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The public space that pauses temporarily

As a prelude to the artist in residency 2020, Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo from Lungomare and the architects Margherita Manfra and Nasrin Mohiti Asli from orizzontale discussed last 29 April 2020 about the current condition of the public space during the corona epidemic.

You can watch and listen to the conversation as a video or audio track.

Language: italian

Public acts

En plein air.

The artist in residency 2020 Lungomare with orizzontale started with three public acts. A series of practical exercises made to explore and re-inhabit the public spaces of the city of Bolzano.

The shock of the pandemic tamed us temporarily and put us in a status of pseudo-captivity. The public space was put into pause and thus also the possibility to use it, the freedom to inhabit it and to perceive it as a social meeting place.

For several weeks now we have been entering and meeting each other again in the public spaces and coexisting with its new rules that regulate mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. The laws are there to draw physical and spatial boundaries and to control our behaviour. Barrier tapes are used to limit public spaces from use and floor patterns determine our movements and our “protected zones”.

Now is time to activate our thoughts and actions, we want to cross the threshold and move out of our comfort zone. We want to re-inhabit what surrounds us and perceive our right to the outside space.

Public act #1


Delimited space.
Protection or exclusion?

20.06.20 / 11.00 – 13.00 / Via Cagliari 

As a first approach to get out of our captive state, we gave shape to a delimited environment.
With signal tapes a confrontation place was created to reflect on borders as zones of protection and exclusion.

With the participation of
Spazio autogestito 77 and Fridays for Future South Tyrol

Public act #2


Free spaces.
Possibility or denial?

20.06.20 / 16.00 – 18.00 / Alexander Langer Square (Lungotalvera)

During the second public act we reflected on the relationships that the city of Bolzano promotes and allows. We played with the social distancing rules and using a drawing instrument we measured and visualised the space. How can we interact with each other? In which spaces of the city can we be children?

with the participation of
Officine Vispa

Public act #3

Domestic and wild space.
Is there a balance?

20.06.20 / 21.00 – 22.30 / Piazza Università

The last act posed questions to the city of Bolzano and its inhabitants and produced a series of pictures (wishes). The collected fragments are a collection of impressions that the inhabitants of the city have shared with orizzontale. What kind of images are there of the city of Bolzano? Which images can we imagine?