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A future love story – An evolved industrial district

Our Art Waiting Room is currently in the able hands of Anna Scalfi Eghenter, an artist from Trent who, through her art, seeks to trigger participatory dynamics beyond the strictly artistic sphere and in relation to such themes as the economy, the environment, daily life and living.

art waiting room anna scalfi eghenter

Her new project, “Time is the place”, for fondazione march, invites reflection on the critical points of mobility in the industrial zone of Villa del Conte (PD), offering creative strategies to users that can become new habits and that stimulate relations between businesses.

Through research on transportation (train and bus routes and schedules, parking, metropolitan surface projects) and on the ways, habits, schedules and motivations of those who work, live or arrive in Villa del Conte, Anna in generating a series of targeted artistic interventions such as Workstation (the artist’s studio), Time Ticket (a ticket which has a time as its destination, not a place), Usucapio (train station seating dedicated to commuters), Born to Be Stolen (fluorescent bicycles with instructions for how they can be stolen), Fairway (industrial golf course with the course holes located at participating businesses) and Mapcase (bookstore-archive in the shape of a map of Villa del Conte).

fluorescent bike born to be stolen

The goal is to transform the industrial zone of Villa del Conte into an evolved industrial district – not in the literal meaning of the term that signifies a socio-economic entity constituted by a group of businesses of a productive sector located in a circumscribed area, among which there is collaboration but also competition, but rather in the sense of a place constituted by a group of businesses from diverse productive sectors that share services, visions and points of aggregation.

industrial golf

We are getting the ball rolling on Thursday, 28 April with a tour through the industrial zone that departs at 6pm from the Villa del Conte train station.
The industrial zone will be transformed into an enormous gold course in which the businesses constitute the eleven holes. Cement and soil, a few pieces of turf near the gates. Soft, environmentally-friendly balls. Outside of each business, its respective logo is made into a flag signaling a point to be scored. Derived from Urban Golf, Industrial Golf is a new way of relating to public space in the city.

golf course a love story

At 7pm we will shift to the LAGO waiting room for the exhibition opening. Later, at 8pm, we will host a concert by Mario Brunello in the LagoFabbrica, which we will tell you about soon.

For information on rounds of Industrial Golf in the Industrial Zone of Villa del Conte contact fondazione march –

Anna Scalfi Eghenter, born in Trent in 1965, conceives art as a subversive frame that alters the boundaries of action. The entire organizational process of her projects takes an analytic perspective of mechanisms of negotiation between art and civil society. An independent artist, she intervenes with site-specific projects that trigger participatory dynamics that extend beyond the strictly artistic sphere on themes such as the economy, the environment, daily life and living.
She currently works in London where she is advancing her project “From inside (I like the system)”, through a PhD program at the Essex Business School. Her work reflects an interdisciplinary background, having studied at the School of Fine Arts, Brera (Milan), the Academy of Theatrical Arts S. D’Amico (Rome) and in the Sociology department at Trent. The artworks of Scalfi Eghenter have been displayed
at the Pistoletto Foundation in Biella (2010), the Foundation of the Civic Gallery of Trent (2009), the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin (2008), the MART-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rovereto (2007), and at  Manifesta7-Parallel Events (2008).

Lago, wine and tigelle

A few days ago, we gave it a small preview and yesterday we were finally able to see, with our very own eyes, the second incarnation of the Appartamento project. This time the navigator brings us to Bologna on Via Dodici Giugno, Number 5, and more precisely in front of a small, early twentieth-century building. Chatter and constant hustle and bustle carry us straight to the apartment door: as always, it is unnecessary to ring or even ask permission to enter….the door is open.

We are immediately met with the smiling welcome of the man of the house, Alessandro. Following our cordial greetings he returns to entertain the other guests who, being curious, are circulating throughout the Appartamento.
The hub of the house, which is also an office, is a corridor/non-corridor off of which open all of the rooms.

The objects and colors clearly reflect the world of our tenant. The principle colors in fact alternate between blue and red, calling to mind the two companies with which the man of the house collaborates: BMW and Ducati.

On the walls, paintings by Gilberto Olivi give the interior a final artistic touch.
Continuing the “domestic tour,” at a certain point one encounters Alessandro’s mama, co-protagonist of the event and undisputed queen of the kitchen (Lago, obviously).

Signora Anna, armed with a rolling pin and an apron, spent almost the whole evening baking tigelle, using upwards of 10 kilograms of flour (not even she could tell me how many she made!).
Dulcis in fundo, and this is a situation that truly calls for the phrase – do you know what Alessandro’s greatest passion is? Sweets! It goes without saying that he delighted us with a series of cakes that he made himself and in particular a zuppa inglese which provided a beautiful finish to the evening…thank you!