Mirabilia @ CasaCava
exhibition design, built, Matera, 2020
Mirabilia @ Casa Cava is a collective exhibition produced by the curatorial project ANTILIA Gallery: visionary cities translated through architecture, sculpture and design models. The contributors, from Italy and abroad, speculated with a contemporary gaze on the cities described in Calvino’s book, Invisible Cities. A seminal piece of writing that heavily influenced readers and scholars, of different disciplines, all over the world.
The cities described by Marco Polo to the emperor Kublai Khan are suspended between the real and the imagined dimension. They uncover memories, dreams, and images of a Venetian traveler.
The interpretations shown in Mirabilia elaborate on the relationship of space and written word, creating original languages to communicate the immaterial. The model is the designer’s fundamental research tool, which is the abstraction of an anticipated reality, either realistic or utopic. The show invites you to get lost through the doors and archways, catching surprises of golden fragments, and glimpses of the sky as specular reflections of water move with the breath of the wind.
Retracing the journey of Marco Polo to the court of the Great Khan, the exhibition space is ideally transformed into a chessboard made of objects and merchandise set up on a tiled floor in front of the emperor’s eyes to show every corner of the kingdom, even the most remote and unknown.
“Kublai was a keen chess player; following Marco’s movements, he observed that certain pieces implied or excluded the vicinity of other pieces and were shifted along certain lines. Ignoring the objects’ variety of form, he could grasp the system of arranging one with respect to the others on the majolica floor. He thought: ‘If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.”
Each model is placed on its pawn: rook, horse, bishop, queen and king. Five pawns for fifty-five cities that put the visitor before his own empire. Each pedestal, associated with a geometric profile, is made of polystyrene, on a 30x30cm square base, shaped by a 5-axis CNC cutter.
Casa Cava, Matera
Fabiana Dicuonzo, Giuseppe Resta, John Gatip
biro+, PROFFERLO architecture
New Coming | ecodesign factory
Università degli Studi della Basilicata
Onyx Jazz Club Matera
ICoRSA | International Consortium of Research Staff Associations
M-I-R-A-G-E Design Studio
exhibition design, Ruvo di Puglia, 2019
Mutazioni is an exhibition designed and curated by PROFFERLO Architecture in the frame of the Antilia Gallery project.
Commissioned by La Capagrossa for NoveNoveNove festival, the show reopened a landmark architecture in Ruvo, the medieval tower of the castle “Melodia” that was formerly abandoned.
Displays were inspired by Jorge Oteiza’s seminal work on spatial experiments on the cube and space activated by planes. Lightening is provided by neon tubes applied directly on the rough surface of the wall.
Mutazioni exhibits a site-specific installation by Francesca Pasquali and works by Ensamble Studio, Formafantasma, Jiří Kamenskich, Erez Nevi Pana, Materia Ordinaria, Eva Gentner, Summary, UAU project, EMusic, Warehouse of Architecture and Research, Tykk.
Mirabilia. Interpretations of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities
built, Bitonto, 2018
Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities has been an influential text to architects, artists and designers. The enigmatic cities that Marco Polo describes to Kublai Khan are representations of Polo’s experience of Venice as well as Calvino’s projection of modern cities. The descriptions of the cities provide vivid imagery that are open to each reader’s imagination. The success of the text in forming the imagined places relies on how a reader can project their experiences onto it.
Mirabilia invited international artist, architects and designers to interpret Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” into models/sculpture within a 200mm x 200mm dimension. Contributors represent their interpretation of a city from the book through physical mediums of their choosing. 55 cities are exhibited, bringing the book into physicality. The interpretations shown in Mirabilia elaborate on the relationship of space and written word, creating original languages to communicate the immaterial. The show invites you to get lost through the doors and archways, catching surprises of golden fragments, and glimpses of the sky as specular reflections of water move with the breath of the wind.
Giuseppe Resta, Fabiana Dicuonzo, John Gatip
M-I-R-A-G-E Design Studio
Michael Lynge, (dp)aSTUDIO, Jingyi Zhang, Diogo Aguiar Studio, David Umemoto, Sonelo Architects, Atelier EGR, Adam J. Fan, UNO8A + Bronzo, Conrad Willems, Gaelen Pinnock, Järfälla, Jaeger Koechlin, Douwe Meuldijk & Vincent Ringoir, Mary Duggan Architects, gosplan architects, Daniele Ragno, Jon Thomas, ErranteArchitetture, Di Hu, Lorenzo Guzzini, Johan Hermijanto, Ashley Davis, Jesslyn Humardani, Ryo Yamada, Rosmaninho+Azevedo – Arquitectos, Outpost Office, Francesco Lipari / OFL Architecture, VERS.A, Office of Adrian Phiffer, La Macchina Studio, ETB with Clara Machado, PIA, SUMMARY, Ciro Priore / Martina Russo, Norell/Rodhe, A+M2A, Warehouse of Architecture and Research, UAU project, PARTI, Bonell+Dòriga, tykk design, Sevak Asatrián, Arcipelago – Architettura Collettiva, Skälsö Arkitekter, João Carlos Alves, LINEARAMA, Jurtin Hajro – commonsense.studio, Dayne Trower + Simona Falvo, Roberto Monte, Giulia Gazza, Jordi Hidalgo Tanè, Strider Patton
Bitonto, December 2018
Antilia Gallery – venue 1
exhibition design, Gioia del Colle, Italy, 2018
The renovation for the curatorial project Antilia Galley took place in a so-called sottano located at the edge of the historic centre of Gioia del Colle, in Via Filippo Pugliese. The exhibition space is intended to be a field that is deserted and contaminated by stories of conquests and legends.
The island is the most remote place where a man or a woman can surround himself or herself with nature. Sometimes hospitable, other times impervious. Origin of elusive dreams, of deeper and spiritual thoughts, the island is transformed into a dwelling place of life, death, and soul. Enchanting with sacred and profane tales, hosting new forms and functions of imaginary cities, orienting and disorienting the observer, Antilia tells about herself and reality.