press release

Project outline and objectives Trans:it is an itinerant project that deals with the most urgent themes of contemporary culture and artistic production in Europe. An observatory/laboratory on the various practices of artistic intervention on the territory. The question of public space, of its significance and its definition, is the subject of a reflection that involves the theory of art, of society, and of cultural policy. Through a creative and artistic approach, the artists deal with questions related to the complexity and contrasts of contemporary life: from multicultural integration to urban regeneration, from identity to collective memory, from community to alienation.

Trans:it intends to build a platform of documentation, analysis and discussion between European cultural institutions, both public and private, and artists, interdisciplinary groups and cultural operators involved in projects of social importance.

Through detailed analysis of the most significant projects on public space around Europe, the path of research involves both the theoretical dimension and direct investigation in the field, fostering direct exchange between different cultural identities and artistic communities.

The instruments of the project are a website, which gathers together all the information on the projects, interviews and contributions from people concerned with these themes, and a cycle of documentary films produced in a critical and curatorial prospective.

Project output Cycle of documentary films The Invisible Object. Art in Social Change A film by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi Italy, 2003, DVCAM, 57', sound, colour The film The Invisible Object. Art in Social Change is the first in a cycle of documentaries conceived as an integral part of the project. Shot in France, Holland and Italy, the film gathers together numerous interviews with artists, curators, representatives of institutions, inhabitants and members of local associations; a detailed picture of the regions, cities and neighbourhoods involved in urban regeneration programmes and public art projects; and artistic interventions, workshops and projects either completed or in progress that illustrate the new practices of intervention on the territory. Among the projects covered are: I & Us by Campement Urbain and Nouveaux Commanditaires (France); SAIT-Social Actors in Transformation and AVL-Ville by Atelier van Lieshout (Holland); and Immaginare Corviale by ON/Stalker (Italy).

The itinerary of the second documentary will set out from Berlin and end in Istanbul, passing through Eastern Europe, along the route of a future enlargement of the borders of the European Union.

The website is a platform for the development of the project and a starting point for the creation of a European network of exchange between artistic and cultural institutions, artists, interdisciplinary groups, researchers, curators and public administrations that deal, in different ways, with public space.

The site is conceived as an observatory, because its aim is to promote the most innovative artistic and cultural projects for public space realised in various European regions, and as a laboratory, a forum for the discussion of the cultural theories and policies that the projects represent or call into question.


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Trans:it. Moving Culture Through Europe
A project by Adriano Olivetti Foundation, Rom

mit Atelier van Lieshout, Erik van Lieshout, Armin Linke / Renato Rinaldi, Harun Farocki / Andrei Ujica, Ion Grigorescu, Antoniy Donchev, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Athanasia Kyriakakos, Maria Papadimitriou, Can Altay, Esra Ersen, Gülsün Karamustafa, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, u.a.

24/02 Adriano Olivetti Foundation, Rom
25/02 Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
26/02 La Triennale di Milano, Mailand
28/02 Palais de Tokyo, Site de création contemporain, Paris
01/03 Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brüssel
02/03 Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
04/03 KW Berlin - Institute for Contemporary Art