Moment 01: Art and Climate for combined actions
During the Climate Week NYC (20-29 September), the Global Climate Strike (20-27 September), within the “Hearth Platform” Framework, Art Interventions have taken place in the beautiful surroundings of Sabina (Rieti province, Lazio Region), where the landscape has remained untouched for centuries and nature is rich not only to be contemplated, but also experienced.
The artistic and climate actions have been developed with The Climate RealityProject Europe, as major partner; and with DiemVoice, 350.org Europe, Forum Terzo Settore Lazio, the Italian Climate Network, Jobel Group, with SabinARTi, the Municipality of Mompeo, the Municipality of Montenero, and the Municipalit yof Casaprota.
With the ultimate goal of sending a strong message about reversing the centuries long process of natural resources exploitation from human beings, we have suggested to re-consider the relationship between human beings and nature.
Contrary to the usual format where exhibitions are prepared and organized systematically, the International artist Miltos Manetas, intentionally operating through an “un-categorising” process by “un-modelling” models and patterns, followed the flow using Art and intervening on the spot, calling in artists to place differentiated interventions in the context of nature.
“Moment 01” has meant one first occasion for artists, environmentalists, and citizens from the local habitat and different stakeholders to meet together in relation to a very important subject – the Climate Crisis – with raising awareness activities, but also implementing with “live” actions in the nature, aimed at re-thinking the environment. It has been the setting for Art interventions rolled out throughout the week from 20th until 26th September, with the core concept that the initiative would not end, on the contrary it would continue day after day, with thoughts, ideas and actions, carrying on the energy and the outcomes of the initiative to next activities.
Joseph Beuys and “Capri Battery”, with the lemon and the light, has been used as the logo of the initiative, on each image and picture of “Moments” in Sabina: “moments” have taken place in the beautiful Castle of Montenero, in the projection room of the Castle of Mompeo, in the Municipal Theatre of Casaprota and in the Palazzo del Gatto (Cat’s Palace) in Casaprota, with a breath-taking view garden and the cellar keeping past secrets, graced by a dedication of Luis Sepúlveda; but also in the bar, in the square, and at the library of the three municipalities, while mingling with local citizens.
A well-organized program was never finalised, whoever asked for a program, was replied: “the program, we create it together”.
Improvisations, on the spot interventions, walks through the nature – with the underground music of Gnac and Howie B – shooting by the director Emiliano Montanari, with sharp and unfocused zooming;
intense monologues in the castles, among which the one with Brunella Antomarini, enchanting writer and philosopher;
the “New Afghanistan” on Monte Tancia, poetically and symbolically founded with the princess Soraya Malek of Afghanistan;
the “New Jerusalem”, where you get by leaving the main road and turn down to a path towards the unknown;
on its walls, that remind the sacred place, painters’ canvas and Russian marionettes strings hanging;
Massimo Sgroi, author of Pepe Mujica biography, gave the hope that politics can be different; movies by Wim Wenders (Until the End of the World) and Sebastiano Salgado (The Salt of Life), evoked powerful aesthetic experiences;
the jacket of the designer Fabio Quaranta, who hanged it at a hook at the entrance of the Castle of Montenero, becoming the Keeper; “Moments” of poetry and beauty with Riccardo Duranti;
readings under the oak at the restaurant “The Oak” with Guido Accascina and his 21 points at 21.21 of September 21;
artworks left in the nature, such as “Save the Bees” by Guido Gazzilli and artists with clothes painted like pictures performed as becoming part of the trees;
the documentary “Ethos” by the director Berardo Carboni, the coloured carpets randomly scattered on the floor, while Guendalina Salini walked across, reciting verses; artworks in the quarry, in the night, walking with a flashlight, among the dust and the white stones, accompanied by the moon;
from the top of the castle, peering out from Montenero Castle, Gianni Politi canvas, lying on a brickwork made by the mayor;
all moments pointed by instagram videos of Vanessa Beecroft, Priscilla Tea and Mai Ueda;
by the artoworks of Joseph Kossuth and the Hong Kong “on fire” by Ai Wei Wei, and also the Amazon on fire;
the BlackBerry paintings by Miltos Maneta, who brushed the curves of the Montenero mountains, filming it through the blackberry;
the “Moment” “Father and Daughter”, with Marco Aroldi who temporarily dropped his farmer toils and displayed his handicraft jewellery, while his daughter Sabina, stitched on a board her drawings showing what is climate change for her;
whatsapp connections have taken place with the Climate Reality Project “Leaders”: with Giovanni Lo Coco from Palermo, while “Retake” and his volunteers were cleaning up the beach of Vergine Maria;
with Paola Fiore and Domenico Vito from Milan at the “Climate Week Symposium”, with Simona Fabiani at CGIL in Rome;
with Roberta Centonze from Berlin at the second international conference “Our Climate, our Future“, Helmotz Climate Initiative; and Celeste Righi Ricco at the exhibition BLAU by Elia Festa, plastics in the oceans.
