ATRIUM – Forlì

(Forlì, June 13-15)

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“DAL PROGETTO ATRIUM (Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century in Urban Management) ALLA NASCITA DI UNA “ROTTA CULTURALE EUROPEA”

Dal 2010 il Comune di Forlì svolge le funzioni di Capofila del Progetto europeo ATRIUM attuato, nell’ambito del Programma South East Europe, in collaborazione con altri 17 partner di 11 paesi.
La missione del progetto ruota intorno ad una indagine articolata ed interdisciplinare sulle architetture che hanno caratterizzato i regimi totalitari che nel ‘900 si sono diffusi in molti paesi europei.
Al di là dell’orientamento politico ed ideologico dei vari regimi, oggetto di studio e di confronto sono diventate le funzioni originarie degli edifici, le qualità architettoniche, le implicazioni storico-politiche, nonché le opportunità di restauro e valorizzazione.
L’obiettivo finale di tutto il progetto è costituito dalla creazione di un itinerario culturale transazionale che venga riconosciuto dal Consiglio d’Europa come “Rotta Culturale Europea”.
Per la progettazione di tale Rotta, dedicata appunto alle architetture dei regimi totalitari del XX secolo, sono stati presi in esame luoghi ed edifici particolarmente rappresentativi anche sul terreno delle funzioni svolte, dalle origini a come si sono evolute nella società contemporanea. Sono stati inoltre raccolti, studiati e catalogati archivi fotografici, filmati, testi, testimonianze, oggetti, mettendo un patrimonio considerevole di informazioni a disposizione di una evoluzione del turismo culturale, nazionale ed internazionale.
I giorni che vanno dal 12 al 16 giugno prossimo vedranno la realizzazione a Forlì di un insieme molto articolato di eventi culturali, in una sorta di simulazione di quella che potrebbe essere la tappa forlivese nella Rotta Europea prefigurata. Si avvicenderanno esposizioni, spettacoli, incontri, conferenze, itinerari e visite guidate, ai quali parteciperanno anche le rappresentanze dei partner europei coinvolti in ATRIUM, per i quali questa occasione si presenta sostanzialmente come manifestazione di chiusura del Progetto.
Durante queste giornate un particolare rilievo verrà dato alla sottoscrizione del protocollo costitutivo della Associazione “ATRIUM”, titolare della presentazione formale della candidatura della Rotta stessa, che si svolgerà presso la Sala del Refettorio San Domenico di Forlì il giorno sabato 15 giugno dalle ore 9,00 alle ore 11,00.
In occasione di questo appuntamento si auspica la partecipazione al più alto livello delle Istituzioni, non solo a testimonianza dei risultati che sono stati espressi in termini culturali e di coesione internazionale, ma anche a supporto delle prospettive che sul terreno del turismo culturale si potranno concretizzare con la nascita ed il riconoscimento istituzionale della nuova “Rotta Culturale Europea”.

(Forlì, May 24 – June 15)

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Venerdì 24 maggio, alle ore 10.00, è in programma la manifestazione inaugurale della Mostra “I problemi del fascismo – Numeri come strumento di propaganda”, realizzata dall’Istituto Alcide Cervi e prima iniziativa del programma di eventi della rassegna internazionale Atrium e del Festival del ‘900. Il percorso espositivo propone un efficace scenario per comprendere e comparare il ventennio fascista con la società odierna. La Mostra è nata dopo una ricerca sui testi e quaderni scolastici di Maria Guerini e Gianluca Gabrielli, curatori della mostra stessa, attraverso cui il fascismo, tematizzando gli insegnamenti didattici, divulgava la sua propaganda fin dall’età scolare. La Mostra mette in scena prima di tutto lo scarto metodologico tra fascismo e antifascismo, racconta la pervasiva presenza del condizionamento dogmatico e analizza il dispiegamento di un approccio autenticamente totalitario nella preparazione anche scientifica. “I Problemi del Fascismo” induce esattamente a questo, a “mettere in colonna” valori, concetti, pensieri. Pesi e misure della storia.
La Mostra resterà aperta fino al 15 giugno con i seguenti orari: dal lunedì al sabato: ore 9,30-12,30/16,30-18,30; domenica 2 giugno: apertura straordinaria; 13, 14 e 15 giugno: apertura serale fino alle 22,30.

