ENVIRONMENTAL ART, CITY
The aim of the course is to analyze the features and the issues related to urban art interventions carried out, in both national and international contexts, in the last forty years. Particular emphasis will be placed on those works characterized by creative planning skills, in keeping with the processes of urban renewal and urban growth: situations and types of urban art intervention.
The course will begin with an overview of the international scene and an in-depth study of examples in Caracas (the University City), Paris (La Défence), Barcelona (from Solans’ interventions to Maragall’s Plan for the 1992 Olympic Games).
The second part of the course will provide historical-critical readings regarding, above all, recent Italian experiences and will deal with the following aspects: the urban animations as `new' bodies in the urban memory; stories of creativity and of denials from “Campo Urbano” in Como (1969) to “Natale a Napoli” (1970), and “Volterra 73”, from Arnoldo Pomodoro’s project for the cemetery of Urbino to Staccioli’s exhibition in Pesaro (1997), then the controversies that have arisen since Paladino’s interventions in Positano (2002); types of interventions from Fiumara d'Arte, to the installations in San Gimignano, Campo del Sole in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, the en plein air Museum in Lamezia Terme, Hortus Conclusus in Benevento, “Giardino del Gigante” in Cento, the underground stations in Naples, the public square of Vinci by Paladino, Ceroli’s intervention in Florence, “Museo di Arte” in Giffoni Sei Casali, and Casciello’s interventions in Mugnano’s station.
An in-depth monographic glaze will focus on the relationship between photography and the city, read through the current experiences of Italian photography.
The course consists of 18 lectures; seminars and visits to the most important works on the regional territory are an integral part of the programme. Regular attendance is compulsory.