The IndependentDay. Saturday, October 4, 2014,from 17.00to midnight. A day of music, meetings, workshops within the exhibition The Independent with the independent groupsCARE. and Isola Art Center. The museumis transformed into a hub where the independent voices and the public can meet directly, confirming its will to listen and give space to the most innovative contemporary voices within different research plans.
Screen PrintingWorkshop by SerioCollective(EdithPoirier, Daniele Rossi) A workshop onsilk screenshowing a selection of works created forself-financefuture projects and current artisticcollaborations.
Presentation of the book “Fight-Specific Isola” The story of an urban and artistic transformation: Fight-Specific Isola traces the long history of the Isola quarter of Milan and the organic and spontaneous process at the base of the twelve years of Isola Art Centers work.
with Antonio Brizioli, Hou Hanru, Evelyne Jouanno, Steve Piccolo and Bert Theis
Theremin performancewith StevePiccolo. Anyone witha smartphone, a tablet ora computertoday canplay an online simulatedTheremin(http://femurdesign.com/theremin/). Steve Piccolo tells the incredible story of Lev Terminand hisThereminand involvesthe audience witha collective musical interactionbasedon the movementsof the people. Who isnot providedof digital devices can use cardboard boxesforcontributing to thepercussivepart of the composition / improvisation.
High FIVE! Dj set by Palm Wine & Vipra.
The print was made in protest and to inform of the expropriation and demolition of the historical gay club in October 2009. The fine print reads: “Expropriation of the oldest gay club in Milan is expected on Wednesday, in the name of urban redevelopment in the Garibaldi area. 32 years of history demolished to make room for a road”.
Let’s talk about Pride and the city. The municipality of Sala publically aligns itself with Pride and we also see the use of rainbow colours in the neighbourhood Porta Venezia, we see big companies wishing a happy Pride month to the LGBTQ+ community. However, do the city efforts and urban planning really support LGBTQ+ and other minorities? Just like in the past, these efforts only focus on capital investment, on what makes cities “attractive” - an aestheticized spectacular approach that reduces the city and the Pride experience to consumables and a generator of profit. Anything that falls outside of that clinical approach tends to be neglected and pushed out – either through physical evacuations and policing or through market value by pricing neighbourhoods out of their original users’ reach.
Let’s look at via Padova/via Monza at the moment, it is being rebranded (also as an LGBTQ+ friendly neighbourhood), it has been given a hip new name: NOLO. The Municipal Market is being redone with more boutique style organic food market stalls – catering to gentry with a certain taste. It appropriates the multicultural and open identity to create a marketable image. In the meantime, rents have been going up, spaces are being evacuated; many spaces/apartments are being bought up by banks and big companies. If a city cares for its LGBTQ+ community, it would not only pay attention to what it offers to consume, but perhaps pay attention to those who are often most vulnerable to price hikes. The Via Padova/Monza area is home to many diverse groups who fall within low/precarious income groups– including transgender people who are still widely discriminated against in job markets. So when we speak about Pride in Milan does it really fight for the rights of a dignified living for minority groups and its LGBTQ+ community or is it just a little rainbow washing? Is it a spectacle to attract tourists to Airbnb houses or are there rules to limit Airbnb's and rent hikes? Is there space for occupations, experimentation and self-determination? What is the city doing to protect the cultural heritage created by these communities? If we don’t ask these questions, your cool LGBTQ+ hangout might just be demolished tomorrow to make room for a bank, a road or the next best thing.
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