The EM Tools workshop is over. We spent two intense days, 29 and 30 October in Cagliari, at the Festival Autunno Danza. We moved between research and practice, choreography and experimental cartography, informal architecture. We explored the concept of “event” in the urban space, to look the tensions that rule the contemporary city. Through EM Toolkit, we reflected on the body as a cartographic tool and and its relation with the urban space, no longer as a given space, but as a practiced place.

Always Becoming – Case study#3 Malmo

From end of May to September 2015, I will explore the city of Malmö through performative practices of urban mapping. I will be artist-in-residence in the Living Archives project, at the University of Malmo.

The Always Becoming project applies artistic practice  to the research and development of the Em:toolkit –  tools for urban mapping and performance practices. As a performance artist, I have been always been interested to explorein exploring the complex relationships between body and space. My performances are mappings that represent places that I reshape and weave according to the different stages stimulated by  specific urban environments such as urban rivers, old villages, local communities,  The materials and collected data, produced during the long periods of exploration in selected urban areas, are accumulated in an archive that is transformed into visual works and body performances. The basis  of this research refers on one hand to my experiences as an artist, on the other hand to theoretical studies and materials investigated during the development of this project. The intention is to combine both in a syncretic and extended theoretical and practical project. The basis  of this research refers on one hand to my experiences as an artist, on the other hand to theoretical studies and materials investigated during the development of this project. The intention is to combine both in a syncretic and extended theoretical and practical project. In Malmö I will explore some areas of the city; mapping the urban space with my body by applying the Em:toolkit, a system that aims to encourage to encourage people to observe and interpret ’events’ that happen in real­time in the urban space. The toolkit enables ‘map­-makers’  to reveal those ‘events’ already exist in the urban space, but which we are not fully aware of because they are at the periphery of our attention. The toolkit, suggests that they these ‘events’ are just waiting to be discovered and therefore the work of the mapping process, is to reveal them and activate what would otherwise be latent. The toolkit proposes a series of steps, that include observation, analysis, and extraction to embody those events and perform them as body­a​ction. I consider it as map. By collecting ‘events’ – that is, situations and rhythms of the city of Malmö,,  – my body becomes a ‘sampler’ able to record and play my actions and experiences in the urban space. The aim of the mapping practice as an embodiment process, is to create a series of body­-action , as urban interventions, and reenact them as performative scores. The performance, as cartography process, will be a display: a kind of embodied map,  – the subjective map of the urban space. The body-action are documented and presented in the form of video and live performance.

Activities:
Research – M​ay to September 2015 Urban mappings and research around Malmö.

Performance – 5 ​June 2015 ‘Being in here, in what will no longer be’, at the From Soil to Structure event, Malmö.

Talk and discussion – 8​ June 2015 (10–12 AM at K3) An introduction to my recent investigations in urban mapping, the body, critical cartography and complexity. The presentation is an opportunity to meet practitioners, people and researchers, to share ideas and open a discussion on the body and urban mapping practices, cartography and creative processes.

Workshop – September 2015 (2–6 PM at K3) Em:toolkit: tools for urban mapping and performance practices. The aim of the workshop is to explore the city of Malmö with alternative performative practices of urban mapping.

Em_method @ Department of Architecture – SCU, Taipei

Em_method – urban complexity, narratives and mapping practices along Keelung River. workshop by Alessandro Carboni
from 31/03 to 3/04, Department of Architecture – SCU, Taipei –http://www.arch.usc.edu.tw/
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Four days fulltime workshop focus on Keelung River as point of intersection point between natural and artificial landscape. In particular, it will look at the effects of production activity, social, cultural and environmental life in the various neighbourhoods and areas along Keelung River. It will be understood as the central element of transformation, a tangible landscape system, the central element in balance where all natural and artificial elements can be variably connected.