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Interaction design per il patrimonio culturale


Nel corso del 2013 siamo stati catturati da diversi progetti in cui si proponeva la sfida di gestire in maniera nuova e spontanea le collezioni visive, musicali, multimediali di diversi soggetti culturali.

I frutti di questo lavoro arriveranno per lo più alla fine dell’anno e con l’inizio del 2014, ma intanto ci piaceva esternare alcune considerazioni su cui ci siamo divertiti a incastrarci in brainstorming senza fine:

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What is Place Making?

Il Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago la pensa così: 

"Place Making is both an overarching idea and a hands-on tool for improving a neighborhood, city or region. It has the potential to be one most transformative ideas of this century."

Approfittiamo di questo post per aggiungere qualche riflessione sul Place Making ispirandoci all’approccio di Project for Public Space (PPS), un’organizzazione newyorkese che di questa pratica ha fatto la sua missione e di cui ci parla anche Lia Ghilardi nella breve intervista che le abbiamo fatto ad un mese dal nostro workshop.

Spesso si associa il Place Making con il design urbano…ma c’è di più! Place Making ha a che fare con l’esperienza di un territorio nel suo complesso.

Per fare Place Making non basta un architetto, un ingegnere, un urbanista o un gestore culturale, ci vogliono tutti questi personaggi seduti attorno allo stesso tavolo! E soprattutto ci vuole la comunità delle persone che vivono e lavorano in un luogo. 

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5 Buone Ragioni (e 1/2) per Partecipare a #PlaceMaking

Artlab12 a Lecce / PlaceMaking e Salento

1) Lia Ghilardi e Oriol Nel•lo sono tra le più autorevoli voci nel settore del cultural urban development e della pianificazione.

2) Le sessioni di lavoro prevedono anche delle simulazioni pratiche e interattive, permettendo di sperimentare direttamente le tecniche appena apprese;

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Brussels Tips #9

Living Labs: Smart Cities in progress..

Europe is making way for the strong bottom-up push coming from territorial clusters engaged in innovation for the urban life quality improvement. They are called Living Labs!

They take the form of territorial networks linking public administrations, universities,  research centres and small and medium enterprises engaged in the co-creation and testing of innovative and experimental smart products and services for the city. There is no limit in the application fields: they can be innovative service for culture, health, education, egovernment, mobility, social issues…The fundamental unifying factor is that citizens are called to interact and participate to the creation process itself.

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Brussels Tips #8

Creative Europe: proposals and questions

After having presented results and trends of the European Culture Programme 2007-2013, let’s have a look on what the EU is proposing as a new policy and financial framework for Culture for the next 7 years: Creative Europe 2014-2020.

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Brussels Tips #7

Cultural networks are strange animals 

Today BAM!, ENCATC, Marcel Hicter Foundation and Ask Research Center of Bocconi University met around this table in Brussels.

What is it about? The trigger of it has been the Study Tour 2012 which involves more than 30 researchers from the ASK Centre who are travelling right in these days around Europe to Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Brussels and Paris. Each stop is an occasion to meet and collect interviews from scholars, intellectuals, policy makers, artists and cultural managers who will present their vision of the contemporary European scenario. The final result of this itinerant research will be a photography of European cultural policy reaction to the contemporary crisis. 

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Brussels Tips #6

Cultural democratisation means destabilisation..

Jean-Pierre Deru is the president of the Foundation Marcel Hicter, a cultural organisation born in 1980 in Bruxelles, just one year after the death of his inspirator. Marcel Hicter was a Walloon lecturer and politician who strongly sustained the ideal of the democratisation of culture between the ’50s and ’70s.

Yesterday at ENCATC, we interviewed Jean-Pierre, asking him to tell us about his Foundation history and activity. So I discovered that their main activity consists in the organisation of a training course for cultural professionals called the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. The Diploma is spread over a year-lenght and is organised into residential sessions, comparative studies and seminars, so that participant cultural managers can carry on with their daily activities.

Apart from cultural management issues, what most striked and amused me was Jean Pierre sharp irony and his passionate approach to culture as something that is meant to challenge and destabilse first, in order to create new and stronger equilibriums.

A BAM! cultural spy from Brussels

Brussels Tips #5

European Culture Programme: Policy and Penny

It is only since 1992, year of the Maastricht Treaty, one of the jurisdictional pillars of the EU, that Europe is speaking about culture.

The European Commission deals with culture in two ways: first developing policies, mainly cultural policy, but also by mainstreaming the cultural dimension in other areas of EU interest such as for instance in competition or industrial policy.Secondly through financial support, primarily via the Culture Programme (2007-2013), which will be substituted in 2014 with the new Creative Europe Programme (2014-2020).

European policies are marked by key words. Up until 2013, the European Agenda for Culture sets three guiding concepts: cultural diversity and dialogue, culture as catalyst of creativity and innovation and culture as a vital element of EU’s international relations.

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Brussels Tips #4


Not exactly a classical lunch break…

Bruxelles, Place Flagey, h 12.30

It’s time to have a break from working at my desk in ENCATC, but today it’s gonna be a special break.

A little bit of context first …

I am a BAM! special collaborator of ENACTC: a major European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education. ENCATC gathers together more than 120 Universities, Master Programmes and Training Centres specialized in cultural management. ENCATC’s office is in the Flagey building in Brussels, in an open space at the 5th floor, shared with other cultural organisations and networks.

First of all, I have to debunk a myth: when you think about European cultural networks you may imagine huge organisations, full of people and maybe with big offices divided into different departments….not exactly. We are four girls (this of girls power in the cultural network is not news) and we occupy a corner of a nice bureau partagé.

Ok, so as every day I have my half an hour break, but today is going to be a little longer and a little bit more “classic”.

Actually, one of the neighboring organisations in the Flagey building is the Brussels Philarmonic, which has invited us to go to what they call piknik music: one hour concert at the ground floor concert hall just to slow down your mind in the middle of a work day.

Mozart for lunch…so relaxing!

Isn’t it effective coworking? I guess so.

A BAM! cultural spy from Brussels

Brussels Tips #3

Whose turn is it?

This is Rue de la Loi (or Wetstraat), not far from my place in Brussels.

Here is where all, or most of the European Institutions are concentrated: Parliament, Commission, Council, DGs, Danish Presidency 2012….info points, I swear I have also seen a European Driving School. 

Every morning this street is completely jammed. Cars, autobuses, taxis, official or police cars, pedons and bicicles…everyone just scrambling for his turn.

Thinking about it…It is not so different from the game played inside those modern buildings and offices: it is still a game of priorities. 

A few days ago, speaking with a Cultural Manager in Brussels, working in one of the major cultural European networks, ENCATC, I asked which are the current EU priorities for culture (that means where EU pours economic resources for culture…).

She said “Mobility is no more a burning priority as it has been in the past, nay it is still a policy priority but not a funding priority any more. New words and themes are pulling the European Funding system. And they are: Cultural and Creative Industries, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job creation.”

It seems that the turn for young and creative entrepreneurship has finally come…

A BAM! cultural spy from Brussels

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