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Reading Room #10 | Progetto Diogene

Thursday, April 28th, 2011, from 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Nomas Foundation, viale Somalia 33, Rome

Nomas Foundation’s Reading Room this year focuses its attention on initiatives established by artists for artists. The entire month of April is dedicated to projects initiated in Italy, that represent a practical answer to the working necessity of every artist: dialogue, research, documentation, distribution, residency projects, legal advice.
Reading Room voll.7-10 is a programme declined in four appointments, that each time take a different shape, depending on the diverse ways the single projects intend presenting themselves.

Western culture has an inner difficulty in connecting hand and head (…). Every good craftsman connects practice and theory; this dialogue results in the acquisition of supporting habits that create a rhythmic movement between problem solving and their individuation (…). Every ability, even the most abstract, stems of the practice of the body.
Richard Sennet, L’uomo artigiano (2008), Campi del Sapere, Feltrinelli, pp. 18, 19

Progetto Diogene was born in 2007 in Turin and brings together individual artists who work collectively towards the creation of a space of reflection and listening.
Since Autumn 2007, the group organizes the international residency programme for artists Diogene_bivaccourbano. From summer 2009 the group moved in a new space: an old tram carriage in disuse located between Regio Parco and Verona in Turin, where in 2010 the artists’s collective developed an annual programme of activities: Collecting People – a cycle of lectures based on intersciplinarity, DiogeneLab – an educational programme that involves primary and secondary schools in the neighborhood, Solid Void Diogene School of Art – an experimental programme of a free school for artists.
Exchange and collective reflection are at the basis of Progetto Diogene, which in time has also focused on such aspects as practice and curating (taking care of), which determined the expansion and strenght of the group.
The concrete action of practicing and acting as a collective has been as an effective way to learn and develop new knowledge.
Progetto Diogene at Nomas Foundation reads and analyzes the project’s evolution from art residency to a space that promotes many activities, and will transform the foundation’s space in a place for making and of dialogue with the public.
Before the talk, the artists of Progetto Diogene will conduct a collective action re-organizing with the help of the public the space of the foundation, thus involving this temporary group in a pratical activity connected to an utility principle: the auto - construction of the dialogue’s space.