During July 2018, Umeå School of Architecture arranged summer
workshops in Barcelona, London, Palermo, Træna and Umeå. The
workshops were part of courses on both bachelor and master level
and involved architecture students from Sweden and abroad.
This workshop gathered international students in Architecture,
Art and the Humanities during one week in Palermo, Sicily. It was a
collaboration between Stalker, Umeå School of Architecture, Master
in Environmental humanities at Università Roma 3, Royal Institute
of Art in Stockholm and local, cultural institutions and
associations in Palermo (Teatro Massimo, CLAC, Dimora OZ,
Polipolis, Caffè Internazionale).
The current urban regeneration project of Palermo focuses on the
importance of art, cultural grassroots initiatives and migrants.
The multi-layered and deeply condensed history of the city has left
its traces throughout its multi-cultural society at the heart of
the Mediterranean area. In 2017 the mayor launched the "Charter of
Palermo"which established free movement of all people in the
territory of the city. Palermo is the European Capital of Culture
2018 and is also hosting the Manifesta
European Nomadic Biennial of Art.
In relation to the Manifesta programme of exhibitions and
artists' interventions, the workshop explored how the city can be
regenerated in the encounter of art, territory, people living there
and people passing through. The students worked with the questions:
What is the relationship between the monuments of Palermo and the
immaterial history of migration? What constitutes heritage? How can
marginalized forms of habitation be valued?
Guided by Stalker, an Italian collective of architects
and artists, the students experienced Palermo, through the
practice of walking, and investigated how art and culture can
influence the uses and the social relationships that produce the
landscape. Students, artists, local citizens and migrants
experimented with new relationships with sites by creating