BelMondo Tracks: Architecture Studio 3 + Le Seppie at Venice Architecture Biennale 2023


La Rivoluzzione delle Seppie, performance in Belmonte’s old water reservoir, Calabria, April 2023. Photo: Jane McAllister

17 May 2022 – 26 Nov 2023
Biennale di Venezia

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Architecture Studio 3 collaborate with BelmondoTracks on one of nine site-specific interventions for Spaziale presenta – a preparatory phase to the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2023

Building on an innovative collaboration with architecture Studio 3 and Unit 6 ARCSR at AADS since 2016, La Rivoluzione delle Seppie (public action “Le Seppie”, co-founder 1st year tutor Rita Elvira Adamo) have been acting as one of the nine incubator hosts for Spaziale presenta, the preparatory component of Spaziale: Everyone Belongs to Everyone Else, the project by the collective Fosbury Architecture for the Italian Pavilion at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.

The installation BelMondo Tracks has been designed collaboratively by architecture collective orizzontale and artist Bruno Zamborlin, in collaboration with Le Seppie. The team is one of the nine cross-disciplinary site-specific pairings, which contribute to a critical reflection of Italy’s regional issues. In line with this, the ensemble of pieces produced for Belmonte challenges the perception of a town affected by depopulation, with an installation which reactivates its vibrancy celebrating it as a “Glocal centre”.

The innovative spatial and audio installations, are currently taking place in the garden of the ancient castle of Belmonte, fostering a direct exchange between the inhabitants and the site through a subtle architectural intervention and experimentation with new technologies. The fabrication of the work using DIY building technology has encouraged the discovery of public good and initiated long-term investment through processes of care and engagement.

As background to the current project, Studio 3 is supported by their tutors Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister who in the last seven years have been exploring the intersection of migration and depopulation through methods of engagement and making with locals and students. Continuing this methodology, the installations for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023 in Belmonte, have been possible with the help of current and former students from the Studio 3 and Unit 6 atelier, Rachel Buckley, and Jim Wyatt Gosebruch.

Studio 3 would like to thank Le Seppie, orizzontale and the Municipality of Belmonte for the continued commitment to evolving a productive collaboration with the academic atelier.