58° Premio Internazionale Bugatti Segantini, Villa Vertua Masolo, from 23rd September to 8th October 2017, Nova Milanese, Italy.
“Westopia” is a project curated by Parasite 2.0. It focuses on the theme of the utopia, selected by the Bugatti-Segantini Prize for the 2017 edition, after Thomas More coined the word more than 500 years ago. For the occasion, Italian and international researchers, artists, and architects were invited to question the topic starting from what was, and still is, the role of the Western influence on the evolution of the word. Can we imagine a de-colonization of this word and, in turn, of the design practices? In particular, each guest realized, as result of his/her reflection, a flag. The flag, in the same way of the utopia, represents a concept firstly created by the Western culture: the idea to collect the variety of the human being under a symbol, thus representing its ideology and vision of the life, is itself an utopia. In history, the alternation of different flags, thus of what they represented, tells us both of communities compelled to accept those symbols through a forced imposition, and of collectivities that affirmed and recognized themselves through those flags. An installation, and exhibition of the flags produced by the participants, and a series of essays try to develop a critic and collective reflection of the theme.
Participants: After Belonging Agency, Adjustment Agency, Mattia Balsamini e Laura Doardo, Nicola Baratto e Yiannis Mouravas, Sofia Pia Belenky and Hunter Doyle, Bollerìa Industrial, Bruna Canepa, Colleen Tuite, Robert Crabtree, Alessio D’Ellena, First Office, Hutte, Martti Kalliala, Zves Kostantinos, Giuseppe Licari, MAIO, PEAKS, Plasticity, Vassiliki Maria Plavou, Federico Pompei, Softbaroque, Hala Tawil, Davide Trabucco, TrikkBoi, Nicci Yin.
Performative installation by Iacopo Costanzo and Max Perego.
Essays by Parasite 2.0 and Marco Petroni.
The project is part of the 58° Premio Internazionale Bugatti Segantini.
Ph. Francesco Stelitano and Antonio Buonsante
Parasite 2.0 is a design and research agency based in Milan and London. Founded in 2010 by Stefano Colombo, Eugenio Cosentino and Luca Marullo, it’s specialized in temporary architecture, interior, and exhibition design. They investigate the status of human habitats, acting within a hybrid of architecture, design, and scenography.
Parasite 2.0 has worked and collaborated with Triennale Milano, Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, Pantone, Corraini Editions, Terraforma Festival, Missoni, Nero Editions, Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, among others.
They have led didactic activity at Faculté d’architecture de l’université libre de Bruxelles, Design Academy Eindhoven, Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and Politecnico di Milano. They taught at The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, NABA Nuova Accademia Belle Arti Milano, and since 2016 they have been regularly teaching at MADE Program-Accademia di Belle Arti R. Gagliardi in Syracuse, Italy.
Parasite 2.0 were awarded the Young Architects Program MAXXI in 2016. They are represented by Operativa Arte Contemporanea Gallery and Galleria Corraini Arte Contemporanea.
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