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open call Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard, 2019 edition

The urban art project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard, 2019 edition, is developed under the banner of ‘wandering’, it is a project that wants to enter even more deeply the urban social substrate to incentive the dialog, the contact, the meetings.

Artists who have sent their application for the open call,
will receive notice of the outcome on 1 July.

A 6 x 3 metres advertising space in the Bottesini roundabout in Barriera di Milano in Turin, close to the historical neighborhood market of piazza Foroni; six months where such space shall be available to art and creativity; a call for artists, open until June 16, to invite the national and international artists to interact with this rectangle and with its reference context .

The 6×3 metres billboard in Turin, in Piazza Bottesini, is a space dedicated to the neighborhood of Barriera di Milano, to its history dense with industry and immigration, and to its current community, rich of cultural difference.

The project, devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated byChristian Caliandroand supported by Associazione Flashback, reached this year its fifth edition and it is marking the approaching steps to flashback, the ancient and modern art fair this year at Pala Alpitour on October 31 – November 3: a crosswise appointment many people are waiting for, from the inhabitants of the neighborhood to those who enjoy art – both live and through the net.

Opera Viva in Barriera di Milano thus intends to build up  – through different works every month  – a dimension different than the everyday life and to gather all these dimensions into a consistent vision and an active dialog with the neighborhood,  in the deep conviction that our cities need mental space rather than physical places to allocate art and culture and that they should be first of all infrastructures of human relations, which are very often submerged and invisible, to be cared for and developed. The ‘opera viva’ is actually the part submerged under the water level, but required to float because “through its volume, it actively and continuously generates upward thrusts as proportionally to the water it moves by floating and sailing”. 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milanowas born with the stated aim of taking art out of its conventional places, to directly relate the work – without any filter – to the people and donate an area of “creative welcoming” to the neighborhood. Opera Viva is therefore the very rhythm nd process of existence – the art that is no longer a product, but which is softly and deeply implied with the  white noise of reality, with all its imperfections and deficiencies and no longer hypothetically and hypocritically out of it.


For the second year in a row, Opera Viva Barriera di Milano intends to create an even stricter link between the artist and the spectator (be him/her a driver, a passer-by, or a resident) by launching a call that will close on June 16. The artists are called to propose a work related to the topic of the 2019 edition, which is inspired by a science-fiction novel dated 1986, written by the Soviet Union writers Arkadij and Boris Strugackij. The original heading, The weaves that extinguish the wind was first translated into English as The Time Wanderers and then into Italian asI passi del tempo(“The steps of time”). For flashback, this hobos in and of time are The Wanderers.

The novel narrates of a humankind who are at last leaving in peace and have nothing to blame on their neighbors in the universe. There is peace, perhaps the dawning of a new millennium, for the whole human kind. But for Max Kammerer, the head of the world’s security system, trouble begins. Within the system, the Unexplained Events Bureau operates, and one of its best agents, Toivo Glumov believes man is a victim of the legendary Time Wanderers, a race whose aim is to mingle with the past and future history of other races. 

Thus,The Wanderers move random, with no destination or program; they roam, hang around inefficiently, avoiding to preliminarily establish their itinerary; the meaning is in the discovery, in the errors in the pathway, in the meetings and in the emotions they live. This is why wandering helps refine the senses and it – “error” in Latin – has the double meaning of strolling without a destination, but also of deviating from the truth, being wrong to know. The travelers in the novel are time hobos, enthusiastic walkers, roving wanderers, roaming observers and searchers, nomads by choice, curious of art history of any time, always ready for a new adventurous exciting experience: the result is a fluid dreamlike magma of landscapes, emotions and tales, which are collected as if in the journal of a pilgrim, as excavation, discovery, prayer and ascension; a personal journal made of meetings with the artworks, of relationship, feelings, boredom and curiosity. 

for any further information: operaviva@flashback.to.it 

Rebecca Moccia “FUOCO IN TASCA”



Rebecca Moccia

Opening May 2, h 19

Piazza Bottesini, Turin

The Wanderers is the theme of the fifth edition of  the urban art project Opera Viva “il manifesto”, conceived by  Alessandro Bulgini and curated – for the fourth year in a row – by  Christian Caliandro.

Rebecca Moccia is the artist who will open the project with a work titled Fuoco in tasca. For the authoress, the fireworks are a metaphor of the work and of the artist – of a certain kind of artist, of how the artist should be – on the basis of Jack Kerouac’s On the road.  “For me, the only people who exist are the fools, those who are crazy for the will of living, for words, for salvation, those who are crazy for the everything now, those who never yawn and never say trivialities, but – instead – they burn, burn, burn like fantastic yellow fireworks, which blow like spiders above the stars, while – in its middle – you see the blue light explode and everybody does «Oooooh!»”.

