Project Team: Correttivo Noname
The Apelle project is a land art project by Burningmax. Being a large scale project, at least in its original design, it was impossible to think to build it as a “one-man-band”. This is why the project started with the involvement of Correttivo Nome, a Rome-based collective of artists, writers and free thinkers that involved me in a couple of their projects at the beginning of 2018. Unfortunately those projects never came alive, so I pitched the Correttivo Nome, asking them to join me on the new land art project I came across.
This is how Rachele, Luana, Katia, Alessandra, Dimitri and Luca joined the project since day 1, each helping according to their own available time, that unfortunately wasn’t as much as I thought. Nevertheless, I need to say thank you to Rachele for kicking off the collaboration with the Correttivo Nome, to Alessandra for scoring the art residency at Villaggio Globale, to Katia for organizing planning meetings and for trying to involve more volunteers in the project, to Luana for actually spending several hours working with me both on the Apelle ball construction and the fishbones at the carpentry shop, Dimitri for offering half a day of hard work, and Luca for writing a text that was supposed to be part of the opening performance that got canceled.
Since the availability of Correttivo Nome was scarce, I had to recur to other friends to support the project, and I started – obviously – with my fellow burners friends from the Burning Man community based in Rome, who have really helped a lot. Besides of saying thank you to my brothers in dust Alberto e Lele, who have supported the project at any step, the big star here is Lisa, a young burner girl from Philadelphia, US, temporarily living in Rome as part of her international psychology studies. Lisa is definitely the volunteer who have put more time, work and passion in the project at any step, including for the site survey trip to see the location for the artwork. Thank you Lisa!
The last friend who joined the newly enlarged Correttivo Nome, now renamed into Correttivo Noname, is Rasheed, a skilled carpenter from Senegal living in Rome, and one of the artists who work at the social carpentry laboratory hosted at Villaggio Globale. Rasheed got passionate about the project, and helped a lot in the production of the wooden fishbones. We can certainly say that it will be easy to spot the fishbones produced by Rasheed, as they are the most perfectly cut, among a bunch of screwed up ones!
Last shout out for the project team goes to Davola, my beautiful black labrador champion and life companion, who’s been with me for every single step of the project, and easily turned into the official mascotte of the Apelle project – even if it is not still clear for him why he couldn’t grab any of the many dog’s chewing balls we have been playing with!
Not with the production team, but leading the organization of Land Art Campi Flegrei and curating the exhibition, Davide needs a special mention. He has been supportive of the project at any stage, including when he accepted the proposal of placing rotting fish in the park, an mostly for the patience needed to adapt to the many changes the project has gone through, including managing to provide at the last minute the very much needed elevation platform, without which it would have been impossible to finalize the artwork installation.
Project opening: May 20, 2018 | 6PM
The opening date of the 14th edition of Land Art Campi Flegrei was set for April 28, 2018. Due to bureaucratic issues, the opening has been postponed to the morning of Sunday May 20, 2018, at 6PM.
Project location: Parco della Quarantena, Bacoli (Naples)
The annual land art festival Land Art Campi Flegrei changes location every year, while keep focusing on the Campi Flegrei area north-west of Naples. For its 14th edition in 2018 the chosen location is Bacoli’s Parco della Quarantena (Quarantine Park), a park that up to the end of the ’70s hosted for quarantine all wildlife animals entering Italy through the port of Naples (see map below).
The park, after being abandoned and suffering serious degradation, has been recently recovered and restored, and will be reopened to public with the occasion of the land art festival opening, beside of scheduling a program of theatre, music and cultural events across all summer 2018. Also, the park deeply connects with the artist at a personal level – read the story at the end of the land art project page.
Project media gallery
Enjoy a walkthrough video and a couple of photo galleries: the final permanent Apelle installation at the Quarantine Park (Parco della Quarantena) in Bacoli (Pozzuoli, Naples), and some pictures of the Apelle production stage. Here is also a link for a detailed map of the artwork location to view, enjoy and interact with the installation.