At the Triennale, from January 12th to April 2nd, a major exhibition on living that is in the first instance a big house. The visitor travels between environments and functions, activities and relationships. The house becomes an experience that is articulated inside and outside the threshold, interpreting the boundary between the single dwelling and the city.
BASE has a process of elaboration and experimentation on the themes of city making, the ability of people to take action to transform the cities in which they live in more welcoming environments for the needs and desires of those who live there.
This idea generates the project ABITARE IN RESIDENZA: for two weeks, six artists will work in open doors in BASE, involving visitors in their artistic reflection, investigating the relationship between the sphere of individual living and the urban context and the reverberation of urban transformations within the private spaces delimited by their own home.
PROJECTS AND ARTIST
APPARATUS 22 – PROPS
“Depicts a (mostly) wonderful view of the past yet already excoriates the future. Trickles abject and crisps utopia. Full of conflicting numbers. What is it?”
Apparatus 22 is a transdisciplinary artistic collective, founded in January 2011 in Bucharest, which is defined as a collective of dreamers, researchers, poetic activists and futurists (failed) interested in exploring the intricate relationships between economics, politics, gender studies, movements social, religion and fashion in order to understand contemporary society. The PROPS project consists of a double intervention linked to their savage attempt to create an imaginary world through the critical use of hope, navigating between present and future called SUPRAINFINIT. “THE HOWLS ARE NOT WHAT SEEM” is an installation that does not hide or show anything visible, theatrical and domestic at the same time, becomes a membrane between the visible and the invisible.
The second intervention titled “?” it consists of a collective performance where the public of the exhibition is invited to solve some riddles on the cities of the future, on the changes in the way we use our homes, on sharing and on new interactions with technology. Starting from the enigmas, visitors are involved in conversations on the domestic space of the future from a distorted perspective: full of hope and criticism at the same time. Inspiration is the custom of the “Şezătoare” typical of the Romanian countryside, where, especially in winter, the farmers gathered at someone’s home to collectively participate in manual work while they were having fun with jokes and riddles. Manual work becomes a pretext for social interaction, just as in the action of Apparatus 22 in which, for three hours a day, the public is invited to participate in an informal and relaxed conversation.
FRANCESCA CHIACCHIO – X MODI PER COLORARE L’ABITARE
“What happens when there are X surreal ways to color living?”
A game of questions about how color exerts an influence on our behavior and on our daily emotions: life in pink or black, hope in green, see in red. But the choice of color plays an important role, even in interior architecture. What happens when all these rules are overturned? When complementary colors are humanized by invading a living room, or primary colors, the hall of a dentist? X WAYS TO COLOR THE LIVING is the project proposed by Francesca Chiacchio, art historian, performer and curator who lives and works in Brussels. A series of micro-performance events that take place simultaneously within the exhibition, where the public can interact and become an active player through a playful and paper-based tool.
MAURIZIO CILLI – HOMELESS
“Without home, without what?”
Maurizio Cilli architect / urbanist who lives and works in Turin, reflects around one of the most urgent phenomena of big cities: the extreme discomfort of those who live without a home. Without a home, without what? it’s a small handbook-manual. A collection of texts, drawings, collages and photographs that returns the different materials produced since November 2017 and in particular during the artistic residency at BASE Milano from 8 to 20 February 2018. Inside the exhibition Maurizio Cilli will develop a series of objects to complete his project in collaboration with other guests such as the artist Alessandro Sciaraffa, the musician Mario Pandiani, the artists and naturalists Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna, the physics and artist / photographer Alice Benessia, the engineer Remo Ricchetti, the actor, inventor and collector Daniele Savoca and the artistic collective FANNIDADA, formed by Fanni Iseppon and Davide Giaccone.
ISABELLA MARTIN – HOMEGROWN
“How do living spaces influence us and our perception of the outside world?”
The house is a space within the city, and the city is a space within the home. Are there any spaces in between? How do these scenarios come together? For the HOMEGROWN project, Isabella Martin – a multidisciplinary artist who explores the way in which we place ourselves in the world and how we relate to the spaces around us will explore the various layers of living spaces within the city, and how they grow together, intersecting each other. The work will be developed in the space of residence, which will become a study where to talk and collaborate. Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to join Isabella, to play, to create and experiment together to see what will happen.
STRASSE – LOOKING FOR HM
“How to tell the life and relationships of a city living context?”
LOOKING FOR HM finds its raison d’être in one of the works of Strasse – a company founded in Milan in 2009 by Francesca De Isabella and Sara Leghissa, who more openly relates to the forms of living in the city. The HM / HOUSEMUSIC project has, in the last two years, crossed very different living contexts, linking them, however, through a musical fil rouge: the inhabitants were asked hospitality, to choose a song for them meaningful and listen to it together by exchanging words and emotions. The project LOOKING FOR HM takes the opportunity offered by the exhibition to tell the experience of these two years with an installation made of various formats. The public is involved through a simulation that puts into action the moment of the meeting with the inhabitants of the different urban contexts.
SIMONE RUEß – INhabit
“What is the place of your favorite home?”
Our apartment and its personality are not exclusively characterized by their architecture or their furnishings. The way we see our home can also be influenced by the habit of spending every day in front of the same street corner shop, from friends living in the neighborhood, from Skype chats with relatives living on the other side of the world. INhabit is an artistic research project on the individual strategies of living. Simone Rueß – artist born in 1982 who studies space structures and the way in which people use public and private space – tells his personal story live, telling us about his living in 20 houses in the last 10 years. This is done through narrative interviews with the inhabitants of Milan and the development of new ideas for living spaces with the help of the guests of the exhibition.