Marco Petroni, Possible Worlds

Mondi possibili. Appunti di teoria del design declines and proposes a paradigm able to open a perspective towards which to converge practices and theories of the design of our time.

The book talks about the profound transformation that we are experiencing, we are in a state suspended from the world. Mondi possibili seeks a paradigm for reading this suspended phase. The design is experiencing a need to engage the world. It can no longer be reduced to the production of objects. It is a philosophical system, a project of worlds. The design must get their hands dirty with the world, with a real outlet. It is a serious discipline dimension of the world. The possible size is a philosophical condition.

If before there were contestation and antagonism with respect to the system of capital and time for the class struggle against capital, another possible world makes us put into play. It is an enabling dimension of doing design, but an evolutionary dimension of the world. I have choices to make in front of a rampant liabilities: you can build alternatives. The design is a kind of problem-solving, where you try the activation process. It does not need to live in a glass bubble but interacts with many disciplines, especially philosophy.

The school idea: build alternative paths

Maurizio Lazzarato in Paris deals with the transformation of work. Our work dimension has changed. We relentlessly and do not derive financial reward. There condemns itself to the production not be acknowledged. This conviction has a social value. The possibilities are many. In the book shows examples of Studio Forma Fantasma.

The point is what might be an idea of school. 

The world is multiple and hybrid. This is your group intertwining of knowledge and sensitivity. It is an excellent starting point. 

Education is a form of protest. It falls into the possibility of creating alternative paths. A paradigmatic example: the great mass of migrants. In the jungle of Calais where there are thirty thousand people in a great stage of flow: they are there to cross. This suspension always aggregate pieces to the field.

By militants and activists, on the horizontal plane, they decide the fate of this community, to keep the community together, which is the school itself. In a suspension of the right and identity, to build the school-community, it is all based on a process of forming a horizontal structure and non-hierarchical.

In the book, there are examples that find themselves topical. Global Tools, a kind of non-school, which began as a nomad and transdisciplinary. People scattered throughout Italy who meet and exchange experiences on the themes of work, trying to work on rural culture. The experiment lasted two years without a formal definition: this thing is the beauty of the experience. The important fact is the size of rurality. The same museum of civilization, which has cut the time, have a deposit of plots with a transdisciplinary logic. Riccardo Dalisi, already in the 60s, theorized an ultra poor technology. The project does not flatten on industrial processing, but develops experiences, especially with children. This knowledge transfers in the Neapolitan coffee maker. The game and the participation of children are generative. Dialysis is inside the academy. The school as a battlefield not of conflict but of the proposition in the social. The project reflects on the possible design and survival.

Botany - Formafantasma. We had projected backward the look of extraordinary materials such as shellac. It was interesting to the starting point: open a Plan B, a difference. To suit the duration of the event there was an over-Anthropocene reasoning. The world is already in deficit. Something must be done through a route not produced by a curatorial project within the installation. The idea was to hypothesize through multiple looks from various sources, to imagine the possible plan B. 

The school should be one of co-creation space, knowledge exchange, where foreign instruments must lead to a multi-level process, through the contamination between disciplines. This approach in the foundation of a school is absolutely necessary for this era of complexity.

It is an extremely interesting experiment, in the formation of a community. Awarded the Turner Prize, they won the highest award of contemporary British art. A project of urban regeneration of the community through listening in order to understand the need for the local regeneration. The result is the construction of a laboratory with the few existing things locally, for an economy where the unemployment rate is very high. They have similar problems to ours. I've interviewed them before the award. It exploded a great interest. They call themselves plumbers in the community. The hydraulic pipes system, the water distribution channels, to build a plan B.

Any space is a place. Dirty Art Department

A master proposed by Seymour focused on a place capable of acting on the dimension of the world. After the first year of this course, which has only two years, all the master moved to the north of Amsterdam, involving parties in the local community.

The errant school of Macao. A festive mode and dialogue with the community. The Macau structure has become a kind of b & b, creating 36 beds. The objective is to create an evolution of Global Tools. 

What you are doing is part of the world as possible. Through the interweaving of your knowledge, you can rethink the concept of school and why it is important to think about the training processes.

The experience of the Global Tool and rurality.

The meetings were open to the community. Participating farmers and one of the workshop was dedicated to their instruments. Enzo Mari is a beautiful exhibition: a recurrent dialogue with those who work the land. A school does not flatten on technology. Were occasional meetings. The division was done for workgroups. The experience lasted two years. For the Biennale Instambul, a small book was prepared.

Nomadism is one of the conditions of the twenty-first century, the obligation to move. Martina Muzzi reasoning on the status of women in nomadic. The dress-house, which brings in the pieces of the past. In this dress you can put a few elements: you must choose pieces to wear. Nomadism is one of the basic conditions of labor is the memory that is built up, never fixed.

The client 

The designer is accustomed to a client who asks for something. The public is now a rarity. No longer able to design. The private has disappeared. We must invent new ways. It is a time of transformation in which we must make a clean sweep and imagine a post. You have to imagine the next and the school has a great value to imagine inputs in this direction. The perspective is a more inclusive and open world, in which the exchange and dialogue are intertwined.




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