Inside-Out was the official opening show of Lungomare. It followed the concept of the project space to go beyond the boundaries of single creative spheres and classical exhibition practices – uniting, inside and outside the gallery space, product and graphic designers, architects, sound designers and video makers, landscape architects, fashion makers and artists. The participants came from Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Italy and Austria.
The press conference took place on 10 October 2003 at Lungomare where the concept of the project space was presented. Lungomare opened to the public on 11 October 2003.
Below you can read an excerpt of the first concept of Lungomare. Over the years the concept was developed further.
“A gallery for creation – a platform where design interacts with different forms of creative expression, with various designers, a place to confront and exchange with active public citizens. Designers of different types of expression show their projects and present their products as miniseries or reproducable prototypes. Products are will be shown, that at this time have not been produced on an industrial level. Every four months the gallery will elaborate shows with a new theme.
Lungomare is an active platform on which companies, design critics, journalists and other design galleries, authorities and institutions are invited to discuss ideas at the gallery. Products, installations, films, musical and landscaping projects and other forms of creativity will be presented. Conferences will be organized as well as symposiums, workshops and seminars on recent themes in the creative field.
The gallery has a bar that stimulates encounters and confrontations with clients. Visitors have the possibility to see the projects that are shown, to try them and have contact with the designers. The bar offers monthly activities, such as culinary events, brunches on Sundays and evening cocktails.”
During the period of the show several projects and products were presented that interpreted the theme “Inside-Out”. This way, it was not only explained in depth but also confronted with different points of view. The show brings together prototypes, limited edition series and projects which have been developed especially for it. A range of objects were shown inside the gallery space and an installation was set up in the garden.
The closing of Inside-Out consisted of two events: Manuela Demattio and Roberto Gigliotti inaugurated a garden project outside the gallery space and Helmut Heiss and Josef Rainer deinstalled the show taking at the same time the traces of the exhibits down.
One event held in the frame of the show was a concert on December 5. The production of electronic music by WangInc. was accompanied by visuals (Saul Saguatti) projected onto the windows of the Lungomare gallery space.
This video was made at the occasion of the opening of the project space Lungomare in 2003 and shows the idea and the “making of” of the first exhibition “Inside-Out”, which was running at Lungomare from 10/10/2003-31/01/2004. A film by Vincenzo Mancuso, produced for RAI Sender Bozen.
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.