Coscienza Ambientale IL Workshop

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PRESS RELEASE//COMUNICATO STAMPA

(ITALIAN BELOW)

THE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 20 APRIL 2018 in GIAMPILIERI

STAY TUNED!

The 2018 edition of the "Transformatorio - Fourth International Laboratory of Experimental, Performing anSite-Specificic Arts".
The lab is being prepared, organized by the Dutch foundation Dyne.org, in collaboration with the Cultural Association Siddharte and the Population of GIAMPILIERI.

In preparation on  March 17th and 18th, an open laboratory of technologies will be held at the service of the perception of our environment. Held by dr. Paolo Bonelli  CoScienza ambientale is a set of practical knowledge on how to build sensors to "feel" what the environment feels. (http://paolob087.wixsite.com/coscienzambientale).

The workshop is realized in collaboration between Dyne.org, Siddharte,  Messina Municipality, FabLab Messina, University of Messina - Smart Me project, Permaculture Network Sicily, Sicilian Open Data, Wemake Milano and Radio Street Messina.


The laboratory days will be used to prepare the tools necessary for the installation of an experimental sensor network for environmental monitoring for the collection and transmission of data through LoRA technology (one of the wireless technologies that will contribute massively to the diffusion of the ecosystem IoT - Internet of Things - Internet of Things).

The quality of the air, of the water, the passage on a path, the quantity of sun or rain, the movement of the ground, the heat, the humidity, the presence or absence of water in a mountain basin, are given useful that can be captured by small sensors that are inexpensive and easy to implement and transmitted in the territory through open data applications.

Thanks to the activity and ingenuity of the "digital artisans" (commonly called "makers"), these sensors can also be built by simple citizens, installed and put on the network. It is the idea of the "smart city" very concrete and extended to our small towns, to the countryside, to the mountains.The collected data, once put at the service of the community, multiply in effectiveness and can be developed for many useful and practical applications.

The workshop has been organized to respond to the ideas gathered with the participation of the citizens in the Transformatory 2017 and will serve to provide ideas and links for the next artistic workshop in the area in April.

In fact, from 20 to 30 April in Scaletta Zanclea the use of environmental data provided by the sensors installed by citizens and housed in their homes, will serve to "let things talk back": mountains, climate, animals and plants, will talk to us reverberating through artists' projects.

Below is the FREE workshop program

March 17th, 9am - 1pm

- Outdoor Sensing: open source technologies at the service of the Citizen
- The Arduino revolution;
- Wireless data transmission;
- Sensors for all tastes;
- Sensors for civil protection: rain gauge, hydrometer, landslides, fires
- Interventions and discussion

March 17 15 - March 19/18 9 am - 1 pm
- Construction of sensor nodes by the participants divided into groups.
- Sensor tests
- Drafting of a manual for the management of the sensor node for local citizens who will have to take care of them.
March 18, 15 - 19 hours
- Installation of sensor nodes in the area and contacts with the local community.
- Definitive tests.

Registration for the twenty available places can be received

no later than March 11, 2018 at the e-mail address fredd@dyne.org

The workshop is free and a certificate of participation will be issued.
Further information follow the event on social media and / or this page

Comunicato Stampa

COMUNICATO STAMPA
E’ in preparazione l’edizione 2018 del “Trasformatorio - Quarto Laboratorio Internazionale di Arti Sperimentali, Performative e Site Specific”, organizzato dalla fondazione olandese Dyne.org in collaborazione con l‘Associazione Culturale Siddharte e la popolazione di Giampilieri.

Il laboratorio vero e proprio inizierà il 20 Aprile con l’arrivo degli artisti selezionati con bando internazionale ma in anteprima, il 17 e il 18 marzo, si terrà un laboratorio aperto di tecnologie al servizio della percezione del nostro ambiente, tenuto dal dott. Paolo Bonelli. Il progetto che Trasformatorio presenta si chiama CoScienza Ambientale (http://paolob087.wixsite.com/coscienzambientale).

Il laboratorio e’ realizzato in collaborazione tra Dyne.org, Siddharte, Comune di MESSINA, FabLab Messina, Università degli Studi di Messina – progetto Smart Me, Rete Permacultura Sicilia, Sicilian Open Data, Sensemakers, Wemake Milano e Radio Street Messina.

