Strolling Cities unveils the naked, materially seductive form of 9 Italian cities – Milan, Como, Bergamo, Venice, Genoa, Rome, Catania, Palermo – by means of millions of photos taken during the recent lockdowns (’20/’21) that show the urban space as an unfiltered landscape of walls, streets, and buildings. Returned to the immanence of their materiality, cities abandon their stereotyped semantic contents, to embrace a new dimension of extreme elusiveness. A generative A.I. model trained with these images creates perpetually moving video-paintings, whose indefinite contours suggest a potential transformation of urban places, once ascribed to specific social functions, into open spaces available to countless (re)writings.
The observer strolls while standing still, and the city changes in front of her, generating a unique cognitive experience, questioning and re-imagining the space at once.
XVII Venice Architecture Biennale – Italian Pavilion, Arsenale.
May 22 – November 21, 2021
Special thanks to Mauro Martino