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Matera Euro-Mediterranean residency projects 2019

The four young creatives selected for the call have been chosen “Creative community. Euro-Mediterranean Co-Creation Residency Program – In Memory of David Sassoli“. The call was promoted by the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation and the Open Design School in partnership with GO! Kaunas (Lithuania) and Novi Sad (Serbia). However!

The projects were presented yesterday morning at the Ridola Museum in Matera during a meeting entitled “Creative Communities. Co-creation practices between Europe and the Mediterranean”, in which the all-female Evaluation Commission participated, which selected more than 70 applications from 20 Euro-Mediterranean countries.

Among others, the four selected participated, connected remotely: Anna Serlenga and Marco Piscopo from Italy, the duo Anne Fehres & Luke Conroy from Holland and the Italian-German collective Happy Place. From November 7 to 27, each of them will work in a community in Basilicata.

Anna Serlenga, Italy. “The Last things is a research project on the historical memory of the city. This is an investigation that starts from the collection of the memories of certain citizens, protagonists of the micro-stories that have marked the evolution and the radical changes that the city has gone through. The Last Things, however, doesn’t just want to be a celebration of historical memory so much as the chance to pass it on. A necessary handover, while the generation that went through the great wars, fascism and Nazism is failing, especially during and after the global pandemic which affects the generation of the elderly, the last witnesses of the passages of the great history of the 20 Century. The center of the project is the transmission of testimony and its re-elaboration: this is why it proposes to activate a relational exchange involving two very distant generations by proposing a few pairs of people with whom to enter into a relationship. Through the creation of a network, the project will connect a person aged over 70 with a young person aged 12 to 14, who will exchange stories, drawings, photographs, letters, cards, thus creating a first collective archive that connects history to stories and cities. spaces of the city, a mapping of memories that connects to narration and visual work. Indeed, we are interested not only in the collection of memory, but also in its possible reinterpretations, which allow its updating and transmit its action to the present and the future. The audio interviews will accompany writings, drawings, embroideries to build different transmission devices. Children’s books, performative journeys, visual platforms are some of the possible forms of this research around the history and transformations of the city”.

Marco Piscopo, Italy. “[r]existenzminimum resist depopulation, decolonize imaginations and claim a narrative. It is a community self-narrative project, through the theme of the existence of certain cities and the resistance of those who live there. The possibility of speaking about oneself is seen as a real opportunity for emancipation from stereotyped narratives, associated with co-planning through the active inclusion of marginalized subjects and the involvement of the community for the creation of a choral and relational work. . Starting from the idea that a community wants to know itself – and for this it must be able to talk about itself freely, by limiting external interventions that alter its vision or only show certain aspects, often the best known – we will work in workshops and group activities (territorial explorations, photographic reportage, collection of stories, creation of a community atlas) to create an online photographic, textual and sound archive in a collaborative way that renders a first history of the community and can be easily shared and developed in the future. We are going to promote a story in chorus, subverting the classic topos of a tourist sponsorship campaign (online and offline) and social networks: how? Collect materials, connect people, places and stories and plan a final event together, in which to share and show the results. We will work on the concept of postcards and billboards, often tools of a stereotyped narrative (for the point of view they express – generally that of non-inhabitants; for occupied places – idealized, in their perfection and their beauty; for the terms used – generic and captivating watchwords). We will therefore work on the one hand on active practices of co-design (gatherings, workshops and walks) and on the other hand on material productions (archives, atlases, stories, postcards and posters) which become enabling devices: tools capable of developing characteristics like critical gaze and narrative ability, something that will not stop with the end of the design process, but are those thousand little improvements through which real change can take place.

Happy place, Germany (Alexander Bock, Emanuele Benincasa, Lucie Balestri, Umberto Pinoni). “Basilicata Calling – A personal connection to rural Italy. The name Basilicata Calling has two meanings: literally, to see an incoming call, reminiscent of how older generations expected us to stay in touch after we moved; and figuratively, to experience a strong will to a particular lifestyle – like a vocation – that reflects a desire to connect with the value of our tangible and intangible cultural heritage. In November we want to make the cultural heritage of Basilicata known abroad with a series of video calls. Our project opens a digital way for European teleworkers and Italian expats to manage the cultural heritage of rural Italy by meeting and interacting directly with its citizens. Within the local community, this triggers a creative and participatory process of storytelling and knowledge sharing, in which young presenters or facilitators use technology to interact with experts and help convey their knowledge to an international audience.”

Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy, Netherlands. “During the residency, we will invite the Lucan community to celebrate their cultural heritage through food, sharing and art. The end result of this celebration will be the display of various large-scale photomontage artworks installed throughout the public space of the community. Each of these photomontage works will contain images of a particular individual/family in the community and a recipe they have created. Through presentation in the public space, the community and the greater audience will be encouraged to reflect on recipes that have significant individual/local cultural value, taking them out of the home and into public space to be honoured.The specific visual outcome will be a series of 5 large works of art (approximately 3 × 3 meters).These works of art will be temporarily installed in the public space of the specific Lucanian community, on one or more previously empty walls. will be a surreal photomontage that combines images of the local community and their recipes. All images that go into the final work will be captured by the artists during the residency period. The final composition of these different layers of photos will be completed digitally in Photoshop. The photomontage compositions will be a series of celebratory works, which play with scale and form to present the recipe and the recipe maker side by side in a surreal and playful way. The final compositions will be printed on paper and stuck on a wall in the public space, with the help of the local community. Next to each of these works, there will be a small text detailing the recipe and the people represented in the work. Through this work, the local community will be invited to reflect on itself and on the cultural heritage contained in food. It will also encourage the sharing of multi-sensory stories and experiences, between artists and the community. Through the public display of this artwork, the local community will be encouraged to take pride in their heritage and connect in new ways. Thanks to the presentation of the project in the manual/dossier and the online presence of the artist, this celebration of cultural heritage in rural communities will be brought to a large international external audience”.

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