2A+P/A's video is simultaneously a visionary novel as much as an ironic provocation regarding urban planning and the role played by architects, planners and politicians alike. The project describes the development of the city of Tartu in Estonia within the ideas competition “Europan9” (2007); which is at the end of the video, highlighted by the appearance of the overall design.
“Castrum” deals mostly with prominent issues such as the communication of a project and the distance that usually exists between the public and the architects/planners who, in the video, are depicted as “heroes”. The choice to utilize a straight narration in the form of a manifesto-novel, even the use of open source documents and drawings, was a way to reach the audience through a collective imagination and to allow citizens a greater understanding of the city’s form. This work was selected by Image ARCHIVE for the BEYOND MEDIA festival due to its original narrative style and its provocative reflection about the video’s creation itself. 2A+P/A talks about the paradoxes that exist in modern planning by tinging the narration with irony: the so called “new political vision” for the “new city” concludes as the classical (and abused) plan of the roman castrum, in spite of the workshops and meetings with the citizens. The public’s participation is a superficial and irrelevant element since the form of the city is ultimately shaped by the hands of politicians and planners.
Video by 2A+P/A (Gianfranco Bombaci e Matteo Costanzo) and Angelo Grasso 2ap.it
Soundtrack by EVAKANT
Selected for VISIONS, 9th edition of BEYOND MEDIA festival beyondmedia.it
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