Coming soon in Palermo: THE ARK / MANIFESTA 12 PALERMO EDUCATION PROGRAM / by rocio pina


Manifesta 12 Ark (working title) is a project of the Education Department made in collaboration with the University and Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo, and generously supported by DGAAP, the Contemporary Art and Architecture Department of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

The Ark is a travelling education platform to reach out and engage with various communities in the neighbourhoods of Palermo in the duration of Manifesta 12 biennial. The project will be set up in a city bus, radically transformed by the students of the University (Department of Architecture, Industrial design course) and Academy of Fine Arts (Graphic Design Department) under the guidance of Madrid-based architectural bureau ENORME Studio.

The Ark will travel around the city and will bring Manifesta 12 into an active dialogue with the suburbs of Palermo through site-specific interventions including but not limited to performances, workshops, community events and meetings, open air screenings, special bus tours and bus-sharing as well as digital learning projects.

Manifesta 12 Ark life cycle

October 2017 – Workshop session I with the students
December 2017 – Workshop session II with the students
February 2018 – Workshop session III with the students
February – April 2018 – Bus transformation works
May – November 2018 – Manifesta 12 Ark in action

ENORME Studio – architecture and design office based in Madrid and leaded by David Pérez, Carmelo Rodríguez and Rocío Pina, characterized by their radical approach to architecture, city and people. They design and build ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS based on industrial systems and typological innovation. They design and perform participation dynamics in the domain of city construction through their creative platform CIUDAD CREA CIUDAD and the creation of CITIZENSHIP BRAND IDENTITIES. Their aim is to foster alternative ways to examine urban issues and to motivate the creation of a proactive citizen culture. They design and apply TACTICAL URBANISM tools that transfer teamwork strategies and collective thinking dynamics into public and private space design and management. Their aim is to give the city back to citizens as an emotional, plural and relational space.

Architects we will collaborate with in this project: Carmelo Rodríguez, Rocío Pina

Special thanks to Professo Viviana Trapani (University of Palermo, Department of Architecture) and to Prof. Cinzia Ferrara (Graphic Design Department, Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo).