Platform for a dialogue between International operators on cultural practices and artistic visions of urban regeneration.

"The border is for us a method"

“The border is for us a method. By this, we mean not that the border provides an abstract methodology that can be detached from its material contexts and applied generally across any number of empirical situations. We understand the method to emerge precisely from the material circumstances at hand, which, in the case of borders, are ones of tension and conflict, partition and connection, traversing and barricading, life and death.”

This programmatic declaration of Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson could be claimed by many contemporary cultural and artistic research projects. These are often challenged to balance their radicant (Nicolas Bourriaud) vocation and the dynamics of territorial rooting, to cultivate practices of graft for creative contamination and the construction of a network of extraterritorial relationships with a multiplicity of international actors.
Then, we need to address borders – whether cultural, geographical, disciplinary, social or economic – in order not to make these regions the object of our representations, but to learn from them how new landscapes emerge.
It’s a matter of inhabiting the conflicts, creating spaces of proximity, translation and negotiation, highlighting unexpected connections, challenging self-defence and self-preservation impulses.

For this edition of Texture, we invited Liv. in.g., a new platform for the internationalization of cultural and creative companies, founded by 5 experts, in order to stimulate the dialogue between cultural experts. According to the themes of this edition of Altofest, we will formulate 3 key questions with Giuliana Ciancio, Cristina Cazzola and Giulio Stumpo of Liv.in.g., following the fishbowl-method.
Participants are seated in two concentric circles: the inner one is filled by 5 seats and among them one will always be kept empty from those who want to come inside the inner circle, expressing their own requests, experiences, practices and methodologies. The external one is open to host those who intend to follow and, if desired, contribute to the discussion by sitting on the empty seat in the inner one. Switching the seats between the circles will guarantee the accessibility to all the people and the continuous possibility of exchange.

This edition of Texture is part of the presentation tour made by Liv.in.g, a “road map” of several encounters, that will end in Milan on September, 10-11 with the event “Life of Mars”. More details: https://www.livingnet.eu/living/verso-life-on-mars/

The questions

Which practises and cultural politics are necessary to create “threshold”-spaces in which – following Victor Segalen – “two realities can challenge themselves without dissolving by taking part simultaneously to the same spacetime”?

Which strategies do we use in our collaborations for making our goals and the peculiarity of our cultural identities “legible”? Which tools are involved in the hosting process of our stakeholders and their specific paths?

Which processes – whether artistic or productive – emerge by building spaces of cultural “resistance”? How much time and space we need to increase our programs? Which are the proper “arenas”, where political, cultural and artistic politics can come together?

Programme

The meeting will be held in English.
It will be provided a simultaneous translation via chuchotage.

Welcome greetings and opening by TeatrInGestAzione and Fondazione Foqus

Introduction and charing by Giuliana Ciancio, Cristina Cazzola e Giulio Stumpo
Livingnet.eu

Scheduled speech [tba]

Hosted by FOQUS

The Foundation of Quartieri Spagnoli (FOQUS), is presided by Rachele Furfaro and directed by Renato Quaglia. A project of urban regeneration in Quartieri Spagnoli of Naples, born in 2013. FOQUS has been a source of new employment, entrepreneurship and self-employment focused in its majority on youth and women, by forming an economically productive community of cultural and creative industries, while also being a source of new training, education, child care programs and urban services dedicated to promoting the development and social mobility. FOQUS has restored an abandoned building, the Montecalvario Institute, by turning it into a productive and creative community through the fostering of education, training and guidance for kids and youth, notably contributing to positive change in the Spanish Quarter.

Introduced by Liv.in.g.

Liv.in.g. is the platform for the internationalization of cultural and creative companies founded by Cristina Carlini, Cristina Cazzola, Giuliana Ciancio, Carlotta Garlanda and Giulio Stumpo. From the management of complex projects to the internationalization of cultural and creative enterprises, and/or, to technical assistance for public and private subjects, the aim of Liv.In.G. is to build a network of subjects that collaborate in structuring services and tools that can facilitate growth paths of companies and public administrations in an international context. Liv.in.g. methodology and tools are based on effectiveness, efficiency, continuous improvement, empiricism and accountability.