Le giornate del laboratorio serviranno a preparare gli strumenti necessari all’installazione di una rete civica sperimentale di sensori per il monitoraggio ambientale per la raccolta e trasmissione dei dati tramite la tecnologia LoRA (una delle tecnologie wireless che contribuiranno in misura massiva alla diffusione dell’ecosistema IoT - Internet of Things – Internet delle cose).

La qualità dell'aria, dell'acqua, il passaggio su un sentiero, la quantità di sole o di pioggia, il movimento del terreno, il calore, l'umidità, la presenza o meno d’acqua in un invaso montano, sono dati utili che possono essere colti da piccoli sensori poco costosi e facili da realizzare e trasmessi nel territorio tramite applicazioni open data.

Grazie all'attività e all'ingegno degli "artigiani digitali" (comunemente detti "makers"), questi sensori possono essere auto costruiti anche da semplici cittadini, installati e messi in rete. E' l'idea della "smart city” molto concreta ed estesa alle nostre piccole città, alle campagne, ai monti. I dati raccolti, una volta messi a servizio della comunità moltiplicano di efficacia e possono essere sviluppati per tante applicazioni utili e pratiche.

Il workshop e’ stato organizzato per rispondere alle idee raccolte con la partecipazione della cittadinanza scalettese nel Trasformatorio 2017 e servirà a fornire spunti e collegamenti per il prossimo laboratorio artistico sul territorio ad aprile. Infatti dal 20 al 30 aprile a Scaletta Zanclea l'uso dei dati ambientali forniti dai sensori messi in opera dai cittadini e ospitati nelle loro case servirà per "far comunicare” le cose, le montagne, il clima, gli animali e le piante, che “ci parleranno” anche attraverso i progetti degli artisti.

Di seguito il programma del workshop GRATUITO

  • 17 marzo, ore 9 - 13- Outdoor Sensing: tecnologie open source al servizio del Cittadino
  • - La rivoluzione Arduino;
  • - Trasmissione dei dati wireless;
  • - Sensori per tutti i gusti;
  • - Sensori per la protezione civile: pluviometro, idrometro, frane, incendi
  • - Interventi e discussione17 marzo ore 15 – 19 / 18 marzo ore 9 - 13
  • - Costruzione di nodi sensori da parte dei partecipanti divisi in gruppi.
  • - Prove dei sensori
  • - Redazione di un manuale per la gestione del nodo sensore destinato ai cittadini locali che dovranno prendersi cura degli stessi.
  • 18 marzo ore 15 - 19
  • - Installazione dei nodi sensori sul territorio e contatti con la comunità locale.
  • - Prove definitive.

Le iscrizioni ai venti posti disponibili possono pervenire entro e non oltre l'11 marzo 2018 all’indirizzo e-mail fredd@dyne.org

Il workshop è gratuito e verrà rilasciato un attestato di partecipazione.
Ulteriori informazioni seguite l'evento sui social e/o questa pagina

Call Trasformatorio 2018

THE CALL IS CLOSED:

** List of invited artists for trasformatorio 2018 will be available soon**

Trasformatorio

International (hack)lab for experimental and site-specific arts

April 20th to May 1st, 2018
Scaletta Zanclea (ME)

Dyne.org and the City of Scaletta Zanclea we are proud to announce the fourth edition of Trasformatorio in Sicily.

Call is OPEN till 11 February 2018

What it is?

Trasformatorio is an international laboratory focusing on practices related to site-specific performance.

Born in 2013 as a laboratory for performance art and hacking, Trasformatorio is part of the experimental research methodology of dyne.org, an international no-profit foundation and think tank based in Amsterdam.

Trasformatorio intends to develop original research, to produce and distribute innovative technical and artistic contents, to improve and invent new ways of establishing contact with social and environmental discourses.

Trasformatorio is aimed to inclusion, respect of the environment and of human and animal elements that interact with it. The laboratory is held within the territory that explores and uses transformation as a paradigm for work.

