martedì 17 ottobre 2017

Anthropology of Globalization for Global Governance #06

16 10 2017. We had our first off campus class this morning, visiting the MAAM, Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove (Museum of the Other and Elsewhere) guided by Giorgio De Finis, creator of the project and he know best knows the museum and its multifaceted cultural implications. Here you have the mp3 of our visit, with the many things that Giorgio told us, and I hope GG students shall soon contribute to the visual part of this post uploading their pics and videos collected during the visit. HERE you have another folder with pics!!
We have learned the history of the squat, how Giorgio came to know it through the walks around the Ring road organized by Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade, how this brought to the Rocket to the Moon in the SPACE METROPOLIZ project, and eventually to the the MAAM project.
We could talk about urban policies and politics, what is art and what is not. And most al all about squatting. We haven’t studied roman squatters yet, but their relevance in the social fabric of a city like Rome should not be underestimated.

Q1. What is the role of imagination in planning a space like MAAM? Think how the real, social life of individuals depends on what they can fantasize of, dream, hope or loath. Connect what you have seen to what we have been discussing in class on “culture as acquired and shared knowledge”.

52 commenti:

Lavinia Apicella ha detto...

The role of imagination in planning a place like MAAM is very important because creativity is often the key of life, in my opinion. With this, I mean that individuals, through imagination and the creative process of art, are able to develop a better understanding of themselves, their role in society and their relationship with other people. I enjoyed very much yesterday’s visit to MAAM, because I had never seen a building that is both home to squatters and a modern art museum at the same time. Art is a form of cultural knowledge, which is acquired of course and can also be shared, as we studied in class. Therefore, bringing people together through art is a way to give a meaning to the building of MAAM, that was about to be abandoned when the project started. The 200 squatters that are now living there come from many different countries and cultural backgrounds and have to cohabitate, which might be problematic sometimes, since they are already living in a precarious situation. The fact to share cultural and artistic values with other people in their same situation may be of help and contribute to the growth of a “community feeling” among the squatters. While we were visiting the museum, I remember that there was a playroom for children, with books and toys everywhere. A child was playing there and started interacting also with some of our GG students, which was really nice. This and the museum itself demonstrate that, even though sometimes we believe we are too different among ourselves to get along, we’re actually more alike than we think, because borders between cultures are blurred and not clearly defined.

Selene G. ha detto...

Places like MAAM have a lot to do with shared knowledge, if you grow up in environments like this I think you can learn a lot from other people living with you. A lot of this reminded me of the refugee home I worked in in Germany. We didn´t have any rooms even close to as amazing as this one but we had places for our kids to play, develop relationships and also learn how to cope with their feelings. The art pieces, spaces and different people at MAAM can be a challenge but also a big contribution to the life of a child. The spaces given can let a kid develop its imagination and learn exactly these key features like our kids in the refugee home. There is a lot of space to learn about yourself and try out new things. I wish we would have creative spaces like this one for our kids in the refugee home, it would probably give them a better space to get rid and learn to cope with their trauma. To plan such locations you need a lot of imagination not only because the locations you usually start projects such as this one will be run down fabrics and ugly building but also imagination of what space you want to create and what kind of message you want to spread.

xyore ha detto...

very nice post

Silvia Marcelli ha detto...

In a place like MAAM, the role of imagination was fundamental for just coming up with the idea of building a museum in an occupied space, and it is still fundamental in order for it to survive. If we think about it imagination is a very important instrument in our daily life: in a society in which everything seems to follow a specific and already planned scheme, imagination is the key to break away and think out of the ordinary, coming up with ideas and plans that most of the people would have found impossible to realize (like the MAAM). Such tool permits us to see the reality from a different and fresh perspective, but what it is really amazing about imagination is that everybody has its own view. The result of this process, of course, if followed, will be the possibility of making great projects and achieve huge goals, in a way that completely out of the ordinary. That is the matrix from which, in my opinion, the MAAM was born. Talking more specifically about this project, I have to say that I really enjoyed the visit and seeing how a simple thing like art was able to grant the possibility to more and less 200 homeless to have a roof over their heads. Apart from the achievement of this social goal, the MAAM is also a good embodiment of acquired and shared knowledge. Living in a place like that makes people inevitably in a close contact with each other, talking, listening, sharing. Another example of that is also played by art: indeed in this museum many and many artists from all over the world come to share their inspiration and artistic works . All these artists have their own view and way of representing the world which is confronted with many other realities of other artists. Ther artistic knowledge shared and acquired in this place make the MAAM the true embodiment of what we defined as culture.

Francesca Scanavini ha detto...

I believe that once you can imagine something, it is already halfway to its realization. Imagination is the driving force behind every real change, and the MAAM is the concrete example of that. The MAAM is a living oxymoron, a place where, as we said in class, both the highest and the lowest expression of society coexist. Before Giorgio De Finis and his group have thought about it, no one before had the idea of combining a squat with a contemporary museum and this explains clearly how imagination can bring “unthinkable” things to reality. But why was for us is so difficult to imagine this merger? I feel that the answer to this question is strictly linked with the notion of culture as acquired and shared knowledge. Since, as we discussed today in class, culture makes us “trapped” in a web of signs, for us, it is really difficult to look beyond and deconstruct our “cultural web” in order to give new meanings to things. Considering that we give certain significances to a squat and a museum that mirror the shared cultural idea everyone addresses to those specific places, it is hard for us to have ever thought about combining these two antipodes one another. The amazing force of the MAAM is its capability of carrying on a huge and overwhelming meaning that destroys the existing social constructions and rewrite them again and, moreover, its capacity to demonstrate that is conceivable to create things that at their sound seem impossible.

martina forbicini ha detto...

In spaces such as museums, “imagination” can be considered as the key-idea: especially, talking about modern and contemporary art, this concept becomes a fundamental part in the development and realization of pieces of arts. In the case of MAAM, this word seems to acquire even more relevance: it’s not simply a matter of talking about a building where objects are displayed to visitors but it involves also a higher level, constituted by the daily life of its inhabitants. Therefore, public and private spaces are merged: in this context, the most outstanding example that comes to my mind is the main project of the Rocket going to the Moon, started by Giorgio de Finis but eventually achieved through the help of the squatters. For someone who endlessly has to struggle in their everyday life, imagination might be a very helpful tool: for a moment they can fantasize of something better like getting to the Moon and finding a more decent life. Imagining something different, and living in a place that constantly reminds them to do so by just looking at the walls, might result in a sort of shelter to draw away their attention from the unpleasantness of difficult days and in a way to lighten the burden of unemployment and low living conditions. Furthermore, the Museum of the Other and Elsewhere is a real melting pot: many famous street artists from all over the world are willing to work in this environment and donate their pieces of arts, each one characterized by different styles. Besides the artistic point of view, many cultures gathered together, able to meet each other and talk to each other in a process of sharing and acquiring knowledge. Being regularly in touch with diversity helps the citizens of Metropoliz to learn aspects of several cultures and to communicate their own, understanding how the borders between one nationality and the other are very blurred to the point we belong to the same society.

Mohammad Almulla ha detto...

