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June 26, 2020: Participatory Mapping of the Cultural Power of Cold War @ London Festival of Architecture 2020

We would like to remind you of the online conference which will be held on Friday, June 26, from 5PM to 8PM (Rome time). We will be with the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Territory, Environment and Mathematics (il Dipartimento di ingegneria Civile, Architettura, Territorio, Ambiente e Matematica) from the University of Brescia and the pibinko.org network to explain some stories about the re-use and promotion of dismissed NATO facilities. A participatory mapping exercise will be proposed to the attendees in the context of the presentation.

For a full introduction to this event, please see our May 8 article.

To register: send an email to micalosapevo@pibinko.org. Registration is free, until places are available.

Save the date: Jun. 26, 2020: pibinko.org will be with DICATAM Brescia at the London Festival of Architecture

June 19 update: please note the Google Meet link to join the event https://meet.google.com/raf-mung-prq, and please pre-register by writing to micalosapevo@pibinko.org

[reccomended soundtrack: Keine Macht für Niemand by Ton Steine Scherben, recently proposed by Jug Band Colline Metallifere in the Lithobag series]

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. It normally takes place in June. Given the COVID-19 contingency, this year’s edition will be organised with a digital format, to be followed by a public event later in the year. Like many festival, each year has a theme, which for 2020 is Power.

The pibinko.org network was invited to collaborate in the submission of an event for LFA2020. This happened in the context of a collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Territory, and Environment at the University of Brescia, Italy (DICATAM). Before this experience, for DICATAM we organised a one-day conference in 2019, and in March and April 2020 Andrea Giacomelli gave lectures on the application of participatory methods for the design of interdisciplinary activities for the protection and promotion of the night sky.

Pleae save the date for June 26, 2020, from 5 to 8PM (Rome Time, UTC+2). The topic we will discuss is the cultural power of the Cold War.

Participation to this event is free, but you need to register by sending an email to micalosapevo@pibinko.org. We will write you back for confirmation and, once you are registered, you will receive with due advance notice the necessary indications to connect on June 26. Your email will be used by pibinko.org only, and only to inform you about the conference connection.

Below is a brief introduction:

The Cold War was the highest expression of the attempt by the USSR and the USA to impose their power on the whole world during the second half of the 20th century.
This clash expressed itself, among other things, in the building a reciprocal fortified line between West and East Europe. In this context, NATO built in Italy numerous architectures and installations to monitor the activity of the Warsaw Pact.
In the first part of the conference, Olivia Longo will present her studies analysing the relationships between the architecture of the Cold War with the Italian architectural theories of the second half of the 1900s. In the second part Davide Sigurtà will describe the Italian North-Eastern military architectures.
In the third part, Andrea Giacomelli will present a participatory mapping exercise will be presented. This will consider test installations and architectures on which citizens worldwide will be invited to provide feedback and impressions. Through various facilitation techniques by the pibinko.org network (including music), the inputs collected from the community in relation to historical aspects, or to the future, of these architectures and installations will be connected to the architects’ view, thus suggesting an avenue to new forms of collaboration between the power of experts and of citizens in this field.

For more information: micalosapevo@pibinko.org

On the Road with the “maggerini” from Tatti, Southern Tuscany

[this is about a documentary made for the May celebrations in Tatti in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and the impossibility of have the real 2020 celebration, the author of the documentary, Lilian “Mattuschka” Peschke, decided to make it available online. The translation of the full article will follow, or write to micalosapevo@pibinko.org for information. The youtube link to the documentary is embedded below]

Il gruppo dei maggerini “le rose selvatiche“ di Tatti, nelle colline sopra la Maremma, nasce nel 2005 con la voglia di riportare nel paese la tradizione del canto del Maggio, diffusa in molte parti della Toscana, che negli anni a Tatti si era interrotta. Da questo spunto è partita un’avventura che ha coinvolto indistintamente chiunque volesse contribuire con il canto, la poesia, o il proprio strumento. Si è creato così un gruppo variopinto di persone di ogni età e provenienza, pronto a portare in giro per poderi, per il paese, e per le feste dedicate al Maggio, la gioia, la prosperità ed il buon augurio che la primavera risveglia in ciascuno di noi.

Nel 2019 Mattuschka Peschke, giovane artista di origini austriache ma cresciuta nelle campagne attorno a Tatti, ha deciso di seguire il gruppo nel giro dei poderi fra il 30 aprile e il Primo Maggio. Come un reporter “embedded”, con la differenza di entrare in un plotone con una missione di pace, ha documentato i preparativi, gli spostamenti, e le divagazioni delle “Rose”. Il lavoro è stato confezionato in un DVD.

Una peculiarità dei maggerini di Tatti è che, su un elenco di cinquanta nomi riportati nelle note di copertina, i tatterini sono meno della metà: gli altri provengono da varie latitudini, diciamo dal Baden-Württemberg al Cilento. Vivono a Tatti o dintorni, chi da pochi anni, chi da mezza vita.

Il gruppo dei maggerini aveva iniziato a fare le prime prove proprio pochi giorni prima dell’inizio della quarantena, e chiaramente ha dovuto interrompere le attività. Non potendo per il 2020 celebrare la ricorrenza come gli altri anni, è stato deciso di rendere il documentario disponibile online:

L’interno del DVD.

