In-ruins Residency is an international art research 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 the south of Italy, are slowly loosing appealing and that is why this residency, exploring ways of encounter between the fluidity and fragmentary of the digital and the “untouchable” and “sacred” ruins, wants to disclose new ways of looking at archaeology. The artists will be encouraged to continue their research and production in a new and suggestive context without an imposed structure of a standard residency program. The residency will provide space and time for focused research and art production in the archaeological park of Scolacium in the south of Italy.
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. 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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