Immersive videogames, experimental layouts, participative activities. Italian museums have become more involving and interactive (but not only digitally) and the public loves them: in 2016 they were the most visited in Europe. Their new challenge? Generating social value beyond the mere economic one.
A new, young generation of superstar poets is emerging. Their poetry is Spoken Word, it is born in live performances, it goes viral thanks to videos and podcasts, it is socially engaged, very young and often accompanied by music.
Ideas change the world. And Danish city Aarhus is using them to bring out a new Europe. The reportage published on D – with pictures by Giuliano Koren – on Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017, where art, architecture, design, music and technology are used as agents of social change.
Social art has always existed. Yet in recent times, socially motivated artists – whose work verges towards urbanism, architecture and design – have been awarded élite prizes and recognized as “content consultants” for municipalities. Why is “the system” suddenly recognizing its value?
Plastic materials that change shape, installations that lose pieces, ready made that melt: the restoration of contemporary art is an art in itself. It is also an emergency for museums and galleries and a challenge that poses important questions on the very nature of art itself
From the MoMA in New York to the Tate in London, from the Muse of Trento to the Convent of San Domenico in Naples, museums go digital. And this is changing the way we experience art but also their social role, as they build new relationships with the public
Architecture becomes the protagonist of the theatre set design, overcoming, by force and narrative impact, the traditional decorative approach. Thanks to technology and to a more evolved way of designing spaces.