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Landscape Lessons in Genoa (italy)

CATEGORY: ⚐ EN + architecture + events

Savignone (Genoa), Colonia at Renesso, 3 – 25 May 2008

Press conference: Monday, 28. April 2008, 12 am Palace of the Province (Ge)

Saturday, 3th May 2008
opening: 10 am
– presentation of UPC-ACMA International Master of Architecture of the Landscape [Barcelona/Milan], 11 am
– vernissage photographic exhibition: “Sguardi nel paesaggio. Un resoconto sulla fotografia italiana contemporanea”, 4 pm
– vernissage installations site specific, 6 pm

Landscape Lessons are a series of meetings, happenings, art exhibitions and temporary art installations that will be arranged at the Colonia at Renesso. The building is an example of the first Italian Rationalism, designed by the engineer Camillo Nardi Greco in 1933. It is located in the district of Savignone (Genoa) in the inland parts of Liguria. Since the XXth century it has been a well known resort.

Landscape Lessons’s objective is to spread and excite a common culture starting with the definition the word landscape, with the belief that knowing it adequately makes it possible to establish a new and different relationship between disciplines, artefacts, reflections at the base of a contemporary culture. Therefore these Lessons are aimed to involve residents thoroughly by freely discussing information with architects, artists, curators, museum directors, geographer, photographers and writers. This careful thought on landscape will be carried out by the Colonia’s park where will be placed a series of site-specific works with the creation of temporary architectures (made by zerozoone and altro_studio), a work by landscape architects Land-I and two art installations (made by Silvia Cini and Guido Affini). A tribute will be given to the artist Ugo La Pietra by installing videos made in the Sixties. In addition you will enjoy a video by Fabrizio Basso, a screening of different artists focusing on landscape, by Elvira Vannini, a selection of videos from the archive Careof, by Mario Gorni and a special work created just for this occasion by Emilio Fantin. At the same time we will organize “Sguardi nel paesaggio. Un resoconto sulla fotografia italiana contemporanea”, a photographic exhibition, in order to show results of several searches carried out by a group of artists rising out of the international scenery.

Landscape Lessons are organized within the project of architectural and cultural requalification of the Colonia in “Cantiere Sperimentale di Cultura Contemporanea”, created by plug_in – laboratorio di architettura e arti multimediali, a cultural association, in cooperation with the City of Savignone, owner of the property. This project focuses on transforming the Colonia of Renesso into a centre of contemporary culture through the promotion of initiatives for the interaction of the future Cantiere Sperimentale with other Italian and European cultural institutions, without neglecting the (stable) relationship with the referring local community.

Landscape Lessons represents the first event created with this perspective.

Organised meetings will take place every weekends, from 3rd of May 2008. They will be divided in subtopic: Progettare il paesaggio (Planning the Landscape)| Definire il paesaggio (Defining the Landscape)| La cultura del paesaggio (Landscape Culture)| Il cinema e il paesaggio (Cinema and Landscape)| La fotografia e il paesaggio (Photography and Landscape)| L’arte contemporanea e il paesaggio (Contemporary Art and Landscape).

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