The residency at Careof

The group Construction site for non-affirmative practice was born between September and October 2011 during a collective artists residence at Careof, a non-profit art space at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. Since, we’ve been working to question, study and experience alternative design and living practices.

As designers, we feel deeply involved not only in the making of objects, but also in the creation of relations, processes, languages and collective imaginaries. As a consequence, we believe that our research should rise questions about what kind of society we want to contribute to with our work and to question the role we play in the economic system we are living in.

The Construction site is a virtual and physical space, where we carry on this research and where we try to translate it into practice according to modalities that are verified step by step. The Construction site is also a place in which we take care of our “becoming collective”.

The social imaginary encounters at Careof

In this series of encounters, run by the economic researcher Hervé Baron, we intend to propose an argument that is relatively unknown to the Italian public: the issue of the social imaginary. These theoretical excursions will be followed by practical examples of the application of the concept of the imaginary to our society. These examples will focus on money and the image as commodity.


I made this poster for the conference Werkstattgespräche at the University of Bolzano. The illustration is inspired by J.K Gibson Graham. Giorgio Camuffo invited the Construction site for non-affirmative practice to host a roundtable discussion at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano as part of the series Werkstattgespräche.

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