March 18, 2022 – April 29, 2022
URBANSCAPES is the new divulgative format that Street Levels Gallery and the association A Testa Alta dedicate to the story of the Florentine cultural ecosystem. A window that opens on all the local organizations – collectives, movements, associations, artists – that, in recent years, have been involved in the reappropriation, redefinition and regeneration of public space, using the medium of urban art and its various declinations, promoting alternative practices of intervention, contributing to the construction of a collective identity.
The city as a common good is the premise that unites the guests presented during the various talks, the point from which to explore the changes that affect the present and the future of our cities.
The first episode was held on Friday, March 18 and featured MEP, the Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry. Intervening on the walls and street furniture of the city, MEP proposes an alternative to the traditional system of publication and enjoyment of artistic content, contributing to the construction of a territorial identity and a common belonging to their living space.
What is happening in our cities? What is the future of urban space? The crisis of the ‘public’ character of the urban fabric opens many questions on the contemporary condition of urban agglomerations, on the role of the citizen and on the meaning of living. In order to investigate these urgent questions, on Friday March 25th Street Levels Gallery hosted the Florentine collective Criticity. Hostile City, Fragile City and Living City are the three volumes of their new editorial series: Urban Futures. A crucial contribution to rethink urban space according to a critical-imaginative, transformative, innovative perspective.
Friday, April 8 Street Levels Gallery returned to talk about the city with a cultural organization that is now a virtuous model for the conversion of disused spaces of our territory: Lumen.
Lumen is an open place, autonomous, sustainable, an area dedicated to the co-design and protection of urban green. To reach this innovative practice of land management, however, critical aspects were not lacking. For this reason, Street Levels Gallery invited Cristina, Alessandro and Arianna from Lumen Firenze. Promoting the transfer of good practices and a collaborative posture for their development is the fundamental premise to build the city we want: alive, open and participating.
For the fourth appointment of URBANSCAPES, Street Levels Gallery and A Testa Alta E.T.S. hosted Three Faces, with an interesting overview of their activities, from the StreetBook Magazine project to the new cultural space C4 – Centro di Contaminazione Creativa e Culturale, opened in February 2022.
Between publishing, art and culture, this episode deals with the theme of confrontation and exchange between the public, creatives and cultural spaces and the importance of this dialogue for the future of our city.
For the fifth episode of URBANSCAPES, Street Levels Gallery presents a special edition with very special guests! Francesco Caneschi, Jacopo Amendola and Olivia Gori, architects and researchers passionate about urbanism. Patrizia Cammeo and Titti Maschietto, urban planners and co-founders of UFO (together with Bachi, Binazzi e Foresi), a radical avant-garde group between architecture, action, art, design and communication. These five professionals will introduce the audience to a spontaneous debate on urban life and recent mutations of public space, with a focus on the post-pandemic condition of the city.
How? Participants will be invited to fill in the Spazio pubblico?! questionnaire, conceived by Patrizia Cammeo and Titti Maschietto, published by Umberto Eco and revisited by Francesco Caneschi on the occasion of this fifth appointment! Do you think there is a boundary of your city? Do you think that the historical center of your city is a common good? Do you think that public space belongs to everyone, no one excluded? These are just some of the questions that are addressed during the collective conversation, investigating a topic that concerns us closely: urban life. Street Levels Gallery also presents a new installation with unpublished and never exhibited collages by CASABELVA. The visions of this collective represent cocktails of advertisements extrapolated from architectural magazines.
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