Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) Barrel Vaults, Bieb il-Pulverista, Triq Joseph J Mangion, Floriana.
The exhibition presents the MICAS concept as a “work-in-progress” and aims to project the conceptual and contextual architectural design and transformation of the site from past to present. Images, archival photographs, videos, maps and developing design sketches have been sourced from the Restoration Directorate and integrated with the latest design development produced by Ipostudio (Italy).
Curated by MICAS Art Director, Dr. Ruth Bianco, the exhibition takes the form of artistic and architectural installations, which include a sculptural ribbon by lead architect Claude Borg constructed with students, with artwork by Nicholas Inguanez and Ella Fleri Soler, projections, models, interactive media and digital walkthrough. The entire exhibition is a holistic concept that integrates experimental development with the designs by architects who have been working on the MICAS design, together with workshop-based art installations entitled Prima Pietra (Vault 1), Aperturi (Vault 2) and Pellicola (Vault 2 – 5), led by Ruth Bianco and Claude Borg and involving the participation of architects Nicholas Inguanez and Ella Fleri Soler, as well as University of Malta students.
The three art installations in this exhibition interpret the idea of connecting different lands, people and art forms, a goal which the MICAS mission and project aim to fulfill. Hence, the exhibition marking the launch of this project was named “Connecting Geographies – from idea to project”. The International Contemporary Art Space is planned to open in 2021.