ROTTE METROPOLITANE. Florence is submerged

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The seventh edition of ROTTE METROPOLITANE, a project promoted by the Cultural Department of the City of Florence, will present its “humid” results through a series of initiatives and events that will begin with a conference-debate, which is to take place at 6 pm on Thursday March 12th, 2009 at the SESV gallery, located at the Architecture Department of the University of Florence, in piazza Ghiberti 27.

The Firenze è sommersa (Florence is submerged) theme, proposed by the curator Marco Brizzi, opens up observations on an urban environment that is often considered inhospitable towards the “creative organisms” that inhabit the greater metropolitan area of Florence. “Florence is submerged -writes Marco Brizzi in the introduction to the catalogue-, just as it was experienced by the architects at Superstudio after the tragic flooding of 1966. This event generated one of the most effective visions that radical architecture has to date offered the city, making Florence an important cradle of one of the last great avant-garde movements. Presently, the city often seems incapable of freeing itself from an oppressive barrier that tends to obstruct every creative intent from the start, thus limiting every act of vital expression. Still and all, things are happening in this city…” Starting from this point, a group of observers (Giacomo Bazzani, Elisa Biagini, Nicola Santini, Pierpaolo Taddei, Carlo Scoccianti, and Gianni Sinni) coordinated by Marco Brizzi, began to investigate the artistic reality of Florence in search of its creative elements and the project-oriented talents existing in and around the city.

ROTTE METROPOLITANE. Firenze è sommersa

Two months of work were needed to stir things up and to observe what was happening in the more visible parts of the city, as well as to explore the more hidden ones. What emerged was a multifaceted and heterogeneous panorama made up of many isolated figures, each organised autonomously, resisting the hostility of the environment where they work. The observed figures demonstrated “a strongly animated microcosm that bubbled with energy”. And although they live in the city, some of these individuals are unfortunately often compelled to leave it in search of new sustenance and to share their talents elsewhere.

Following the presentation on March 12th, a series of initiatives , promoted by the observers that contributed to the project organized by Image, are to directly involve the city of Florence. These events present an extraordinary map of Florence is submerged, realised by Lcd, which is responsible for the graphic design of the entire initiative, accompanying the results of an in-depth investigation conducted in this year’s edition by ROTTE METROPOLITANE, to be documented and illustrated in a catalogue published by Artout Maschietto Editore

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