The Independent Group Residents of Psirri http://psyrri.blogspot.com/
have invited Lorenzo Romito and Giulia Fiocca from Stalker and primaveraromana collectives to give a lecture entitled:
“Primaveraromana, Common Actions For Social Change.”
On Tuesday 21 February at 8pm at the Occupied Theater EMPROS (Riga Palamidi 2, Psyrri).
Giulia Fiocca represents Primaveraromana
Lorenzo Romito is a founding member of Stalker and ON/Osservatorio Nomad. He graduated in architecture at the University la Sapienza in Rome in 1997 and is the recipient of the 2000-2001 Prix de Rome in Architecture at the Accademia di Francia in Rome. His involvement in Stalker, a laboratory of urban art and researches on territory, focuses on the relations between art, architecture, urban social history, and environmental studies. He also produces performances, publications, exhibitions, and conference worldwide; including the participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2001, the Manifesta Biennal in Lijubliana in 2001, the Rome Art Quadriennale in 2008, and Venice Architectural Biennale in 2008. He is also the coordinator of the ON/Osservatorio Nomade international network, promoted by Stalker, whose main projects include the Immaginare Corviale with F. Careri (2003-2005); Egnatia, a path of displaced memories (2002-2005); Campagnaromana (2006), distances, belongings and emergencies in the “beyond- city,” Rieres’i’rambles (2007), and GRA Inversione di Marcia (U-Turn) (2009).
Stalker is a collective of architects and researchers connected to the Roma Tre University who came together in the mid-1990s. In 2002, Stalker founded the research network Osservatorio Nomade (ON), which consists of architects, artists, activists and researchers working experimentally and engaging in actions to create self-organised spaces and situations.
Stalker have developed a specific methodology of urban research, using participative tools to construct a ‘collective imaginary’ for a place. In particular they have developed the method of collective walking to ‘actuate territories’, which for them is a process of bringing space into being. Stalker carry out their walks in the ‘indeterminate’ or void spaces of the city, which have long been disregarded or considered a problem in traditional architectural practice. Referring to their walking practice as ‘transurbance’, the group views it as a collective mode of expression and a tool for mapping the city and its transformations, of gathering stories, evoking memories and experiences, and immersing themselves with others in a place. They use this knowledge and experience to address urban planning and territorial issues, focusing especially on the interstices of the contemporary city-region. Starting with the edges of the Tiber river on the outskirts of Rome, Stalker have since used this method in many other cities including Milan, Paris, Berlin and Turin.
Since their early walks, Stalker/ON have developed an approach to architecture that is profoundly participatory. Using tactical and playful interventions, they aim at creating spatial transformations through engaging in social relations, because as they have observed, the built environment takes too long to respond to the needs and desires of those who inhabit it. Places on the periphery and communities that are marginal take centre stage in Stalker/ON’s projects, working with amongst others the Roma and gypsy populations of Europe, Kurdish migrants and the homeless. Their projects show a commitment to those that society abandons and their method collectively tries to build projects with them. Through listening, making use of creative tools of mapping, walking, interventions and participation, Stalker/ON initiate processes of self-organisation that create convivial, social spaces.