THE CITY AND THE CITY
Organized by BAUMHAUS, MICHELE LAPINI, CHECKPOINT CHARLY
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1. The City And The City
The workshop wants to investigate the narrative of the global suburbs through a path of urban exploration and artistic re-elaboration that will cross the streets of a neighborhood in Bologna.
TCATC aims to build a collective representation of the neighborhood through a series of artistic workshops held by artists and cultural operators of the territory that will accompany the participants in the exploration of the urban context: photography, illustration and serigraphy will be the tools to create a conceptual and artistic exhibition of an alternative urban landscape.
TCATC does not provide a detailed introduction to the socio-demographic and cultural context of the neighborhood in order not to interfere with the process of exploration and creative representation: the participants themselves will have to grasp complexities and contradictions, to build or deconstruct the imaginary of the place, while looking for connections and divergences with the global peripheries. The workshops will be held in parks, art studios, local neighborhood markets and will be covered on social media by the participants themselves.
2. Bolognina District
The City and the City will take place in Bolognina, a historic neighborhood located in the Navile District (more than 68,000 inhabitants, 25% of which are foreigners), in the northern part of the city of Bologna.
19% of the city's youth population (0-18) live in the district and 9.8% in the Bolognina district alone.
The migrant youth population residing in the district is 33% (the highest in the city), while the average income of families in the district stands at around € 20,000 per year, the lowest level city.
The Bolognina area is characterized by an increasing urban, cultural, creative and commercial vitality, which implies possibilities, but also contradictions and risks, from a social and political point of view.
3. Who We Are
baumhaus triggers cultural processes aimed at empowering the new generations, it promotes (spaces of) self-determination, it creates knowledge and redistributes opportunities.
baumhaus deals with innovative cultural education, addressing in particular adolescents from Bolognina, a neighborhood at risk of school dropout. baumhaus practices include community organizing and the organization of accessible and experimental cultural events such as BAUM, a free festival lasting three days. Different artistic languages - music, urban arts, illustration, photography, literature - find expression in the close connection with the urban fabric. baumhaus aims at writing new narratives, imaginaries and collective plots.
Since March 2018 baumhaus manages a space dedicated to young people in the Dopolavoro Ferroviario - a park owned by Trenitalia, the primary train operator in Italy, historically built for afterwork activities - that is increasingly becoming a hub for culture and creativity...
4. How We Work
We believe in the transformative power of culture and of its ability to tackle social and economic inequalities. That’s why baumhaus works to make culture accessible, through creative paths and inclusive and open events.
We work with organizations and individuals active in the cultural and social sphere, by creating valuable relationships and by preferring a network approach. Our projects do not start and end with baumhaus, but activate the energies and skills of professionals active in their field of expertise.
We start from the territorial rooting in the Bolognina district, we believe that it is necessary to imagine collective solutions that start from the needs of the people who live and inhabit the territories, especially the new generations.
5. What We Do
OPEN CULTURE: *accessible creative education *inclusive events *public art practices *independent productions
NETWORK: *value relations with the partners *collective growth *acknowledgment of professional skills
COMMUNITY: *grown locally (with a global perspective) *knowledge of social and cultural needs *community organizing
6. TCATC is a collaboration between baumhaus and...
Michele Lapini is a Bologna-based Italian freelance photographer. He was born in 1983 in Valdarno, Tuscany, exactly midway between Arezzo, Florence and Siena. He studied Development Economics and International Cooperation at the University of Florence and holds a Master’s Degree in Development, Cooperation and Human Rights from the University of Bologna. His photos accompany his deep interest in social, political and environmental questions which characterize the world surrounding him. Now is a freelance photojournalist working for the newspaper La Repubblica in Bologna. He has been published in international and national magazines including Internazionale, The Guardian, Vice, Corriere della Sera, Repubblica, and more.
Checkpoint Charly, a shared artistic laboratory born within the walls of a former warehouse. Charly is made of a heterogeneous group of 30 artists (painters, illustrators, cartoonists, engravers, printers, photographers, sculptors) united by the primary need to find spaces for research, expression and sharing. Charly is a project where the city and its inhabitants can encounter and collaborate with the artists who live there, experiencing relationships with a high degree of understanding and usability
7. Why The City And The City
The City & the City is a novel by weird-fiction author Chian Miéville, it takes place in the fictional European cities of Besźel and Ul Qoma. These two cities actually occupy much of the same geographical space, but via the volition of their citizens (and the threat of the secret power known as Breach), they are perceived as two different cities. A denizen of one city must dutifully "unsee" (that is, consciously erase from their mind or fade into the background) the denizens, buildings, and events taking place in the other city – even if they are an inch away. Residents of the cities are taught from childhood to recognise things belonging to the other city without actually seeing them. Ignoring the separation, even by accident, is called "breaching" – a terrible crime for the citizens of the two cities, even worse than murder.
“He walked with equipoise, possibly in either city. Schrödinger’s pedestrian.”
8. TCATC day by day
1st meeting/25 june 2019
2nd meeting/26 june 2019
3rd meeting/27 june 2019
4th meeting/2 july 2019
5th meeting/3 july 2019
Final meeting/4 july 2019