The project will end with an exhibition in Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan on January 2013.
In this blog will be reported all the thoughts and steps I will do through the entire process of creative development of the project.
Collaborators from IED: Alexandra Grosse and Fulvio Ravagnani.
Collaborators from Careof Fabbrica del Vapore: Monica Favara, Chiara Agnello.
Collaborators from Comune di Milano: Claudio Grillone
Pau Garcia is a Visual Designer from Barcelona and part of the young collective 3DNeighbours.
THE EXHIBITION:COMMON GROUND EXITIUM - GPS ME
a basis of mutual interest of or agreement
The city has defined itself, since its origin, as a double territory with two qualities: to form a delimited space and, within that space, to connect to other territories. The elements of the city evolve in time, allowing its territory to grow out of its geographical and tangible limits. As a delimited space, it develops a public perception, not only visible (with the right to be overseen) but also accessible (with the right to be visited and experienced) by its inhabitants.
Artists Klaus Fruchtnis and Pau Garcia have defined the city of Milan as a common ground for exploration and development for their residency projects. After a couple of weeks working in the field, the artists have reached a common field where they have encountered many intersections to explore together. Their common goal is to discover an intimate city - the one reserved for the inhabitants - a space of flanerie (sauntering) and wandering where a memory of a place can become very personal, whilst at the same time add to the collective definition of the identity of that same place, and the city as a whole.
GPSme and Exitium go beyond the bounds of any assumptions about forms. The projects highlight and converge on a personal point of view to describe the joint conjunction of form and consciousness as a collective perception.
GPSme is a participative and collaborative project developed in collaboration by artist Klaus Fruchtnis and Studio Azzurro (http://gpsme.tumblr.com). The project involves urban walks, photography, digital drawing, videos, sound recording and online interaction with the public. With a Smartphone and its global positioning system the artist walks around the city discovering the infinite aspect of the urban space of Milan, walking randomly and recalculating his journey in real time as he travels. He explores the city through other people’s perception, and captures his own directly on the territory.
Exitium is a project about the destruction of traditional cartography; it is an exploration into new ways of generating city maps and analysing urban behaviours. Through the use of temporal data and local perception, the artist seeks to create new maps. Exitium is a collaborative project between Pau Garcia and the Istituto Europeo di Design (http://exitiumilano.blogspot.it/).
Having explored and experienced diverse aspects of the city during the residency program, both artists agreed to collaborate on a perception: forms that appropriate both time and space in order to create a new physical yet perceptual way to rediscover the city.Common ground: GPSme / Exitum, proposes flexible, simple volumes and continuous surfaces that translate their three month experience on the territory.
“The urban landscape, among its many roles, is also something to be seen, to be remembered, and to delight in.” The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch