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During WWII, a high number of bunkers and casemates were implanted upon the territory of the Venice lagoon. How have these massive monolithic shapes contributed to the reorganisation of the postwar landscape? Have they remained as inert forms or have they rather established a relationship with the inhabitants of their… Read more »

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In these times of enforced self-isolation, the objects that once constituted the discrete backdrop of our home start to be seen in a different light. In this intimate contribution, radio producer Jonathan Zenti tells us about how being quarantined in one of Italy’s most affected cities has brought his previously… Read more »

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Sharing the fabric of our cities with wild animals is the norm. As long as they do not encroach upon the boundaries of the domestic wall, the space in which we live is also that of birds, mice, insects and other species. In London, urban foxes are the most iconic… Read more »

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Partendo dall’esplorazione dei cosiddetti “viàz”, un impervio percorso alpino delle Dolomiti zoldane, Silvia Segalla riflette sul concetto di “selvaggio” attribuito all’ambiente montano, che nell’immaginario comune sembra divenire riserva e baluardo della natura. In un’epoca in cui una revisione del rapporto tra “umano” e “naturale” si fa sempre più urgente, l’articolo… Read more »

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Starting from the exploration of the so-called “viàz”, an arduous mountaineering route in the Zoldo Dolomites, Silvia Segalla reflects upon the concept of “wilderness” as applied to the mountain, which within the social imaginary seems to have become a reserve and bastion of nature. In an era in which a… Read more »

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Anima Loci Flavio Pintarelli Life Magazine 1965

Un tuffo nel periodo in cui lo skateboarding cominciava a fiorire: sfogliando le pagine di un numero di Life Magazine pubblicato negli anni 60, Flavio Pintarelli racconta di come il dirompente arrivo dello skate nelle città inaugurò nuove esperienze di mediazione del rapporto tra corpo e spazio.

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Anima Loci Flavio Pintarelli Life Magazine 1965

A dive into the period in which skateboarding was blooming: by flipping through the pages of a 1960s issue of Life Magazine, Flavio Pintarelli recounts the way in which the board broke into the city, inaugurating new embodied experiences of space.

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Anima Loci Andrea Mubi Brighenti Robert Smithson Geophilosopher

One of the most renowned works of land art, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty embodies considerations that share affinities with what will later be found in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Reflecting on notions such as tension and scale, Andrea Mubi Brighenti traces how the spiral’s stone, salt and mud produce… Read more »

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Anima Loci Pedro Maia Assembly of perspectives: A Grande Vista de Lisboa

Gabriel del Barco’s masterpiece ‘A Grande Vista de Lisboa’ is a patchwork of tiles that pulls our gaze into the heart of a stratified city, where buildings, gardens, people and churches float on the surface of an ever-shifting fabric. This is the image of a Lisbon whose elements are not… Read more »

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Anima Loci Sarah Gray Plural, political, packaged: how West African monuments forced a reckoning with the past

In West Africa, mnemonic landscapes have been affected by various political and economic inputs, which in many cases have packaged history into a tourist attraction. The monument becomes the locus of a superimposition of local and global narratives. In this comparative field-research of historic and commemorative sites within the area, Sarah… Read more »

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Anima Loci Andrea Morbio Riccardo Giacconi The Wooden People Carlo Colla

Where are marionettes when they are not on stage? Accompanied by Riccardo Giacconi’s camera, anthropologist Andrea Morbio goes behind-the-scenes of Carlo Colla & Sons, the longest-running puppet company in Milan and in the whole of Italy, in order to explore the places in which puppets transform from inert matter into… Read more »

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Anima Loci Maurizio Cinquegrani Agnafit

Agnafit – the historical location where Stockholm was founded – is here only a faint echo, and yet its essence quietly permeates this visit to the Swedish capital. Film locations that have become ingrained within a fictitious city coexist here with the mundane reality of the background. Images and roads… Read more »

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Anima Loci Hania Halabi Future Memory and the Thief of Time: Traumatic Urbanism between the Imaginary and the Real

In Gaza, the experience of perpetual conflict translates into an architecture that rises directly as ruin. The buildings of the territory are the expression of a structural temporariness that paradoxically embeds the weight of an eternal present. Palestinian architect, Hania Halabi, reflects on how architecture may offer the foundations for… Read more »

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Anima Loci Vittorio Curzel Towards the river source: A journey along the Adige river in a documentary film

For the making of his documentary ‘Stories of Land and Water: Adige Etsch’, filmmaker Vittorio Curzel walked upstream towards the source of the Adige river. It was a journey that started at the valleys that face the Adriatic sea and culminated at the doors of Mitteleuropa. In this essay, Curzel… Read more »

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Anima Loci Vittorio Curzel Towards the river source: A journey along the Adige river in a documentary film

Per la realizzazione del suo documentario ‘Storie di Terre e d’Acqua: Adige Etsch’, Vittorio Curzel ha percorso a piedi le sponde del fiume Adige in direzione della sorgente, in un viaggio iniziato tra le valli affacciate sul mare adriatico e culminato alle porte della Mitteleuropa. In questo saggio, Curzel riflette… Read more »

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Anima Loci Christopher Thomson Travels Through Absence: Letters from the European City

What images do we carry of our home cities? How well can we describe them? And are we simply witnesses to their familiarity, or do we feel a part of their shared story? Writer and filmmaker Christopher Thomson returns to his 2011 book ‘Travels Through Absence’ with a new epilogue,… Read more »

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Anima Loci Fantina Madricardo Digital Shadows

The seabed of the Venetian lagoon teems with thousands of bygone objects. The search for the legendary third column of St. Mark, which is thought to lie in these murky depths, is an opportunity to return their shadows to the surface.

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