Be Sm/ART 2: Ceramics for the Anthropocene
Logbook: May 8, 2017
The presentation of the Be Sm/Art2 project took place on Monday 8/05 in the library of the University Campus of Savona in the presence of 180 guests. Following greetings by Federico Delfino, Pro-rector of the Savona campus, Ilaria Caprioglio, Mayor of Savona, the Honourable Lorenzo Basso, Francesco Profumo, the president of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Tiziana Casapietra, Artistic Director, introduced Radicate’s work and the project. The designer, Francesca Perona, then explained how she managed to combine the two points of pride of the Savona area, the Museum of Ceramics and the Campus of Savona, in an innovative and fresh way.
After viewing a film about Perona’s residency, a discussion took place among all who were involved in the project. Following the buffet, a shuttle bus took the guests to the Museum of Ceramics where they were given a preview of the work “Ceramics for the Anthropocene”. There were also 80 students from high school’s fourth grade from the Liceo Scientifico Statale Orazio Grassi, the Liceo Artistico Arturo Martini from Savona and design students from the Istituto Ferraris Pancaldo.
Report about Be Sm/ART 2 on the national RAI tv (TGR, Leonardo)
Logbook: Mar. 30, 2017
In the final week of March, the artist/designer Francesca Perona worked in Marco Tortarolo’s studio (Albisola Sueriore, Savona) using local clays gathered from the Savona region. The clay was then used at the FabLab in Turin, where Perona used a robotic arm to print the work “Ceramics for the Anthropocene”. The work will be on show from 8 to 20 May at the Museum of Ceramics, Savona.
Logbook: Mar. 17, 2017
The artist/designer Francesca Perona took part in a meeting with the staff of Radicate, Cecilia Chilosi (representing the Museum of Ceramics, Savona) and Eliana Mattiauda (Director of the Civic Museum of Savona) to discuss the evolution of the project “Ceramics for the Anthropocene”. During this meeting, the exhibition space for Perona’s final product within the Museum of Ceramics was chosen, where it would be on show for two weeks from 9 May 2017.
Logbook: Robotic clay fabrication, from data to material (II)
Logbook: Rediscovering local clays
Logbook: Feb. 20, 2017
During the workshop “Communicating through energy and material data”, Francesca Perona discussed the interdisciplinary project “Ceramics for the Anthropocene” with a group of energy management engineering students from the Savona Campus. The students involved chose various sets of energy data from the central control system used by the campus Smart Grid. Finally, the students tried to understand and develop efficient and multidisciplinary ways of conveying the activities and research that are being carried out in sustainable energy production at the Savona University centre.
Logbook:Robotic clay fabrication from data to material (I)
Logbook: Feb. 10, 2017
Francesca Perona and Marco Tortarolo spent the day in Lisa Meixner’s studio on the slopes of Albenga (in Savona province) where they worked with local clays that they had already harvested and dried. After having broken them down, Perona sifted the different clays in order to gather homogenous ceramic powder. These powders were then hydrated with water. Over the following days, the ceramicist and Perona then chose six different types of clay to prepare for the test with Turin FabLab’s robotic arm. Some of these samples were fired in Meixner’s studio to test their behaviour and resistance at high firing temperatures.
Logbook: Fe. 07, 2017
In the morning Francesca Perona took part in a meeting with the Radicate staff on the University Campus of Savona. All the information gathered from working with local clay and the development of the project “Ceramics for the Anthropocene” was discussed. After this, appointments were planned and set out for the following weeks.
Logbook: Feb 06, 2017
Francesca Perona spent the day with ceramicist Marco Tortarolo. Together they visited various places in the Savona region, from Finale Liguria to Albissola Marina, where they selected and harvested the clay they would use in the production of the work “Ceramics for the Anthropocene”. Every sample of clay has different colours and properties; for example, the clay from Noli (Savona) is red because it is rich in iron. Over the subsequent days, the selected material was worked and processed in order to render it ideal for manual manipulation by the artist as well as by Turin FabLab’s robotic arm.
