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06.12.2018, 11.00 am: Presentation “Open Design, Open Future: Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 as a laboratory for contemporary co-creation”

The Italian Embassy to Germany, the Italian National Tourist Board – ENIT and the Matera Basilicata 2019
Foundation are glad to invite you to the presentation “Open Design, Open Future: Matera European Capital
of Culture 2019 as a laboratory for contemporary co-creation”, next Thursday, December 6th at 10.30 am
(Conference begins at 11:00) at the Italian Embassy to Germany (Tiergartenstrasse 22, 10785, Berlin –

10:30 Registration
11:00 – 11:05 Welcome Address
Luigi Mattiolo, Designated Ambassador of Italy to Germany
11:05 – 11:45 Keynotes
Rossella Tarantino, Development and Relations Manager, Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation
Joseph Grima, Director, Open Design School
Armin Linke, Photographer, Curator of the “Stratigraphy” Project
11:45 – 12:15 Questions & Answers
12:15 End of meeting and get together

Please confirm your attendance by December 5th at the e-mail address

Matera European Capital of Culture for 2019 is a major collective project based on a process of co-creation,
involving constant communication with local creative operators, European partners and citizens.
Therefore, most productions are the result of the process of co-creation carried out together with the
creative scene of Basilicata, linked to a wide range of artists, networks and national and European
institutions. In such “open” spirit, its program aims to push the boundaries of the city of Matera, extending
tour routes and relationships beyond the historical center and the picturesque scenery of the Sassi, to
include the suburban areas of the city and the whole Basilicata region, southern Italy and the
Mediterranean. Matera, a small far away town, has been able to attract dozens of European partners
(including several German artists), on the basis of five overarching themes: Roots and Routes, Continuity
and Disruptions, Ancient Futures, Utopias and Dystopias, Reflections and Connections. Central to all
projects is the scope of involvement and participation of the community, whether that of permanent
citizens, defined as “cultural inhabitants”, or of the visitors, invited to be “(con)temporary citizens”.

The Open Design School is one of the core projects of Matera 2019, conceived and curated by Joseph
Grima as an interdisciplinary lab composed of professionals from Basilicata, the rest of Italy and Europe,
including from Germany, such as Lukas Wegwerth. It is a horizontal platform, a place of interdisciplinary
learning and experimentation without strict hierarchies in which everyone learns from everyone, in an
atmosphere of mutual enrichment. Its living laboratory, through experimentation and interdisciplinary
innovation, will lead to the design and production of the staging of Matera 2019, both for the city and for
the other places and projects involved. The Open Design School will be marked by a process of constant
creative exchange between art, science and technology: its designs and prototypes will foster open
systems based on an open structure matrix, in order to define elements that can be assembled in different
ways so as always to create bespoke structures for various installations. An International Summer School
on the theme of design will be organized in August-September 2019.

“Stratigraphy. Anthropocene Observatory”, curated by photographer and film-maker Armin Linke, is one
of the four main exhibitions in the Matera 2019 program and will be inaugurated in Matera on 6th
September 2019. It will present artistic research started in 2013 as the result of a commission by the Haus
der Kulturen der Welt cultural space in Berlin, and then developed in collaboration with international
scientific and artistic institutions. The exhibition will investigate the role played by scientific, political and
action-focused institutions involved in issues relating to geology, the atmosphere and the oceans,
including the consequences of changes to the climate, the landscape and the biosphere attributed to
mankind. The exhibition will retrace the story of the biological and energy resources that underpin the
theory of changes created by human activity, through projections, photos and field work conducted in
Matera and Basilicata.