In my opinion, MAAM is a great example of how great imagination can be to produce art (culture). In the museum, we saw how everything was perfectly placed, for example when we went to the second floor we saw how everything was laid out perfectly, chairs next to the bookshelves etc. Also what I thought was really meaningful is how there was a chair that had the word revolution written on it, was placed directly in front of bookshelves which only got me to think about the powerful meaning and message. As for how it represented the people one example was how there was a painting on the wall that said in Arabic "I ran away from my country" which obviously gives a really huge meaning and maybe only the people who created this art can really understand the true depth of this thinking.
I was really delighted to see how we were able to communicate with the refugees that were there we had many interactions with the kids especially although we come from different places and we went through different circumstances we were able to communicate with each other.

gloria paronitti ha detto...

QUESTION 1: MAAM is a place full o imagination, and so full o art, since one is the presupposition of other. More precisely the whole MAAM is art: it is literally made up by artworks, there is no place where you lay the eyes and you find it empty. And since art is strictly linked to the feelings of the author, we don't even have an idea of the lots of stories that we passed across. Every artwork has a story behind, that of a person that has finally find a place where express his ideas. What I liked the most is its way of being out of our conception of "normality" for a museum or habitation. As we discussed, also our idea of "normality" derives from what we have learned in our life. This place made me aware of the infinite stories that contributes to create the single story of the place, and I am immensely curious to know them. When you enter in a room you don't look only at the artwork in itself but you try to see the emotions of the people who created it. Immediately lots of questions start to rise: you wonder which is the message that they want you to get, you try to understand the reasons behind that work. Despite some works where more transparent than others, we can give only our subjective interpretation (it would have been amazing to encounter all those artists and ask them why they decided to represent a certain subject instead of another, why they used that colours etc.). In conclusion, this place is another proof of the fact that culture is shared: artists are people coming from different countries, all adopting the same way to voice their related feelings. What is at the base of these artworks, in my opinion is "reaction": reaction to the injustices of society, reaction to prejudices, reaction to the restriction of possibility to choose. Of MAAM I most of all admired the fact that it gives the possibility to everyone to express himself: everyone is considered an artist, just like all the others. It is amazing to know that there are places where people who go unnoticed can raise their voices.

emmanuel Krah Plarhar ha detto...

For the first time in my life, I appreciated and felt art like I have never done before. Although I like art, things seen at MAAM was extraordinary and I loved it. So it got me thinking of how people can put this amazing facility together. The first thing I thought of when I entered the building was "CREATIVITY". Someone had to imagine "how" and "what" the composition of the place was going to be like. Imagination isn't just a common thought but rather a very powerful one. The museum is full of art and not only art but also the emotions of individual who made them. Art here is acquired knowledge. One needs to learn how to mix a paint, how to hold a brush, even have to know the minutes or hours for a piece to be ready after painting or moulding. It also says a lot about modern-day life and how people can coexist with each other. It doesnt matter what one paints, it is the story behind that painting or sculpture that counts. I was amused when I heard the building was not just a museum but also a home. I don't consider it as a home but rather a community. Why do I say so? Considering the definition of a community; "Community is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common". A group of people from different parts of the world sharing cultures. People living there can easily acquire other knowledges being held by another individual. It is surprising how a small community holds just great heritage. I immediatly sighted an example when i was in the buidling. A child being born and raised here. That child won't only be an artist but he or she would acquire different knowledges(cultures). He or she would learn how to speak different languages apart from his or her mother tongue. That child would know what diversity of culture is. I am forever grateful and happy for visiting the museum.

Riccardo Santini ha detto...

During our first off-site class, we had this astonishing and involving opportunity to visit a place like MAAM. I have never heard about it before, but I was so positively surprised that I keep thinking how such a building is a source of hope and possibility for those who live there – the squatters.
People from different countries and with diverse backgrounds are indeed reunited in this place, but despite the unstable and uncomfortable conditions in which they have to live in, I managed to perceive a sense of community feeling there. Already from outside, we could spot arts in many forms (the word ‘’peace’’ written with its symbols is remarking), but when we went inside we could not stop ourselves from taking pictures. Arts is really the way through which people can fully express themselves, and sharing their unique works helps them realize that they have more things in common than what one could think.
In class we continuously say that culture is acquired and shared knowledge, and sharing artistic values is one of the ways in which we cannot really spot anymore the borders among cultures. Indeed, we all can see the beauty of arts in its many forms.
Creativity and imagination let squatters see reality from another perspective as everyone can raise his or voice, undermining the rooted cultural borders that we created ourselves.

Francesco Bono ha detto...

QUESTION 1: the imaginative and dreamlike dimension is the prerequisite to realize a place such as MAAM. People who coordinated the squat operation told us that, although they didn’t have clear in mind what could eventually come up from it, anyway they wanted to fight to give a fairer future to people who have been transformed into outcast by society. The rocket realized both by the organizers and by the squatters perfectly explains this imaginative basis upon which MAAM is built. First of all, it embodies the request of freedom and rights by every single squatter. It says to us that each of them is still a human being, even if he/she is forced to go to the moon for decent standard of living. Then it claims to us to the importance of going beyond the cosmic order, beyond what we believe to be true: humans’ truth is not written, but it changes every time we interact with the other. Every piece of art there wants to celebrate the richness we can all get from diversity. In such a strange place, acquisitive knowledge (i.e. culture) is shared among people from Africa, South America, Italy and gypsies. State boundaries do not limit sharing: it is a healthy reality where the absence of bias allows every culture to interact with the other.

Marco Siniscalco ha detto...

The role of imagination in conceiving a place like MAAM is crucial. “Nothing is impossible to him who will try”. This motto becomes a warning for the Museum of the Other and Elsewhere and its inhabitants. “Other” meaning “mixed city”, as the same inhabitants define it; “elsewhere” expressing the intention of “keep on maintaining diversities because they are a value”. The writing is referred to the fact it is possible even to go to space and come back with the moon.
MAAM was originally a salami factory which was occupied with a dual purpose: the primary issue of solving housing problems of many people and a demonstrative action against a colossus of buildings, Srl Salini (owner of the property).
Visiting this squat, I felt that the mixture between several languages and cultures has not created chaos but it actually approached God. The artists follow each other, their signs enrich the space, while life, a little less precarious goes on.
One of the most interesting things that happened to me the morning we went to MAAM has been talking with a gipsy girl who was drawing on a wall. She told me that, in her opinion, street art begins in a place of rebellion, and speaks of spiritual survival. She also said that it was usually the only way of the poverty-stricken, disenfranchised, to communicate their stories, their sense of place.
MAAM, besides the artistic perspective, is a place where several different cultures are gathered together, where every individual talk, listens etc. in a process of sharing and acquiring knowledge. Living in such a multicultural environment makes the inhabitants of MAAM learn specific features of different cultures and to communicate their own, becoming aware of the fact that, at the end, we are not so different from each other.

Chiara Muzi ha detto...

