The “Ground Tour” is a journey starting in Vienna, cruising the outskirts of Rome, touching ground in Prato and Florence on our way to the undepths of the Venice Lagoon. The tour will grind much too common assumptions about Italy’s beauty and culture and will bring onto surface a different portrayal of a country as it is acting at the edges of mainstream society.
Moreover, the journey evocatively recalls the historical „Grand Tour“ of the period of Enlightenment which aimed to educate and open horizons to a privileged class of people which nevertheless tried to contribute to human progress and learn from the experience of travelling.
The “Ground Tour” has the intent to connect with projects and bottom-up- actions if not new social movements where arts and radical forms of politics go hand in hand, where contemporary practices get in necessary conflict with the load of Italy’s built heritage to eventually give birth to unexpected futures and new solutions in a society with urgent needs and high potentials of conflict.
On the “Ground Tour” contacts and networks among artists, activists and institutions will be enforced and created. Social change is only possible in networks and across given national borders!
The Ground Tour collaborators:
LAC_Laboratorio Arti Civiche
MAAM_Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove
Public Art Collective Spazi Docili
MEP_Movimento per l’Emancipazione della Poesia
Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci
Associazione Culturale [chì-na]
Biennale Architettura 2016
Massimo Bricocoli / Stefania Sabatinelli
- Winter Term 2016
- Curated by Enrico Tomassini
- Assitance by Brigitte Felderer. Visual Mapping: Alessia Scuderi supported by Laschandrè Coetzee