Trasformatorio is interested in working with forms of spectacles that can be prepared and delivered in any context, of the theatre and electricity grids. Spectacles that reflect on the microculture of the places they are developed in and from.

Trasformatorio is proposed to professionals: actors, musicians, designers, architects, set designers, video/filmmakers, dancers and performers, photographers, hackers, students of applied arts, theatre studies and fine arts, independent researchers and academics alike. An equal number of spaces are reserved for artists from Sicily and genders are balanced.

This edition will be held for the second year in Scaletta Zanclea, using the “borgo”, the mountain and the sea and the surroundings of the Castle “Rufo Ruffo” as basic materials for the artists work.

the cave

2018 What is going to happen?

This is a research that has to be conducted within an ethic exchange, responding to the specific environment (= people, history, space, nature) of Scaletta Zanclea.

The Location

Scaletta Zanclea (38°02′41″N 15°27′46″E) is a small municipality in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily about 15 kilometres (9 mi) southwest of Messina. Can be reached easily from Catania International airport with the train. The comune suffered heavily in the mudslides which devastated the area in 2009.[2]

The splendid site, close to the sea of the Messina’s Strait and surrounded by the Mountains is rich in historically and ethnographic connections that will inspire the artists in their transformations: as an example the medieval feminist story of Macalda di Zanclea, the game of chess, the story of Morgana the Fairy, myth and landscape as you can find hinted into the history of Macalda di Zanclea… https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macalda_di_Scaletta

The 2018 Lab

Trasformatorio has been in Scaletta for the first contact in April 2017 so you would join a process in the making in its second iteration with some new artists and various platforms to experiment with.
Our eyes are on some of the following keywords:
Things that talk, animals that tell a story, radio-waves, walks, layers, movement, electroacoustic sounds, the poetry of objects, happy ghosts, dance with the wind, the music of hands-on rough surfaces…

see the shared map here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14vdfQW_o01T3oJlmR1tZe4Hadto&usp=sharing

Open Knowledge

The research performed by the Trasformatorio will be documented online and distributed on open licences.
Trasformatorio favours open hardware and software development, freedom of thought and open circulation of ideas. Eventual collaboration works born in Trasformatorio are only required to keep this open access policy and quote Trasformatorio in their communication.

Workshops and laboratories:

Application and development of personal skills on site-specific performance.
Trasformatorio ethics is that participants share and co-develop their skills into new ones. So all participants are therefore considered co-producers of Trasformatorio.

Iterations

Trasformatorio 2018 will hold also the first iteration of the EU founded project ITERATIONS (iterations.space).
Iterations consist of a series of artist residencies, exhibitions, reflection meetings and exchanges, that take place between 2017 and 2020. Artists and cultural practitioners are welcomed in situations to experiment with and reflect on what the future of collectivity, sharing and working together in digital and networked contexts can look like.

The project is initiated by four organisations who have a clear affinity with open approaches towards art, technology and society, and who feel a shared necessity to research the conditions in which artists who use technology work.
These organisations are Constant (Brussel), Hangar (Barcellona), Esc (Gratz) and Dyne.org (Amsterdam).

BIAS 2018

Trasformatorio 2018 will trigger as well a collaboration with WISH – World International Sicilian Heritage that will be part of BIAS 2018 in Palermo. BIAS is the acronym of International Biennial Contemporary Art Exhibition of the Religions of Humanity and is a transnational exhibition of contemporary art organized in the historic centre of Palermo and in locations around Sicily. For BIAS theme we will select if there will be, projects in the theme of this year, that could develop further and become part of the 2018 exhibition. The theme of this year is: “The doorstep is the longest part of the journey”.

Presentation

The practitioners’ explorations will be presented at the end to different audiences, in multiple ways, according to the content, character and state of development of ideas and performance material, without any obligation for the participants to show their work. The documentation will be shared from Trasformatorio site.

How to apply

Fill in the form and send your application, with the supporting material via this site. A letter of motivation can be sent to fredd(at)dyne.org.

Do it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and anyway before 11th February 2017

more info: at fredd(at)dyne.org.

There are only 20 places available.

The candidatures will be chosen by Trasformatorio to fill the available places within an open internal process of selection.