Q1. At first sight, imagination could be regarded as a non-fundamental element in the life of a squatter. Can imagination bring a roof on your head or food on your table? Taken alone certainly not. However, a space like MAAM demonstrates that imagination is a fundamental part of our human nature, no matter the material condition we live in. It has the potentiality of infinity and can create other worlds, doors on the outside world, an access that in real life is neglected and precluded to the inhabitants of the squat. Artist and curious visitors can have access to the squat, touch its reality, meet its people and bring in what is outside. Especially for the children living in that place, the presence of art works is fundamental to boost their creativity and imagination, that otherwise could wither too early under the pressure of the needs of everyday life. Being culture knowledge acquired and shared, what we find in MAAM is an incredible mixture of popular and conceptual arts, a unique culture made up of million different ones, in which the crystallization of such knowledge into a canon is constantly challenged by the diversity and novelty of new artists and squatters entering the building. I think MAAM is could be the living example of culture as knowledge shared and shareable, not only because a museum is a place in which we share knowledge but mostly because the survival in a squat is based on the ability to share knowledge and adapt (like in our example of the rabbit hunting tribes). Lastly, a place like MAAM forces us to think about the future of our cities, the million faces of a metropolis like Rome and its ability to adapt and integrate these different living realities

Oliver Tomassi ha detto...

Since the creation of the modern nation-states we started believing that the world is divided into spaces, each one characterised by one culture which is unique and differs from all others. The MAAM is a matching device that disregards the commonly believed nation-state cross border differences and is attended by forms of life that sometimes seem incommensurable and which instead meet. Imagination is the key to success of the whole Metropoliz project, a dream where the lives of homeless people from all around the world cross by creating a common space. Each dweller imagines, dreams a new life and creates its personal space according to their needs by imagining a completely reinvented space to make it a personal and livable one. The importance of imagination can be seen through the creation of the spaceship to leave the Earth to go to the Moon, it is a symbolic gesture which can have different meanings for each individual. Entering the Metropoliz is like going to the Moon, it's a place of shelter from what happens outside, escaping to the Moon means escaping from the circumstances the Metropoliz inhabitants find themselves in. It's the desire to leave the Earth in search for a better place, a journey towards the utopia of a space free and where everyone is equal and with rights. But leaving for the Moon would also mean observing at the Earth from the distance which shows no borders, aliens from outer space would not distinguish different ethnicities among humans, therefore imagining a world where cultures cross and don't collide.
Therefore imagination has been the impulse to pursue the Metropoliz dream, the drive towards success. Finally, art shows how culture is shared and does not end with borders: anyone can understand and feel empathy with the works of art inside the space and it shows the richness of diversity.

clara saglietti ha detto...

“Everything you can imagine is real” said Pablo Picasso and he would have appreciated a place like the MAAM, especially during his “blue period”.
The Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere, in fact, is much more than a museum, as it can be considered the happy transformation of a “nonplace”, that according to Augé makes the individual feel anonymous, isolated and lonely, in a place, meaning an identity, relational and historical space.
Starting from the project of the rocket, they have created on the Earth their “moon open to everybody and without borders”, with the only protective barrier of art to prevent the destruction or confiscation of the occupied place.
The process behind it is simple: they became aware of the reality around them, understood that they wanted to change, imagined how to do it creatively and they did it. It is a flight of imagination, not of a rocket. It is the concretisation of the dreams of a political collective that then evolved according to the needs and hopes of immigrants, Romani people, hosts, cats and artists who gave their contribution. This is the biggest difference from normal communes: they are shaped not only by the political ideology of an initial group, but they are open to a constant flux of ideas coming from a very large range of people. It is a kind of uninterrupted creative construction and evolution of a social group with a peculiar culture. Obviously, there is an initial richness of different cultural systems and values, but then they merge together, creating something new, a sort of “other culture elsewhere”, demonstrating that it is really acquired and shared knowledge. Acquired because of the evident building and absorbing process. Shared because the final outcome is the product of the whole community and all the members are supposed respect it. Therefore, there is also a lower risk of criminality, because grown-ups are grateful and children, the actors of tomorrow, are educated in very a positive environment. There, they learn two fundamental things to face the troubles outside. First of all, they learn to look in the eyes of the other the reflex of their eyes mirrored and reflecting the ones of the other. Secondly, they learn that even in a difficult situation is possible (or better necessary) to use the power of imagination. As Benesayag uses to say, if the compliant was useful, we would be in front of a global revolution. That is why only by imagining alternatives to problems or current issues and putting ourselves on the line we can change them.

elisa felici ha detto...

The capacity to imagine is an inestimable quality of human intellect. It could be argued that is exactly because we can imagine that any form of progress has ever been achieved: from the push of basic needs and instincts, mankind was able to imagine, design and realise structures, methods and procedures able to more efficiently answers those needs, entailing a never ending succession of accomplishments. If mankind unique talent was to shape and design its own reality, modifying the natural environment around itself, imagination, the capacity of abstraction and transcendence from the mere reality, was everything.
Plus we all tend towards ideals, dreams, images we fantasise of and that we wish to become true. From the tender recurring theme in fairy tales “...all of your dreams will come true”, to political ideals, or the everlasting concept of a “better world”, all of these fantasies (some more real than others) are at the core of the way we operate in this world. On an individual scale, what we can imagine and dream of outlines our decisions and life paths. Meaning that the idea of myself 10 years from now will shape my decision-making today, choosing something out of something else, determining my willingness on doing something rather than something else.
As well as in multiple aspects of our existence, imagination plays a vital role in a place/space like the MAAM, Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere. Plus, within this very dimension imagination may turn out to have unsuspected sides and powers.
Firstly a place like MAAM has to be conceived. Someone has to think of combining art, magnificent and distant (even though is “street art” here: placed at a lower level?) with the real, decaying, flat out spatial dimension of an ex factory. This contrast, its effect and meaning, conveys a certain message, well thought and meant. However, if projects are commonly linked to the idea of structure, thinking ahead, planning, at MAAM’s we see the inverse process. Here ideas overlap, things turn out to be different from the original design, other come to play new roles: a harmony of divergent sounds raises. And here we find its message. At MAAM’s paintings, colours, designings are not precise nor structured, there seem to be no exact path, they melt one into the other. Perhaps it for such constant and strong communication among pieces of art, this continuity, that the viewer feels somehow absorbed by this dimension.
Chance or randomness play an important roles in this project. Being the MAAM’s structure open to any artist willing to leave a mark, here a union of different concepts, ideas and meaning takes place. It was by chance that this stroke blended with that colour. It was by chance that two different artists met in this very same place. And such a plurality strengthen the MAAM’s project impact.
Moreover being the MAAM’s space a squatted structure, it faces the threat of clearing out. Art and imagination may come to play a fundamental role in the safeguard of such unique place: art as a weapon of defense against bureaucracy and individual interest. For art enriches this decaying, somehow wrong space. The MAAM is different for it is not just a squatted place; it’s a little endowment where arts, imagination and mere reality meet. If thought in depth, when clearing out a place like this you are not only driving away people in need, families, you may also be destroying a “museum”, art itself. Plus, if art speaks a universal common language, it may give a common dimension of understanding for a great divergent public, maybe not fully ideologically agreeing on public/private land occupation. It may open up to new ways of understanding of these spaces and people in need.
In conclusion if limitations to our dreams are set up by our capacity to imagine, conceive them, nothing is left us to do but to imagine bigger and bigger. Then, if MAAM’s controversies are indeed its points of strength, maybe is by reproducing such image that more negative and complicated realities could be helped.

elettra schininà ha detto...

