The format was born Lights on Rome, designed by ZERO e Scenario, which leads to the discovery – or rather the rediscovery – urbana of the Roman territories, of the internal differences in the city fabric, of the creative swarm that breathes and beats in unison with the Eternal City. The pourpose of Lights on Roma is to create an anthology of portraits – of the creative protagonists who enliven the city – and, at the same time, to create a network, a mapping of the places that shape and articulate the city landscape. In this way, a sort of scenography of the contemporary scene is restored. Like? Through a narrative, verbal and visual mixture: a story in images accompanied by considerations, thoughts and memories of the protagonists of the creative and design culture.
ORIGINS OF THE LIGHTS ON ROME PROJECT
Scenario is the newborn consulting agency created by Lucia Bosso and Francesca Iovine, who relied on photographs for this project from Flavia Rossi, which with a clear look investigates the themes of memory and emotional geography, taking inspiration from literature, music and painting. “Lights on Rome is one of the first projects we create with Scenario which aims to be a photographic archive tool for the contemporary urban landscape”, he tells Artribune Lucia Bosso. “The will is to broaden the perception of what we think we know through photography which, especially at this moment, risks flattening out to an approved gaze. Scenario acts as an observatory, it does not want to be aligned with the trend proposed by the culture of the image. Flavia Rossi’s photographs differ from the postcard branding of the places in the city ”. Nicola Gerundino coordinates the texts on the online page of ZERO where, between proximity, depth and aerial perspective, the voices of some protagonists of the city’s design, creativity and craftsmanship alternate, carefully selected by ZERO and Scenario. Nicola Gerundino introduces us to the soul of the project, whose idea was born during the lockdown: “The time of resilience that has elapsed has forcefully brought everyone back to a hyper-local dimension: that of the apartment, of the streets around their home, of neighborhoods, to the point of rediscovering the city as a sum of units and networks. Precisely on this terrain ZERO has met in recent weeks the work of Scenario, a reality straddling Rome and Berlin that investigates the role of the photographic image in culture and in architectural and urban dissemination, expanding its awareness ”.
THE FOCUS ON THE DISTRICTS UNDER THE GUIDE OF CREATIVES
Like this IT’S – architecture company founded in 2016 by Alessandro Cambi, Francesco Marinelli e Paolo Mezzalama with offices in Rome, Geneva and Paris – describes the area of Bertone couple: “Between the Tiburtina station and the Prenestina artery, Casal Bertone we often define it as a terrain vague, a hybrid area, with a strong twentieth-century industrial connotation, where, however, heterogeneous architectural elements are recognized” including among these the social gardens of Village 95 or the area surrounding the lake ofFormer Snia. passing all’Eur you meet the couple formed by Chiara Pellicano ed Edoardo Giammarioli. I amMillim, creative studio that feeds on the inspiration coming from the neighborhood, energetic and rational, to conceive its own projects: “Perhaps Eur is not a neighborhood that consoles, with its huge spaces, austere and geometric architecture, the sense of isolation and sometimes emptiness that surprises you. It is an introspective and stimulating neighborhood, which puts you in a necessary condition of listening “. Finally, for now, let’s get to Ostiense where to guide us is None, collective founded by Gregorio De Luca Comandini, Mauro Pace e Saverio Villirillo, which argue: “we use technology as a tool to create narratives, practices, installations and exhibitions, and we investigate new languages that combine physical and digital elements “. In their vivid account of the ex-industrial area, they manage to entertain, get indignant, propose ideas of recovery and regeneration, give away pieces of everyday reality; starting from their base in Via Libetta they observe with criticality the abandoned spaces, the gentrification of the neighborhood, the waste of forgotten resources: “One of our earliest memories of Ostiense is linked to those times when we went out of school – but perhaps sometimes we didn’t really go into school – and crossed the city to have lunch at Pierino al Gasometro: a historic trattoria where Pierino and his wife served. breaded slices and gricia. Pierino told us of when as a child he helped his father to bring meals to the workers of Italgas and Mira Lanza on the other side of the Tiber, by bicycle with the luggage rack loaded with amatriciana pans “. In short, these and many other stories for a new interpretation of the city.