In-ruins Residency is an international art residency project enquiring into the dynamics of archaeology in relation to digital technology. The residency's aim is to create spaces of encounter between archaeological landscapes and contemporary art practices.
Archaeological sites are places where materiality and integrity still play a fundamental role because constantly searched and desired. Archaeological ruins, especially in southern Italy, are slowly loosing appeal and that is why this residency, exploring ways of encounter between the fluidity and fragmentary of the digital and the “untouchable” and “sacred” ruins, wishes to disclose new ways of looking at archaeology. The artists are encouraged to work on their research and practice in a new and suggestive context without an imposed structure of a standard residency program.
The residency provides space and time for focused researches and art practices in the archaeological park of Scolacium (Roccelletta di Borgia, IT). Artists are hosted at walking distance from the archaeological park and provided of studio spaces, video editing studio and free access to the archaeological site.
The Archaeological Park of Scolacium (Borgia, IT) is one of the most important e suggestive archaeological historical sites of southern Italy. The site comprises of archaeological monuments and a secular olive grove and it benefits from a proximity to the airport.
The archaeological ruins are the result of centuries of stratification by different powers: in the roman period it was called Minerva Scolacium, a Roman colony which was established in 123-122 B.C. on the site of the Greek city of Skylletion. After its decline, between the Greek-Gothic war of the sixth century A.D., and the definite abandonment of the city in the eighth century A.D., taking the name of Squillace, it became a Saracen fortress, and between the eleventh and twelfth centuries it was occupied by the Normans.
From 2005 to 2011, the site hosted a series of contemporary exhibitions titled Intersezioni (Intersections). The exhibitions featured important international artists like Daniel Buren, Stephan Balkenhol, Tony Cragg, Wim Delvoye, Jan Fabre, Antony Gormley, Mimmo Paladino, Marc Quinn, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Mauro Staccioli.
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