What do we offer

The micro economy of the Trasformatorio requires involvement, elasticity and patience. Is also an experiment, a precious one in itself.

  • All activities and workshops on site will be free of charge for participating artists.
  • The city will offer free lodging
  • dyne.org will take care of food expenses with a soul kitchen curated by Siddarthe and us
  • small budget for equipment and materials
  • all the rest will be for your own expenses

NB: This year we have some budget as a contribution to transportation as part of the “Iterations” Creative Europe project. It will be dealt with in an open process by the community to be sure all selected artists can participate. In any case, Trasformatorio will issue letters of invitation for the selected participants willing to apply for travel grants.

Partners

Trasformatorio 2018 is co-funded through a Creative Europe subsidy of the European Commission.

Trasformatorio 2017 – Irene

An ordinary day in my life, by Macalda.”

Storyboard synopsis:

A conceptual storytelling based on a local legend which is lost in time, using photography and slow motion animation, narratives and digital interaction.

The legend of Macalda of Scaletta presents the ordinary life of a living ghost in a contemporary reality moving freely around the village. After having different conversations and interviews with local people from Scaletta Superiore and Inferiore, we collected memories and impressions to inspire our project and recreate the legend as a contemporary one (future of storytelling).

The interactive storytelling allows the user to visit different locations and navigate on a map of Scaletta which connects the old and new village. In every spot, there is a picture or a short animation appearing together with a sound file (narrator voice or sound). All participants in this project (making off, the whole process, interaction): Irene, Martina, Jakub, Nino, Giulio, Rosaria.

I don´t have a video version that can be used online. If Nino or Giulio can create a video with some linear narrative containing the audios, it can be used to present this project on the internet (Youtube).

ScaZanleclettaa”

A visual photo documentation of Scaletta Zanclea during the residency period. The memories collected are directly connected with the sensorial perception of the environment and mixed with own impressions. While editing the images, a text came out as a narrative for the visuals collected. (Find it below and as an attached doc to this email).

It´s 17:10 to my left and 14:50 to my right. Where am I?
One turn, two, three and four, what´s the time?
Life moves backward and forwards in this strange paradise.
I contemplate the landscape while listening
to the perfect disharmony of a timeless symphony
performed by an invisible orchestra,
which instruments are made
of electric wires and ferocious plants.

I smell the precious nectar of blossoming flowers
trapping through the leftovers of an empty house.
In the nonsense, the village maintains it´s own rhythm,
solitude caress the pale with gradients of a green palette.

Nature takes all over the place invading massively as
an army of Mother Earth.
While something perishes, something else is born.
While the elderly count their days left,
wilderness raises embracing it all.

Like two sides of a coin or a spiral staircase,
this village goes up and down with a beautiful nonsense.
I leave behind the fragments that I found today
from an undated yesterday.
Feeling like an archaeologist of tomorrow,
smiling and wondering about all these artifacts and waste.

According to no law that science can tell,
there is something peculiar in the streets and their smell.
Some smell of flowers while others like death,
some doors remain close when others are not found.

The people of this village are peculiar as well.
They are scalettians, they function as the stairs.
Life goes always up and down, down and up, who cares.
While the dead ones meet up, modern life flows down the stairs.

Nature likes to play here too with disasters and big flows.
They take away what men have built and leave a mess around.
When nature wants to manifest it is an horror show.
The forces of a thousand sons of Titan Poseidon
play triumphant trumpets on their march towards the Sea and Beyond.

Memory seems to be forgotten in this tiny town.
When one ask about their ghosts, nobody seems to know
if they were once alive or dead or even if they existed.
There is a castle on the top where all these invisible ones
hang together and remain as local villagers.
If you ask me where am I, I no longer know
how to answer to this question without feeling lost.
I love the fact that this place is a mixture of all times.

Somehow, it feels like the wind,
sometimes dances soft and smooth
and others like a storm.

Sca Zan Le Cle Tta A,

no matter what the order is,
Scaletta Zanclea and Zanclea Scaletta
are both one.

