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International artistic competition on Europe’s Become

Submitted by on June 20, 2012 – 13:10No Comment

The Ital­ian non-profit organ­i­sa­tion Ate­lier Paema, Spazio Urbano Pro­tetto launches an inter­na­tional artis­tic ideas com­pe­ti­tion for the con­ser­va­tion of the future of Europe. The com­pe­ti­tion is open to all archi­tects, engi­neers, artists or stu­dents, regard­less of their nation­al­ity, until the 15th October.

Ate­lier Paema, Spazio Urbano Pro­tetto is a hub between Ori­ent and Occi­dent, which aims at pro­mot­ing and stim­u­lat­ing inter­cul­tural creativity.

Through tem­po­rary exhi­bi­tions, inter­cul­tural work­shops, philo­soph­i­cal sem­i­nars, Ate­lier Paema’s action is intented to be “a lab for ideas and life to come”, “an incu­ba­tor for meet­ings, new projects and pro­pos­als” across boarders.

Among their most recent projects, in May, a transna­tional reflec­tion was devoted to the improve­ment of urban envi­ron­ments, fol­low­ing their social trans­for­ma­tion, with a com­par­a­tive approach of real­i­ties in Roma, South of France cities, Berlin, Lon­don or Los Angeles.

Con­cern­ing the appli­ca­tion to the com­pe­ti­tion on Europe’s become, Ate­lier Paema’s Pres­i­dent, Dr. Paolo Palomba, clar­i­fies the jury’s expec­ta­tions in a special guide. They are searching for ‘a highly functional artistic-design-cultural vision, [which] therefore, requires the competitors to synthesize the exceptional and unique cultural heritage, both material and nonmaterial, which Europe has maintained during the time and will project in the future. The competition requires participants to express an “ideal symbol” of Europe, and to propose an area to place it. The design idea can be seen as an expression of architecture, art, landscape, urban design, engineering, or as a combination of them, having the “status” of “place of public interest”. It should, moreover, possess functions and usability of public utility, for example, an open area, a green space, a park, a shoreline, a promontory, a square, an existing building reconverted. The design idea should then be based on a multidisciplinary creation that brings to a synthesis of ideas enabling to express cultural and thematic plurality that characterize European identity.’

The spot of the artistic creation has to be located in the European Union but the idea of Europe concerns more widely the greater Europe.

And sticking to the organisation’s desire to open dialogue across continents, the competition is open to artists from all over the world. According to us, this is one of the strenghts of the project, by potentially gathering very rich and different external views on Europe.

The project is organised with the support of the Italian Representation of the European commission in Italia

Please find here the competition’s appli­ca­tion guide.

More infor­ma­tion on Ate­lier Paema, Spazio Urbano Prot­teto’ s web­site (in Ital­ian)

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