Places like MAAM are opportunities that help you to understand the real power of creativity and subconscious. Being in a place like that has been a really deep emotion: I understood how the creativity of a person can give him an escape from the real world. Probably a not so good world and not so much freedom. The imagination and creativity used for that paints was stunning. Painting is an acquired knowledge and the most beautiful thing that you can do with this knowledge is share it. From when we are children, the first thing that we do is to share our emotions through draws. Every little child use to paint and then give the result to his/her parents. When I was a child I used to drew a lot, last week my father found a draw that I’ve done when I was 4 or 5 years old. The draw was about he and the cigarettes he used to smoke per day: I was worried about it and I expressed it through a draw instead of words. I think that paints and draws of children are the most clear way of expression of feeling. And we al should understand this in order to appreciate better works likes the ones in the squatted building where we went.

Riccardo Poggioli ha detto...


I needed plenty of time to link imagination and MAAM, at the beginning I thought that it wouldn’t be possible that imagination could have a role in a squatted place like the MAAM. MAAM was an old salami factory which was occupated years ago for two main reasons: lack of available houses and as a sign of protest against the owner. During the visit I could see with my eyes that imagination has a fundamental role in this place, the building is organized as a big museum alternated with some part for the 200 squatters who live there. In the ‘museum’ I could appreciate a lot of contemporary art pieces,with a lot of different styles, from paintings on the walls to artistic installation, which didn’t have common element. In fact artists from all over the world have the freedom to enrich the environment of the MAAM as they like following their tastes and their inspiration. The entire place is structured in order to have no borders within it, people from a lot of different countries live as a single community sharing their experiences and knowledge, in order to live harmoniously. During the visit I had the opportunity to play with a little boy, it was interesting to have a chat with him since in this way I could learn more about the life there from the perspective of a child. Only at end of the visit I got that the role of imagination, which is a way to escape from a difficult reality, it helps you to go wherever you want, to dream without any kind of limitations.

Zikang Zhang ha detto...

Planning a place like MAAM with imagination is very necessary and warm in my opinion.
Imagination has an indispensable role in life, even if life is hard, but we can still imagine, in that way, let us become more optimistic, like the day we see that boy.
Imagination can be expressed in the form of art, in the MAAM, squatters with their own imagination to create their own "utopia." Squatters live here from around the world, accepting different cultures, forming their own "cultural community". In their place, the boundaries of culture are vague and the culture is shared. The children here have gained the ability to express their art and learned how to use art to express their inner fantasies and hopes. I also see scrawl and artwork on the wall at the same time: having the eager eyes; animals of sitting in the "Noah's Ark" to reach the moon, different flags and so on. Here culture is impacted and shared.
I was impressed by the child, he and the students could communicate without the barrier, talking about the same language. When he played the game throwing toys into the box with the students, I noticed that whenever he threw into the box, he would celebrate as same as Cristiano Ronaldo, which indicated that culture was acquired. They also had a dedicated school library, filled with books, through which the children also gained knowledge and culture.
And finally, hope that the children have been laughing like that day.

Melani Perera ha detto...


Indeed, such a place is a great opportunity for individuals with potential to demonstrate their skills and to make them freely available. This is the first instance of my life. I have visited many museums and exhibitions, but this is the first time I've ever seen such a space for people to show off their skills. I feel that art is closely linked to human life and also can easily understand man's feelings and lifestyles through art. Another thing I've seen is that it's the same place where they live. Even in places where they enter to their houses I found a variety of paintings, which I felt like the only art world. Their capabilities are incredible to me. I think people in that place are not individuals from the same country or from a single nation. They have come from different cultures. But the significance of the place is that the different people who come here are gathered together in one place and now they naturally feel like one nation. My personal opinion is that art can do such powerful things.

Another special feature at the site is that there is a separate place for children to play and their education. It should be appreciated that such a place has been given a separate place to children. When we were in the same place with our college friends, we met a few little children and they soon became friends with us. It made me feel that they were very sociable children. They were not shy and they also explained to us about the place. In the future, these children will be doing the same. For it is the place where they live and the knowledge they can acquire and the share of knowledge. In the past, it could have been the same. Importantly, this place is an opportunity for innocent people to present their skills and also, they have a place to live.

The artistic knowledge shared and acquired in this place make the MAAM the true embodiment of what we defined as culture.

Rebecca Biraschi ha detto...

Imagination is one of the strongest weapons that humans have. It is a devise that allows us to think about, to create, and to concreatly build up, things that reality, predjudices, closiness, ingnorance, and superficiality of our lives, wouldn't allow us to do. Imagination is the weapon that feeded the idea, and then the project and the physical asset of a place such the Museum of the Other and Elsewhere. A place that hosts the reality of more than 200 squatters from all over the world. It is a reality refused, and put aside as "non-existent", because voluntarly hidden and invisible to the eyes and to the itegrity of most of the world outside the walls of the old salumi factory.
Imagination is the possibility of living a decent life, of being recognized of that right, of being considered as humans, all equals; imagination are the paintings on the walls of the museum; are the hands of those artists who borrow their talent to give voice to those who otherwise wouldn't be heard; immagination is the spaceship to leave the Earth to go to the Moon,it can be a refugee from the refusal of society, a safe shelter from a cruel or a non-sense reality, it may be a journey without time and space to taste a utopia that is only in our head.
In a world of social classes, of canonized knowledge, of baskets of culture, of fake order, and nations' boundaries, immagination is left out. However, we have to realize that it represents the only voice, power and anchor for some people, for those 200 squatters and an inestimable number of others, in order to try to live a decent life that seems to be a right of some, and not of all.

Lavinia D'achille ha detto...

In my opinion, imagination is one of the main mean that keeps humans alive because has always meant to be an escape from weights of everyday life. Having said this Imagination plays the key role in keeping a place like MAAM alive. No one could ever imagine that an old abandoned squatted salami factory would have transformed, of course with the help of fantasy, to a museum where creativity and astonishment are the protagonists. It’s not really easy to explain using words what MAAM is and what can make you feel,but being a squatted place, as a matter of fact, MAAM is not just a place that host visitors interested in discovering contemporary art and everything that it is offering ,but it represents also a key role in squatters lives especially for children. By living in a place like MAAM they can simply fantasize with what surrounds them, trying to escape from their living conditions. Furthermore, imagination at MAAM reunites artists from all over the world, in fact, they donated as a gift their artwork. Apart from the artistic point of view MAAM is not only a simple museum of contemporary art but it is also a place where many cultures can meet, this means that inhabitants of metropoliz started a process of exchanging and sharing knowledge.

Arianna Patrizi ha detto...

I like to think about imagination as that thing that allows us to find some clever affinities and connections between things or subjects that are not thought to be together, something that allows us to go beyond the conventional borders, cultural and historical schemes.
Is precisely this type of imagination, that maybe could seem an abstract concept that has nothing to do with the real world, which in my opinion can give birth to the most concrete and incredible projects, as the one of the MAAM.
The full realization of the MAAM is nothing but the outcome of imagination and, in this specific case, of the idea that an abandoned place like that, meant to be forgotten, could become a place where art, culture and knowledge are shared.
Imagination is that thing that brought the creators of the project to think about the MAAM as a place that could build a bridge, a connection, between the most wealthy parts of the society with the lowest ones.
Moreover, it is only with imagination that the creators of the project could see an alternative future for a place like that:
“The alternative of escaping from the earth and going to the moon with the space rocket.”
In addition, i think that the MAAM is a museum where a perfect sharing of knowledge takes place, a place where the most different cultures can find something in common or, at least become aware one of the other.
I also think that a great help and promotion to the concept of continuously sharing knowledge in the museum, is given by the great openness to the artists, who are defined like that just by self-definition, and so, giving birth to the amazing idea that everyone can be an artist in this world just because everyone has something special to show and share.