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ATRIUM Contest

ATRIUM Contest for Prototypes
European contest for the creation and modern re-interpretation of Italian and Eastern European art production of the 20th century totalitarian regimes and travelling exhibition of the selected projects and prototypes.
From the wounds of an inconvenience and terrible past, the architectural traces of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century could become an important source for local development if managed and valued through a transnational cultural route, supported by specific tourist and cultural products (in accordance with the requisites established by the Council of Europe, resolution 12/07). ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century in Urban Management (http:// www.atrium-see.eu/) has been designed to take this opportunity, which has not been fully explored yet. New services, hence new job opportunities, could be created all around this new cultural route, mainly for young people and women (hotel receptions, tourist guides, restoration projects, etc.). The aim of this document is to promote, by means of a contest and its related travelling exhibition, a European creative path that can produce important results on the involved territories and that is based on a reflection on creativity during the 20th century totalitarian regimes in Europe. The contest will be developed from March to June 2013.
1. The promoter and the contest
Romagna Creative District (RCD) is the promoter of the present contest. RCD is an Italian cultural association engaged in supporting and nurturing creative talents living and working in Romagna, Bologna and nearby (designers, graphic designers, architects, illustrators, photographers, musicians, etc. that are called as “creative talents” under this document). Romagna Creative District, according to its institutional activity and as agreed with the coordinators of the European project “ATRIUM” , intends to launch a European contest aimed to promote a reflection on the creativity and design of the 20th century totalitarian regimes in Italy and Eastern Europe and their consequent modern re-interpretation. Besides this, the contest is purposed to create relations between designers, producers and manufacturers for the industrial production of the proposed projects as well as to promote the potential distribution of the products within the main Italian and European markets.
2. Eligible subjects
Creative talents living and working in EU countries or in candidate or potential candidate countries are considered as eligible subjects.
Non-eligible subjects are the following:
  1. All members of the Evaluation Commission, their spouses and relatives and anyone who has a continued working relationship with said members.
  2. The administrators, counsellors, employees, consultants and coordinated co-operators of RCD association;
  3. Those who have worked on the design of the present context and on its organisation;
  4. Those who are employed by public authorities, institutions or administrations unless they have a specific authorisation.
3. Project proposals and characteristics of the products proposed
Any project or product proposed under the present contest must be the result of the analysis of a creative production of the Fascist Ventennio (from 1922 to 1943) in Italy and up to the ’80s of the XX century in the partner Countries of the “ATRIUM” transnational project, as concerns Design (interior design objects and furniture, Fashion (jewellery, accessories, clothing), Graphics (fonts and typographic styles). (Please refer to http://www.atriumsee.eu/to get the list of the countries subject to the contest).
Just to give an idea, here is a list of the types of products that may be designed and realized (a prototype) for the travelling exhibition. The list is not binding to talents’ creativity:
  1. Small interior design complements in different materials such as glass, resin, wood, bronze, ceramic, Perspex (vases, bottles, office accessories)
  2. Clothing items and accessories (cases, bags, foulards, hats)
  3. Furnishing items (chairs, writing tables, sofas, armchairs, lighting items)
  4. Fashion jewellery (gold and silver are not accepted)
  5. Graphics and paper industry items (notebooks, notepads, writing material, cards, magnets, bookmarks, prints and posters, engravings);
  6. Board games (e.g. puzzles), card games, etc.;
In order to allow as much freedom of expression as possible to creative talents , there is no restriction in terms of shape, geometry, structural solutions and construction material.
4. How to apply
Projects must be submitted in a closed parcel, duly sealed and quoting the following: “This parcel contains the project for the contest “Sign Invention – futuring the past” “. The parcel must be delivered via registered mail within 24 April 2013 at 12.00 a.m. to the following address:
Association RCD
Piazzale della Vittoria 1
47121 – FORLI’Italy
The delivery of the parcel within the above deadline is at the sender’s own risk. Only the parcels received by the Association RSD within the above deadline will be evaluated. Time and date of the expedition will not be of any value.