The overreality presence of the major current social leaders with Pepe Mujica, Yanis Varoufakis, Greta Thurberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kuki Gallmann and Al Gore; and also Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, better known as San Francesco.
Meetings and discussions were held with the mayors and the assessors of the three municipalities, talking about the environment and the urgency of continuing working together.
Particularly Paola Fiore, National Coordinator of the Climate Reality Project, Team Italy came to the event and opened up a very good dialogue with the Mayor of Montenero, Ivano de Angelis, for continuing the collaboration with concrete actions in the sustainability path.
The real success of “Moment 01” has been having people switching their way of thinking: as the local officials were initially puzzled at the special timings proposed for the events, during the week they called in suggesting the next appointment at 15.15 or 16.16.
Something had changed. Levelling up their mind-sets onto something new; it is from this change that we want to re-start, re- thinking the environment in a different way. “Moment 01” as 0 is infinite and 1 is the beginning of something new.
Indeed the prologue of “Moment 01” catalogue has no closing paragraph nor sentence, it only says “to be continued’, as a half-closed door to be opened up towards new spaces: something new ahead.
In the program:
- GUIDO ACCASCINA, ANDRECO
- SORAYA MALEK D’AFGANISTAN
- MARCO AFFAITATI
- ANTONINA ALEXEEVA
- ANNA MARIA ANGELUCCI
- MARCO AROLDI
- SABINA AROLDI RHO
- HOWIE B
- BRUNELLA ANTOMARINI
- ETTORE BASENTINI
- VANESSA BEECROFT
- JOSEPH BEUYS (copy)
- MARIO & GORA CANTALUPO
- BERARDO CARBONI
- GIACOMO CATANIA
- IZUMI CHIARALUCE
- EMILIO CORTI
- PINA DELLA ROSSA
- LUCA DE PASCALIS
- SHAY FRISH
- MARTA GALLI
- GUIDO GAZZILI
- LAURA GHERARDI
- RAMIN GHESAL
- ALESSANDRO GIANNÌ
- JOSEPH KOSUTH
- NOËMA KOSUTH
- SIMONETTA IMPERIALI
- RICCARDO LISI
- BRUNO LORENZON
- BIANCA MILLAN
- MILTOS MANETAS
- SIMONE MARINI
- LORENZO MARSILI
- EMILIANO MONTANARI
- MATTEO MONTANI
- ROBERT MONTGOMERY
- PEPE MUJICA (MEDIA)
- VALENTINA NASCIMBEN
- EDISON PASHKAJ
- CRISTINA PENNACCHI
- GERDI PETANAJ
- GIANNI POLITI
- LUCA POZZI
- FABIO QUARANTA
- NORA RENAUD
- LABORATORIO SACCARDI
- GUENDALINA SALINI
- SEBASTIAO SALGADO (FILM)
- MASSIMO SGROI
- ZOLAYKA SHERZAD
- DANAE STRATOU
- PRISCILLA TEA
- LUCA TREVISANI
- SULTANE TUSHA
- FRANCESCO URBANO RAGAZZI
- RAFFAELLA VALSECCHI
- RENATO VIVALDI
- AI WEIWEI (INSTAGRAM)
- WIM WENDERS (FILM)