Discovering the Altera Forma Urbis of Rome through a site-specific project and performance at Garbatella district, Rome

Moneta, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9125-2806, 2022. Discovering the Altera Forma Urbis of Rome through a site-specific project and performance at Garbatella district, Rome. Society for Artistic Research.


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The aim of the research enquiry was to uncover old and recent past history of Garbatella district in Rome and to reveal the findings using an exhibition and a site-specific performance open to public. Methods involved experimental research and case study using location-based digital technologies (Geo-Blog) perception mapping, and Scenarchitecture, a trans-disciplinary methodology developed by Moneta (2012) for reading and interpreting the Genius Loci. The project is grounded on recent studies of Italian archaeologist Giuseppe Lugli and his son Pier Maria Lugli (2006) on the ‘Altera Forma Urbis’ of Rome, that investigates the hidden, ‘secret’ structural urban form of Rome in the shape of a ‘Star’. Using a hermeneutic phenomenology approach with a focus on making meaning of experiences as they are lived, the research revealed possible connections between the Altera Forma Urbis of Rome and its contemporary urban structure within the area of study of Garbatella district. Recognition of the significance of Moneta’s research is evidenced through invitation to contribute to an exhibition (output 1: Segni Percorsi) and a sited performance (output 2: Tramandala). Specifically, the exhibition was commissioned and funded by ‘Urban Centre - Municipio Roma XI’, Rome’s City Council participatory hub. The performance was commissioned and funded by Festival Teatri di Vetro 3, an established and renowned Festival of contemporary performing arts in the courtyards of Garbatella’s building lots, and Fondazione Romaeuropa, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in Europe actively involved in promoting and disseminating art, theatre, dance and music. Feedback collected during the exhibition and after the performance evidenced the engagement of the audience with the ancient and recent past of Garbatella. The dissemination of the work includes his authored book Scenarchitettura (2012), an article on journal Hortus (2009) and a research report on Zenodo (2022).

Item Type: Website content
Description: Website: Research Catalogue: an international database for artistic research
Creators: Moneta, A.
Publisher: Society for Artistic Research
Date: 24 January 2022
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 31 Jan 2022 10:48
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2022 09:51
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