The fireworks are a symbol of the portability (the small one in the big one and the big one in the small one), of the intangibility, of the experience. The artwork Rebecca Moccia has in mind holds an actual interest towards the world and people; some warmth, intimacy, closeness, empathy and compassion. It is an artwork that can live and be in the world, that can move with gentleness and emotions, that can nourish a humane dimension without which nothing exists, nothing can flourish. 

Thus, this drawing, which is at the same time humble and ambitious, idealist and simple, is proud of the few essential elements  it consists of (lines, points, gestures); it serenely exhibits its fragility and legibility; it is not afraid on wandering, of failures, gaps, stops, deviations, digressions, sudden and apparently groundless falls (which, rather, are the very substance of its pathway and practice), whose extreme, small/great utility lays in its utter uselessness.

At  its seventh edition, with The Wanderers, Flashback is the testimony of the importance of preserving curiosity and mental agility without the constant fear of being wrong, of failing and of falling, but with the ability of moving forward and backward in history and in the world without prejudice, because the true present consists of the collapsing of the dimensions and of the time and cultural differences, in the firm belief the active relationships always determine and describe the time we are living in.

Under The Patronage Of:

A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
Promoted by Flashback, all art is contemporary
I artist: Rebecca Moccia, opening May 2, h 19
May 2 / 26, 2019

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opera viva barriera di milano 2018

a project by Alessandro Bulgini
curated by Christian Caliandro

Lucia Veronesi, Laboratorio Saccardi, Irene Pittatore, Virginia Zanetti,
Francesca Sandroni, Alessandro Bulgini

The flashback is Opera Viva project was born in 2013, by which artist Alessandro Bulgini stated the event and all the masterpieces presented as Opera Viva/Living Work. In 2014, Opera Viva left the spaces of art to move to the suburbs with the curatorship of Christian Caliandro.

A billboard of 3 per 6 meters in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini, at the heart of Barriera di Milano, one of the most interesting districts of Turin, rich in history, identity and future; six artists, different from each other for background and style who – though – share an original innovative approach to the artistic practice; six artworks that translate into an advertising-like manifesto that denies the language of advertising at the very moment in which it uses it and which transforms the viewers – residents, visitors, motorists, passers-by, curious – into explorers of another dimension, of an area that works according to the rules and values of an unknown world; six artworks – together with all the collected fragments of life – gathered in one exhibition to narrate this window opened to the world and for the world: this is the project.

It is through this six-month project, that flashback connects different areas of the city of Turin and different time zones (theancient, the modern, the contemporary in its making): in the belief that art should leave the institutional spaces, get off on the street to penetrate inside reality, to constantly move in it, to happily integrate into the dimension of our daily existence.

In the 2018 edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Manifesto has followed the theme of flashback sixth edition inspired by the sci-fi novel The shores of another sea by the anthropologist writer Chad Oliver. The silver thread is therefore, just like for the fair, ‘diversity’: cultural diversity, identity diversity, diversity of interpretations. Diversity taken, therefore, as an asset and not as an obstacle, as an eye opener and not as a barrier, as a widened horizon and not its closure. Diversity as a raw material.

Alessandro Bulgini “Accesso Libero al Mare”



Alessandro Bulgini

Opening 17 october  18,30

Piazza Bottesini, Turin

The sixth poster concludes the 2018 edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandroand dedicated – as its sponsor Flashback – to the theme of diversity and cultural, social mixité.

“Bulgini’s image frames a urban corner of Barriera di Milano, and a series of ruined closet doors against a brick wall: on three of these we find a timeless marine scene, with sailing ships, waves and sailors gathered on the shore, telling stories. Cutting the poster in half, a red ribbon (placed on the line of “opera viva” that characterizes the artis’s research, and is the title of the entire project) shows the “free access to the sea” as a  fundamental and inalienable right. Why pointing it out here, in Barriera di Milano in Turin, a place both physically and spiritually far from the sea and the Italian seas? Here lies the diversity that has been the silver thread running through all of the artworks and posters that have been part of the project. The sea and the free access to it become an extreme possibility, an ability to reverse the point of view and recreate a reality where only potential and imagination matter: which is the real meaning of art, of every time. This is how a closet door, a simple closet door can in an instant become an open window on another world, on another dimension” C. Caliandro

Bulgini gives us a door to the sea, a free sea, a gateaway to another world. The Opera viva (the waterline), the red ribbon is the demarcation, the border that separates us from what lives in another place, another time. The path towards freedom implicates overcoming the barrier to gain access to the sea.

L’opera” is alive and is therefore, in its least accessible part, a part that has to be willingly inspected by looking beyond the horizon. The “opera” (the work) and life live there, on the shores of another sea, where sailors live and stories fade, where time and differences are suspended but the access to the sea feels like freedom.