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BASE Milano at Design Week 2018
To mark Design Week 2018, BASE Milano – one of Europe’s most important regeneration projects – is offering a critical exploration of city making and new forms of urban transformation.
Everything kicks off with "Trouble Making. Who’s making the city?", an exhibition commissioned by BASE and curated by Raumplan about mass phenomena and the virtual networks which are changing the face of our cities. By looking at the work of artists, photographers and videomakers, the exhibition will provide an interpretation of several group phenomena at work in the urban sphere: from the boom in courier work, to the new circuits of mass tourism, and the processes set off by the sharing economy, home-sharing and do- it-yourself information online.
Exhibition "Trouble Making. Who's Making the city"_ph Delfino Sisto Legnani
Some of the exhibited projects are: Calibro, Donato Ricci and Òbelo, who will analyse photos of Airbnb accommodations, pinpointing the cornerstones of a conforming aesthetic which characterises the interiors of the houses and rooms for rent on the platform; Delfino Sisto Legnani’s photos will feature devices such as Amazon buttons, remote controlled smart locks for parcel delivery; Louis De Belle and Giacomo Traldi’s project will lay out the routes that tourist buses chart around cities, and Louis De Belle will also present a photographic investigation into food delivery couriers, created together with Nicolò Ornaghi; Giga Design Studio and Superinternet will offer a look at the consequences that the traffic of online information has on the urban realm. The exhibition will end with a sculpture by Ayr which will incorporate one of Achille Castiglioni’s most famous products.
Sculpture "Freed from design", Ayr_exhibition "Trouble Making. Who's Making the city"_ph Delfino Sisto Legnani
Right in the midst of these city planning study cases, BASE Milano will present its very own project to the public. This newly regenerated 6,000m2 space brings the total BASE area to 12,000m2, with brand-new services and facilities: a fresh concept of the neighbourhood portineria, a shared renovated in-house officina, and a cortile transformed from an industrial loading area into a cultural entertainment venue for the city.
The portineria_ph Serena Eller
On the eve of its third Fuorisalone, BASE once again proves its status as a fixed landmark for innovation, creativity and culture, offering ample inspiration as a model of urban regeneration: a public space, managed by a private, self-financing, non-profit social enterprise, the result of a consortium of charities and private businesses, which lives in the market place and involves a whole range of cultural players from the city in its eclectic and participatory programme.
An ecosystem in continuous transformation, it is one of a kind, and, at the same time, part of a greater process of transformation affecting a large number of metropolitan areas in the West, where the retreat of manufacturing is freeing up space for new industries and urban facilities.
OfficinaBASE Milan_ph Giuseppe Martella
The choice to investigate urban and regenerative processes springs from the evolutionary phase that currently sees BASE occupying the role of Learning Machine: a machine for learning, a permanent training workshop devoted to the needs of the city, the neighbourhood and professionals employed in the creative industries. And yet it is also a machine that learns, a huge organism with the ability to establish a dialogue between different creative communities so as to absorb, share and transform each other’s content and contaminations.
MUSIC NIGHTS | Sounds of regeneration
In fitting with the themes chosen for this year’s Fuorisalone, the week’s music line-up is a celebration of musical scenes and subcultures that have an impact on urban transformation. Crews of Milanese musical organisers have been invited to put together a line-up around these themes: from the block parties and street carnivals which carry their sound systems onto the city streets, to the underground clubs which sprout in neglected inner-city neighbourhoods, movements such as reclaim the streets which convert the road into a dancefloor, and the industrial warehouses that host raves.
Music brings abandoned spaces to life, it gives identity to the outskirts, and opens the way to processes of regeneration. These are the ingredients that make up the music nights in BASE’s reinvented spaces. Every evening features music at aperitivohour in the newly transformed ex-Ansaldo cortile (weather permitting), which from an industrial loading area has been transformed into a social, cultural venue, with a bar and dancefloor. The nights then carry on inside the former industrial building.
Tuesday April 17, 9pm – 1am
Threes presents Gabber Eleganza, “The Hakke Show”
Wednesday April 18, 6pm – 1am
Automat Radio Block Party powered by Emporio Armani
Thursday April 19, 7pm – 3am
POP IS LOVE – cortile party
Friday April 20, 8pm – 3am
RRRIOT DESIGN WEEK 2K18
Saturday April 21, 9pm – 3am
RADAR FESTIVAL and SPOTIFY ITALIA present RADAR FESTIVAL SPECIAL LAUNCH PARTY with SOHN
Sunday April 22, 12pm – 1am
Closing party with Automat Radio Block Party powered by Emporio Armani
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