site-specific installations, and artist residencies. Over its 40-year history, the Clocktower has presented formative work by some of the most important artists of our time, including Gordon Matta-Clark, Max Neuhaus, Lynda Benglis, Dennis Oppenheim, Vito Acconci, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Laurie Anderson, David Tudor, Marina Abramović, and Christian Marclay, among many others. Today, the Clocktower presents a full program of exhibitions, performances, and residencies that honor the spirit of the alternative spaces movement by focusing on experimental, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational projects.

The Clocktower Gallery’s radio station is a free and searchable online cultural audio archive operating at www.ARTonAIR.org. Its 5,000 hours of diverse, indexed content –an unduplicated collection in any media– consist of non-commercial music, audio art, spoken word, cultural news, history and dialogue, and new media innovation. ARTonAIR’s mission is to excel as a globally accessible and technically innovative deliverer of content, through a traditional radio-style stream of hosted shows in a curated schedule and a searchable on-demand archive.

Together, the Clocktower Gallery and ARTonAIR.org function as a laboratory for experimentation, working closely and collaboratively with artists, musicians, curators, writers and producers to develop, realize and present innovative and challenging work in all media, ranging from installation to performance and from experimental music to radio theater. By engaging both the physical resources of its historical gallery space and ARTonAIR’s access to a broad and international online radio audience, the Clocktower is able to disseminate experimental work to numerous communities, and promote a rich cultural and social dialogue between artists, audiences, and institutions worldwide