Rizoma is an international institute based in Palermo. It emerges from the Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo 2019 and Transeuropa Festival. This is a temporary website.
While the institution will only be formally established in Summer 2020, due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and its impact on the cultural sector, we have decided to immediately implement an emergency production room providing small grants for artists, writers, thinkers and creatives with the projects Pandemos and Antifragile.
Pandemos will take the form of a multi-media and multi-dimensional book, in some ways referencing the magic tomes that inhabit the libraries described by Jorge Luis Borges or the Atlas produced by Aby Warburg. The various contributions – which may take the shape of a story, a performance, a theoretical text, a short musical composition, a documented artwork or else – will be presented as a book that can also double as a mobile exhibition. The magic book will be available online, taking full advantage of its multimedia potential. The physical exhibition will take place in a format replicable in various spaces thought for both a public context and a home exhibition, thus allowing for suitable fruition in times of social distancing.
We offer up to 10 production grants to artists, writers, thinkers and creatives based in Sicily (regardless of nationality). The scholarships, worth up to €1,000 each, allow selected creatives to work on their own project as part of a collective work.
We will work to extend the approach and scholarships to a wider range of creatives, increasing the reach to the Mediterranean basin.
Antifragile is a concept developed by philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb, referring to a property that goes beyond resilience or shock-resistance whereby the object gets better via external stress. The Covid-19 emergency has triggered an extraordinary acceleration in the search for new models for cultural creation and dissemination. Theatres, cultural institutes, artists, etc., have been experimenting with new ways of engaging their audiences and guaranteeing continuation of creative output. What if we now understood this not merely as a temporary survival strategy, but as an experience with the potential to structurally and sustainably innovate our creative models and solve some of the previously existing contradictions? From the financialization of the world of art to the exclusionary nature of many large events we think this is not the time to simply return to our previous normality.
With this initiative we will carry out research on possible new cultural models, involving artists, thinkers and professionals in a series of texts and interviews published online. Beyond the simple theoretical exercise, this research will serve to inform and concretely direct our future working methodology.
PEOPLE AND SUPPORTERS
Concept, curation, execution and communication start-up team: Marta Cillero, Letizia Gullo, Lorenzo Marsili, Izabela Anna Moren. Institutional relations: Patrizia Pozzo. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org