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Summer Workshop in Palermo

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The workshop held in Palermo gathered international students in Architecture, Art and the Humanities during one week in Palermo, Sicily. The students, artists, local citizens and migrants created collective works by investigating how art and culture can influence the uses and the social relationships that produce the landscape of the city.

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 collective works.

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