Logbook: Feb. 05, 2017
On her first Sunday in Savona, Francesca Perona visited Albisola Marina and Albisola Superiore (province of Savona) and began to study the data gathered over the initial days of her residency. She also began to understand the orientation of the places she visited as part of her research for the “Ceramics for the Anthropocene” project, mapping out her routes of the places in which she found earth to analyse.
Logbook: Feb. 04, 2017
Accompanied by the ceramicist Marco Tortarolo, Francesca Perona met the German artist Lisa Meixner, who lives and works inland in the province of Albenga (Savona). Perona was able to learn from the knowledge of the ceramicist regarding working with local clays, taking important points for her project “Ceramics for the Anthropocene”. She learned how the types of earth need to undergo particular processes in order to become workable. For example, they had to undergo a careful process of drying and only then can they be mixed with water and then worked on. Before returning to Savona, Perona and Tortarolo arranged another visit for a week later, to begin working the clay and produce the first samples to be tested at the Turin Fablab laboratory.
Logbook: Feb. 03, 2017
This morning, on the campus of the University of Savona, the
artist/designer Francesca Perona took part in a meeting with the staff of Radicate. Here, she planned appointments for the coming weeks and discussed the data collected during the meetings with the campus engineers and the ceramicists from Savona. In the early afternoon, Perona then met up with the engineer Renato Procopio and four of his engineering students.
Until next time…
Logbook: Feb. 02, 2017
Leaving Albisola Superiore this morning, the artist/designer Francesca Perona and ceramicist Marco Tortarolo spent the day at Albenga quarry, in the province of Savona. Here they met the Savona sculptor Adriano Leverone to discuss Perona’s project “Ceramics for the Anthropocene” and its intended message. By putting his knowledge of working with local material (clays and earths), Leverone shared his desire to unite experimenting with clay with research into an aesthetic form. As part of the process of re-evaluating geological material, Leverone’s work “Il Filone dell’Ardesia” (The Vein of Slate) was a great inspiration to Perona: uniting ceramic and slate, and tracing the various uses and processes of these materials over the course of history. Finally, the sculptor took Perona and Tortarolo to visit a local slate cutting and processing factory.
Until next time…
Logbook: Feb. 01, 2017
Arriving straight from London, the artist/designer Francesca Perona, winner of the tender for the project Be Sm/ART 2, has officially taken up her post of artist in residence. After a brief visit to the Campus of Savona, Perona took part in a meeting with Radicate staff, outlining the programme and commitments of the coming days. Later in the morning she met up with the engineers of the university centre, collecting smart city data needed for the “Ceramics for the Anthropocene” project. During the meeting, the engineer Luca Barillari answered the artist’s questions, showing her some graphs and statistics relating to the production and distribution of electricity and heat on Campus. In the afternoon Perona visited ceramicist Marco Tortarolo’s studio (Albisola Superiore, Savona), accompanied by Cecilia Chilosi, where she discussed her vision for “Ceramics for the Anthropocene” and ways of interpreting the smart grid data.
Until next time…
Radicate announces artist selected for Be Sm/ART residency program
In the experimental framework of the project entitled Be Sm/ART 2, realized with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo, as
part of the open-call ORA!, and of Fondazione A. De Mari, Radicate invites artist Francesca Perona for a residency in Savona, on the Ligurian Riviera, Italy, from February 1st to March 31st, 2017.
Residency applications were judged by an international jury comprised of: Tiziana Casapietra, Founder and Director of Radicate; Charles Esche, Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; Vasif Kortun, Director of Research and Programs at SALT, Istanbul; Cecilia Chilosi, Representative of the Museum of Ceramics in Savona; Renato Procopio, Associate Professor of the Department of Nautical and Electrical and of the Telecommunication Department at the University of Genoa.
