Pilastro neighbourhood was built in 1966 in the suburbs of Bologna as a council housing district to host immigrats from southern Italy and the working class.
Last year, in occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, Bologna Town Municipality promoted a project for the development of this area, with the aim to enhance its human and cultural richness.
Laminarie theatre company was appointed as Coordinator of a Laboratory for Local Storytelling which led to the creation of a Community Digital Archive. The archive was built by collecting photographs, videos and other historical documents from single citizens, groups, associations and cultural Institutions. Its aim is both to collect stories and historical witnesses of the district and to imagine the future of this area at the same time.
Laminarie presented a collection of documents selected from the broader archive kept at DOM under the title Collecting Stories.
On the 9th of July 2016, during festival Vocazione al contatto curated by Laminarie at Pasolini Public Park, Laminarie presented a birthday party for the neighbourhood with a monumental projection of the contents of the Archive on the facede of two main Towers.
LocationParco Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
The three Towers of the neighbourhood are huge buildings 18 floors high that overlook Pasolini Park, the main public park in the neighbourhood.
The Towers are considered as symbols of the neighbourhood because they host several active community and they are mainly self-managed by inhabitants themselves.
All people who lives in Pilastro neighborhood (young and old people, immigrants etc..).
How the audience/participants were reached or discovered
During the festival Vocazione al Contatto a lot of people have been involved in activities and artistic project. Children and artists were especially engaged in this “relationship exercise”, by applying the imaginative approach that Laminarie already experimented in the last nine years in the development of DOM’s projects and programmes.
How it was done
How it went
Main lessons learned
It was a great succes to involve people in celebrating the foundation of Pilastro neighborhood. It has touched old people who live there for long time and also new generations that had the chance to get in touch with the story Pilastro territory and its people.
Laminarie works in Pilastro territory since nine years. Starting from the begin we keep the inspiration from the people who live here and their stories!
direction Febo Del Zozzo and Bruna Gambarelli
organization Marcella Loconte
communication Federica Rocchi
administration Andrea Berna
video installation by VisualLab
With the support of Associazione Al Ghofrane, Athleticsbaseball, Biblioteca Luigi Spina, Centro Commerciale Il Pilastro, Centro Sociale Anziani, Centro Volontariato Sociale, Circolo La Fattoria, Lorenzini Gabriele, Mousiké, Palestra Boxe Le Torri, Scuola d’infanzia e nido Ada Negri, Scuola Primaria Romagnoli, Servizi Educativi, Renato Nanetti, Teletorre 19
Cento di questi giorni
For celebrating Pilastro’s birthday on 9th July 2016 Laminarie has coordinated the creation of a spectacular installation in using video projections on the main towers surfaces that tell the story of Pilastro neighborhood with the images collected by the citizens. The event has illuminated the towers, symbol of Pilastro, which are fundamental parts of the area development history.