The parcel must contain the following documents written either in Italian or in English as the official languages of the present contest:
  1. Application letter including name of the applicant/s and personal details (address, phone number/s, email address). When possible, indicate registration number, VAT, website, and profession (designer, graphic designer, architect, etc.);
  2. A copy of the present document signed by the applicant/s as a confirmation of acceptance of the rules of the present contest;
  3. A short report describing the characteristics of the products proposed, type of manufacturing and construction materials;
  4. Pictures, drawings and perspective drawings of the products and prototypes and any additional details that can help to illustrate the designed project as well as its relationship with the historical period considered;
  5. Any other information useful to describe the proposal;
  6. Size of the potential prototype. A small scale prototype is acceptable.
5. Selection of the winner projects
The projects will be evaluated by an inter-disciplinary Evaluation Commission, nominated by Romagna Creative District and by the representatives of the “ATRIUM”project. The Evaluation Commission will evaluate the aesthetical, functional, technical and creative characteristics of the submitted projects and their coherence with the objectives of the present contest.
6. Classification
The classification will be based on the following criteria:
  1. Design and creativity
  2. Originality/innovation of the idea
  3. Coherence with the present requirements of the present document
In case no object or proposal meets with the above-mentioned criteria, the Commission reserves the right not to approve and select any submitted item.
7. Realization of the prototypes and travelling exhibition
Following the approval of a project, the relative applicant/creative talent is committed to realise and send a prototype, including any additional elements (for instance a fabric sample) showing the product proposed. The prototype must be delivered to Romagna Creative District Association not later than 30 days from the date of communication of the selection. All costs concerning the production and delivery of the prototype are at the applicant/creative talent’s expense.
The prototypes will be part of a travelling exhibition which will be opened in June 2013, in Oratorio San Sebastiano, Forlì, Italy. The prototypes will not be returned. They may be included in a permanent exhibition at the seat of the “Atrium” Association.
8. Publication of the results of the contest
The winners of the selection will be informed via fax or email address, within 7 days after the completion of the commission’s works. The results of the contest will be published on the websites: www.romagnacreativedistrict.com and http://www.atrium-see.eu/, as well as on the main on-line social networks.
9. Prizes
The EvaluationCommision will award the three best projects in terms of characteristics, quality, originality and choerence with the contest theme. Each of the three winners will receive 100 issues of the catalogue as described in point 15. below and will attend the opening ceremony of the travelling exhibition as described in point 7. above and the other events of ATRIUM that will take place in June 2013 in Forlì (Italy): travel and full board and lodging for two nights in Italy will be at the organiser’s expense.
10. Promotion of the selected projects and and their production
Romagna Creative District Association will promote the projects and the exhibition to the main Italian and European museum markets and will locate manufacturing industries interested in the production, if any. Projects that will be considered as interesting and suitable for mass-production will be subject to a commercial and private negotiation with the relevant designer.
11. Information
Any information and/or clarification on the contest may be requested by e-mail at the following address:info@romagnacreativedistrict.com by quoting in the object section: “Sign Invention – futuring the past”.
12. Promotion f the contest
The present contest is available on line in both Italian and English, as the official languages of the contest, on the websites www.romagnacreativedistrict.com and http://www.atrium-see.eu/ and on the main web communication portals.
13.Royalties
The intellectual property of the projects remains at the applicant/creative talent. As concerns any selected project, the applicant/creative talent allows its photographic circulation and reproduction in order to promote the exhibition and its eventual display in Italy or abroad.
14.Responsibility of the applicants/creative talents
The applicants/creative talents undertake any responsibility concerning the paternity and originality of the products submitted; they declare to release Romagna Creative District Association and ATRIUM partners from liability regarding any judicial or extrajudicial action started by third parties with respect to the products/projects.
15. Catalogue
A paper catalogue in both Italian and English including all projects submitted will be produced.
Information Associazione RCD
Piazzale della Vittoria 1,
47121 Forlì, Italy
t.+39 0543 33866,
info@romagnacreativedistrict.com
www.romagnacreativedistrict.com

