Thinking of a sort of renaissance within the urban landscape, the research at the base of the LWCircus International Program, with the devices of the ArnoLabs Shared Creative Workshops in particular, focuses on experimentation through artistic and multimedia languages, which through the medium of art in the landscape, can give back meaning to places and reconstruct those ways of living and enhancing the landscape, typical of the times when communities actively contributed to the construction of their cities.
From 23rd of May till 3rd of June, a temporary international, multi cultural and multidisciplinary creative community, fruitfully tested on the field shared practices by using multimedia languages, artistic approaches and performative-spontaneous attitudes in the specific urban context, with the direct involvement of local actors and public institutions responsible for the River’s management and safeguard, looking for a RESILIENT and INCLUSIVE urban future, in terms of responsible cultural valorization and sustainable development for the local community and the diverse minorities directly involved in each step of the operative shared process.
A groups of selected young refugees, coming form Burkina Faso, Ghana, Gambia and Bangladesh, survived crossing of Mediterranean, coming from Libya and temporary hosted in the Florentine context, were invited to join the rest of international creative group (coming from Mexico, China, USA, Australia, Lebanon and Syria, Colombia, Venezuela UK, Holland, France, and Italy). They worked profusely highly animated in designing and realizing the series of installations, sharing wishing and hopes with the rest of international participants and the locals, becoming temporary part of the local community and starting a process of social inclusion that gave life to successive opportunity for further inclusion on the local realities.
The locals, sharing the process in conceiving and realizing the works, started in look at the others in different way, transmuting the concept of others in the feeling of us. The outcome desired at the base of the operative research method, as empirical experimentation on the field, is a re-appropriation of the traditional way of living the Riverbanks, through a plausible common space, where different members of the community, by interacting, take again possession and manage their reconquered public space, without any kind of discrimination, rediscovering the mutable open space as medium of cohesion between the Community and the involved minorities.