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

08 May 2019

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. 

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