Call for Workshop: STATIONTOSTATION, rhetorical devices for the public spaces of Monesiglio

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On the occasion of its sixth year of activity, the Banca del Fare project is looking for 10 students and young creatives to participate in a workshop in which to discover local history, mythologize it with unexpected interventions, to discover new collective rites; guide to the design of public space with a hybrid perspective, aimed at subverting traditional urban dynamics, which will take place in the small village of Monesiglio (CN), at the Caldera-Saluzzo Castle, from 10 to 20 September 2021.

TutorThe workshop will be held by Filippo Fanciotti and Giovanni Glorialanza of False Mirror Office, a group of five architects who share an interest in different themes, from the architectural debate to trivial issues. Convinced that the new is nothing more than the umpteenth reworking of the existing, False Mirror Office re-discovers the past as the present, re-signifies high culture as well as that of the masses, re-evaluates forms and functions. In fact, False Mirror Office misrepresents Architecture.

AimParticipants will be asked to elaborate a series of interventions, set in the squares of Monesiglio, deepening the phenomenology of public space to subvert its daily dynamics. The system of squares will be reproduced in scale and will be the theater for bewildering events, ephemeral performances, colossal-scale installations and mythical visions, all aimed at setting up a collection of small Wunderkammers.

The assembly of personal objects in inaccurate reproductions of real places will allow the rapprochement between the biographical and collective dimensions, suggesting hypotheses for the consolidation of the long dormant urban identity through an exercise of misrepresentation of reality.Through the instrument of the conference, the Monesiglio evenings will also be animated by new faces who will present utopian projects, irreverent events and urban visions, while old acquaintances will reveal the details of local history through the words and images of those who lived it. The workshop experience will enrich the real story with unlikely details, elevating the projects to real local mythology.

Preliminary program7 days of work and field visits to relevant project sites2 days of discovery of the territory of the Bormida Valley through hiking and visiting activities

CostThe participation fee for the workshop is 50 € (registration fee and insurance costs).Food and accommodation, as well as excursions and visits are included in the contribution. There is no reimbursement for travel expenses to reach the Workshop venue.

Educational and university credits3 credits are foreseen for students of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino. The other participants will receive a certificate of attendance to the activities for a number equal to 75 hours of work.

Mandatory eligibility requirementsCandidates must attend or have attended a degree course in Architecture, Design, Landscape, Planning and Engineering or an equivalent organization or academic institution whose work is related to Architecture and / or urban assets.The working groups, as far as possible, will be made up of people from mixed disciplines experiences. Architecture, landscape, urban planning, regeneration processes, sociology, art are preferred. Candidates from abroad are welcome but the official language of the activities will be Italian.

Applications and deadlinesTo apply, send the following documents by 11.59 pm on Tuesday 1st June 2021 to the following (Call Station participation object):

• Synthetic CV and Portfolio with relevant works (publications, projects, etc.) PDF, max 5mb

• Short motivation letter in which you tell your expectations and the competence with which you can contribute to the mission of the Workshop (max 1,500 characters).

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