The Participatory Lithology project was selected for evaluation in the final phase of the “Falling Walls Engage” contest. This is an initiative launched in 2009 in Berlin, Germany, to celebrate scientific progress and innovation as elements for “breaking walls” and to increase public engagement in scientific activities.
Luciano Massetti, from the Italian Research Council’s Institute of Bioeconomy in Florence, has published on the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer and article analysing three years of data collected through the night sky quality meter network deployed since 2016 in Tuscany. The network currently has sensors in Sesto Fiorentino (right next to Florence), Leghorn, the San Rossore Park just West of Pisa, and on the Island of Montecristo. We are collaborating on these topics with Luciano since 2016 with our BuioMetria Partecipativa project.
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.
[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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
[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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
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
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
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.
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).
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.