You can see many pictures taken by Irene all over the documentation of Trasformatorio 2017. She has a deep sensibility that she showed in a series of portraits of nature as well as the people she met.
Half of the secret dramaturgy of the operation rested on her strong shoulders and I would not have made it without her. This is not an evaluation talk, is a thank you.
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more: check out Irene’s story on her blog http://namtarucreations.com/portfolio/tras-form-trasformatorio-air/

Jakub Bobrowski – The Dead Plants

The dead plants
Arranging dead plants found in Scaletta Zanclea had to me at times more immediate function and overall an underlying driving force.
Curtain at the entrance of the castle made of dry giant fennel branches meant to mark the passage to a place where one can allow oneself more and is more open for reception, to take one defenses somewhat down. For a moment one is being brushed over by the plants, not knowing or seeing what is behind them, what is the meaning of it, and where does it lead to. Immersed and then free again to experience works that are awaiting visitors.
I found beauty, inquietude and gloom in branches placed on stairs to the castle. Similarly with dry trees that became part of Martina Caronna’s and Irina Baldini’s performance.
The driving force behind collecting the dead plants and making use of them is willingness to express sadness. Sadness of loosing home, sadness of loosing close people, sadness of some things that happened in my life, in life of my parents, in life of my grandparents, in all of our lives. And to accept this sadness.
Thank you to all of you who got engaged with the dead plants, helped with them and changed them. Your words, gestures, deeds and sheer presence made it all happen.
Jakub Bobrowski
Jakob, Kuba for us, in various sounds and accents. Wandering up and down for the path to the castle tower. Day by day. Taking up textures, fighting thorns, stones, sweat and the wind. From the sea to the higher point of the tower. Efficient collector, smiling. We engaged in a staged fight where I killed him in a gruesome way. Poor Koba, he died laughing and was reborn a second later with a big smile.
His rebirth was a happy one, as, later on, he was the only one to swim the Scaletta sea, the strait of Messina water of the utmost blue, famous to be icy also in the summer.

animated gif (curtesy by Irene Dominguez)

The 28 night the castle seemed angry at us. From down up, the light was out in the whole village because of some strange leak in the system. No one really felt like to climb again the couple kilometres or so of steep path. But Kuba had to carry the trees…

And so we took the tree on our shoulders. 8 of them. and all we were silent, one foot after the other, to the dark village, in the grasses.
And on the pavement of the castle, looking up, we saw the dark spectral presence of the tower and our hart weakened. Strong wind. Sky covered.
Someone started lighting the trees. And danced. And we sang.
And the shadow of the dead forest hugged the walls around, climbed the castle, that was wan.
“no one climbs up to the tower till the stars show themselves!”.
So said the old man. And the star came out while you were dancing between the dead plants. And the first one was Jupiter. And this was good. And we walked to give the tower the last assault…
(fredd)
Then live, Macduff. What need I fear of thee?
But yet I’ll make assurance double sure,
And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live,
That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,
And sleep in spite of thunder.
Thunder.
THIRD APPARITION : a child crowned, with a tree in his hand
Machbet act IV, scene 1

Trasformatorio 2017

Trasformatorio

Third international lab for experimental and site specific arts

April 21st to May 1st 2017

Scaletta Zanclea (ME)

Together with the City of Scaletta Zanclea, in the person of the Assessora Daniela Di Ciuccio and the Cultural Association Siddarte from Milazzo, co-producing, we are proud to announce the third Trasformatorio in Sicily.

What it is?

Trasformatorio is an international laboratory focusing on practices related to site-specific performance. It’s objective is to integrate the practice of the Hacklab with the research over performative arts and sustainability. To do so trasformatorio rely on a integrated approach experimenting with artistic methodologies in a co-design setting, crafted according to a everchanging situation. Since 2016 trasformatorio is part of the experimental research projects hosted by dyne.org, a international foundation and think (and do) tank based in Amsterdam.

Trasformatorio intends to develop research, production and distribution of performances with innovative technical and artistic contents, envisioning new solutions to integrate sustainable technology in drama and through which viewers are confronted with themselves and the landscape. Shows and performances that can be prepared and delivered in any context, even off the theater and electricity grids. Shows and performances integrate a practice aimed to inclusivity, respecting the environment and human elements that interact with them.

