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EXPLODED VIEW: Art & Research on Layered Landscapes in Transition

13 January 2022
In 2018 and 2019, 13 international artists went on an expedition to the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica in Rome. This ribbon-shaped park, which travels like a green lung through the southern regions of Rome, forms the first 11 miles of the famous Via Appia Antica, which extends for a total of 360 miles to Brindisi (southern Italy).

Together with various scholars, stakeholders and practitioners – ranging from archaeologists, architects, planners to park managers and geographers, a volcanologist, a falconer and a crow (not to mention several volunteers and locals) – the artists have mapped different parts and layers of the Via Appia park. This has brought to light a diversity of new perspectives on this centuries-old heritage landscape. Thereby, the artists acted as pilgrim, interviewer, gardener, dancer, game master or campaigner; they observed and participated. The results of this interdisciplinary research by heritage specialists and artists/researchers in Rome are exhibited in the form of new, exciting projects, film productions and installations in Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. In collaboration with the Interfaculty Research Institute CLUE+/VU, Arti and the UVA, a public program, as well a student symposium (UVA) and a final symposium (organized by CLUE+) is being put together. Click here for more information on the exhibit in Arti et Amicitiae [in Dutch]. 

For more information on the final symposium, organized by CLUE+, click here.

The results of the artists involved in this project – like a current exploded view of the Via Appia Antica – form the exhibition Exploded View

The Exploded View research program in 2018-2019 is an exchange between the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica in Rome with the Amstelpark in Amsterdam, and was established in collaboration with the Interfaculty Research institute CLUE+ (Cultural Landscapes and Urban Environment) of the Vrije University, Stichting In Principio, Cultural Heritage Agency and Zone2Source, in Amsterdam. A pilot of this exhibition took place in the Ex-Cartiera Latina, in the Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica, in November 2019.

Scientific advisor: Prof. dr. Gert-Jan Burgers (VU-Chair in Mediterranean archaeology and heritage/director CLUE+)                                                                                                                                 
Curator: Dr. Krien Clevis (research fellow CLUE+/VU and curator Via Appia Park, Rome)

Participated artists: Jasper Coppes, Maarten Davidse, Pavèl van Houten, Eline Kersten in collaboration with Jacqueline Heerema, Wouter Osterholt, Daniela de Paulis, Miriam Sentler, Silvia Stucky, Curdin Tones in collaboration with Frank Müller, Leonid Tsvetkov and Paola Romoli Venturi.

This Exploded View exhibition and public program has been made possible in part thanks to a generous contribution from the Mondriaan Fund, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (North Holland) and CLUE+/VU.