Rome – Nicosia How can grass-roots democratic methods of urban development impact neighbourhoods plagued by the Mafia and organized crime?

Rome is a city heavily – and increasingly – plagued by organized crime. Not only does the Mafia control the local economy, in many places it even takes on some of the responsibilities of the welfare state. So the Goethe-Institut is joining forces with the anti-mafia association daSud to make use of experiences in some outlying areas to promote sustainable urban development.
 

 


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At their first meeting in Rome in April, the Rome-Nicosia tandem decided to fuse their questions as well. The special know-how and backgrounds of their two project partners, the cultural activists at the anti-Mafia association daSud and the creative researchers at the ARTos Foundation art centre, were decisive in the choice of format: it soon became clear that the artistic approach to the questions should be geared towards the most modern digital means of expression – film, video, augmented and virtual reality, graphic novel – and that the results should be made accessible to everyone by means of a specially produced app.

After a colloquium in Nicosia in April and a "stencil lab" in both cities last summer, two murals (graffiti) were created in public spaces in both Rome and Nicosia in June and July. The footage of the making of the murals, shot with a 360-degree camera, was transformed by the specially developed app into a complex augmented reality and into downloadable templates with which to reproduce the graffiti in other cities. On 18 October, the street art, the augmented-reality app and free downloadable graffiti templates were presented at the daSud Library as part of the Restart! festival. A final presentation will be held in Nicosia on 24 November.

(September 2018)

Our Partner

daSud is an antimafia association founded in 2005. The aim of the association is to fight mafia with culture, political rights and participation. daSud works primarily on formal and non formal  education in a roman suburban school, with a special attention on gender equality. Since 2009, the association has its headquarters in Rome and produces campaigns, graphic novels and offers theatre and cinema events from an antimafia point of view. daSud works in collaboration with Italian Ministry of education and representatives of the art world.
 
  • Auftakt Restart Festival © Francesco Cicconi
    Start of the Restart Festival
  • Start of the Restart Festival, Amico Dolci speaks of his father Danilo Dolci, activist and sociologist © Francesco Cicconi
    Start of the Restart Festival, Amico Dolci speaks of his father Danilo Dolci, activist and sociologist
  • Gabriele Kreuter-Lenz (Country Director GI Italy), Karina Varga (Institute Director GI Nicosia) and Vito Foderà (daSud) present the project "Freiraum" © Francesco Cicconi
    Gabriele Kreuter-Lenz (Country Director GI Italy), Karina Varga (Institute Director GI Nicosia) and Vito Foderà (daSud) present the project "Freiraum"
  • Gabriele Kreuter-Lenz (Country Director GI Italy), Karina Varga (Institute Director GI Nicosia) and Vito Foderà (daSud) present the project "Freiraum" © Francesco Cicconi
    Gabriele Kreuter-Lenz (Country Director GI Italy), Karina Varga (Institute Director GI Nicosia) and Vito Foderà (daSud) present the project "Freiraum"
  • Frei-raum © Francesco Cicconi
    Frei-raum
  • Interactive boards outside of the Enzo Ferrari School in Rome © Francesco Cicconi
    Interactive boards outside of the Enzo Ferrari School in Rome
  • Interactive boards outside of the Enzo Ferrari School in Rome © Francesco Cicconi
    Interactive boards outside of the Enzo Ferrari School in Rome
  • Interactive boards outside of the Enzo Ferrari School in Rome © Francesco Cicconi
    Interactive boards outside of the Enzo Ferrari School in Rome
  • Interactive boards outside of the Enzo Ferrari School in Rome. © Francesco Cicconi
    Interactive boards outside of the Enzo Ferrari School in Rome.
  • Gabriele Kreuter-Lenz (Country Director GI Italy), Karina Varga (Institute Director GI Nicosia) and Vito Foderà (daSud) present the project "Freiraum" © Francesco Cicconi
    Gabriele Kreuter-Lenz (Country Director GI Italy), Karina Varga (Institute Director GI Nicosia) and Vito Foderà (daSud) present the project "Freiraum"
  • Presentation of the app and the interactive boards. © Francesco Cicconi
    Presentation of the app and the interactive boards.
  • Presentation of the app and the interactive boards. © Francesco Cicconi
    Presentation of the app and the interactive boards.

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