Trasformatorio is reserved to professionals, artists, actors, musicians, designers, architects, set designers, video/film makers, photographers, students of applied arts, theater studies and fine arts. An equal number of spaces are reserved to Sicilian Artists.

The laboratory is held within the territory that explores, in harmony with the human population, the natural ones and the architectonics that hosts him. This edition will be held in Scaletta Zanclea, in conjunction with the local administration that houses us, using the “borgo” and the Castle tower “Rufo Ruffo”.

Why is relevant? Because the languages and topics of performance, when connected at the same time with technological development and the essence human and natural landscape teaches us important lessons about the future we want.

2017 Investigation theme: street play
What is now and is going to be the equivalent of street art? What are the allowed uses of common space, what are the unwritten rules for social engagement and communication? Why in place of a new babylon we have got a fence? Are we all individuals also in the public sphere? What can a hacker learn in this situation from a street artist, and viceversa?

Scope of the lab is to transform what it finds…
As in T#0 we will devote our time and effort in gathering information and contact with our new location and represent it into our cathegories to see what kind of inspiration will take form from living in the ancient town of scaletta and in contact with the inhabitants and their natural and artificial environment.
Designing, implementing and disseminating performances that are inclusive and sustainable, through the design of new entities, the revaluation of existing forms, the devising of situations and ways to live performance, in harmony with the natural and human environment that hosts it. So it will be.

The Location
Scaletta Zanclea (38°02′41″N 15°27′46″E) is a small municipality in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily  about 15 kilometres (9 mi) southwest of Messina. Can be reached easily from Catania International airport with the train. The comune suffered heavily in the mudslides which devastated the area in 2009.[2] 

The splendid site, close to the sea of the Messina’s Strait and sourrounded by the Nebrodi Mountains is rich of historically and etnographic connections that will inspire the artists in their transformations: as an example the medieval feminist story of Macalda di Zanclea, the game of chess, the story of Morgana the Fairy, myth and landscape as you can find hinted into the history of Macalda di Zanclea

See the shared map here: MAP OF SCALETTA

Open Knowledge
The research performed by the Trasformatorio will be documented online and distributed on open licences.
Trasformatorio favours open hardware and software development, freedom of thought and open circulation of ideas. Eventual collaboration works born in Trasformatorio are only required to keep this open access policy and quote trasformatorio in their communication.

Workshops and laboratories:

Application and development of personal skills on site-specific performance.
Trasformatorio ethics is that participants share and co-develop their skills into new ones. So all participants are therefore considered co-producers of the trasformatorio.

This is a research that has to be conducted within an ethic of exchange, responding to the specific environment (= people, history, space, nature) of Scaletta Zanclea.

Technical research on sustainability; joint exploration of tools and techniques that can be used for site-specific media-rich performances and development of found material into performative one within experiemntal dramaturgical lines are the scope of the lab. We aim to help to create techniques to allow a theatrical transformation on site and we are a guest of the community to wich we want to give back.
Research presentations, discussions, speeches, performances and installations can all be the means of dialogue: to create space for this is the scope of this first visit.

The practitioners’ explorations were presented at the end different audiences, in multiple ways, according to the content, character and state of development of ideas and performance material, without any obligation for the participants and will be documented on the site and all possible ways.

Establishing the basics, gathering food and all other material necessities:

On the locations where Trasformatorio was working and living. This very basic practical activity was considered and worked out as one of the means of ‘mapping’ the place. It worked as a key aspect for integrating with the local community and as a simple social glue between participants.

How to apply

Fill in and send your application before 1st March 2017 at fredd@dyne.org.
There are 15 places available.

What do we offer

All activities and workshops on site will be free of charge for the selected participants. The city will offer free lodging and food, all the rest will be at your own expenses. Trasformatorio will issue letters of invitation for the selected participants willing to apply for travel grants. The micro economy of the trasformatorio requires involvement, elasticity and patience. Is an experiment, a precious one in itself.

Partners

In italian: RADIO INTERVIEW on “Radio Start me Up” by Fabio Bruno (in Italian)
Un laboratorio artistico a cielo aperto: Trasformatorio sta arrivando!