The question of the body, and in particular the body under capitalism, is a recurrent and indeed central topic. Living bodies, mobile and active may already be said to be extending both their spatial perception and their occupation of space, like a spider spinning its web. Very often what appears empty may turn out to be full. Appropriated spaces abound, but it is not always easy to decide in what respect, how, by whom and for whom they have been appropriated. this is the urban space, how the space is produced. The collective body warms up, having rehearsals in the everyday life. To take care of their own time, their own rhythm, through the art of maintenance the auto-construction of the space for an assembly. The urban space is political. This is the stage for our idea of choreography.
LANDSCAPE CHOREOGRAPHY supports collective practices of urban gardening and encourages an innovative European culture of common spaces through an interdisciplinary approach that integrate public art, landscape architecture, performing art, and socio-anthropological analysis.
The project involves 3 cities of 3 European countries: Taranto (Italy), Cottbus (Germany) and Cluj (Romania) and lasts 24 months.
The project’s objectives are:
• To engage different users through artistic workshops and comparative analysis in the anthropological and urban landscape field
• To develop new interdisciplinary creative languages
• To initiate public events, trans-national circulation of works and an International Festival
Its foreseen outputs are:
• Creation of new urban gardens
• Production of artistic performances and their circulation
• Comparative analysis in the anthropological and urban landscape field.
The project activities are divided into 5 phases that metaphorically describe the agriculture cycle: to dig up, to seed, to maintain, to crop, to continue. The aim is to cooperate with the citizen in the creation of new urban landscape through workshops of participative construction, and to stage this process through art performances: the art will only give an expressive form to this actions. The project’s title emphasizes the value of this choreographic process: the bodies will enter into a mutual physical relationship in order to cooperate at the creation of new urban landscapes. Some representative of the partners involved will move to participate at the workshops in the other countries spreading the outputs. The practice of spontaneous and creative use of abandoned public spaces can inaugurate a virtuous cycle to increase new forms of social and cultural cohabitation.