26 Sep 31 Oct 2010
A project curated by Matteo Cavalleri and Luisa Lorenza Corna for Millepiani
Artists: Piero Frassinelli / Superstudio, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Bernard Khoury and Yasmine Almachnouk, Frauke Gerstenberg and Jan Liesegang / Raumlabor, Eva Sauer and Robert Pettena, Cartografia resistente, Brave New Alps, Lungomare / Osservatorio Urbano, Jan Van Eyck Academie design department (Jack Henry Fisher and Luisa Lorenza Corna)
The historical centre of Florence seems to be undergoing a frame-up within a strict set of rules which define the conduct of the people living, or just crossing, its spaces. Rules that perform a double function: on the one hand, they are directed at preserving a precious historical heritage, on the other, they represent the means of exercising a control on the public space, through emphasizing the purpose of preservation.
The historical centre of Florence is a space where rules and ordinances are enforced with a higher severity in comparison to other zones within the city. This leads to a governance discontinuity between contiguous zones, central and non-central, historical and non-historical.
The centre is simultaneously a place of inclusion and restriction: on the one hand, flows of visitors are welcomed and promoted, while on the other, the possibilities of moving and interacting with the territory are monitored and curbed. Borders don’t lay at the margins but within it: boundaries become tangible immediately upon entering the central zone in the form of prescriptions and ordinances.
In defence of an apparent culture of decorum and against the danger of degradation, the centre is affected every year by a series of new prohibitions: against bivouac, against the possession of alcoholic beverages exceeding personal use, against begging, and most recently, "against the false-mimes... people with white tunics, head coverings and the face distorted by white wax".
These by laws are negative duties, enunciate against things, behaviours and situations, aimed to discipline the space of possibility. They are fragments of a method of government: a set of institutions, procedures, calculations and tactics which find their essential technical tool in security devices.
What gestures of subversion are possible within such a constrained space?
What singular expressions of freedom can take place inside that strongly sterilized context?
Which kind of divergent forms of representation can wedge in the residual spaces that these policies necessarily produce?
15 – 25 September
legislative (printed) layers, Luisa Lorenza Corna, Bianca Baldacci, 50 posters in town
Performance, Brave New Alps, Piazza del Mercato, Florence
Exhibition opening - Villa Romana
Lecture il salvataggio dei centri storici, Piero Frassinelli – Superstudio, Debora Minà
Screening Coro delle lamentele (8’, 2008), Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, wiht START association, Florence
Screening Napoli Piazza Municipio (55’, 2008). Bruno Oliviero in collaboration with Lab80 film
28 - 30 September (TBC)
in the city organized by Cartografia Resistente
22 –23 October
Finissage – Villa Romana
Friday, 22 October
Performance, Eva Sauer and Robert Pettena
Screening Trail of the Spider (54’, 2008), Anja Kirschner and David Panos
Saturday, 23 October
Roundtable: Governance and Preservation: Sandro Chignola (philosopher, Università di Padova), Laura Colini (town planner, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar; Florence; Berlin), Paolo Cottino (town planner, Politecnico di Milano)
Live Media Set: OginoKnauss (Florence, Berlin)