Casa Particular, 2015 | 56° Venice Biennial
Installation: wood, dibond, LCD 42”, video,dimensions variable,
Site specific for the Pavilion of Republic of Cuba
56th Venice Biennial
‘Casa Particular’ is part of a wider project of the artist Giuseppe Stampone, called ‘Global Education’, that examines the social transformations after the appearance of Internet and the global village, and the consequences on local realities.
‘Global Education’ is conceived to create a new literacy based on the concept that the art piece will be completed thanks to people participation and it promotes a didactic approach developed in primary school, where children interact more spontaneously and with their instinctive creativity, because they are still uncontaminated from structural stratifications.
The video tutorial about how to realize your own
‘Casa Particular’ is one of a series of tutorials about how to build the ‘Nuova Cuba’ that denounces global massification. With the end of the embargo and with a huge amount of foreign capital investments arriving in the nation, the country seriously risks to face these problems very soon. (The second video will concern the behaviour, the style and the language that Cubans will have to acquire to enter in an economic and political international system that requires certain already assimilated standards.)
After this first phase, Stampone intends to start a tour in the schools of Cuba, showing to the children his aseptic and impersonal tutorials to encourage a reaction against identity destruction. The concept is to engage children in the reconstruction of their own country. Through an artistic and didactic process they will realize their own tutorials, on the basis of their free imagination and passed down memories from their families stories.
The video tutorials will be uploaded in a youtube channel and will be part of the ‘Global Education’ archive that will be used by the artist to create a map and a guide of Cuba, re-elaborated on local citizens experiences.
The artist avails himself of the support of the Solstizio network (www.solstizio.org, founded by him in 2008, that works in different countries worldwide through artistic projects that are co-financed by the European Union, in which the new generation is invited to meditate on urgent issues such as environmental safeguard, cyber-wars, emigration and social inequalities.
Solstizio collaborates with artists, architects, intellectuals, sociologists, anthropologists, pedagogues and is in partnership with universities, museums, foundations, associations, NGOs and schools.
At the moment Stampone engaged about 30.000 students of different ages in an active teaching method with the final aim to set up big artistic installations under his direction, in public spaces in various cities around the world.