Scaffolding as stages for art: the construction site-event in Bari


The concert of the Symphony Orchestra of the Liceo Musicale Cirillo promoted as part of the Cantieri-event program of the Dioguardi Foundation

11/04/2022 – The noises of drills, hammers, sanders and chisels of the restoration site of a building in Corso Vittorio Emanuele di Bari have given way, on the afternoon of March 26, to the voices and instruments of the Symphony Orchestra of the Liceo Musicale of the Cirillo National Boarding School. A unicum that saw the members of the orchestra perform with overalls, bibs, gloves and protective helmets on the scaffolding that cover the building.

The concert, directed by Dominga Damato, was dedicated to the composers Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone and accompanied by the projection, on the sheets that cover the scaffolding, of a selection of images of movie posters and posters taken from the Archive of the Regional Mediateca of Puglia. The event is curated by Francesco Maggiore with the coordination of Adriano Giovanni Calvani and Riccardo Ratti.

The initiative was part of the Fuori Bif & st program promoted by the Municipality of Bari and is part of the Site-event programthe innovative experiment promoted by the Gianfranco Dioguardi Foundation which organized the evening in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Tourism and Territorial Marketing of the Municipality of Bari, the Garibaldi-Fragasso Company, Ance Puglia, Formedil-Bari and Zamar.

The event-building sites of the Dioguardi Foundation

The ‘Site-event’ model was born from an idea of ​​Gianfranco Dioguardi in 1993; today, with the scientific and cultural direction of Dioguardi himself and with the artistic direction of Francesco Maggiore, it has become a registered trademark by the Dioguardi Foundation at the Italian Patent and Trademark Office of the Ministry of Economic Development.

The program proposes a different conception of building sites and stems from the desire to counteract the discomfort they produce in the urban context in which they are located, making them moments of knowledge, enhancement and historical, technical and artistic dissemination of particular cultural value oriented towards citizens. Of course transform construction sites into an opportunity making them accessible, usable and transforming them into communication tools at the service of the environment and the community.

The innovativeness of the Cantiere-event project consists in allowing citizens to actively participate in a transformation process that would otherwise be passively undergone, allowing them to internalize the presence of a place right from the stage of its construction. All this corresponds to rethinking the construction site as a factorya place not only for production but also for innovation and quality, information, planning of future maintenance, training and civic education also for the environmental context, therefore at the service of individual neighborhoods and more generally for the city.

The traditional provisional works such as scaffolding and fences used to delimit the areas of the construction sites are thus rethought and transfigured into elements of street furniture, becoming surfaces on which to intervene through artistic installations. Thus the construction sites, generally perceived as large lacerations in the urban fabric – cause of inconvenience with which it is necessary to live, sometimes, even for very long periods – are transformed into “extra-ordinary” places, in potential stimulating scenarios for a renewal and therefore also for an environmental rebirththrough their openness and their active and spectacular function, day and night.

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