Assume there’s a landscape is a collective work that investigates the non-urban realm, intersecting thematic researches and in-situ projects, testing the multiplicity of perspectives through which contemporary landscapes can be read.
ATAL started in 2021 with the chance
of organizing an exhibition collecting
several works and researches by
Following the first episode, ATAL’s aim
is to establish a continuous work that
flows across two phases which follow
the passing of the seasons.
Estate is the season where an
exhibition involves heterogeneous
reflections related to themes entangled
with a specific site.
In Inverno, the work developed
with the exhibition is re-elaborated,
deepened and rediscussed through
other media and inviting more
Experiencing the landscape binds the individual present to the collective memory, setting a correspondence between physical environment and a literary topos. This duplicity represents the most critical and fascinating aspect when looking at the landscape as a design topic.
The fact that it exists physically, ideally, or that it emerges from the likeness or contrast between real space and an abstract type, constitutes a singular phenomenology that implies very different notions and cognitive modalities, united, however, by a fundamental axiom: landscape exists.
How it exists, how much it conforms to the models we use to read it and how nowadays the landscape corresponds to the territory are questions that open different research fields.
The overlapping of different perspectives depicts a complex reality in which the categories through which we look at space assume very different characteristics and times from those we use to understand and schematise the relationship between us and the urban habitat. Understanding the dynamics and temporality or, more generally, of the current reality of these places allows to investigate with clarity that mutual relationship between physical and abstract, opening up design opportunities where the strategic, scalar and technological themes find their own specificity and balance. In this sense, putting together different contributions represents an opportunity to compare paradigms, approaches and projects.
The heterogeneity of the views and themes to which the landscape lends itself might suggest a second axiom: assuming a landscape, implies there are many within it.
For each summer specific curators, contributors and team are gathered.
The continuity of the research is set up by a fixed curatorial board.