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GAGLIANO DEL CAPO (LE) - 27 Gennaio 2016
Investigation on the Extreme Land
For one month, starting from January 19th, “Extreme land”, the video produced by Ramdom and edited by Luca Coclite (visual artist and Ramdom Co-founder), will be available online on the Arthub website.
The video illustrates the projects developed over the last two years by the Italy based organization, within the framework of an ongoing research focused on Extreme Lands and it comes thanks to the experience of the Project G. A. P. – la città come galleria d’arte partecipata, supported by Fondazione CON IL SUD.
About Default 2015: Extreme Lands
Ramdom is a cultural and artistic project. Since 2011 the organization has been based in Gagliano del Capo, a small town located at the extreme southern heel of the Italian peninsula, in the Puglia Region. This year, the association departed from its nomadic and erratic infrastructure by investing in a more stable home base: Lastation.
The group promotes new creative practices and innovative languages of communication, interacting with citizens and public, private, national and international organizations. Ramdom creates and provides training in contemporary art and promotes mobility through masterclass programs, workshops, exhibitions and residencies.
Ramdom is above all a long-term challenge that requires us to invest in a territory by establishing a dialectical tension.
The organization is tested on three different levels: the institutional, which according to Boris Groys’ book Going public, shifts art object into art project – thus transforming art from an aesthetic to a poetic experience. This theory corresponds to a precise intention to generate a social, political and economic dimension, ultimately with the aim of (re)staging our perceived reality, by providing the imagination with new models and formats. On another level you have the educational, with the objective of recognizing and identifying a nonspecific audience, constructed of more than just artists; and last, but not least, you have the artistic level, which is a bridge between the others.
The last mentioned level is indeed the biggest challenge. The artworks perform in this sense a crucial role; artists must constantly re-negotiate their relationship with an extremely peculiar territory. Gagliano del Capo abruptly ends where the rocks fall into the sea – nothing else lays beyond: it is the embodiment of the Extreme Lands.
In September 2011 and 2013 DEFAULT, Masterclass in residencewas realized in Lecce. For ten days twenty artists and ten international guests debated the topics of the city and regeneration. Some of the projects discussed at these meetings were later realized. The Masterclass ran alongside a rich program of events.
In addition to Default, Ramdom’s research Investigation on the Extreme Lands (whose second edition inaugurated last summer) is a project that exemplifies the core of the organizations’ intentions. The Extreme Land is an open process that depends on curators, philosophers, scientists and geologists as much as it does on artists.
The Extreme Lands are locations “of landing and not [places] of passage” because, “from the extreme lands, you can get to or you can part from, but you cannot pass. [They are] the last boundary between land and sea–the extremities of the peninsulas. [They are] lands far from the urban centers, [far] from the core of the city and [they are] very difficult to reach.” The extreme lands are “a geographical dislocation that [have become] a socio-anthropological characteristic of the people who live there.”
Moreover the Extreme Lands are, as announced in the project’s statement, as well as in the words of Ramdom’s Director and Founder Paolo Mele, “strategic points to observe the world through, to even go beyond the limits of our imagination and beyond our knowledge.”Extreme Lands are points where as we turn our gaze into the unknown the presence of the sea will appear as a detector, to investigate our incomprehension and limits.
Hence, the Extreme Lands not only provide a privileged point of view to understand our environment, but above all they “allow us to understand ourselves while we look forward with fear and respect.” The Mediterranean has always been a land of cultivated civilization, whose culture has been at the same time safeguarded and stimulated by the waters that have connected them. Today, however, the limits of the maritime borders are synonyms with frailty and exploitation.
Finally, the Extreme Lands are a place that requires you to take risks and experiment. It is a place where we must imagine and re-think a different mental, territorial, and anthropological geography. Extreme Lands is a place where, along with the territory and local communities, a constant dialogue of intense negotiation can be activated.