ECeC Laboratory and the University of Ferrara invites applicants for its 2022 artists and architects residency, open as an enhancement strategy of the 2022 campaign of the archaeological project in the Appia Antica archaeological park, in Rome.
The project “Via Appia Antica 39” is designed in accordance with the pillars of the ECeC Laboratory, which aim at and explores the many facets of community engagement within the various stages of heritage processes. This is of particular importance as it reveals efforts made to uncover diverse narratives embodied into the Heritage itself. Therefore, the main questions that arise in the specific context of this archaeological project is how the experience of the excavation, as a unique and once-off event, can be an opportunity to engage artists and
architects within the temporalities and features of the historical landscape? How is this event impacting the view of diverse communities on the surrounding cultural landscape? More precisely, what is the relationship between communities, the archaeological site and the cultural landscape which encompasses both and what is the role of archaeology in nurturing this relationship? How artists and architects contribute to the mediation among heritage and contemporary society? The residency aims at the development of research projects which will evolve among the boundaries of archaeology, art and architecture, proposing a holistic and inclusive approach. The active participation in the excavation program is intended to observe, explore, borrow actions and experiment with the methodologies, to produce a creative output with a speculative approach on the process of archaeological
practices, its outcomes and interpretations while discussing material culture and the living landscape.
ABOUT APPIA ANTICA AND THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT
The site, in Via Appia Antica 39, in the Caffarella park within the Appia Antica national archaeological park, is located at the point where, beyond the Aurelian Walls, the route of the ancient road crosses the river sacred to the Romans, the Almone. In this borderscape of the ancient city, UNIFE research has identified the presence of the Sanctuary of Mars Gradivo.
The Archaeological Project Via Appia Antica 39, will take place in the area (so far never investigated archaeologically) of the so called “Sepolcro di Geta” where it intends to investigate on the field the city’s borderscapes, sacred and funerary, in this place of exceptional cultural value for the history of Rome.
An investigation on the public and private character of this area over time is reflected in the present reality of the largest urban park in Europe, in which UNIFE research and teaching activities will take place in synergy with institutions and citizens in the name of participatory archaeology.
AIMS OF THE RESIDENCY FOR ARTISTS – 1 POSITION:
o The development of a research project focusing on the link between material culture – found in the superficial layers of the archaeological excavation – and the surrounding cultural landscape; this should make a reflection on the new types of heritages and tell the stories of the relationship between people and their environment in the recent past of the site;
o The elaboration of an artistic showcase which reflects the projects, with the main purpose to enhance the understanding of the cultural landscape;
o The enhancement of the connection between the archaeological discipline, the arts and the various communities gravitating around the cultural landscape of the Archaeological Park of Via Appia.
AIMS OF THE RESIDENCY FOR ARCHITECTS – 1 POSITION:
o The development of a research project on the cultural landscape focusing on the intangible heritage of the living landscape aiming at its enhancement through chronotropic planning, enlightening the strategic relationship archaeology/architecture for the mediation among heritage and contemporary society;
o The elaboration of a territorial mapping which fosters the project, with the main purpose to enhance the understanding of the cultural landscape;
o The enhancement of the connection between the archaeological discipline, the architectural design and the various communities gravitating around the cultural landscape of the Archaeological Park of Via Appia.
o Due to the specific conditions and actions taking place in an excavation site, previous experience in an excavation field is required.
o Outline of a possible concept and anticipated outcomes in relation to the thematic focus.
o CV and portfolio (pdf or online) with contact details.
o Period: September 12, 2022 – October 9, 2022
The required documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 5th of August 2022.
More information about the residency details will be shared after the proposal selection that will be announced by the 12th of August 2022.