21th November - 19th and 29th December 2020 / 23rd January 2021


The arrival of the pandemic on a global scale has radically transformed the ways of perceiving, living and crossing rural areas. One of the most unpredictable reflections linked to these transformations concerns the changes in work practices, which have progressively subsumed rural areas and territories within the comfort space of the capitalist system. The increasingly massive use of smart working is pushing many people to rethink their living and housing needs after the lockdown, so rural places have seen a surge during the spring and summer. Architects, economists, urban planners believe that rural places could be a valid alternative to ensure a high standard of liveability thanks to large and open spaces, at much lower prices than large cities. The pandemic has therefore triggered a new series of colonization dynamics with respect to territories previously marginalized, isolated and considered in contemporary narratives as destined to disappear.

This process places communities and rural territories in front of a challenge which, on the one hand pushes them to be an active part in the active processes of the globalized world, on the other hand, tests the mechanisms of resistance with respect to the dominant narratives that have always marginalized them.

How is it possible to reconfigure the idea of rurality, in the light of the post-pandemic dynamics? And how can the relationship between urban and rural spaces be redefined, within this complex frame of land in transformation?

And, moreover, how does the art world react to this type of processes and territorial transformations, which over the last few months has spent itself in experimenting with spaces for the production and dissemination of culture in which the relationship with the public is resolved in the distance?

How can we articulate this process that establishes a new relationship also with the digital? How does the art world position itself towards the sudden, mass experience of spatial contraction through lockdown in the Covid-19 pandemic within rural areas?

These ideas will constitute the topics which will be discussed during the Liminaria MMXX series of talks to be held online on 21th November and 18th and 19th December 2020 and which will compare artists, curators, designers, academic experts, farmers and inhabitants of rural areas from different parts of the globe, called to discuss to imagine future prospects for these territories after the pandemic.

How to bring the 'rural' back into contemporary narratives? To what extent new technologies are able of accelerating processes of revaluation of territories? What is the role of rurality in the age of the ecology of coexistences and infrastructural landscapes? Dealing with these issues, invited speakers will present a number of perspectives e analyzes aimed at defining the positioning of rural areas in the new territorial models between local and global dimensions.
  • Nicola Di Croce
    Sound artist and researcher, IUAV Venezia
  • Giovanni Cervi
    Curator and founder of Valico Terminus, farm and art residency in Ventasso (Reggio Emilia)
  • Piero Lacorazza
    Fondazione Appennino, director
  • Franco Milella
    Expert in territorial development, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo
  • Luigi Ratclif
    GAI - Giovani artisti italiani, Secretary
  • Jepis Rivello
    Designer and social innovator, Jepis Bottega, Caselle in Pittari (Salerno)
  • Renato Rinaldi
    Sound artist and audio documentarist, Tre soldi, RAI3
  • To what extent are rural areas characterized as sustainable places, for innovation and experimentation? How is it possible counter the discourses of modernity that read them as marginal and backward appendages of development processes and intended for depopulation and oblivion? Stemming from the themes of the "Manifesto of Rural Futurism", a document written in 2019 by Leandro Pisano and Beatrice Ferrara, the voices of this panel will discuss the possible futures of rural areas, called to re-imagine themselves as active components of contemporary economic, political, cultural and social processes.
  • Annalisa Rabitti
    Councilor for Culture, Tourism and Equal Opportunities, Municipality of Reggio Emilia
  • Gaetano Carboni
    Pollinaria art residency and farm, Loreto Aprutino (Pescara)
  • Gianpiero Lupatelli
    Territorial Economist, Commissione Aree Interne
  • Alessio Mammi
    Councilor for Agriculture, Emilia-Romagna Region
  • Arturo Bertoldi
    Eudiren, responsible
  • Daniele Pitteri
    Fondazione Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma, AD
  • Gian Franco Gasparini
  • "Meta" is a prefix that derives from ancient Greek and that in modern languages indicates change, transformation, mutation. "Meta-rurality" therefore indicates a perspective in which rural and marginal territories, no longer considered as mere appendages of modernity, become places of transformation, through the recombination of the elements already existing within them, to become active components of economic processes, political, cultural of modernity. Dealing with the transformation processes of rural areas locally and globally, this panel will develop a discussion on different topics: technologies, landscape, political ecology of territories, trying to understand how art and technocultures can support the transformation processes of rural and marginal areas in the post-pandemic era.
  • Daniela Arriado
    Curator, producer
  • Régine Debatty
    Blogger, curator and art critic
  • Camila Marambio
    Director of Ensayos
  • Yukiko Shikata
    Curator, critic
  • John Thackara
    Philosopher, writer and curator