We live in a world whose changes are ever more rapid and unforeseeable, from environmental disasters beyond national borders, to wars over resources and uncontrolled population growth.
Now, as never before, humanity perceives its own fragility and intellectually touches on the possibility of a global collapse.
The contrasts between social classes and the flow of migration pushing increasingly towards wealthier countries, as well as the recent failure of banks and insurance companies and the instability of world markets, all combine to convey to society a sense of insecurity and social tension.
Can we, faced with such an interconnected world, and with such drastic and global changes beyond culture and religion, still think with short-sighted vision?
Or can we imagine a new version of politics, art and society, able to discuss the interests of man as a species in preserving its continuity and safety? Can we think of a global world so enlightened as to know how to overcome each country's individual interests in order to reason out and plan a new movement aimed at safeguarding our species and the planet that hosts us?
Journey into Fragility is a new project inspired by the Arenzano Manifesto for Earth and the Human Being, conceived and created by Massimo Morasso in Italy in 2001. The Manifesto is composed by twelve statements to constructively reset the issues of the environmental crisis, and it was subscribed to by the world's most famous poets (from Derek Walcott to Seamus Heaney and Adonis; from Bei Dao to Mario Luzi; from Yves Bonnefoy to Andrea Zanzotto and John Ashbery, just to name a few).
The project will take inspiration from the Arenzano Manifesto to develop 12 different projects (community projects, installations, videos, and site specific projects) in 12 different places around the world, with the intention of developing an open and constructive dialogue on the environment and the value of living on Earth. Each project will involve a scientific partner and a different curator, with the intent to produce a constructive project, able to bring new technologies and solutions for the health and benefit of the Earth, both in wealthy and poor countries.
Each project will be inspired by one of the twelve statements of the Manifesto, and workshops, discussions, conferences and debates will be created around each topic.
Each of the twelve artistic projects will be recorded in a documentary film, a web page, and a photographic reportage.
The duration of the project will be around one and a half years, at the end of which the Long Journey will end in a comprehensive exhibition event, which will be organized in Italy, to document all phases of the project, to discuss the results of activities carried out in various countries, to discover the different points of view on the common resource "Earth," to debate and try to find new solutions and opportunities for the future