Parc d’art vivant
After being part of the late-1960s avant-garde, Piero Gilardi (1942, Turin) became politically active promoting an alternative culture. In 1985, he began launching research projects into the artistic uses of new technologies. Two rooms on the first floor held models, maps, and multimedia installations by the artist to be used for opening a living art park in Turin. Conceived as an “art site in a naturalist setting,” the project, which recently opened, includes architects and artists such as Enrica Borghi, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and Nils Udo. It offers visitors spaces for discussion, workshops for expression and experimentation, and special art events aimed at highlighting nature as the preferred source of inspiration for every person’s creativity. Inspired by Situationist utopias and the social sculpture of Joseph Beuys, Gilardi’s living art park is planned as a place for gathering and refreshing urban countercultures.