Artchitecture of change

curator: Marco Scotini
Massimo Bartolini, Cantieri Isola, Loris Cecchini, Alexandre da Cunha, Vincenzo De Cotiis, Brice Dellastrada, Paola di Bello, Carlos Garaicoa, Alberto Garutti, Bernardo Giorgi, Gruppo A12, Isabella Inti, Deborah Ligorio, Love Difference, Francesco Jodice, out, Luca Pancrazzi, Olaf Nicolai, Marietica Potrc, Andrea Sala, Paola Salerno, Antonio Scarponi, Bert Theis, Florin Tudor e Mona Vatamanu, Ultra-Red, vedovamazzei, Italo Zuffi

Conceived as the opening event of the Isola Art Center, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between artistic practices and the urban context in the moment of the construction of the public city. Starting with the premise that no technical solution exists to the urban problem, but many political, communicative and linguistic solutions, Art-chitecture of change has the objective of monitoring the transformation not only in the use of space but also in the forms of its representation. It is no coincidence that the project has taken form as part of a concrete experience still in progress, in which the Isola neighborhood in Milan is seen as an unresolved urban question and a platform where public policies and dynamics of self-organized transformation meet.
The Isola Art Center space itself is an attempt to provide an effective response to planning shortcomings. This project has been developing for five years, with the involvement of groups of artists, neighborhood associations, collectives of architects and urbanists, as new subjects active in the production of the city. As the borderlines between the intellectual sphere, political action and culture become increasingly blurred, an artspace can no longer present itself as a separate situation, outside an urban context stratified between memories, practices and new functions. In this sense the Isola Art Center attempts to insert itself in the “here and now” of the contingencies of social space, inside a multitude of different stories.
The frame of reference of Art-chitecture of change is the heterogeneous nature of the series of reflections involved in the definition of an exhibition space and the possible relationships it is capable of triggering at various scales of intervention: from the proposals for the contemporary art center to the investigations and the activities of the neighborhood, all the way to more general networks with the entire city. The exhibition is offered as a space open to multiple perspectives, without codes or itineraries, but composed of simultaneous, parallel spaces on the three themes regarding the city identified by Henri Lefebvre: material spatial activities, representations of space, spaces of representation. Therefore the artists and architects involved in Art-chitecture of change are called on to come to terms with the performative character of the production of space, rather than architecture as a constructed object.
Inside Art-chitecture of change zones will coexist on different time scales and with different functions: from permanent workshops like Out and Wurmkos to projections and debates; from the presentation of photographic analysis and micropolitical maps to the exhibiting of design proposals and visionary models. Emergency architecture, temporary uses of urban voids, audio investigations of space, do-it-yourself design objects, scale models of habitats are some of the fragments of a wider discourse that Art-chitecture of change proposes as a tool for interpretation and intervention of and in the post-Fordist city.

Special projects:

-Stazione Isola
Presentation of the first phase of work for a tourism guide to the Isola and a radio broadcast. The project stems from the desire to study the territory of the Isola, to narrate the hidden parts of the neighborhood, to investigate this reality by constructing personal itineraries related to realities present in the quarter, to reflect on multiculturalism, to monitor the coexistence of different realities, to describe the situations using a range of different methodologies, including audio, visual and written archives.
organized by Katia Anguelova and Stefano Boccalini
in collaboration with the Art Center Workshop

-kkk by Alessandro Ceresoli
In the spaces of the Stecca, “King Kong Park” is a sculptural space in continuous transformation, an process operation conditioned by the spaces that contain it. It grows and changes its appearance, becoming more and more complex. A external transposition of internal qualities, a place to bring suggestions and take away others, offering space for fantastic and imaginary impressions.
curator: Alessandra Poggianti

-Fox trot, a site-specific project by Emre Huner, Stefano Mai, Jonatah Manno, Fabrizio Tropeano
Four young artists confront the space of the Stecca, with four different projects united by a shared sensibility: from the stratification and accumulation of imagery to the almost mimetic relationship with space, from the object-ive presence to representation seen as a way of exploring a place.
curator: Alessandra Poggianti

The Wurkmos workshop will be hosted in the spaces of the Isola Art Center, continuing the experience started in 1987 by Pasquale Campanella, making a relationship between art and mental illness without objectives of “salvation”, a situation open to different projects, artists, persons with mental difficulties or not, critics...
curator: Simona Bordone


Friday 8 April, from 18.00:
Official Inauguration of the Isola Art Center

- 18.00-19.00 Steve Piccolo presents the project Isolated Fanfare
with Matteo Pennese (trumpet) and Diego Ruvidotti (flugelhorn).

- 18.15 Bert Theis with the Laboratorio and Legambiente- Compagnia del Parco: planting
of another clandestine palm tree in the park of via Confalonieri.

- 19.00 Inaugural ribbon-cutting and opening of the Art Center and the exhibition to the
with representatives of the associations of the Isola neighborhood and Daniela Benelli,
alderwoman for culture of the Province of Milan.

Sunday 10 April, 18.00: “Public voids?”
Encounter with Sandro Balducci, Stefano Boeri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marco Scotini.

Monday 11 April, 18.30:
“From the 1980s to the present: the world of contemporary art in Italy”
Presentation of the book by Giulio Ciavoliello with Lea Vergine and Mario Airó

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