About Francesca’s Project
Francesca Perona (1986, IT) is a London-based interdisciplinary designer. Her fascination with the tangible cultural, political, environmental agency of materials brought her to investigate sustainability-driven design practices. Her research-based approach aims to integrate materials science, scientific processes and digital fabrication techniques. Her project for Be Sm/ART 2, named Ceramics for the Anthropocene, aims to weave aspects of environmental awareness, sustainability and local embeddedness by means of ceramic crafts.
As Perona said “ceramic artefacts can be interpreted as geo-markers of the local territory. One aspect of ceramics production that generally goes unspoken is the unsustainable demand for high-energy necessary to transform pliable material into a rigid form. The temperature required by kiln-firing often reaches 1000°, and the oxidation process actuated by such high temperatures is deemed to release a number of harmful chemicals into the air. This approach to ceramics manufacturing perfectly exemplifies our traditional unsustainable approach to natural resources and the negative impact caused by emissions from combustion of fossil fuels and industrial manufacturing processes. This consistent anthropogenic exploitative pattern has contributed to the global harmful levels of atmospheric pollution, and has influenced Earth’s geology and ecosystems so deeply, that a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, has been devised by scientists to explain and study the changing environment”.
During the residency, Francesca Perona will conceive an art intervention that will use an experimental approach to intersect aspects of tradition and innovation exemplified by the ceramics studios of the territory of Savona, the research on the sustainable development of the Smart City located at the Campus, and the project AARM of DigifabTuring, the FabLab of Turin. The residency will conclude with a series of public events on March 31st, 2017, and are going to be announced during the residency.
Radicate launches Be Sm/ART 2,
an artist residency focusing on innovation and tradition
During the residency the artist will be invited to conceive of an art intervention* by intersecting tradition with innovation, past and future, synthesizing an experimental approach exemplified by the ceramic workshops present in the territory of Savona and the research on the sustainable development of the Smart City located at the campus. We encourage candidates that work with experimental and interactive means whilst using new technologies and digital tools. In the span of this residency the artist will also be invited to collaborate with the project AARM of DigifabTuring, the FabLab of Turin.
Radicate sustains the idea of immateriality and sustainability thus urging all those candidates to apply whose practices experiment and interact with new technologies, such as computational drawing within the context of contemporary art.The residency will take place from February until March 2017. It will conclude with a public presentation housed on this website, as well as at the Museum of Ceramics and on the Savona Campus (University of Genoa, Italy). Throughout the two-month residency the artist will receive a 2.000 Euro stipend. Additionally, travel and accommodation** will be covered by Radicate. The application (portfolios and project proposals, English language, maximum 10 MB) is due the 30th of October, 2016. The application package is to be sent to Michela Alessandrini, Project Coordinator and Consultant email@example.com with the subject line: Residency Application Be Sm/ART 2.The applications will be evaluated by an international jury comprised of: Tiziana Casapietra, Founder and Director of Radicate; Charles Esche, Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; Vasif Kortun, Director of Research and Programs at SALT, Istanbul; Cecilia Chilosi, Representative of the Museum of Ceramics in Savona; Renato Procopio, Associate Professor of the Department of Nautical and Electrical and of the Telecommunication Department at the University of Genoa.
Radicate is a non-profit organization, located in the Savona Campus (University of Genoa, Italy). Radicate analyses the major shifts that are occurring globally through a contemporary art lens. The analysis is developed through on-going conversations with prominent figures in the field of artistic research. These conversations are realized with the use of new global, communication tools and made public on this on-line platform. The results of our analysis manifest in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary projects.
Our office is situated in the Smart City of the Savona Campus where the Faculty of Engineering is developing the first Italian example of a smart energy microgrid. This campus is thus a perfect laboratory to test the development notions of sustainability in which art plays a crucial role.
More info on the Smart City research developed at the Savona Campus (University of Genoa, Italy):
This project is made possible thanks to the support of:
* All production costs are covered by Radicate. Terms and conditions regarding the ownership of the artworks produced will be discussed with the selected artist based on the nature of the project.
** Accommodation includes: a room in a furnished shared flat in Savona, and lunch meal (from Monday to Friday, at the Savona Campus cafeteria).