Discover the Suburban Museum. An interview with Giorgio de Vinci

Remember Macro Asilo? The Artistic and Anthropological Project of the Former Macro Director Giorgio de Venice not come out. You have evolved. The container has changed, but the content is always inspired by the same concept: to think of a museum device. The container is now called the Reef, and it is the Museum of the Parties. And what about the content? This was explained by De Vines, the director of this project, following the green light by the municipality of Rome for the construction of a large state-of-the-art physical headquarters, in which we are showing some of the initial designs.

How was the concept of a suburban museum born?
“It is a project born during the two-year period of extraordinary participatory experiences that Macro Asilo (as Macro Asilo in its own way was the son of MAAM, the ‘inhabited’ museum in Metropolis which will complete in April 10 years old and currently nominated for UNESCO as Intangible Heritage). I mean, we celebrate ten years of reflections and practices that revolve around the museum apparatus, which I consider a tool for thinking (and re-imagining) the city in a privileged position, we might say in the absence of friction. Contemporary It is also a semi-study center dealing with the topic of suburbia in the broader context of analyzing urban phenomenon on a global scale.It is a project born under the auspices of the Palaexpo Special Company, and part of the Contemporary Polo in Rome, together with Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Macro and Mattatoio For those who doubt that ocean is still an existing word, I remind you that the Suburban Museum will, once completed, be the first museum in Rome outside of the Grande Raccordo Anulare.”

How is the interaction with the territory going?
“A relationship, if we don’t limit ourselves to representing it, is something that cannot be improvised and that takes time. More complicated if you don’t have a place to make an appointment and stay there. However, we have worked a lot in these two years, starting a rich and fruitful work of self-mapping of reality and projects operating in the outer neighborhoods of the city.”

Who are the participating artists so far?
Many, from Michelangelo Pistoletto who brought his third heaven to the Archaeological Park of Gabi, the true pioneer of MUNICIPIO VI, to Sten & Lex, Lucamaleonte, Ria Lussi, Aldo Elefante, Lanfranco Aceti, the author of the performance linking Campidoglio and Tor Bella Monaca and which we created in collaboration With the Italian Pavilion sponsored by Alessandro Melles;This is just to name a few, and we hope to continue with many other projects in the pipeline soon.Then, as I said, there are many scholars coming from different disciplines.Produced the magic lecture course held at the Tor Bella Monaca Theater Then continued online through Covid-19 a 20-volume series published by Bordeaux Editions and a masterful choral work full of references to the museum’s digital platform entitled [email protected]”.

What are the characteristics of the third millennium cities? What is the role of the suburbs?
“These are the questions the Suburban Museum is asking ourselves. It is wrong to start from the answers. The third millennium can be called the urban age. Since May 23, 2007, 50% + 1 of the world’s population lives in megacities, which is the Rubicon Pass unprecedented in human history. As cities are our current ecosystem of reference, we must treat them as a common interest, and a heritage to be protected (and not often in the same way that extractive fields occur for the use of global finance, and the underpinnings of their volatile operations). The ocean is the city on the edge, but in some ways also the city of the future. Not only because what we now consider a center was often a fringe, but also because we have to overcome the Ptolemaic idea of ​​a center coinciding with power and wealth and masculine and white and the West… The Copernican revolution is not yet complete in the city, it belongs to heaven, but not yet earth. Whereas instead, we should all place ourselves, along with other life forms, on the ocean, which basically means the ocean! Next fall we are working on a widespread exhibition in augmented reality that will be titled Decentralized Model. But until we confine ourselves to existence (and leave aside the necessity of being present for a moment), the ocean is the place of innovation, for the twofold reason that it is the front line that must often confront conflicts and frictions on a global scale, and precisely because it is often left to itself She can at least allow herself the luxury of experience.”

What projects are you working on?
«In addition to the exhibition I mentioned, which will also be a fun device (somewhat similar to Pokemon Go), we are arranging a two-stage exhibition for the KunstRaum of the Goethe Institute in Rome entitled “New Word, New World. Words, Voices, Bodies”, in collaboration with nGbK Berlin which will begin with a two-weekly cycle of lemmas from the glossary of urban practices to conclude with the installation of iconic sound postcards dedicated to Rome by Israeli artist Yuval Avital. We also support the exceptional work of associative artist Piero Mottola who has been working for months on an unpublished score for a 46-voice mixed choir as well as a solo soprano that will debut in the auditorium on the morning of May 1st. Another way to bring the center to the periphery, which is then there a task from the museum.

In this regard, the museum may soon have a physical site. Where are we?
«A few days ago, ‘Rome Today’ reported that the museum in the suburbs will not be built. The newspaper reported the statements of the sixth mayor Nicola Franco decided to give the work to the opponent to be carried out in Piazza Mingaroni (at the request of the seat of the former Capitoline Council of the Suburban Museum) and another destination, the building of institutions, for example, better than the museum, able to do a work that contradicts With the store yard that took root for decades in that deserted and deserted place. But in the meantime, the countryside is automatically included in the PNRR for Tor Bella Monaca. This means that it must be implemented with public funds and timetables that do not predict the possibility of delays and postponements.”

A very reliable architectural project. Can you tell us about it?
“We have been awarded a high-quality architectural project signed by Orazio Carpenzano and the design team coordinated by Eliana Cangelli, and more than 30 professionals from Sapienza who have worked to support the Municipality of Rome in developing the feasibility of the reinforcement and renovation project via dell’Archeologia and R5 in the broader integrated plan of Tor Bella Monaca – Tor Vergata. We will have a museum of 1,700 square meters that is developed below ground level and sheds light from some of the voids cut into the courtyard area that opens onto the Roman countryside. There will be exhibition halls, workshops, meeting rooms, laboratories, libraries and a cinema hall » .

Last year’s first edition of Suburban Festival. Will there be a second? What surprises?
«The son of the Daily Periphery Museum, IPER is the festival created to give a voice to the suburbs through a city-wide party, both online and offline. Multidisciplinary and free, the three days of events that took place from May 21-23, 2021 at the Tor Bella Monaca and in dozens of other venues in Rome and around the world, counted a very dense program of meetings, art performances, video art, concerts, films, documentaries, lectures and round tables. To live the experience in times of social distancing in a dynamic and attractive way, IPER was broadcast on a multi-channel interactive platform with an innovative design, with three channels active from day to night, for a total of 60 live appointments from the theater, 108 hours of live broadcasting, 200 guests, 300 content according to Demand, more than 80 facts involved. We are working on a second release program due to take place in the fall, with three important locations, but without giving up the advantages of digital, to allow interaction between users even remotely. By developing an application, the festival will also transform itself into a public artwork on an urban scale, bringing the works displayed – in the form of NFT – into city spaces. By referring to an interactive map, it will be possible to discover artists located in different regions of the capital, whose works in augmented reality Rome will conquer the spectacle of this wonderful exhibition “Without Walls” accessible to everyone via a smartphone. In compliance with geo-tagging, it is enough to open the phone’s camera to view works in augmented reality, take photos and share different moments of the experience on social networks.

Leave a Comment