Ilaria Miligi ha detto...

We had the opportunity to meet and visit a social reality so far from our daily life: the reality of squatters. We visited both the MAAM, the museum, and the area which is now inhabited by the people. The whole museum is based on the idea of sharing and contributing, with the disposable means, for the collectivity. If we think about the toy library and the school we will probably be surprised for the way it has been decorated. Especially this place is the outcome of collaboration, freedom, sharing and commitment. Artists and people have contributed to the same objective: transform a barren place into an happy and fertile one, appropriate for children, the most creative people in the world.
During the presentation one of my colleagues asked to Giorgio De Finis if the decoration of the walls and its realization were for educative purposes. He corrected him, saying that this wasn’t for an educative objective, instead the decoration itself and the way it has been made want to defend the idea of liberty, acceptation, co-existence. Co-existence is a leading idea at MAAM, because every artist can expose its creation, and people can decide to like it or not, to watch it or not, to help the artist or not in its realization. But which is the key of this peaceful coexistence among people coming from very different backgrounds? The key is respect and civilization, because this are the only things that can guarantee a durable coexistence durable peace.
Imagination is fundamental, is necessary for those people who have decided to hide in the lost and abandoned corners of the big cities. Only imagination, fantasy, creativity has the power to transform our days, starting from the place where we live. And I think that even more important than imagination, the idea behind this valorizes the imagination itself. The idea that behind this creativity lays the peace, the respect, the coexistence, and the freedom. All this values make the imagination really pure and sacred.

Iza D ha detto...

I start saying that I appreciated very much the off campus visit to the museum. It is an old Fiorucci factory converted into a contemporary art museum and a home for people from different cultures at the same time. It is obvious that imagination does have a huge role in this project. Imagining things is the first step for makeing these come true. Imagination is the mother of art itself and fantasy is the fuel that makes dreams come true. It is evident that in this case, imagination and fantasy are in the works of art contained in the museum, as well as in the project of creating a place where homeless, migrants, people from all over can coexist peacefully and share their knowledge. In this case, moreover, imagination is also protection for these people. Being this an occupied place, the museum gives the possibility to other people to enter in contact with this peculiar reality and to those who live there to share their knowledge, as well as the possibility to be protected from possible undesired visits. If the creator of this project would had never imagined it, this would have never come true.

Federica Barbera ha detto...

I do not think that the MAAM was planned thanks to the use of imagination. Since walls and rooms were still there I think that imagination was simply applied to a run-down building maybe in order to protect the squatters from being evicted. The initiative of bringing art and colorful patterns in such a grey environment is for sure remarkable. However I don’t believe that getting in touch with art per se is enough to the squatters to improve their life. Of course is inspiring to see those art masterpieces and to meet the artists who have reached their goals. I agree on the fact that our life I completely affected by imagination. Each decision that we take is influenced by our desire to realize a dream. For example my life dream in a short term is to get my degree but I know that I can reach it only through hard work. Moreover I think that we can shape our future if all of us has at least similar opportunities but more important equal basic starting conditions. Nevertheless I have to say that the cultural environment at MAAM is very interesting and stimulating and for sure it has proved be how cultural system are blurred and not clearly separated. In that place cultures have merged and the product of this process is a melting pot made of different life experience, believes and behaviors that are shared and that therefore can be acquired by each visitor. I must admit also that I feel that I have acquired some new knowledges during this experience.

JINGYUAN LI ha detto...

The visit to MAAM inspired me a lot. I never imagine the art can also be so well combined with an abandoned salame factory, for usually the arts we touched are often exhibited in fancy museums and
particular tourists spots. The imagination of MAAM is the core part of this place, according to Mr.Giorgio De Fenis speech at the museum, they cannot guarantee the migrants’ daily needs thus they decided to give them a dreaming project which is building a rocket to the moon. When he first mentioned this point, I was quite confused cause it seems not practical at all. However, Giorgio then explained that this kind of project and “promise” will help them to think further with imagination, instead of focusing on the real life. This hope can give them more energy and comfort, by which they will have something to expect for. Culture as acquired and shared knowledge can be presented as well in this small visit to MAAM. The museum of MAAM itself was just like a cultural combination, cause I noticed entire different art style and factors, for example, the fan drawing with Michael Jackson, African little boat with drums, and in a yard I saw the whole painting cloth writing “般若波罗蜜” in Chinese, which means heart sutra of Buddhism written in Chinese. So this small place itself is full of diversity and multiculture shared.
Although we haven’t met so many migrants that day, by observing their residence we still can realize they are living in a quite rough life. But we encountered a little gypsy boy who was running and giggling happily right in front of the wall drawing with fancy illusion wall, where presents giraffe, astronauts, fox standing under the starry sky. Life can also be like this, under the reality but also with imagination of diversity culture.

Sara di fabio ha detto...

Imagination for humans is not only a way to escape from reality, it is also a way to visualize their dreams. The importance of dreams is related to the expectations of life, indeed having dreams mean to have hope for the future. If people have hope for their future, they will commit more and perform better because they WANT to achieve something, they have a goal. However, people say that hope is the worst of all evils because not always dreams are going to be fulfilled, thus hoping became a torment. In a place like MAAM, it is important to tailor the expectations while doing the different projects, because in this way people wouldn't expect their life to change completely after the project ends.
I believe imagination is an innate knowledge which is built on our acquired knowledge. All human beings have imagination, someone more developed and others less, but in my opinion, it can be considered a feature of human beings. However, not all of us imagine things in the same way because we may give a different meaning to the same object, depending on our background and our personality.

Sara Massimi ha detto...

Imagination in this context is a concept extremely linked to Hope. What I mean with that? In the context of a sub-urban area that is going through ruins because of a mentality that prefer to build new things rather than try to restore old ones (and this could be true for building but also for human behaviors). Hope is fundamental, why? Let’s start from the easiest things, a new hope for a building, a new use for that building that was leave to himself when he was needier that anyone else, and as I said before I am talking of a Building but I could also talk for a Person.
But when you squat a place you are constantly afraid of losing it, and if it happens as it happened in Piazza della Republica? Look at what happened there and they were at the center of the city! What could happen at the last periphery of it? Who could denounce any violation of our safety if we are in the most peripheric part? There is no hope in those situations, there is the most wrong type of imagination there: always thing at the most bad thing it could happen, and never ever make plans or projects for you and your family because you will never know if tomorrow they will arrive to destroy your homes.
Therefore, MAAM is functional imagination arrived in the world through the art. A Functional Art that grant the safety of their people and that through this restore hope in them. I know that that place could maybe be not the best solution to for everyone and that our government should do something more to help and not to hide those situations, but also for example migrants one, or anything that could be perceived as a problem and that is Hided. Nonetheless, if you have to survive in one of the most Beautiful but racist country of Europe (to know more read here http://munafo.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2015/06/03/gli-italiani-sono-i-piu-razzisti-deuropa-primi-per-odio-contro-i-rom-i-musulmani-e-gli-ebrei/comment-page-5/ and http://m.espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste/2014/07/28/news/omofobia-la-mappa-dell-odio-in-europa-e-l-italia-e-il-paese-che-discrimina-di-piu-1.174696) you need to strive and to use your imagination to create something beautiful but that at the same time teaches you a big and sad story of everyday life. Words are not needed, art explains everything.

