The last round of We-Traders Turin begins before the Grand Finale takes place on Sunday evening, June 15th!
The last week of the We-Traders exhibition Turin begins within the scope of the festival Architettura in Città. A large number of events are still planned and the exhibition in Via Egeo 18 can be visited till Sunday. After four intense weeks and a rich program the finissage with the rock choir VocaleXcess will take place on Sunday evening. You can find the program on the Goethe-Institut Turin homepage and on Facebook. The next stop of the exhibition is Berlin where it will be inaugurated on July 3rd.
We-Traders exhibition Turin
Until June 15th We-Traders. Swapping crisis for city - exhibition, platform, laboratory of ideas and place of exchange - stops off in Turin. We-Traders is a coproduction by the Goethe-Institut Brussels together with the institutes of Lisbon, Madrid, Turin and Toulouse.
Photos 1-8 u. 10-14: Yukai Ebisuno & Raffaella Mantegazza © Goethe-Institut
Photo 9: Rose Epple © Rose Epple
We-Traders Turin – the Open Call has a winner and the exhibition opens on 15 May!
The Turin Open Call is closed: the community chose Al nuovo Piano Verde („Green Level“) by Mirjam Struppek, Serena Perrone und Gabriele Iasi as the best idea. A green roof to embellish grey courtyards and to improve the air quality – a place where Tai Chi and other activities proposed by the group can be practiced.
More information on this idea and a varied program with workshops, cinema sessions and panels on “Swapping Crisis for City” can be discovered in the We-Traders exhibition in Turin! The opening takes place on 15 May at 18:00 in the new premises of Toolbox, only a few minutes away from Puerta Nova train station.
Winner Open Call Turin
Which place in Turin would you like to adopt and how would you do it?
Al nuovo “Piano Verde” (At the new “Green Level”)
Mirjam Struppek, Serena Perrone, Gabriele Iasi et al.
Turin has numerous hidden spaces - grey, neglected, sealed with bitumen: the semi-private, collective backyards! Let’s turn them green! Turin, an extreme air polluted city, has a few large public parks but very little small scale networked urban vegetation in the dense housing areas with its narrow streets. We want to activate these non-spaces with a pilot project to make the whole city more livable and to improve the climate and air quality.
We start with our huge garage roof and activate our 200 neighbour families in a participatory process to turn it into a co-financed, social “piano verde” (green level). We dream of Tai Chi on the roof, collective vegetable gardens, feasts with harvested fruits, makers labs, bringing together old and young. Foreign neighbours slowly become a community, open for encounter, exchange of goods, and help.
This difficult process we document and analyse for a network, animating other housing blocks to follow our example and support them with our knowledge.
We-Traders Turin gets ready for take-off
The Turin We-Traders team is looking forward to a busy month of April: the preparations for the second exhibition stop after Madrid are in full swing! On 15 May We-Traders in Turin will open its doors in the venue of Toolbox/FabLab. Already now, everybody can participate in the Open Call Turin until 24 April.
Together with students of the Scuola Holden for Storytelling & Performing Arts, the Goethe-Institut Turin has launched a Facebook page as part of a joint project. Here you can not only stay up to date and receive the latest news from Turin but also get inspired by the two very opposed "moderators".
Students at Scuola Holden present their projects We-Traders Torino on Facebook.
The open call Turin starts on 27 March 2014
Which place in Turin would you like to adopt? And how?
Prior to every We-Traders exhibition you can take part in the Open Call of the current city online. The Open Call Turin on the question Which place in Turin would you like to adopt? And how? starts on 27 March 2014. The winner will be able to have their idea presented at the We-Traders exhibition in Turin and travel to Berlin.
Join the Open Call Turin and become a We-Trader!
Notes from the four We-Traders Forums in Lisbon, Madrid, Turin and Toulouse
Everybody is talking about the crisis, but how is it actually manifested? Have cities changed? Where do We-Traders come from and what unites them? And how can these and other questions be negotiated by the 2014 travelling exhibition? In October 2013, the We-Traders community worked on this at forums in Lisbon, Madrid, Turin and Toulouse. Here are a few pickings from our notes.City and Crisis
“The problem isn’t a capitalist economy, but a capitalist society,” is the diagnosis of sociologist Claus Leggewie at the We-Traders Forum in Lisbon. Maria João Guardão and Maria Tengarrinha from O Espelho see a political and a media crisis. They launched their wall newspaper “the day that Angela Merkel came to Portugal.”
In their city, our co-curators in Turin, Lisa Parola and Luisa Perlo, identify not just the financial plight, but an acute identity crisis. Together with the urban geographer Carlo Salone they are warning about a “disneyfication” of culture in the light of the inflationary festival culture that post-industrial Turin is using to try and reinvent itself. At the Madrid We-Traders Forum, Santiago Eraso, one of those responsible for the 2016 San Sebastian capital of culture, calls for “anti-monumental activities.”
In Madrid, the crisis is directly experienced mainly by young people who cannot find work. Those who create their own jobs cannot find affordable spaces due to real estate speculation. “I can’t afford a proper office in Madrid. If I had more space, I could create new jobs,” reports our co-curator Javier Duero.What are We-Trades?
It is certainly not about interpreting We-Trades one-dimensionally as a reaction to the crisis. “We are tired of the crisis being presented to us as an opportunity; it would be better if there were no crisis,” says Lisbon geographer Jorge da Silva Macaísta Malheiros on behalf of many We-Traders. If at all, it was a missed opportunity says Davide Ziveri from Turin’s Buenavista Social Housing. “I thought now everything will be different with the banks.”
“Are We-Trades reformist projects or do they want a change in the system?” asks Joël Lecussan from Mix'Art Myrys, while his counterparts in Toulouse from Bois & Cie quite pragmatically trust in their doer qualities. “Notre réaction, c’est l’action!” Frauke Hehl from the Berlin workstation initiative advocates continuing to hold the city responsible so that temporary solutions do not become permanent ones.
“We want work that we enjoy and that makes us better,” is how the Walkinn Coop describes its motivation to found a We-Trade. Non-hierarchic alliances and fluid identities play pivotal roles – “We don’t ask who we are, but with whom we can enter a relationship” (VIC) – and collective authorship – “The author of Campo de Cebada is Campo de Cebada.” We-Trades put meaning before profits. “AMAP gave me back my pride in being a farmer. Now, we are feeding people, not markets,” says Alain Gatti of Le Potager de Camille.
A crisis is the saddle point that decides the fate of a city, according to urban planner Sonja Beeck at the We-Traders Forum in Madrid. We are certain that at this point, We-Trades decisively contribute to the success of a city.
We-Traders Forum Turin
Copyright photo: Yukai Ebisuno & Raffaella Mantegazza