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Research /Floating Mountains, 2015-16

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The Floating Mountains are a constellation of rocks that floated through the years and gave origin to most of the villages of the Valmarecchia Valley, located in the central Appennines in Italy. A single geological event has profoundly directed the history of this territory, highlighting the relationship between human and environment and shaping the idea of a migrant landscape.

 

This phenomenon gave origin to many urban centres that favoured the construction of a dense network of transport routes and that made this territory a focal point for The Renaissance in Italy.

Among these fragments there are the Sasso Simone and Simoncello, sacred mountains since the time of the Etruscan; the Titano Mount where the San Marino Republic rose, San Leo, the ancient Mons Feretrious from which originated the Montefeltro name, Verucchio, the cradle for Villanovian culture and, on the west side,

This is what we asked to people, following the guidelines of the European Landscape Convention, that puts the uniqueness and singularity of perception at the core of its definition.

 

Asking for directions means, first of all, to imagine, to search for reference points, to question. And this is the starting point to talk about landscape, to understand the way we live places and how to respond to their criticalities, how to build truly resilient communities.

The Floating Mountains are a constellation of rocks that floated through the years and gave origin to most of the villages of the Valmarecchia Valley, located in the central Appennines in Italy.

A single geological event has profoundly directed the history of this territory, highlighting the relationship between human and environment and shaping the idea of a migrant landscape.

 

A geological characteristic of this place, a constellation of rocks that generated from a whole calcareous block that started to 'navigate' over the clay beds and then fragmented in numerous pieces.

 

Two of these emerging rocks are the “roccione” in Penna and the “rupe” in Billi, Pennabilli, as well as many other rocks that became strategic points for all the villages born from the so called encastellation during the Middle Ages.

 

They evoke stories of travels and travellers, dreamlike scenarios capable to liberate the fantasy of whoever wants to remodel places with the same stuff that men and dreams are made of.

In the 2 years collaborative project with Artisti in Piazza Festival, Pennabilli and MUSSS has welcomed plenty of people from different geographic contexts and with different approaches, which contributed to open the small village to an “outside” world.

Over the years the group has been enriched with new components, new experiences and new projects, and has been involved in the organization of international workshops, artistic residencies, call for projects and exhibitions, collaborating with other groups and institutions that actively engage in issues relating to landscape both on a local and international level.

La Verna, the Saint Francis of Assisi mountain and the Fumaiolo mountain where is located the Tevere river spring. But also the countless smaller rocks, the ‘genghe’ that where traditionally arranged along the borders of fields and pieces of cultivated land that now gave origin to the characteristic geometry of hedges. It can be said that a single geological fact, spatially and temporally far, profoundly directed the history of this territory, highlighting the strong relationship between men and environment that is at the base of the same idea of landscape

This phenomenon gave origin to many urban centres that favoured the construction of a dense network of transport routes and that made this territory a focal point for The Renaissance in Italy.

From the surveys, the encounters and the researches a specific theme has been selected as a common and fundamental element of the history of this territory, capable to evoke histories, images and ideas: the so called Valmarecchia thrust sheet

 

This thrust sheet, is a geological characteristic of this places, a constellation of rocks that generated from a whole calcareous block that started to ‘navigate’ over the clay beds from the north and than fragmented in numerous pieces that now characterize not only Pennabilli but the entire Valmarecchia area.

 

Two of these emerging rocks are the “roccione” in Penna and the “rupe” in Billi, as well as many other rocks that became strategic points for all the villages born from the so called encastellation during the Middle Ages. This phenomenon gave origin to many urban centres that favoured the construction of a dense network of transport routes and that made of this territory an important area for medieval and renaissance Italy.

 

Among these fragments there are the Sasso Simone and Simoncello, sacred mountains since the time of the Etruscan; the Titano Mount where the San Marino Republic rose, San Leo, the ancient Mons Feretrious from which originated the Montefeltro name, Verucchio, the cradle for Villanovian culture and, on the west side, La Verna, the Saint Francis of Assisi mountain and the Fumaiolo mountain where is located the Tevere river spring. But also the countless smaller rocks, the ‘genghe’ that where traditionally arranged along the borders of fields and pieces of cultivated land that now gave origin to the characteristic geometry of hedges.

 

It can be said that a single geological fact, spatially and temporally far, profoundly directed the history of this territory, highlighting the strong relationship between men and environment that is at the base of the same idea of landscape.

 

From here comes the title of our project. From the fascinating image of a dynamic territory that found its origin in the movement and continues to mutate, to shift as a ship searching for its direction. But which is this direction? What is its dream?

 

This is what we asked to people, following the guidelines of the European Landscape Convention, that puts the uniqueness and singularity of perception at the core of its definition.

 

Asking for directions means, first of all, to imagine, to search for reference points, to question. And this is the starting point to talk about landscape, to understand the way we live places and how to respond to their criticalities, how to build truly resilient communities.