Five objects of everyday use – mainly belonging to the domestic context – are placed inside an urbanspace. These are a power outlet, a switch, a button, a ladder and a clothesline. Thus one should see these well-known objects, of common everyday use, in a new way. By taking them out of their familiar environment and placing them in unusual settings, one deliberately creates a feeling of uncertainty and hesitation, from which it may be possible to provoke new and unexpected interpretations, and at the same time, alternative ways of using them will be discovered. Participants in the project are invited to give expression to these alternatives. The decontextualised objects are in fact a challenge to the ways we think about customary activities and familiar places, they are provocations, inasmuch they should be reproposed and reconsidered as different art interventions in the public space. The location, that is to say the public space of any town, shall not be taken as a decorative setting for the art interventions. Rather the context and the environmental relation with the chosen place shall encourage contemplation of the work and influence possible interpretations and meanings.
Call for entries
Creatives from different disciplines are invited to choose one or more objects (see gallery below) and to rethink and redesign them independent from their place. The objects are not bound to those places and positions where they have been photographed. Rather everyone is invited to specify a location that he finds appropriate for the objects chosen. The work is placed in a chosen context and acts as an experiment in search of possible meaning, though the function of the object is not of priority.
Lungomare and public space in Bolzano
Opening with the jury: Fabio Bortolani, Helene Hölzl, Rainer Köberl, Marko Lulic, Peter Zoderer
16/03/07 – 22/04/07
Exhibition in Lungomare
Opening of the interventions in public space of Bolzano/Bozen
Lungomare Concert: Daniela Cattivelli, electronics & Margareth Kammerer, voice and guitar (Berlin/ Bologna)
21/04/07 – 19/05/07
Exhibition in the public space of Bolzano/Bozen
The gallery Lungomare presents the project “ausgesetzt_spaesato_exposed” and invites to participate to a “call for participation”. The project is curated by Angelika Burtscher, Daniele Lupo, Heimo Prünster and Antonietta Putzu.
5 objects of the everyday have been placed in the public space and documented. Artists and Creatives from different disciplines are invited to choose one ore more objects of the photographs and to rethink and to subsequently redesign these objects independent of the place shown in the photograph.
Below you can find a conceptual description of the project and five photographs that outline its idea. The represented place and the position of the objects (vertical and horizontal) are changeable. By the 2nd of March all projects have to be sent to Lungomare, from the 16th march they will be exhibited in the gallery and published in summer 2007. Also on march 16th a jury will choose five works from all submitted projects. On occasion of the closing day of the exhibition at the end of April, these five projects will be realised in the city space of Bolzano.
During the opening at Lungomare all the entries from the call for participation were shown and 5 projects were selected by the jury to be realized.
Jury: Fabio Bortolani, Helene Hölzl, Rainer Köberl, Marko Lulic, Peter Zoderer
During a three-day action the Viennese cooperative, Effektiv will dig a pit on the Talvera fields. A ladder will be left in the pit as soon as its predetermined depth has been reached. The performance wants to provoke associations evoked from the image of a building site, an earth sculpture, and an unusable hole, and allows for passersby to make their own personal definitions of the installation. The group Effektiv creates an irresolvable relationship between the object of the ladder and a hole.
“plug & voice”
“Plug and voice” are three talking electric sockets installed in three different locations in Via dei Portici. The three electric sockets attract curious passersby through sounds, whistles, and exclamations. The object of the electric socket is used in order to recall a daily gesture that loses its function in an ironic and irritating way, creating a link between the visible world and its invisible and mysterious aspects.
“plug & voice”
„Plug and voice“ sind drei „sprechende“ Steckdosen, die den öffentlichen Raum der Stadt mit einer Soundcollage bespielen. Die deutsch bzw. italienisch sprechenden Steckdosen machen die Passanten an drei Orten der Laubengasse durch Zurufe auf sich aufmerksam. Die Installation wird zu einem lockenden und ironischen Irritationsobjekt. „plug and voice“ verbindet die sichtbare, vordergründige Welt mit der unsichtbaren, geheimnisvollen.
Micheli & Mougin: Psst, vieni qui
“There are many myths”
The cooperative, Minove presents the action “There are many myths” that focuses the perception of urban space from a child’s point of view. During the action, they will invite a group of children from the association “La Vispa Teresa” to define and mark their favourite urban spaces with button-shaped stickers. A photographic documentation of the action will be presented on the Talvera fields and the button-shaped stickers will be distributed to passersby, inviting them to continue the mapping of favourite places.
The work “x-ing” by Martin Siegrist refers to the urban landscape and the perception of its boundaries. Through the installation of four road signs, the observer is invited to recognize the limits of our urban landscape and to measure themselves against it. The banality of the everyday object of the “ladder”, represented on the signs becomes an instrument of analysis, a catalyst that highlights and displays the invisible limits of the urban landscape.
The Verissimo studio transfers the function of an electric socket from private to public space, making it accessible to passersby.The sockets take the shape of a red cross, and are placed on a column in both Piazza Walter and the bus station. The object makes reference to the First Aid sign and by doing so emphasizes its characteristic of emergency. Whoever needs electricity can plug in at these two points in the city.
Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano-South Tyrol, Culture Department
City of Bolzano, Culture Department
Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano-South Tyrol, Department of Economy, Trade and Industry
Clipart, EOS-Solutions for Business, Finstral, Heinrich Gasser, Parkhotel Laurin, Tecnomag
Lungomare, a cultural association founded in Bolzano in 2003, was created from the desire and necessity to open a space in which to share differences, experiences, opinions and desires, a space in which to make the link between cultural production and the political and social dimension. Lungomare undertakes projects that investigate and test possible relationships between design, architecture, urban planning, art and theory, the results of which are presented in different formats: public discussions, conferences, publications, exhibitions and interventions in public spaces. All these formats are characterised by the intention to interact with cultural and socio-political processes relating to the region in which Lungomare is located.
Currently Lungomare’s activities focus on long-term residency projects, a format whereby Lungomare invites guests to engage and interact within the context of South Tyrol. Lungomare’s activities are based on three principles: specific attention to the context in which the association’s projects are undertaken, the transdisciplinary approach that distinguishes these projects, and reflection on the role of Lungomare as a cultural institution in connection with the region in which it operates.
2003 Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo found Lungomare
2003 – 2005 curators: Patrizia Bertolini, Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Manuela Demattio, Paul Peter Hofer, Brita Köhler, Daniele Lupo
2005 – 2013 curators: Angelika Burtscher e Daniele Lupo
2011 – 2013 a new scientific committee is established: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Vincenzo Mancuso, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher, Heimo Prünster
from 2014 curators: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher
2014 start of the Lungomare residency programme
Lungomare is located at the edge of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, and relates to the context in which it operates, attempting to highlight the dynamics of change. Large urbanized areas alternate with broad areas of intensive cultivation and yet others of picturesque landscape, all of which penetrate the centre of the city. The city is surrounded by mountains and this is one of the reasons why the tourism industry has become a driving force in this locality. The demographic structure of the city has been characterized for a long time by the coexistence of two populations, those speaking German and those speaking Italian. However, the social and demographic composition of Alto Adige Südtirol is changing. Migrants, including those from non-European countries are making their way to the area to settle, whilst others, including political refugees, are flowing through the region.