Be Sm/ART. Interpreting the smart and sustainable city of the future with Cherimus’ artists.
Art at the service of the SMART CITY
The Cherimus artists interpret the smart and sustainable city of the future
With: Simone Berti, Derek Di Fabio, Isa Griese, Isamit Morales, Andrea Rossi, Matteo Rubbi, Emiliana Sabiu and Carlo Spiga
From an idea by: Tiziana Casapietra
“Be Sm/ART” preview
Friday the 11th of December, 2015, 05:30 PM, Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum, Via Jacopo Ruffini 3, Genoa – free entry
“Be Sm/ART” closing event
Thursday the 17th of December, 2015, 04:00 PM, Savona University Campus, Via Magliotto, 2 – free entry
Radicate – Research Association on Contemporary Art and Culture and the Faculty of Engineering of the Savona Campus (University of Genoa) are pleased to present Be Sm/ART, an artistic-scientific project that animated the Savona Campus for two months with performances and site-specific interventions devised by the artists of the Cherimus association, who were called in to creatively interpret the Smart City experimentations carried out in the halls of the Ligurian university centre.
Artists and scientists exchanged views on the common grounds of research and experimentation to offer their special vision of the sustainable city of the future. The results of this cooperation will be previewed on Friday the 11th of December at 05:30 PM at the Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum in Genoa, while Thursday the 17th of December at 04:00 PM, the Savona Campus will open its doors to the public for an artistic event that will illustrate the results of this multidisciplinary synergy.
Art and science have always had analysis, experimentation and synthesis in common, and while practically distant, both offer interpretative systems and possible development models. From this stems the desire to have engineers and artist exchanging views on the issue of sustainable cities.
Prompted by the Cherimus artists (Simone Berti, Derek Di Fabio, Isa Griese, Isamit Morales, Andrea Rossi, Matteo Rubbi, Emiliana Sabiu and Carlo Spiga), the Savona University Campus Smart City hosted a series of experimental workshops aimed at studying a repeatable ideal city model, based on optimizing consumption and producing renewable energies.
In cooperation with Savona’s Teatro dei Cattivi Maestri, Cherimus invited to the Campus a group of children who were given the task to imagine their own city of the future. The collected ideas were the common grounds on which professors, students and artists worked for the whole duration of the programme: this generated a collective project involving also the Campuswave radio, the boys from the Youngsters for Science Association and the Atmosfera Danza association. For a whole day, science spoke the language of music, dance and theatre: pirate incursions in the halls, flash mobs in the library, all under the banner of energetic sustainability and documented with a video and podcast that will be previewed at the Villa Croce Museum in Genoa.
This collective participation will be summarized in the event taking place at the Savona Campus on Thursday the 17th of December: among Tesla cages, dancers, video projections and sounds from the future, a large sculpture will be installed at the entrance of the Campus and illuminated by pedal-produced energy, a tangible sign of the cooperation between artists and scientists.
“Be Sm/ART” is a research project that enhances the scientific research carried out by the Faculty of Engineering at the Savona Campus (Genoa University) on the issue of sustainable cities: thanks to a smart energy micro-grid optimizing energy flows, the Savona Campus becomes a real laboratory to experiment the Smart City, the sustainable city that will be repeatable on a larger scale in the future. Designed by the Genoa University and built by Siemens, it’s the first example of microgrid in Italy created in a space – that of the Savona Campus – comparable to that of a city neighbourhood with differentiated urban functions.
Be Sm/ART is an interdisciplinary research project promoted by Radicate – Research Association on Contemporary Art and Culture and carried out thanks to the contribution of the A. de Mari Cassa di Risparmio di Savona Foundation and the Regione Liguria, with the support of SPES S.c.p.A – Society Promoting the Savona Institutions for the University, and IPS S.c.p.A. – Agency for the Development of the Territory of Savona. Project partners: Banca Carisa, Noberasco and Tersia srl.
Radicate – Research Association on Contemporary Art and Culture, is carrying out a long-term interdisciplinary experimental research project and operates both on the virtual level, though the www.radicate.eu platform, and on the physical level, in the territory in which the association works. The purpose of Radicate’s work is to understand and interpret the contemporary through art and culture. To this purpose, it involves in its work professionals operating in the international art world and leads them to interact with leading researchers in other disciplines. Since 2013, the association has its offices within the premises of the Savona University Campus, with the goal of involving the students in its activities.
The Cattivi Maestri, a cultural association since 2001, build on the experiences of the Piccolo Teatro di Savona by Luciana Costantino and the Antigone Cultural Association to produce theatre performances and organize seasons and reviews (from the International Festival “Approdi” in Borgio Verezzi in 2004 to the Festival del Giallo editions in Savona since 2006) and has a rich educational activity.
Cherimus was established in 2007 in Perdaxius (Sardinia), from an idea of a group of friends. The purpose of Cherimus is to trigger a new relationship between visual arts, culture and local realities, therefore supporting an approach to art that questions pre-existing and established models to confront the present reality and its urgencies. Cherimus is an association, a collective that has changed in the years thanks to artists, curators, journalists, musicians and writers that have shared its mission and goals to become an integral part of the project.
“Be Sm/ART” preview
Friday the 11th of December 2015, 05:30 PM
Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum
Via J. Ruffini, 3
“Be Sm/ART” closing event
Thursday the 17th of December 2015, 04:00 PM
Via Magliotto, 2
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