Presentation of the project and screening of: The Invisible Object. Art in Social Change, a film by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

24/02 at 7.00 p.m. and at 8.30 p.m.
Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Roma
25/02 at 8.30 p.m.
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
26/02 at 8.30 p.m.
La Triennale di Milano
28/02 at 8 p.m.
Palais de Tokyo, Site de creation contemporain, Paris
01/03 at 8 pm
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
02/03 at 8 pm
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
04/03 at 8.30 pm
Kunst-Werke Berlin, Institute for Contemporary Art


The film The Invisible Object. Art in Social Change produced in summer 2003 during the journey through Italy, France and Holland as documentation of the project "Trans:it. Moving Culture through Europe" focuses on contemporary art that relates to the territorial dimension of culture and the most innovative artistic projects for the public space. Themes include creativity, social background, multi-cultural integration, identity and memory.
In Paris, the author interviewed, among others, the group Campement Urbain which is creating a "useless place" for the banlieue of Sévran; François Hers, the artist who created the programme Nouveaux Commanditaires which, in the last ten years in France, and now in Italy, has made possible for anyone to become patron of a work of art; Nicolas Bourriaud who has discussed the exhibition GNS-General Navigation System at the Palais de Tokyo which dealt with mapping and territories. In Holland the crew met in Rotterdam the Atelier van Lieshout which discussed its 2001 project AVL-Ville, a free town separated by the actual city, Jeanne van Heeswijk who is working on De Strip, formerly a commercial area of a large housing project now abandoned, which the artist is turning into a local cultural district; Tanja Elstgeest, curator of the project SAIT-Social Actors in Transformation, promoted by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and CHOROS International Project; in Amsterdam, the crew met several artists that work at SMART Project Space, an independent art building which provides studios for artists who often focus on public projects. In Rome the group Stalker/ON whose project is to develop, together with the residents of Corviale, a new imaginary for a kilometer long housing project in Rome.

Contacts : Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

... the most innovative artistic projects for the public space that relate to the territorial dimension of culture.

Trans:it is an itinerant project that deals with the most urgent themes of contemporary culture and artistic production in Europe. An observatory/laboratory on the various practices of artistic intervention on the territory.

The question of public space, of its significance and its definition, is the subject of a reflection that involves the theory of art, of society, and of cultural policy. Through a creative and artistic approach, the artists deal with questions related to the complexity and contrasts of contemporary life: from multicultural integration to urban regeneration, from identity to collective memory, from community to alienation.

Trans:it intends to build a platform of documentation, analysis and discussion between European cultural institutions, both public and private, and artists, interdisciplinary groups and cultural operators involved in projects of social importance. Through detailed analysis of the most significant projects on public space around Europe, the path of research involves both the theoretical dimension and direct investigation in the field, fostering direct exchange between different cultural identities and artistic communities. The instruments of the project are a website, which gathers together all the information on the projects, interviews and contributions from people concerned with these themes, and a cycle of documentary films produced in a critical and curatorial prospective.

-  The Invisible Object. Art in Social Change
A film by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
Italy, 2003, DVCAM, 57’, sound, colour

The film The Invisible Object. Art in Social Change is the first in the cycle of documentaries conceived as an integral part of the project. Shot in France, Holland and Italy, the film gathers together numerous interviews with artists, curators, representatives of institutions, inhabitants and members of local associations; a detailed picture of the regions, cities and quarters involved in urban regeneration programmes and public art projects; and artistic interventions, workshops and projects either completed or in progress that illustrate the new practices of intervention on the territory. Among the projects covered are: I Us by Campement Urbain and Nouveaux Commanditaires (France); SAIT-Social Actors in Transformation and AVL-Ville by Atelier van Lieshout (Holland); and Immaginare Corviale by ON/Stalker (Italy).

The itinerary of the second documentary will set out from Berlin and end in Istanbul, passing through Eastern Europe, along the route of a future enlargement of the borders of the European Union.

The website is a platform for the development of the project and a starting point for the creation of a European network of exchange between artistic and cultural institutions, artists, interdisciplinary groups, researchers, curators and public administrations that deal, in different ways, with public space. The site is conceived as an observatory, because its aim is to promote the most innovative artistic and cultural projects for public space realised in various European regions, and as a laboratory, a forum for the discussion of the cultural theories and policies that the projects represent or call into question.

Moving Culture through Europe

A project by
Fondazione Adriano Olivetti

in collaboration with
European Cultural Foundation
Fondation de France
Fondation Evens
SMart Project Space

For further information please contact:

Fondazione Adriano Olivetti
Via G.Zanardelli, 34
00186 Roma
tel. 0039 06 6877054
tel. 0039 06 6896193

Modified on Friday 27 February 2004