Archipelago: immaterial connections

Eterotopia | La Maddalena IT | workshop| sept 2018


Eterotopia La Maddalena is a nine-days event that will be held from the 22nd to the 30th September 2018 in the stunning Sardinian archipelago of La Maddalena.

Over these days, eight teams led by young militants in the field of architecture and related disciplines, will be developing projects whose purpose is to promote the territory in a widespread manner, by recognition of its various resources, and by seeking to overcome the challenges of seasonal and localised employment.

The event’s palimpsest leaves plenty of room for debates and roundtables, so that the barrier that often divides Art and Politics in a confrontation that is always open and intense can be broken In trying to understand the prevailing conditions of this area through a multidisciplinary approach, we will adopt the role of modern explorers.
No longer searching for unexplored territories, but determined to identify and understand some of the infinite relationships that exist between humanity and land. The aim is to interpret the variety of resources of this territory by setting up a common framework with a series of projects whose challenge is to overcome the seasonal and limited use of the archipelago’s resources.

By presenting ourselves as new occupants of la Maddalena, we will overturn the traditional rules of conquest that are linked to the idea of occupation for the purposes of possession and exploitation, with a precise series of actions that will result in the development and protection of the area.

Is the sea a place of existence opposed or complementary to the one of the land?
Can the sea be a place for a new network to be settled?

The sea, that other space of connection and isolation, primordial placenta and custodian of complex ecosystems, watchful sentinel of its precious gems: the Islands. From the very beginning, the way in which man has established relations with the sea has led to the development of society. Mediterranean Sea has been the cradle of ancient civilizations, which have intuited and exploited the immense potential of communication, exchange and knowledge. A re ection on the sea as a place of existence opposed to the land, an area of separation and union, protection and expansion, interpreted in a contemporary key, technological, sustainable and smart.