Tennnis – Homage to Albertina Eghenter
In Merano it is possible to play tennis on a court which is no longer rectangular: the size of the net has been reduced to four metres and the white lines which mark the perimeter of the court converge sideways to fit this new reference. However the rules of the game remain the same.
The source of this transformation is an artistic intervention entitled “Tennnis. Homage to Albertina Eghenter” a project of Anna Scalfi Eghenter produced by Lungomare Bolzano-Bozen and hosted by the Merano Tennis Club. The installation is accessible for all tennis enthusiasts who want to test their ability with this new prospective of the game. Through the figure of Albertina Eghenter, mother of the artist and athlete of the 60s, this work pays tribute to tennis and to the passion which enlivens the players’ community in possession of a code of spatial and stylistic language which crosses all abilities, ages and athletic levels. The interference with the shape of the court, the change made to the central element of the net which influences the whole perimeter, surprises the player into having to re-adapt, adjusting the consolidated parameters of the field of play.
The intervention falls within Scalfi’s specific artistic research as in her projects she converses with the the borders of the terrain within which actions are recognized as valid, involving institutional places, organizational spaces and their role throughout the community which negotiates their meaning. “Tennnis. Homage to Albertina Eghenter” involves the public dimension and the context into which the installation fits: the court can be reserved and used bringing the artistic intervention to life through the everyday experience of the game. The choice of the centre court of Merano Meranarena Tennis club for the installation is ideal as the club is celebrating its 125th anniversary and is therefore one of the oldest courts in Italy, so in this case the historical modifications of the territory and its national borders are also contemplated.
Project in collaboration with: Meranarena / Tennis Club Meran
Tennis Club Meran / Meranoarena
City of Merano
Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen-South Tyrol, Culture Departments
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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 establish 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 scientific committee established: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Vincenzo Mancuso, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher, Heimo Prünster
2014 − 2020 curators: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher
2021 artistic directors: Angelika Burtscher, Daniele Lupo
Production and organisation: Ada Keller
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.