The Point: Stories that must be told. Workshop at Siena Art Institute
The Point: Stories that must be told
Siena is in many ways a city full of things we do not immediately see. Behind the medieval facades, life, separate from the tourists that trod the city’s streets, is continuously taking shape. Parallel stories, intersecting, crossing through, horizontally and vertically, above and below, give shape to a complex layering of time and space. Witnesses of a collective endeavour of an understanding of the self as a part of a collective whole. The Point: Stories that must be told, presents the voices that a city can speak with as setting for interaction, and narratives of history, myth and fantasy. In collaboration with Radio Arte.
Stories that must be told, voices that must be heard now
Workshop with Siena Art Institute, in collaboration with Radio Arte
November 26, 27, 28, 29, 2019
How does (self-) organization take shape? How is a collective voice created?
Siena is in many ways a city full of things we do not immediately see. Behind the medieval facades, life, separate from the tourists that trod the city’s streets, is continuously taking shape. Parallel, intersecting, crossing through, horizontally and vertically, above and below, giving shape to a complex layering of time and space (strata). The centuries old walls, the underground water systems, the seventeen contrada’s with their social, economical and religious system of self-organization, the traces of previous governing, the Allegory of Good and Evil, the surrounding agro-organizations, are all witnesses of a collective endeavour of an understanding of the self as a part of a collective whole, and with regards to citizenship.
This city offers an opportunity to investigate the many layers of influence and depth. For some, gentrification, evolution, growth, or development threatens the future of the voice(s) that a city can speak with – traditionally the setting for interaction, and tales of history, myth and fantasy. For others, the city is a utopian site where humans are emancipated from the location itself, leaving the city speaking in audible and inaudible code languages.
This project invites participants to explore the city as a potential site of learning and research, and to take the stratification of narratives that have shaped Siena throughout time. As point of departure we will investigate how ‘sense of community’ has shaped the city, and in what ways it continues to so - and perhaps as a consequence: citizenship- with all the potential and challenges that may be encountered.
There is more to see here than just buildings and roads. Through fieldwork and close listening and reading of the city as a site, we will explore (human or non-human) knowledge. We will look carefully and challenge ourselves and others to think beyond existing geographic and culturally-based discourses, situations, and disciplines. We will talk with hosts, experts and non-experts, strangers, fictional characters, humans or non-humans, the soil, the wind, the water, the walls, the plants. Through recording of sounds and conversations we will create an understanding of the role of narration to build community. Creating a guide, a map, a sketchbook of the city through sound and audio recordings.
Participants are invited to engage in a collaborative process to unfold the many layers through which the city ‘converses’ – culminating in collective broadcasting event through Radio Arte, as life performances and public event, gathering stories, sounds and voices that must be told and heard now.