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Exhibition – The Manifesto of Rural Futurism

26th July 2019 - 11th October 2019

"life" spraypainted onto a concrete wall

The Manifesto of Rural Futurism

Friday 26 July – Friday 11 October 2019

[panel Discussion – Saturday 27 July, 13:00pm]

Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Melbourne | Directions

The Manifesto of Rural Futurism is an exhibition that comprises sound and visual recordings by artists undertaking fieldwork in Southern Italy including CRiSAP’s Angus Carlyle and Salomé Voegelin as part of the collaborative duo Mollin+Voegelin.

Curated by Daniela d’Arielli, Beatrice Ferrara, Leandro Pisano and Philip Samartzis, The Manifesto of Rural Futurism is a transnational project interrogating current discourses on rurality as authentic, utopic, anachronistic, provincial, traditional and stable, and the binaries that support such discourses: belonging vs. alienation, development vs. backwardness. A critical approach to rurality is necessary, today more than ever, to imagine other futures for rural communities, territories and places beyond the “otherness” vs. “identity” dichotomy. This exhibition attempts to understand rural areas as complex spaces actively immersed in the dynamism of encounters, flows and fluxes of contemporary geographies, and critically question modern discourses of capitalism and metropolitanism in which rural territories are marginalised and considered as doomed to oblivion.

The Manifesto of Rural Futurism is an invitation to experience rural locations and abandoned places as spaces in which to question our approach to history and landscape, our sense of living in a specific place and the relationship that we have with it. The sound of environments, spaces and landscapes reveal the challenges and territorial transformations that inform the ideology, infrastructure and biological ecosystems to which we form a part. In this sense, listening practices are deployed as a way to critically traverse the 'border territories' of rural territories, challenging persisting notions about 'inescapable marginality', 'residuality' and 'peripherality'.

Artists: Daniela d’Arielli, Enrico Ascoli, Angus Carlyle, Luca Buoninfante, Jo Burzynska, Enrico Coniglio, Alejandro Cornejo Montibeller, Nicola Di Croce, Fernando Godoy, Miguel Isaza, Raffaele Mariconte, Marco Messina, Mollin + Voegelin, Alyssa Moxley, Philip Samartzis, Vacuamoenia, David Vélez and Sarah Waring.


For more information please see the exhibition website


Image: Philip Samartzis


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