Sonia Matera ha detto...


Everything starts from imagination. If you cannot imagine it, you cannot do it. Having said this, imagination in planning a space like MAAM has even a more important role. In fact, it is hard not only to realise the project but also to imagine it. I am glad there was someone who succeeded in doing it. I was really impressed by the volunteers of the project and the artists who cover a central part of it.
The visit was a discovery and I could really see in concrete what we said in class. MAAM, “Il Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove”, hosts people from all over the world with completely different backgrounds and stories to tell. One can find from the 8 years old boy from Romania to the Italian lady. However, they can live together and maybe find out that they are not so distant one from the other. At the end of the story, culture is acquired and shared!
This is the richness of this place, the real artworks are living creatures and are not fixed on the wall.

alice occhilupo ha detto...

“If you can image it, you can do it”. Imagination and creativity are really close to each other. Creativity is finding new ways to put together existing elements, while imagination can go farther, is not only the fact of finding new ways to do thing but also to create a picture in your mind of something which is not physically existing, or however you can play with different factors putting them together in “unthinkable” ways, with no limits. Actually, creativity could be seen as the tool (the concrete action) that we use to turn imagination into reality. Maam, is a place where clearly imagination transformed the boring known into an amazing, creative new space, which allows the “impossible” to be possible. Metropoliz, was created as an alternative to the urban “typical spaces”, a space where hospitality could be real, a space that could host diversity, imagination, creativity, different people from different “planets” interacting and mixing each other. The role of the museum, according to what Fabio explained us, was the one of attracting people through art and having them eventually meet inhabitants of Metropoliz; according to me it has also a role of making people realize that is possible to create amazing thing also from “nothing” (in economics terms), where there is hope and imagination amazing things can be created and also to reawaken the artist which is inside each of us, thus art as a "formative experience". The cool thing about squats is that they look like a globe in miniature but without borders, this squatted place has a further peculiarity, it is a piece of art in itself, it could be compared to a coral reef, you cannot really distinguish what is art and what is not. The museum, and I would say Metropoliz itself, since is hard to understand where the museum ends, it is the clear example that imagination gives you the opportunity to be whatever you want, wherever you are, whenever you want. Kids who grow up in such a multi-ethic and creative environment will surely be a step ahead for what regards “humanity”. A “metropolizen” kid will not perceive the different as “the others” in negative meaning but the others of her/his same “globe”, will see the different as an inspiration not like a barrier, because the way in which she/he acquired knowledge is a mix of different knowledges, so differences and mixing are part of his acquired knowledge.

Claudia Schiavelli ha detto...

A vast majority of modern pieces of art do not have a unique interpretation or a clear message behind it, therefore they leave a huge space to the imagination. Thus, when your house is not yours only, you share it with a lot of people that do not form part of your family and that you have neither a certainty to live in for the near future, imagination plays a big role in your daily routine. We saw many kids, and there are many others we did not meet, that live there every day surrounded by weirdly-shaped objects, colored walls and writings they might even not understand. Imagination is important to everyone regardless their age, but children can be sharply defined by their capability of projecting themselves into the future and to see what's around them in a different way. Living inside MAAM could push them to give imaginary meanings to those objects; to create an alternative of their day-by-day by melting their lives with art; to grow up without even wondering what art is but by breathing it. A possible source of hope or a dream could be to become able to create art themselves one day, to build up a place like the one the lived into or simply to leave it. They might hate the fact that people occasionally come nosing around the place where you live just to fulfill their thirst of visive knowledge without having to live it.
Many could be the combinations of emotions linked to the experience of living in such a place, but surrounding people with stimuli is certainly a way to make reality not obligatorily better, but different somehow.


Sara Marcucci ha detto...

Unfortunately I missed the chance of visiting the MAAM, because of health issues. I heard lots of different comments and opinions about that visit, and that helped me a lot developing a clearer image of what that place is like.

I happened to miss not only the first off-site class, but also the first on-site class, and that also was due to the same health issues I mentioned (nothing serious, just really annoying and not curable as fast as a flue). Anyways, while I didn't find it any hard to comment the blog post about the on-site class, I did have some concerns about commenting the off-site class, since I thought I might needed to have experienced it, in order to be able to actually develop a certain opinion and/or emotion about it.
Since I have none of the above mentioned "tools", I will just stick to the question about the role of imagination in planning a place like the MAAM.

I honestly think I will say something tremendously trivial, but that's all I can think of, relating to that question.
Planning a place like the MAAM is absolutely impossible without imagination. Imagination is, according to me, what has driven Giorgio de Finis to create such a space in the first place. He imagined a place where to host the combination of different things, the sharing of ideas and of ideals. He imagined a reality, and that is exactly where the process of realization began.
Also, I suppose living in a place that is also a museum is definitely stimulating, or at least it gives people the mental space to dream of and hope for something different, something better.

Overall, in my opinion, imagination is both what made the MAAM become a reality in the first place, and what makes it possible for it to keep being a reality.

Lucia von Borries ha detto...

„Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
Edward De Bono.

Creativity and imagination in my opinion are crucial aspects when creating a place like MAAM. Not only is it important to turn this old factory in a place that is habitable and feels more like a home, but it is also the opportunity for the habitants to feel optimistic about their future. The way our society is established it is easy for the poor population to be looked down upon and for future ambitions to get lost in the struggle for financial stability. MAAM takes that outcast mindset and turns it into something beautiful, something that people aspire to be like when entering the urban-art museum. A lot of the pieces that caught my eye were centered around the idea of breaking out of norms and pulling strength from the different, the unusual. The art already depicted inspires new artists coming in to create without any mental boundaries, like the woman a classmate and I discovered painting outside behind one of the buildings. To combine the urban-art with the housing project is also a way to draw attention to a societal issue which tends to be overlooked, especially by the general population. We can observe that if we are confronted with an individual we feel is inferior to us for whatever reason, like a beggar in the street, we feel uncomfortable to look at them, talk to them and most of the time pretend like they don’t exist. To display art at MAAM is a gateway for people to almost naturally and comfortably engage with this issue and become more aware about how complex our society is. It is a way for the habitants to feel proud about their home and especially for children growing up there to raise their self-esteem. To relate this back to what we already spoke about in class the imagination that went into creating MAAM is now inspiring imagination in the visitors to look beyond the “baskets” we tend to put culture into, like culture of different social classes, and encourages the habitants to dream big for the future.

Cristina Bottoni ha detto...

Imagination, by definition, is the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality. If we think at imagination in these terms, we can easily find its direct application in defining and thinking at something like MAAM. Imagination is the generator of places like MAAM, the founding mother. Before, MAAM was just a building, a factory, nothing more. Imagination is the link between the reality of facts and the potential of something that could be. After the work of experts (or why not? Maybe genii of wizards) that place that before could not suggest anything more than being a simple building, has become something completely new: a home, a shelter shared by so many different cultures and people. It is not a simple home: it is a house where people that were basically homeless could find a refuge, an accommodation. Not enough: it became a museum, a place that could attract visitors, a completely novelty.
In MAAM, I did not see different cultures, different nationalities: in MAAM, I saw one big family, people with different lives but similar fears, dreams, worries. This leads us to the concept of culture as acquired and shared knowledge: in fact, thanks to MAAM we have seen that the concept of culture is not only unilinear or unidirectional. In MAAM, they have created a new culture, the culture of the people that lives in there, that make the borders between people blurred.

