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Foundation of a Travelling Imagination

Activity:   Kick-off meeting 

Date: 22-24/07/2021

Place: Florence

Category: SCUB Activities

A group of local artists, cultural operators and activists living in Florence, with a bond to the Balkans co-design and conceptualize the artistic performative intervention “Morphing Realities – A performative walk of Balkans through Florence” through discussion, common reflection and its realization in terms of manufactures, hosted throughout the preparation by Villa Romana in Florence. On the morning of the 24th of July in the heat of July, the SCUB travellers and the locals, cross the city center of Florence and construct a collective memory. 


Morphing Realities – A performative Intervention with Artist Smirna Kulenovic, Curated by Enrico Tomassini, Visual Artist Milly Reid, Tailor Rosa Russo, Music by Niccolò Vannucchi. Video Shooting Fabricio Lamoncha, Francesca Pignanelli, Edited by Francesca Pignanelli


“A large format carpet conceived as a traveling territory, in between the lines of the sacred and profane space, is the start of Morphing with the context in a ceremonial gesture, while tuning up to grammelotian sound vibrations where sounds of Balkan languages merge with the sounds of the context. 
The carpet is the base for an ongoing and developing participatory practice, a space of convivium and movement, an invitation to travel while being in a place with one's own imagination, a welcoming place for everyday travelers. Exploring different ways of belonging to the Balkans, the carpet is in a place suspended in time and space, where plots, stories and connections are woven together to form hybrid territories and realities, between here and now, there and tomorrow, beyond national borders, beyond the myths and misconceptions we carry toward one another.” 

The evening concluded with the presentation of the conducted artistic research “Balkan Myths and Misconceptions” in a public event in the garden of Villa Romana in Florence.  

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Pictures of the evening by Stella Kerafili, Some Call Us Balkans, CC BY-SA 4.0


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