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Rome. Practices of Agro Nomadism

Starting from 2009, PrimaveraRomana begins the AgroCulture Nomadi (Nomadic AgroCulture), a project of collective harvest of public food products.
On October 2010, in different places of the city many selforganised groups of people, with the appropriate tools, collected public olives. 300 kg came out of the first pubblic harvest that means 32 liters of good oil, the Olio PU.RO. (Public Oil of Rome).

Beyond the many vegetable gardens, communities gardens, informal and new design projects of sharing gardens that are popping up in every little empty space of Rome, cappers, olives, fig and oranges, rucola, wild spinach, cicory and many others edible products grow spontanously in the fragmented left overs of roman country, survived to sprawl and speculation, just like in the gardens and parks of the city of Rome and in its extended ‘Beyond-City’, an agro-urban mix growing dimension that includes the diversity of all metropolitanized territories from urban to rural to wild natural. Some of those goods grows still from those informal vegetables gardens next to the shacks demolished in the ‘70’s, some others are planted within the istitutional landscape design for new public spaces or urban parks, others are just spontaneuos roaming plants that survive embedded in the tentacoular urbanity. They are not coltivated fruits, vegetables and herbs, we can consider them ‘common goods’ both if they grow in public gardens and parks, or if they grow in private abandoned country land waiting to become edificable.


8 years, 7 months ago

I like avant-gardening gestures very much. This one seems to have a number of strong qualities and to pursue the question of nomadism in relations to the usual sense of "staying rooted' of avant-gardening seems like an important critical intervention.

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How does project benefit the client (if there is a client)?
we are client of ourselves

How does project benefit the people you are speaking to with your communication?
The main goal of the practice, a kind of ‘landscape activism’, is the partecipation and the social cohesion, the sharing of a public space and the take care by the inhabitants of the common goods.

How does project benefit the wider society?
It is also an active way to experience the city along with a political statement: a way to think about the space around and the way in which is utilised and that can be a source for our food; the possibility of having daily edible fresh products KM 0 or around the corner products.

How did/does this project benefit author (authors/makers of the project)?
we are part of the society, so the same benefits already defined above.

Tell us something about your view on communication. What is your / your organisation's / initiative's (visual) communication philosophy?
An accessible googlemap is the sharing tools through which everybody can partecipate to improve the project: a co-evolutive map that visualises where the edible products are.

What about the process of creating this work? Please describe it.
PrimaveraRomana, is a common design project activated by Stalker in order to generate and share social knowledge and awarness on urban changes. This by sharing, with more and more people, the experience of walking across and mapping in common the changes of the contemporary roman post urban territories. Primaveraromana is promoting the general states of citizenship together with social and environmental movements, local communities, associations, researchers and artists, in search of new practices, poetics and politics of coexistence in the emerging beyond-city dimension for a social change.

Anything else you would like to say about this work?
on January the 9th 2011 we will organising the harvest of public oranges around the city of Rome, as a second step of the AgroNomadism and as a political act against the exploitation of the black agricolture works.

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