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visual frames

From the point of view of anything, a new perspective is born.  On the lands of the ancient Greek theater of the Sicilian landscape, new perceptions grew into me as a wild grass involuntarily grows inside a pot of well-cared plantanture, embodying itself within the mud and dirt that is naturally needed ..  in order to identify the object as one pot that carries one plant, and nourishes boundless growth and crescenting evolution.

The wild roots proliferate and amplify, and naturally, propagate and diversify the perspective views of any insect that chooses to make that specific environment its habitable home.

6.-terra

New openings emerge and new tunnels are constructed.  Openings are created revealing  the sky, and pre-existing ones are being blocked by spontaneous growth.

These apertures take many forms and create a diversified palette of collective and organic frames.  The frames define, suddenly, the perspective view.  The frames make the perspective cognition involuntary, as it is already set to stone (to rock, or to mud);  it enforces the angle of vision.

Suddenly, all subjects are forced to see all objects in the same compositional setting.  Perhaps only the perception of color is changed.  For this, the  ‘monochrome’ expression is best fit.  With a hint of colorful affiliation for the rational mind, in this delicate wilderness, ancient memory and contemporary blistful passage of a photographic and instantaneous, ever-changing viewpoint.

Luckily, the frame will always remain, as originally intended, and as perspectively evolved.

The rest is due to organic manipulation, which does not alter deliberately, but varies on a similar qualitative language of loose framework that rigidifies the endless horizon of lustful beauty.

Suddenly, a preliminary painting is being perceived.

(original draft: Oct.15, 2012 ~ Siracusa, Sicily)

    

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massacre

It’s Pablo Picasso’s “Massacre in Korea” (1951) that captivated me most in person today, although I only drew the half left part; Figuratively, loosely and engagingly, as the geometry of his mindful deconstruction and expressive innovation already started to reveal in the negative spaces of the forms. What brilliance, really.
This massacre seems to be a recurring theme nowadays.  Like in the recent Hunger Games, where the players are stripped of their liberation to be alive – although the crudeness goes further, forcing them to commit a very similar crime.
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True love to me today is the allegory of a suddenly lonely dog escaping safety in order to find itself on the formidable streets while looking for its disappeared owner.  Tragically, the owner lives a different journey.  Whether or not the two may be found together again, is an answer to wait upon and within the narrations of life, or until the signal of death for one or both. It’s the rational perspective of this careless realism that causes souls to weep and lacerations to flourish.
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A Massacre is hardest to endure, because the crimes take place in the vicinity of loved ones.  From this point of view, a Hunger Game situation is more bearable.
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In love, there is the sum of each worst characteristic of each situation respectively – one is the ‘antagonist’ pointing a gun while the other poised in despair;
… the other is the situation of the victim ‘killing’ his immediate surroundings unconsciously  – and not subconsciously , because this is what love does; it kicks you unconscious.
How can love not be selfish, when your insides scream of desire to be paid attention to?
On the other hand, love becomes unparalleled because one might catch a grenade for a loved one.  I would.
If you are still confused (as I am), try this:  “Death is the winner in any war. Nothing noble in dying for your religion For your country For ideology, for faith.
For another Man, yes”.
(“Song of Myself” ~Nightwish)
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a drawing’s evolution

ups and downs

… and still going ?

 

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