A participatory art project on decision-making processes and sense of community: participants are invited to live a moment of suspension, during which they can experience new ways to discuss the basic principles of any human society. A tribal bubble that travels through the western world and mentality, to remind each of us of the role we can play in the social realities of reference, be they a neighbourhood, a family or politics.
If we could design a community from scratch, we would have to decide how to organize it, and to do so we would have to agree. Power, resources, justice, relationships: pivotal points of our world, to be reviewed with new eyes. Pop Up Civilization had been developed for two years and in its last phase of creation it was strongly influenced and inspired by the COVID crisis. The crisis was taken as a chance to enhance the potential of the project.
Concept and artistic direction // Matteo Lanfranchi
Dramaturg // Aneta Fodorová
Sound Design // Roberto Rettura
Set design // Fabrice Deperrois, assisted by Tim Hinam and Pauline Thébault – Les Plastiqueurs collective
Performers for the French version // Nadia Sahali et Yann Berthelot
Workshops assistance // Beatrice Cevolani
Project management // Isadora Bigazzi
Scientific supervisor // Alessandra Frigerio, PhD in Social, Cognitive and Clinical Psychology
Production // Atelier 231 (France), La Strada Graz (Austria), 4+4 Days in Motion (Czech Republic), Festival di Terni (Italy), ODA (Kosovo), Uz Arts (UK), Effetto Larsen (Italy), Reverb (Italy)
A project initially commissioned in 2018 by Neil Butler (Uz Arts – Glasgow)