Going Public Testi

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The Going Public event, organised alongside the Philosophy Festival, offers a glance into the artistic practices which have used the social and political landscape as their primary source of material. Created by the Cultural Lab aMAZE (info@amaze.it) and curated by Marco Scotini and Claudia Zanfi, the event will include group projects by a number of artists from just as many different international situations, some of which on show here for the first time in Italy.

by Claudia Zanfi

The contemporary city is in continuous evolution. Social, cultural, and migratory phenomena exert pressure without precedent from within and without. Rather than the mythologized and archaeological notion of the city that we think we know, the city consists of a mixture of humane and spatial “humors” that by their nature are essentially dynamic and mobile. This new city is constituted by the emergence of different values and by the integration of the opposites of uprooting and integration, identification and transgression, and the encounter and collision of different cultures.

by Yorgos Tzirtzilakis

1. THE CORKSCREW In recent years we have witnessed an increasing interest in society, the suburban landscape and the domestic aspect in contemporary art. I think this switch is a result of the demand for natural, comprehensible relations with our surroundings. The uncontrollable layers and contrasts of this landscape are no longer a passive ‘receptor’ but an active ingredient of the artwork. The principle of reciprocity is fully applicable here, and the meaning of art depends on that. The dominant element is not an aesthetic demand but a functional prerequisite.

by Stefano Boeri

1.Può apparire paradossale, ma nel momento in cui in Europa la città e lo spazio abitato sono prepotentemente tornati al centro dell’attenzione dei mass media, suscitando dibattiti sulla coabitazione etnica e religiosa, sulla sicurezza delle periferie, sulle nuove cattedrali del tempo libero, l’architettura europea ha toccato forse il punto più estremo di marginalità. La maggior parte delle riviste europee continua a disinteressarsi delle dinamiche concrete di costruzione del territorio europeo, alla sua evoluzione per sussulti individuali.

Carlos Basualdo interviews Cambalache

CARLOS BASUALDO: WHAT is Cartucho, why did you choose to work there?
Cambalache: El Cartucho is a contradictory area of downtown Bogota. This neighbourhood, which since the 40s has been sustained by an informal economy, warehouses, and people coming from different parts of the country, is like a city within the city.

by Giorgio Agamben

Il sistema giuridico dell’Occidente si presenta come una struttura doppia, formata da due elementi eterogenei e, tuttavia, coordinati: uno normativo e giuridico in senso stretto – che possiamo qui iscrivere per comodità sotto la rubrica potestas – e uno anomico e metagiuridico – che possiamo chiamare col nome di auctoritas.

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