Interferences # 1, Thomas Grandi
Blog on webspace Lungomare and exhibition
On the occasion of the presentation (from the 16th to the 18th of March 2012, Lungomare Bozen-Bolzano), the whole work will be enriched by the data collector with a graphic, in-depth analysis of one of the most discussed themes in South Tyrol: the linguistic affiliation declared in the census.
Der Erheber – Il rilevatore
“Carrying out a private census beside the official one is an idea that I deem to be good because it is effortless: whilst surveying data, pictures and impressions of entering private houses have been taken (published on the website of Lungomare Bozen-Bolzano). A lot of work to achieve a result that is interesting only with regard to curiosity. Which colours South Tyroleans are wearing towards the end of 2011 is not a vital matter; it is pure decoration. The poll could have centred on the initial of names, for instance, or, to remain within the context of colours, the one of cars, doors, carpets and – if present – hair, might have been surveyed. The aesthetic value would have been the same. And it is also this discretionary aspect that I like and that seems interesting.
All colours have been divided into nine categories which are neither too vague nor excessively precise, to avoid dispersion in the visualisation of results. The surveyed population has been considered for four vast age ranges, as well as for different sexes. After having set this methodological blueprint, the data collector has assigned two points to each person, imagining that he would not always have found people dressed in only one colour and, in the eventuality that the colours were more than two, deciding to count only the predominant ones.” Thomas Grandi
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.