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The project Cyclingscaping, aims to challenge notions of visual identity and forms of experiencing, relating and representing the urban landscape through the interaction between artists, bicycle fans and inhabitants of Biella of all ages. Reinforcing the value of the bicycle as a healthy and environmentally friendly tool, the project promotes informal meetings in which people can tell and share their experiences concerning the city and its surroundings, its history and its places they like/dislike. The result of this creative and collaborative project will be an informal cycling map of Biella and its surroundings. Through this project, Raphael conceives and uses the bicycle not only as a hobby or a sport, but also as an attractive pole and tool for collaborative artistic actions, with which to build an innovative collective knowledge of the city, through the discussion of it’s present, past and future.
The development of dialogues concerning the places that are or are not liked and the reasons for these opinions made it possible to create a different, intimate and unofficial history of the city. This history revolves around the lives of different people who, with their participation, gave new input to the artist’s experimentation. An interesting aspect of this dialogic approach concerns the confrontation of different points of view about the same place or building. Discussions concerning building such as the Hospital (which some people do not appreciate for the architecture, too bare and “sad”, but also for emotional reasons), the new residential complex in via La Marmora, the Esselunga building, which represents the “verticalization” of the city and the controversial contrast between contemporary and historical architecture, are some of the examples.
The map produced as a conclusion of the project was exhibited at the show UNIDEE in progress on the 1st of October and remains at the Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto. As the project aims to open the possibility for people to express their thoughts about the Biellese region, there is a table with symbols that can be added to the map by the visitors of the exhibition.
The see more information about the bikes rides made throughout the time of the residency in Biella, please click here.
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