International Summer School,
July 12-18, 2014.
Stalker Walking School
Apply now! Deadline
until all the places have been filled
The workshop is open to students, professionals and scholars in architecture, landscape architecture, fine art, sociology, photography, journalism, any related fields and everyone curious and hungry to learn!
Number of partecipants: max 20
Language: English and Italian
IS POMPEII ONE OF THE PROTOTYPES OF CONTEMPORARY THEME PARKS?
IN THE FUTURE WILL WE KNOW MORE OR LESS ABOUT POMPEII’S PAST? WILL ANCIENT AND CONTEMPORARY POMPEII BECOME A SINGLE PLACE?
WHY AND HOW HAVE MANY ARTISTS, ARCHITECTS, ARCHAEOLOGISTS, AND FILM MAKERS CONTRIBUTED TO BUILD THE MYTH OF POMPEII?
HOW MANY DIFFERENT POMPEIIS EXIST AROUND THE MOST POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE?
DOES TOURISM IN CONTEMPORARY TIMES POLLUTES CULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS? IF YES, HOW COULD IT BECOME SUSTAINABLE?
AS TOURISM WAS BORN IN ITALY, COULD THEN ITALY BE THE RIGHT PLACE TO REINVENT IT?
Under Vesuvius’s risk of eruption, everything seems to be complex and contradictory, archaic and precarious. In the event of an eruption about two million people would be evacuated, while about the same amount of people accesses the ruins of Pompeii every year. One of the most beautiful landscapes of the world is collapsing under the pressure of contemporary culture, day by day more affective then the millennial geological risks. Exclusivity and exclusion, fragmentation and isolation, emergency and spectacle, actualize the "misery and nobles" historical character of Naples and its surroundings.
The goal of the workshop is to investigate Pompeii's contemporary myth, its growth from the first excavations in 1748 until today and its boundaries, by walking through the cultural, environmental and social contradictions in between the worldwide known archaeological tourist site and its context.
The workshop, held in a camp on the side of the volcano, will investigate and experiment tactics and strategies, along with the Stalker attitude, to cross, inhabit and map the boundaries, the gaps and the contradictions of the Contemporary landscapes, attempting to transcend and profane them, knitting relations across them, attempting to map limits and possibilities of one of the most beautiful and exploited landscapes worldwide.
The workshop is structured in walks, actions, encounters and talks. Pompeii’s context will be analyzed exploring the relationship with Vesuvius, with other archaeological sites of the area and with the modern city, to understanding how and why Pompeii’s myth was built, through history, by the works of writers, artists, filmmakers, photographers, and architects.
The aim is to understand and design possible strategies on the following three main topics:
1. Enter and Exit Strategies: In, Out and Around Pompeii
Design a network of cultural paths across the area to reconnect Pompeii, its social and environmental context in a complex and sustainable travel experience.
2. Pompeii’s Myth
Design a proposal for the creation of a Museum of the Myth of Pompeii in the abandoned Italtubi factory next to the archaeological site.
3. Lost & Found.
Design a proposal for a VISUAL CATALOGUE to map the historical process of location, dislocation and relocation of the archeological pieces in between museums, sites and deposits.