Industries Of Nature

Landscape Choreographies

INDUSTRIES OF NATURE

WOJR/Civitella Ranieri Architecture Prize

Industries of Nature uses the practice of ‘Fast Assemblage/Slow Architecture’ to inquire about the future of city and country, the role of emerging technologies in labour, automation and generational shifts. It suggests how the countryside and its local intelligence should be seen as a driver for change in today’s world, an industrious engine of innovation for the uncertain present and a fast-approaching future.

The artwork traced natural patterns intertwined with industrial narratives and everyday life.

Giorgia Fanelli

In the summer of 2019 Alejandro Haiek embarked on the WOJR/Civitella Architecture Fellowship at the Castle with the aim to make an installation. During his fellowship at Civitella, Alejandro researched the environs around the castle and considered how nature and industry worked carefully in tandem to form the traditional Umbrian landscape. The result was a participatory reinterpretation of the agricultural and industrial systems which had framed and changed the Umbrian countryside, especially during the last century.

The challenge of the work was to create a community engagement process in just over a month; to weave the intrinsic local understanding of geology and topography into industrial production, in order to create a land-art work of sculptural refinement. The consequences of the process are as diverse as collaborations between local producers and chefs pushing boundaries of self-sufficiency, as well as artistic connections between well-known composers, film-makers and writers, resident at Civitella at the time, to harness the capabilities of improvisation and collective making.

WOJR/Civitella Ranieri Architecture Prize sponsored by Cambridge, Massachusetts based design firm, WOJR, invites an emerging architect each year to Civitella Ranieri, Umbira, which is the birthplace of Arte Povera, the avant-garde art movement known for its use of modest resources and everyday materials. Conforming to the region’s history and traditions, the prizewinner should not use digital modeling and fabrication software and must rely solely on local resources. The prize was established by Liam O’Brien to design and construct a site-specific temporary installation on the castle grounds using simple means and locally-available materials.

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Giorgia Fanelli

The land-art transforms routinary labor into a space for abstract thinking and cultural innovation.

Giorgia Fanelli

Aerial view of the wider choreographed landscape performance, located on the agricultural fields outside the castle boundaries.

Vimal Moschetti

Industries of Nature is a project developed in an intersection between design, art, and social engagement. It develops practices of community reengineering, knowledge exchange and forms of subjectivities, inquiring about the future of city and country, the role of emerging technologies in labor, automation, and generational shifts. It suggests how the countryside and its local intelligence should be seen as a driver for change in today’s world, an industrious engine of innovation for the uncertain present and a fast-approaching future.

The land art performance, created together with local actors, intersected natural, social, and technological forms of sustainability, aiming for diverse and complex ecologies.

Giorgia Fanelli

The landscape is recreated by productive machines and human power, will, and co-creativity.

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Mr. Armando Pauselli explaining and comparing the 1957 circular machete (falcette) to today’s automatic machines. Moments of communing, documenting memories, cross-narratives, and testimonies of the landscape.

Giorgia Fanelli

Industries of Nature is formed of three Acts of collaboration and engagement.

ACT 1. Tracing Traditions: A CARTOGRAPHY OF TALENTS
A Photo Essay exhibited at Civitella Castle Gallery in collaboration with Photographer Giorgia Fanelli. Contributions from Poet Alexandra Teague and Civitella Intern Samantha Lloyd-Knauf.

ACT 2. Unfolding traditions: A CHOREOGRAPHY OF LANDSCAPES
Land art intervention in collaboration with Pauselli Farms. Musical accompaniment in collaboration with compositor Texu Kim. Video and Choreography in collaboration with Giorgia Fanelli.

ACT 3. Unfurling Traditions: A SCENOGRAPHY OF TECTONICS
Immersive Soundscape installation in collaboration with composer Nina Yung.Active Geometries in collaboration with car robotics technician Roberto Mendrini and Exup Enginiering. Growing Surfaces in collaboration with Civitella Gardeners: Ennio Santini and Maurizion Bastianoni.

Unfurling Traditions: A Scenography of Tectonics Immersive soundscape installation in collaboration with composer Nina Young. Active Geometries in collaboration with car robotics technician Roberto Cerrini and structural

Giorgia Fanelli

Oboe improvisation within art piece, performed by fellow Sky Macklay, as part of a series of events and collaborations within the Civitella artistic community.

Giorgia Fanelli

The planting covering the installation will grow twelve metres per year, one metre per month. In one seasonal cycle it completes the maximum length afforded by standard transportation: the twelve metre rebar, which is the DNA of the structure. In a move to self-sufficiency the castle gardeners can plant the installation, with zucchini for example, whose flowers complement the signature dishes of the Ranieri chef. Everything is made from local resources, energies, materials, just as in Arte Povera, which emerged from this Umbrian landscape.” – Alejandro Haiek

The artwork was developed in an intersection between design, art and social engagement, through practices of community reengineering, knowledge exchange and forms of subjectivities.

Giorgia Fanelli

Active Geometries in collaboration with car robotics technician Roberto Mendrini and Exup Engineering. Growing Surfaces in collaboration with Civitella Gardeners Ennio Santini and Maurizion Bastianoni.

Giorgia Fanelli

The artwork is an attempt to demonstrate how nature is an artificial construction in the context of postindustrial landscape scene.

Giorgia Fanelli

The vital force of the geography is registered through a series of crossed narratives and portraits, tool and material inventories, and performative tectonic explorations.

Giorgia Fanelli

The temporary installation is a post-industrial land art device that reveals invisible structural geometries of industrials rebars and exposes on them three stages of nature: frozen, processed and growing.

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

The performative installation is a re-enactment of history: when, in the 19th century, Civitella became a farm, transforming into a modern center of agriculture.

Giorgia Fanelli

The artwork is a form of participatory reengineering, a living work that searches for collective and transitional cultural experiences.

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

This prize brought architect Alejandro Haiek to Civitella to conceive and construct a site-specific temporary installation on the castle grounds using simple means and locally available materials.

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli

Marco Guigliarelli for Civitella Ranieri Foundation, 2019

Giorgia Fanelli

Giorgia Fanelli