• the dam before the tragedy - archive photo (courtesy fondazione vajont)
  • the vajont dam/line - photo giacomo de donà
  • nuovo spazio di casso and the landslide - photo giacomo de donà
  • the dam framed - photo giacomo de donà

On Monday, June the 19th 2017, Deborah Serracchiani, president of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, came here, in the Vajont area.

She first visited the dam, together with the mayors, the vice president Bolzonello, and the people in charge of the enel plant.

After the dam, the president went up to Casso, where we met her and told her about Dolomiti Contemporanee and the Nuovo Spazio di Casso, as well as the international artistic contest “two calls for Vajont”, which with this project by Andrea Nacciarriti will change the damn itself. We also made her aware of Paesaggi Contemporanei, and of the new projects that we’re launching in and around the Fiuli and Dolomites Regions – inside this vast, free space, space-universe, which is the landscape, and which knows only one border (perpetually crossed, here, by us): the border between inertia and action, over which we work, through our regeneration and openness model.

We’ll meet President Serracchiani again soon, to talk with her more in depth about some sites in the Friuli Region in particular, as well as about the themes and practices that are routinely developed inside DC: the regeneration of the identity and function of the territory’s resources and of the “intact, suspended fulcrums” of “scattered and forgotten heritage inside the contemporary landscape”; the renewal of the aesthetic framework connected to mountain and landscapes (the vertical ones first and foremost), and refusal of the stereotypical codifications of lands, ropes and thoughts; the reflection on the essence and cultural value of the incredible sites and spaces on which we work daily, and to which we give new light, always, rescuing them from a shapeless darkness, because they mustn’t stay still, but live, instead, welcoming and amplifying powerful reactive and constructive functions, spreading light around, their own light, now charged by the good work we carry out every day, together with the hundreds of partners – and artists, and all the others we involve in our active hubs and activities – that like us believe in the logic of the overturning of exceptional sites’ atrophic destinies: not closed anymore, now, but open once more.

And then, we drank Birra Dolomiti in front of Mt. Toc, with our fantastic mayor Fernando and other friends, gathered here on this wild, high terrace, that dominates silence, surprising in its strength, so clear in the atmosphere around it (on our tables-benches Grappa Nonino and Acqua Dolomia, two other fundamental DC partners, could also be found).
It’s good to be here, in Casso, very good indeed: one can feel it inside the chest, gut, shoulders, forehead, nape, and mind.
Later still, we all went for a feast of red meat down at the Trattoria al Cervo Bianco: our good friends, too, and excellent at their job. We are not with anyone, we are with them.

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12/05/2015

On April the 30th the first phase of the International Artistic Contest Two Calls for Vajont, launched in June 2014 by Dolomiti Contemporanee drew to a close.
The Contest was conceived as an open platform of reflection on the territory of the Vajont and on its terrible history (October the 9th 1963), and as an opportunity to rethink, through the production of a series of renovating images, the landscape and some of the main symbols of that history today, transforming them from still objects-memories of the tragedy into active and shared “construction sites” of the mind and spirit.

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01/05/2015

On Saturday May the 2nd, Dolomiti Contemporanee will host a day dedicated to culture and contemporary art. A talk, open to the public, is going to take place at the Nuovo Spazio di Casso, from 2 to 6 PM.

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29/03/2015

The first phase of the twocalls contest is coming to its end. It only will be possible to send projects for a call for a wall and a call for a line until April the 30th.
Twocalls is a contest of ideas that, through artistic projects, increases the amount of active and projective reflection on the critical Vajont area.

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