As first Creative Director of Science Gallery Venice, Claudia worked with the team on site to develop strategies for the first Science Gallery Venice program. To start more intense communication about Science Gallery Venice and to reach a big part of the potential audience Claudia developed the pre-season CONNECTED. This pre-season resembles in a smaller format a full season by Science Gallery to provide a taste of what is about to come: it reaches out to a high number of people, creates connections, is participatory, surprising and disruptive, and connects on many different levels to important research from different disciplines.
Heart of the pre-season is Rachel Hanlon’s artwork Hello Machine that pops up throughout 12 weeks (the duration of a full Science Gallery season exhibition) at different places in Venice and Mestre. Two versions of the artwork (a black and an orange phone) are traveling through the city, connecting the mainland and the island, students from different disciplines, Venice to the world where other versions of the Hello Machine are placed, and Science Gallery Venice to the international Science Gallery network as the Hello Machine is also hosted by other Science Gallery spaces.
Additionally to the inauguration of the artwork in Venice with an artist talk and the travel of the phone throughout Venice (including M9, Scientific Campus Mestre, Ca‘ Foscari Zattere, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Biennale Carnevale dei Ragazzi), the artistic research and the ideas of the artwork enabled a row of connections for researchers and students to elaborate in a workshop series. The three workshops Claudia curated for this series were: Communication Games in the Connected Age by Francesca Franco and Stefano Coletto, Talking to a Stranger by Fabio Pittarello, and Robots Playing Language Games by Luc Steels. Additionally, she suggested workshops representing other fields represented by Ca‘ Foscari research, like human-robot interaction, inter-cultural exchange, accessibility, and historical topics. Some of them have been realized.