learning machine /lərnɪŋ maʃin/ Urban microcosm halfway between a living organism and an engine. Omnivore and voracious consumer of cultural artefacts from a range of origins and eras, it stands out for its great ability to metabolise a variety of contents. The material that it circulates throughout the city functions as fertilizer for the surrounding cultural terrain. Produces profound metamorphoses in those with whom it comes into contact
After 20 months of intense experimentation, BASE is approaching its second birthday and finds itself on the brink of a new phase in its evolution with exciting changes in various areas: programming, spaces and functions, all revolving around one overarching theme for 2018: BASE as a learning machine.
BASE is a machine for learning, a huge organism for creation and the sharing of knowledge. It functions as such for those who experience it on a daily basis, such as the organisations based in the burò, the project house.
But the BASE community is not only made up of the people who come every day to work. It also encompasses all those who attend our events, and the many cultural
NEW PROTOTYPES OF SPACES AND FUNCTION.
This is how prototypes of new formats of urban spaces and functions are born: a new neighborhood concierge, a renewed shared internal workshop, a pergola courtyard that becomes a space for cultural entertainment, a large terrace roof with a view of the former Ansaldo. In the second half of the year it will be the turn of the studios for artists in residence, plus shared work spaces in the burò, a center for music production and a laboratory for digital crafts and prototyping.
MENTORS AND ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE.
In the course of 2018, BASE will activate the new figure of the mentor, one for each of the main programming areas. The mentors will support the process of selection and production of content, experiment new formats of events, exhibitions and performances, keeping alive the relationships with the various creative communities of reference. Among the mentors already nominated: Matteo Ragni (design), Davide Giannella (art cinema and moving images), Illustrious Association (illustration), Air3 (cinema and videomaking), LINKE (photography). Other mentors will be announced during the year, discipline by discipline. The mentors will have at their disposal casaBASE, the artist’s residence where selected talents can reside and work, immersed in the creative ecosystem of BASE Milano.
ANNUAL WORKSHOP PROGRAM.
Writing, film criticism, event organization, communication, social media, videomaking, illustration, webdesign, graphics, branding, business plan creation: these are some of the topics covered by campoBASE, the BASE Milano creative making school, now enhanced and extended throughout the year and increasingly directed towards vocational training for cultural and creative industries.
A series of incubation programs are carried out in collaboration with specialists: WEAR SUSTAIN (for incubation of companies in the fashion design and wearable technologies sector, supported by the European Commission), Cultural Innovation (the incubation program for companies in the cultural sector of Cariplo Foundation created in collaboration with Make a Cube3 and Fondazione Fitzcarraldo) and Book Innovation (Incubation, acceleration and open innovation program in the publishing field in collaboration with Make a Cube3).
As part of the musical training, the PianoLink project starts, in collaboration with the association of the same name for the promotion of professional and amateur music practice: a shared study room, a place where musicians of all levels can practice freely, with a series of pianos distributed among the industrial spaces of the former Ansaldo: the burò; casaBASE, the artist’s residence with a piano in the common room and where travelers have the “piano in room” option; the lounge, the main BASE hall, where PianoLink members can play in an environment between the public and the private. BASE Milano rehearsal room services are open to all, with registration to the PianoLink association.
PROGRAMMA 2018 – SELEZIONE APPUNTAMENTI
• april 17th – 22th. Milano Design Week 2018
• may 18th – 20th. Pianocity Milano
• may 24th – 27th. Artlab
• June 4th – 10th. Milano Photo Week
• June – September. Stabilimento Estivo BASE
• October 19th – 21st. In-between
• October. Milano 1968. Parole, voci e volti della protesta.
• October. Fashion Graduate
• November 16th – 18th. Bookcity
• November. The Art Chapter
• November. Photo Vogue Festival
• November. Linecheck Music Meeting and Festival