A series of billboards depicting the imaginary landscapes and structures of a utopian planet, filled with art, music and dance. From Milan to Rome
Il Pianeta come Festival – The Planet as Festival – is a new project by the creators of Terraforma. Inspired by Ettore Sottsass’s seminal series of the same name, Terraforma extends their utopian vision beyond Villa Arconati into new landscapes. To terraforma is to re-imagine spaces in which humans and nature are connected, and their modus operandi is one of experimentation in the fields of sound, architecture and sustainability. This project sees the idea of Il Pianeta come Festival explored in different cities through various visual, installation and performative interventions.
For Ruggero Pietromarchi and Leone Manfredini, the Curator and Sustainability Director behind Terraforma, the festival was «a way of imagining new forms of interaction». In an interview with Lampoon earlier this year, the pair discussed the role of the festival as «an opportunity to inspire and insight change». Their aim to translate possibilities of a sustainable life through culture and music feeds directly into the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass. For those unfamiliar, Sottsass’s 1972 work, ll Pianeta come Festival, is a series of lithographs depicting the imaginary landscapes and structures of a utopian planet, filled with art, music and dance.
Launched in Milan on October 8th, in collaboration with Artifact/Spazio Maiocchi. This first episode asked four artists to re-interpret the idealistic world of Sottsass through sound and artworks. The event saw a successful start, featuring architect and writer Alessandro Bava, visual artist Natália Trejbalová, the Norwegian contemporary artist and musician TCF and the Milan-based electronic sound artist Piezo. The presentation further included a talk by curator and researcher Angela Rui.
The presentation is a starting point to discover the artworks spread around in the city of Milan – an open-air exhibit for its citizens.
The second episode of the project is to take place in Rome on October 29th. Il Pianeta come Festival XL is a free twenty-four hour event in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, in both the physical and virtual spaces of the Museum of Preventive Imagination. MPI itself is a program that connects with the festival’s values as it attempts to revolutionize the concept of the museum by favoring short-term experimental events that are accessible and engaging. Il Pianete come Festival XL is to be a series of artistic and musical performances, talks, workshops and video installations, including new productions and Italian previews.
The event will begin with Finnish artist Jenna Sutela’s site-specific intervention on the museum’s terrace. This is to be followed with a durational piano performance of Vexations by Erik Satie curated by Ricciarda Belgiojoso and the socio-political visual research of Terre Thaemlitz. The schedule attempts to take its audience on a journey through the planet and its imaginary landscapes, soundscapes and language. There will be an extended set by Terraforma resident DJ Paquita Gordon, a lecture on contemporary ecology by Timothy Morton, a workshop entitled Avoid Gurus Follow Plants by VIPRA and insights into the relationship between music and social change in the films of Jeremy Deller. Finishing on October 30th, it is set to be an immersive experience that highlights the links between ecology, politics and art practices.
Current ecological emergencies, most notably climate change, are heavily influencing creative practices and visual culture at large. In Il Pianeta come Festival, Sottsass used the festival environment to envision a world in which nature and architecture worked in harmony, free of the cycles of work and consumption. Leone Manfredini similarly talked of the possibilities for «new learning» at a festival, as Terraforma aims to educate its attendees on sustainable living. Whilst this year’s Terraforma is postponed to July 2021, their new Il Pianeta come Festival project is able to function under the restrictions of coronavirus whilst engaging with the same conversations of «a better world» .IMAGE GALLERY