Matera 2019

Utopias and dystopias

Ars Excavandi is the opening exhibition in the programme of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. This outstanding international event is the first exploration of the art and practices of excavation that have given rise to architectures, civilizations and rupestrian landscapes throughout the centuries. From a contemporary perspective, it proposes a new approach to rupestrian art, from the early use of natural cavities and rock carvingsto caves, dwellings, monuments, canals, cities and villages carved out of the rock.

A month of events dedicated to circus arts in their most experimental and contemporary variations. The events will take place mainly at the Cava del Sole immediately after its opening. In this way the local community will have the chance to become familiar with the restyling of this unique place and make it one of the recreation centres where to discover and experience Matera 2019.

Matera Alberga is a project of installations and site-specific works of contemporary art set upin a number of hotels to recreate  the old “Vicinati” (neighbourhood) of the Sassi. The aim of Art is to stimulate the renewal of the key elements of life in the Sassi of Matera: welcoming, meeting and living together.

In Homo Ludensby (1938), the Dutch philosopher Johan Huizinga highlighted the importance of games in culture and society as a necessary and primary condition for the production of culture. Games allow us to test different ways of designing urban space, facing social problems and living together or far away. Games are a new form of sharing, communicating and of experiencing oneself.

Gardentopia is a project focused on the valorization of green spaces through the active involvement of citizens. The project aims for groups of citizens, schools or associations, in collaboration with international artists temporarily living in Matera, to transform abandoned public areas into community gardens and orchards. The project involves both existing green spaces adopted by local residents and abandoned sites close to highly populated areas or close to areas with a well defined use, such as those near schools and enterprises. The aim is not only to create beauty but also to perceive green spaces as true community places.

Like two goddesses, Petra and Matera are places that share the same soul,sinking their roots deep into the stone and the substance they contact. Twinned by Unesco, these two towns and their rugged heritage represent a chance to “penetrate” Basilicata and Jordan, in order to discover the landscape and artistic beauties and peculiarities of these areas.  This appeal from Basilicata to Jordan was the source of inspiration of MATER(i)A P(i)ETRA photographic project, created by Carlos Solito, a photographer, film director and writer.

Invisible Pavillons aims at raising awareness of the leading role of architecture and artistic research in both urban and rural spaces.

The playfulpath | Open playfulspace develops a series of events where game, sport and urban art become a new gateway to the discovery, regeneration and rehabilitation of sites and communities that can be lived as shared and accessible cultural locations.

Matera Città Aperta will examine and experiment with the theme of limits, understood as physical and material separation, but also as a non-visible separation.