Le Rose Selvatiche nel 2019

Alberto Tesio, Alessandra Arcari, Anita Fronzaroli, Anna Toninelli, Antonio Quaranta, Aura Premoli, Carlo Simeoni, Cristina Berlini,Enea Garau, Filippo Fronzaroli, Flora Solar Tesio, Francesco Agostoni, Gaia Garau, Giada Giuliani, Giusi Calì, Guido Bendinelli, Guglielmo Eboli, Ivana Ebe Marconi, Krishna Durastanti, Laurel Corzo Hinojosa, Lido Conticelli, Liliana Cafiero, Margherita Martelli, Naima Durastanti, Nevio Sorresina, Nilo Eboli, Nora Gangemi, Oliver Gangemi, Pascal Leblanc, Patrizia Megale, Patrizia Subazzoli, Pedro Eboli, Petra Gangemi, Saverio Sorresina, Silvia Quarta, Simona Lombardelli, Simone Verniani, Stefania Ravaglia, Stefano Cicalini, Stella Esmeralda Tesio, Tiziano Leon Tesio, Tommaso Conticelli, Valeria Trumpy, Wolfgang Scheibe, Zeno Bendinelli

Ringraziamenti

  • il Barrino di Tatti e lo staff
  • Podere Cerro Balestro: Meri, Sergio, Mirco, Giada e Dario
  • Podere il Poderino: Enna e Bruno
  • Podere Pastini Olivi: Manuela, Vladimiro, Naima e Krishna
  • Agricampeggio Ixtlan: Valeria, Guido, Zeno ed Elio
  • Podere il Pianello: Erminia, Simonetta,Massimo, Sabrina, Marco, Daniela, Stefania, Asia, Elia, Matteo, Giulia, Simone, Giusi, Gabriele, Miriam, Valentina e Ismaele
  • Anna e Rolando
  • La Fattoria di Tatti: Andrea, Patricia, Virginia, Lorella
  • Il Circolino di Tatti: Morena, Sara, Cinzia e gli altri
  • Sequerciani: Ruedi, Mary, Oliver e Isabella
  • I Nocini: Simonetta, Noemi, Riccardo e Antonietta
  • Roselle e lo staff della Festa del Maggio

Here come the first participatory lithology samples with a name

[Recommended music for this article: Movin’ on Up, from the Mar. 26, 2019 branobag]

Our “little participatory lithology exercise, started on March 21 from Tatti, Southern Tuscany by the pibinko. org network, the Jug Band Colline Metallifere, with geologists from various regions to classify domestic mineral collections is developing.

The workflow requires for each sample: at least one photo by a collector, at least two agreeing reviews by the classifiers, at least on song each day from the entertainers, and support by sponsors here and there.

Mauro Tirannosauro, the outsider we needed

With an approach strongly based on co-design, attention by various media, and the incredibly strange presence of a T-Rex following various aspects of our work, and occasionally singing, the project is gradually unfolding. Starting from a base team of ten people in Tatti, after four weeks it has engaged in participation about 35 folks, spread across five Italian regions. We have some 250 samples on the radar, and about 60 songs related in various ways to rocks, stones, and minerals, with both lists growing. The songs are broadcast via daily articles on the “Lithobag” series of articles by the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (surely in Italian, when possible also with an English translation).

A map of participants as of April 8, 2020.

After one month, it is finally possible to review some of the samples at the end of their review chain, with a lot of music in the background. You may see them either from the main gallery, with a beige background, while the samples still being reviewed have a white background. As an alternative, you may use this link. Please note that in the pilot phase of the project the sample pages are presented only in Italian (depending on audience response and sponsorship we will be glad to propose them also in English). At this point, entries are being validated day by day, so the list of “beige” samples will gradually grow.

Participatory Lithology continues, between resilience, a pinch of structured post-dadaism, and looking sometime around mid-May to present the final results of its pilot phase.

For information and booking: micalosapevo@pibinko.org or +393317539228 (SMS or Whatsapp)

“Ape in Giro”: an exhibition by Tattistampa in Follonica, Tuscany (Dec. 6, 2019 / Jan. 5, 2020)

The multi-talented Wolfgang Scheibe helps you approach the Christmas holidays with a selection of some fifty of his hand-made prints, which you may visit at Altrimondi in Follonica, Tuscany, from Dec. 6.

For the opening of the exhibition there will also be wine tasting with products from local biodynamic farms, as well as the presence of some members of the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band Colline Metallifere (starting from Wolfgang, with his one-string bass player hat).

For more information: tattistampa@tiscali.it

Oct. 18, 2019: BuioMetria Partecipativa in Grosseto, Tuscany, at the AMBITA Forum

The next event for BuioMetria Partecipativa will be on Friday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 3PM (@ FIDIA, villino Pastorelli, via Fallaci). This will be in the context of AMBITA, the forum on Italian Built Environment.

We will speak of the impact of artificial lighting on various aspects of society and nature, and of how simple practice can lead to significantly reduce light pollution without compromising the quality of our lives.

For more information