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Open Call: Camera Obscura in Pennabilli [Italy]

  • 07:45 - 25 March, 2016
Open Call: Camera Obscura in Pennabilli [Italy]
Open Call: Camera Obscura in Pennabilli [Italy], Migrant Landscape - Call for Camera Obscura - image: Collettivo Migrante
Migrant Landscape - Call for Camera Obscura - image: Collettivo Migrante

Collettivo Migrante has launched a call for projects for the design of a temporary installation: a 'treasure room' for Pennabilli, an ancient hamlet in the Romagna Appennines (Italy). The installation will be active during the International Street Art Festival "Artisti in Piazza" (1-5 June 2016). The device will be used as a camera obscura during the day and as performance space during the night.

This open call is part of the project Migrant Landscape, curated by Collettivo Migrante a collective formed by designers, educators and artists which are actively involved in a reading and interpretative process of the landscape surrounding the historical centre of Pennabilli. The aim is to experiment communication and participation strategies regarding the territory and directed towards the identification of possible valorisation processes.

The Camera Obscura

The Chinese philosopher and founder of Mohism, Mo Di, formally described, in the 5th century BC, the creation of an inverted image of the world formed by light rays passing through a pinhole and projecting inside a dark room. He called this invention the “locked treasure room”. Across the centuries, this device has been used by artists and travellers to capture the elusive presence of the outside world. The camera obscura is a machine to collect fragments of reality as if they were precious objects, as living images capable to frame portions of complexity.


The winning proposal will have the possibility of constructing the camera obscura through technical support of local artisans dealing with recycled material, and being hosted in a young and creative environment during Artisti in Piazza Festival.

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Open Call: Camera Obscura in Pennabilli [Italy]
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Built Projects & Masterplans)
  • Website

  • Organizers

    Collettivo Migrante
  • Submission Deadline

    15/04/2016 23:30
  • Venue

  • Price


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Cite: "Open Call: Camera Obscura in Pennabilli [Italy]" 25 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884