Alessandro Germani ha detto...

Unfortunately I could not take part to the off-campus class in MAAM because I was in Sochi, Russia, as delegate at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. Therefore, I can answer to the first question only by saying that I imagine that creativity was the main fundamental element in planning a space like MAAM, which I saw many times passing by Via Prenestina, not far from where I live. Regarding the second part of the question, I strongly believe that the “real, social life of individuals” depends on their material conditions and hope, as stated by the Italian director Mario Monicelli, “is a bad word which shouldn’t be used. Hope is a trap invented by the bosses”, stressing the importance of acting rather than dreaming.

Carlotta Frasca ha detto...

Q1: “Nihil difficile volent” nothing is difficult for those who want it.
We had to chance to see the MAAM (museo dell'altro e dell'altrove)
It was surprising for me to see that every peace of art inside the museum waas perfefctly balances, because this time the mixture of several languages and cultures did not create chaos but ratherthe perfect balance.
Obviously you can't fully understand the context and the reality of this unique place where art saves space an space save art.
It was of course the perfect example of shared experiences, and represetation of how imagination can create things that are so magnificent.
It transmitted us culture, pure culture and stories.
Of course art is the purest and easiest way of transmitting and feeling emotions, worries and stories. We had to chance to talk to some of the inhabitants of the MAAM, and it was crazy to me to see how they were so used to having people around their houses, beco
ming themselves art.

Elsa Maria Festa ha detto...

Q1.Art never dies, once something becomes art it can never die. In Via Prenestina 913 there is a museum, the MAAM, in which art is more alive than ever, this is due to the constant presence of people around. Around the place there is always someone and I’m not talking of scholars of the art field, I am referring to real people that physically live inside the MAAM their everyday life. We had the pleasure to meet Giorgio de Finis the creator and curator of the MAAM that made us understand that the artistic process is a peculiar one, the artists express themselves freely and for free; this fact does not necessarily imply that the works of art are shared by those who live there .The structure of this unusual museum is so particular and interesting that it is really difficult to understand its authenticity without visiting it in first person. Unicity is a consequence of the imaginative process, in order to create something unique there is the need of having inside the ability of not being scared of imagining. There are certain situations in life which are such a burden that become tolerable only in the moment you find a way to escape from the crude reality and you find a way to create in your mind, in your imagination another alternative reality. In the process of imagination the difficult task starts when you have to transfer your ideas, hopes and dreams into action. Imagination is not only a dream place in which to find refuge from the world, it is also a tool that human beings use to approach with reality in a sensitive and brilliant way, in order to build something real. I think that what happened with the MAAM is quite striking, one of the main reasons why the MAAM was born was to protect those who needed and need to live in that space, those who occupy that space for living. If you destroy approximately five hundred works of art it is a problem, it would create a scandal in the society; on the other hand, if you take away what is considered home to 200\300 hundred people the society hardly cares about it. The idea of connecting a project of occupation with the art expressions of hundreds of contemporary and street artists is a key intuition that allows to defend and safeguard the people that live in that space.

Badriyya Soltanli ha detto...

Once one said: "Imagination is free and effective."
As soon as we approached MAAM, a bizarre feeling grabbed me. While watching the Romanian kids playing, being completely unaware of the things occurring around, make them ruthless and careless about the life; however, the artists that contribute to MAAM, and create such a tremendous place out of it cannot be underestimated. Walking through each room, I was much more fascinated how the people from different backgrounds, cultures are exposing their imaginations in a place like I was calling a slam, but I instead say a museum. I was intrigued by the artistic painting on the walls that created strange questions in my mind. Imagination is such a door to get through to communicate with the people from diverse backgrounds. MAAM is the place I realized that creativity is useful, free indeed. One part of the whole museum got my attention, the most. The room which was full of shoes colored into the red with some notes inside talking about the violation towards women. The way that those people have been able to transmit “political, social” phenomena through the art is nothing more than imagination. Another part that I appreciated was the artists’ attentiveness over the kids living in there. Those colorful walls with frogs on, books have made a cover over their desperate lives.

ALICE97 ha detto...

In planning a place like MAAM, the role of imagination is certainly crucial. In such an environment, I think that the creative process of art is wider that the “usual” one, it involves both visitors and inhabitants, creating the awareness that imagination could be the key for safeness. Being there I also interpreted its role as a form of escapism, but also as a way for out bursting. For example, I remember one of my colleagues translated a graffiti on a wall that said “I ran away from my country” in Arabic. The rocket realized by the people from the organization and the squatters is another perfect example. A reference to the dream, to the impossible; the impossibility to have a house, almost compared to the impossibility to have the moon, so better opting for having the moon then if both are unachievable.
Art is a form of cultural knowledge, which is acquired of course and can also be shared, as we have said in class and as we could have proven to be true during the visit a MAAM. In fact, here art is not only shared, but it’s actually alive. The museum is not an aseptic place as we are used to see it, but it is “contaminated” by life. To find “life” in the museum is what makes it completely different to any other museum.

Rossella rao ha detto...

Living the MAAM experience was truly incredible and overwhelming. The contrast between art and squatting was fitting somehow and they both coexist. People from different part of the world who are squatting there due to housing issues, share their life through art. What captured my attention the most was that at the beginning Giorgio De Finis explained to us a project called the Space Metropoliz. In brief, many artist and squatters gathered to build a rocket. The project symbolizes real social problems, like hosing issues explained through the “words of art”. De finis indeed said that it was easier to reach to the moon rather that receiving a house. This form of expression can be the definition of imagination in a place like MAAM, where there is life in a museum but at the same time art gives “life” to people. This is to say that the fundamental role of art of imagination is shared among the people who live in there.

Md Ashique Ali ha detto...

It was completely unique experience to visit MAAM for me. I reached there quite late, when I entered, the first think came in my mind was “poetry”, I felt various poetries were written by colorful stories, and they were playing fearlessly with children. The imagination behind build this place could be freedom, freedom from the typical societies, or it could be a creative creation for survival of artists and their arts. The art, specially “paintings” are most difficult to understand, when I was moving around the building felt silent, I could not listen anything, I was just looking on the rare paintings, I can’t say their meaning, but I was getting some energy or knowledge, I don’t know but this place was not to understand but to feel. I can’t erase some images of the place, red shoes with long queue, clothes on rope, standing girl at the door, egg on the floor and so on, everything were under the frame. The place was acquired by squatters, it is wrong and illegal according to so called societies and state’s law and order but what about those who are doing illegal things from the legal houses within the societies. It is not only about Rome, we may frequently find these cases in other parts of the world. There are more 200 members living with family and children from various parts of the Italy and its neighboring countries, they are extremely poor and homeless. It is not necessary to weigh every situation under the law.

Marianna Sabatini ha detto...
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Marianna Sabatini ha detto...

