Arcipelago Ocno

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Arcipelago Ocno is an archipelago of floating islands that functions as an aquatic piazza for the city, extending Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic centre. Throughout the year it will host concerts, events, performances, lectures and screenings on Mantova’s lakes, transforming them from a picturesque backdrop to an active site of urban life. The islands form modular units which can be reconfigured, relocated and extended according to the activities they host, and will continue to provide a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities in years to come.
The archipelago is named after Ocno – a demigod son of Manto and the god river Mincio. Legend has it that in honor of his deceased mother, Ocno founded the city of Mantova on the river Mincio, where he fled after his father was recalled to live among his fellow Gods. The installation’s outline recalls the form of the lotus, or Nelumbium nucifera, an extensive presence in the lakes that bloom in July and August.

Arcipelago Ocno is an archipelago of floating islands that functions as an aquatic piazza for the city, extending Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic centre. Throughout the year it will host concerts, events, performances, lectures and screenings on Mantova’s lakes, transforming them from a picturesque backdrop to an active site of urban life. The islands form modular units which can be reconfigured, relocated and extended according to the activities they host, and will continue to provide a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities in years to come.
Project team: Joseph Grima, Giulia Finazzi, Enrico Ginocchio
Client: Città di Mantova (Mattia Palazzi, Sindaco, Lorenza Baroncelli, Assessore Rigenerazione Urbana)
Production: Piemme Srls
In collaboration with Libra Onlus & Istituto Fde
Technical consultant: Franco Troffei
Electrical systems: Martini&Martini
Logistics: Navi Andes Negrini
Photography and media: Siglacom for Mantova2016

Press:
Living Corriere della Sera
Artribune
Gazzetta di Mantova

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The New City Reader
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The New City Reader is a newspaper on architecture, public space and the city, published as part of The Last Newspaper, an exhibit running at the New Museum from 6 October 2010 to 9 January 2011. The format of the New City Reader is inspired by the dazibao, the Chinese practice of affixing newspapers in public space for them to be read collectively. Editorial work for the New City Reader took place in a purpose-designed office in the New Museum gallery in full public view.

Produced as a collaboration between Joseph Grima and Kazys Varnelis/Columbia University NetLab, the New City Reader consisted of 14 weekly editions guest-edited by a contributing network of architects, theorists, and research groups. Each issue addressed a single section of a typical newspaper (such as Sports, Finance or Obituaries). The sections were available for free at the New Museum and—in emulation of a practice also common in the 19th-century American city before newspapers became cheap and abundant—were posted in public throughout the city for collective reading.

A second edition of the New City Reader was published in Istanbul to coincide with the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial.

The New City Reader is a newspaper on architecture, public space and the city, published as part of The Last Newspaper, an exhibit running at the New Museum from 6 October 2010 to 9 January 2011. The format of the New City Reader is inspired by the dazibao, the Chinese practice of affixing newspapers in public space for them to be read collectively. Editorial work for the New City Reader took place in a purpose-designed office in the New Museum gallery in full public view.
New City Reader 1st edition, New York credits:

Executive editors: Joseph Grima and Kazys Varnelis
Managing Editor: Alan Rapp
Associate managing editor: John Cantwell
Associate editors: Brigette Borders, Daniel Payne
Editorial assistant: Pantea Tehrani
Art director: Neil Donnelly
Designer: Chris Rypkema
Editorial cartoonist: Klaus
Blackout! cartoonists: Momo Araki, Alexis Burson, Leigha Dennis, Kyle Hovenkotter
Web Developer: Jochen Hartmann
Contributing editors: David Benjamin & Livia CoronaC-Lab/Jeffrey InabaProgram in Media + Modernitycommon roomDJ N-RON & DJ/rupture, Jeannie Kim & Hunter TuraLeagues and LegionsMichael MeredithNetwork Architecture Lab, Frank Pasquale & Kevin Slavin, D-Crit – School of Visual Arts, Robert Sumrell & Andrea Ching, Nugu (Geminidas & Nomeda Urbonas) with Saskia SassenEyal Weizman, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of London

New City Reader 2nd edition, Istanbul credits:

Executive editors: Joseph Grima and Kazys Varnelis
Editorial coordinator: Elian Stefa
Managing editor: Benan Kapucu
Associate editor: Merve Yücel
Translator: Aslı Mertan
Art direction: Folder
Contributing Editors: Emre Arolat, DEMILIT, Fake Industries Architecture Agonism, Beatrice Galilee & Tom Keeley, Mehmet Gürs, Ömer Kanıpak, Unfold, Şevin Yıldız

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