"The Institute of Things to Come" is a multifaceted project initiated in 2017 that comprises a yearly-thematic program of performances, workshops, a production-bursary for younger practitioners, publications and exhibitions. Each year The Institute focuses on a different theme, inviting artists who use speculative and fictional arguments to imagine alternatives to the status quo and propose positions of social critique. Through a focus on research-based practices, artists present artworks that often interact with other disciplines reconfiguring academic disciplines hierarchy and deconstructing the grand narratives underlying hegemonic discourses on race, identity, and origin.
For example, in 2018 artist KAPWANI KIWANGA presented her work "Afrogalactic" which reasons on the legacy of Afrofuturism, Black Studies, space exploration and performance to reconfigure alternative history lines. Or in 2019 artist TAI SHANI showed her work "Dark Continent" (winner of 2019 Turner Price) a multifaceted of films, performances and installations that look at feminist studies, medieval epic and mythology to propose a possible post-patriarchal future.

Central to the project is the "Associates Programme" a free and extra-curriculum program of bursaries that allows young practitioners to develop their practices, by producing new art-works.

The Institute was funded in 2017 by curator Valerio Del Baglivo who currently curates the program and artist Ludovica Carbotta who was also co-curator of the first edition and is no longer involved. In 2019 Michele Bertolino collaborates with us with the role of Junior Curator. Since then is hosted by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.


Valerio Del Baglivo

Founder & Curator

Valerio Del Baglivo is a freelance curator, educator and perennial collaborator based in Italy. Collaborative research, alternative education, fiction and storytelling play a continuing and vital role within the methodology and interests of Valerio Del Baglivo.
He attended Curatorlab, an independent curatorial course, at Konstfack University (2011), and is now completing a PhD Programme at Middlesex University with a research focused on public engagement and experimental pedagogy in self-initiated art institutions. He has integrated his academic training by participating in international residency programs at The Banff Centre in Banff, ICC at Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, Wysing Art Centre in Cambridge, Futura in Prague, The Luminary in Missouri and BAR Projects in Barcelona.
In the last years he has curated exhibitions and projects for organizations such as, Apexart - NY, Kunstverein – Milan, Konsthall C - Stockholm, Kunsthalle WUK- Vienna, Azkuna Zentroa - Bilbao – and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo – Turin.
In 2017 he initiated with artist Ludovica Carbotta The Institute of Things to Come an itinerant institute that embrace irrational, mimetic and fictional knowledge with the aim of destabilizing models of objective scientific research.
He was 2017 Curator in Residency and Shadow Curator at Grand Union, Birmingham. Since 2013 is a member of IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Arts. He is currently Associate External Curator at MAXXI (Rome) and Visiting Curator of UNIDEE at Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella).



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