We use imagination in order to escape the real world or to enrich it with something that is completely new and unique. I think the latter is the case of MAAM. The building where now the MAAM is located was an abandoned factory that was occupied by people that needed a place where to live. Transforming that building in a museum was a genial idea in order to allow those people to keep living there. Now it hosts hundreds of pieces of art which are all independent but that match perfectly together and it is the same for the people that live there. They are all different from each other, they have different backgrounds and cultures but they manage to live in the same space, creating a unique environment. I think that there is a continuous sharing among the inhabitants of the MAAM, a sharing of experiences, of knowledges, of cultures in general and there is also a sharing with those who go to visit the museum and a sharing among all the artists that came and left their works.

Iva Budakova ha detto...

Imagination is something that cannot be explained in one word. Everyone has its one interpretation of it but the important thing is – the way of expressing. They are a lot of places like MAAM in which kids can go beyond their dreams in exploring new ways of imagination. We had the chance to see so many happy and friendly faces; we learn the history and the whole story of this museum from Giorgio De Finis. It was inspiring even to walk and look at those amazing pictures and subjects. Maybe it is not that important to everyone but the main point is showing the infinite ways of imagination which you can express. So many different ways of art which I haven’t seen before but this is their way of showing, dreaming, believing and hoping. Culture, itself can help you express that imagination but also can teach you that you can learn mainly from yourself. Everyone is individual but when you learn how to show and express that individuality, you own the most important tool –knowledge

Shahmar Hasanov ha detto...

As Plato was saying: “The main target of art is to show us the good qualities and life we want to achieve.” The places like MAAM are the perfect examples of how the art has been created and revealed in such an extraordinary place and circumstance.
I personally would define imagination as the extreme form of our deeply wanted desires and thoughts. Going even further, the imagination is the eternal movie directed by us with different actors, moments and scenarios, changing over the time, depending on what we are particularly lacking and wishing in the certain drumbeat.
Looking to the walls, rooms and corridors of MAAM, we had the chance to see clearly the life they wanted, the future they dreamed about and the happiness they were aiming for. However, it was only part of the whole masterpiece of imagination in that creative building. The awful realities of the life have been depicted in a colorful manner which made them to be seem much less frightening.
In the abandoned old factory, the new inhabitants ignited the light of hope, blitheness and life.

Uroš Ilić ha detto...

I would first like to acknowledge the social creativity needed in order to find a space large enough to house people who cannot afford their own home in this era of consumerism/ capitalism. Then we move onto space planning. The saying goes “beggars can’t be choosers” and indeed I’m sure that the instigators of the project were not given much of a choice of empty buildings. Nevertheless, the organizers did a wonderful job of creating a safe environment in which the young can play and learn. The rooms we had the pleasure of seeing were divided into two parts: the living spaces and the “art halls”. The art speaks for itself and attracts attention. That same attention is (whether the visitor wants it or not) diverted on to the struggle of the squatters. By providing an initial attraction they are raising awareness and possibly so donations. The artist themselves bring a sort of informal bodily knowledge in the terms of their techniques, shading, coloring etc. However, we can’t dispute that a , degree of formal canonized knowledge is present. What colors to mix to get other colors, what materials are easily pliable etc. The artist and their work however, do not only serve as attention magnets. They have created a pattern and shaped a living space for squatters, creating for them their own cultural bubble. A microcosm so to say. The young boy we met has been provided with a very interesting upbringing which has the potential to spiral into quite a butterfly effect of sorts. His view of the word will surely be affected by the art constantly surrounding him and the kindness which him and the rest of his family were shown. Interpretations upon interpretations…

Grace Mageka ha detto...

imagination thinks of impossibility. Imagination played a very big and important role towards the setting up of MAAM under the leadership Mr. Giorgio De Fenis. Mr. Giogio despite the fact that he was clear from the beginning that he and his team will not guarantee the migrants’ daily needs but they can together do something thus they decided to give the migrants a dream project which they could work on and that is the building of a rocket to the moon.
Imagination gives one a possibility to think beyond what the society expects each one of us. In reality the dream project on rocket to the moon can be likened to a better life of the migrants, a life where they won’t be evicted by the police because the fact is when one a rocket is on the moon no one can easily reach them and for sure look at MAAM premises how secured it was; I can say their dream to moon was realized because not even the police can reach them to chase them out. When we entered the premises the gate was closed till the time we were leaving the moon.

Giorgio Severi ha detto...

Imagination is what transformed a "non-place" in the MAAM, is the powerful tool that made possible for more than 200 people to have a shelter over their heads.
The squatters, coming from different countries of the world, culture and social context, shaped a common space as result of the sum of the indivdual work, personalities and needs.
The dream to realize a comfortable place where to live and where to raise a child, needed imagination in order to completely trasform both the space an the condition of the dwellers.
In a sense the rocket to the moon could be seen as a metaphor of the project: a spaceship to the moon hoping to reach a far place where to live a better life. A spaceship for the "Other" towards "elsewhere".
In this environment all the knowledge of the single dwellers and even of the artists which contributed in creating the MAAM, come together becoming common to everyone and culture of the place. Moreover art played an important role not only to help the realization of a better place, but even in giving it the concpet of a museum, of an artwork, making it impossible to be dismantled.

matteo sarcinella ha detto...

First of all I have to admit that was not the first time I've been in MAAM but the chance to get an explained trip by Giorgio the director was intresting and explanatory and allowed me to grasp some features that I missed before. MAAM is a clear example that art can create not only mutual bonds through people but that can be efffective as well. Dreams can shape human destiny expecially when there is a collective dreams such as a shelter and house. The most important message indeed is not intrinsic in the piece of art in the museum but in kids like Florin one of the resident of Maam which showed me with pride all the rooms of the museums and then brought me to his house and offered me a cupe of coke. he acknowledges Maam as his home such as all the other residents, they shared the dream of an house and they achieved it with a noble tool: Art.

RIAS UDDIN ha detto...

COuld I say that MAAM is a rainbow in the sky? Every little step I took ahead inside MAAM, gave the completely different splashes of reality, that I framed as RAINBOW.
As adults, we have been forced into a world of responsibility and practicality where money, bills, and jobs (many of which we hate) dictate how we live, breathe, and experience the world. Dreaming of what can allow us to tap into our imaginations again, reminding us what it feels like to be passionate about something. Somewhere along the lines we have lost that connection to passion and purpose in life and replaced it with survival and responsibility.
It’s long been said that ‘thoughts become things’ and our imaginative muscle is the very thing that helps make that possible. When we stay immersed in what is directly in front of us at all times (i.e., our current reality), we continually create the same challenges, problems, and experiences over and over again. But, when we venture into our imagination to focus on the reality that we want to experience, the energy is set in motion, and magnificent change can occur.

Tamoi Fujii ha detto...

Immagination is the process of creating Images. Images are the way we reproduce OUR world. These representations ARE our reality, and they are tools for us to communicate our reality to others.

This is what this museum is all about: acquiring ways of represent OTHERS' worlds, and something which is always ELSEWHERE, not here not now, away from our ethnocentric worldview, that the present happens in the modern western cities' cores. Acquiring ways of representation, a whole new repertoire (imaginary) of images to talk about social issues, enlarges our reality and gives us tools to change it.

The golden elevator, that is only for riches, is already reality for those, who by joining the metropoliz community become richer, thanks to the place they built for themselves, for their families, with the support of a welcoming community (their own golden elevator).