TENTative Structures | Marrakech Biennale 6

A Public Art Project by Hilario Isola Marrakesh / Morocco

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TENTative Structures is a cross-disciplinary, public art project conceived by the
Italian artist Hilario Isola in the context of the Marrakech Biennale and running from
24th February to 8th May 2016.
Coming to its sixth edition and included among the twenty most influential
biennales worldwide, the Marrakech Biennale 6, “Not New Now”, questions, in the
words of appointed curator Reem Fadda, how to surpass the cultural orientation
towards newness, by occupying major heritage sites of the city.
TENTative Structures presents three public installations, displaced in key areas of
the city of Marrakech: Place Jemaa El Fna - UNESCO world heritage site for
intangible culture -, the Hotel de Ville and the Gare of Marrakech.
At the intersection between art, design and architecture, TENTative Structures are
experimental reconfigurations of the archetype of the tent, each mirroring a peculiar
disciplinary approach and encapsulating an attempt to question and overcome functional
or figurative configurations of the tent as historically or commonly understood.
TENTative Structures are therefore small-scale architectures and big public sculptures,
travelling and relational spaces embodying an understanding of the tent as a
symbol of our contemporary nomadic wanders.
The project has been realised with the participation of the students of the schools of
design and architecture Domus Academy (Milan) and VCUQatar (Doha). The tents
have been produced in the R&D departments of Sublitex, European leader in
sublimation technologies, and Ferrino & Co., global leader in emergency tents
design, with the support of Miroglio Textile and Lavazza.


Hilario Isola

Project by Hilario Isola
Photography by Massimo Bicciato
Technical sponsor Sublitex
Realised with the participation and support of Miroglio Textile and Lavazza

REMÓTE by Hilario Isola are temporary meeting spaces that lie halfway between sculpture, photography and architecture.
Installed in Place Jemaa El Fna, heart of the city of Marrakech and UNESCO site for intangible cultural and oral heritage, REMÓTE is an in situ installation designed to be both an architectural and a relational space.

The small suspended and scratched tents composing the installation become onsite travelling spaces thanks to the landscapes printed in the interior side of each structure. This photographic work by Massimo Bicciato displays and invites visitors to plunge into remote places on earth, hardly accessible for either geographical or political reasons. For this installation, the selected photographic series presents the Erta Ale volcano, in Ethiopia.

The semi-circular shape assumed by the installation points, moreover, to the tradition
of the Al Halqa, the popular street stages that since 1050 AC vitalize the square and which still represent today the gathering places where musicians, storytellers and acrobats perform. In an organic and rare dialogue with the square and thanks to the complicity of the cultural association Ana Can Bri Jemaa El Fna, REMÓTE became the space hosting the performance of some of the artists of the square during the opening week of the
Marrakech Biennale.

At the end of April 2016, the installation will further host a performance of the contemporary
dancer and local activist Emmanuelle Jacquet with the sound designer Ivan Bert.
Finally, it will become the physical platform for an educational programme, Classroom. Proposed by curators Paola Nicolin, Giovanna Silva and Giulia Mainetti, the program will be conceived by Hilario Isola with the complicity of local cultural actors such as LE 18 and the curator Omar Berrada and will be opened to the students of the ENAM and the ESAV in Marrakech.


MOTOElastico (Simone Carena | Marco Bruno)

Project by MOTOElastico (Simone Carena | Marco Bruno)
Design Team: Simone Carena, Marco Bruno, Juneho Kim, Barbara Charrue (VCUQatar),
Yasmeen Suleiman (VCUQatar)
POP PUP is supported by a Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar Faculty Research

POP PUP by MOTOElastico is an adaptation of a traditional Pup Tent to the context of a city. Traditionally, Pup Tents are cozy tiny spaces, minimal in material and plain in colors. Often used to move our first steps into nature, they are small interiors with a powerful force affecting the wilderness that surrounds them.

The Pop Pup Tent is a scaled up modular version designed to confront the Marrakchi’s urban fabric. Its basic module is made of a hacked industrial aluminum ladder covered with colorful Senegalese mats found in the souks of Marrakech.

Pop Pup can be arranged in different configurations to respond to the stimulations of the site.

The installation is designed in order to allow the audience to interact with the tent by rolling up and down the mats deciding the level of privacy they want to keep in the interior space and, complementarily, the level of openness towards the urban context.
Pop Pup is a public intimacy container done in rub-a-dub style.


Pamela Basanez Beltran Y Puga / Prerna Khaitan / Israa Sammoura / Stephany Tanios Karam

Project designed in the Workshop Design of Spaces, Master Course in Interior & Living Design, Domus Academy
Project leader Manfredo di Robilant

ParTENTition was developed in the context of the Workshop Design of Spaces of the Master Course in Interior & Living Design, Domus Academy led by Manfredo di Robilant.
The project, designed by students Pamela Basanez Beltran Y Puga, Prerna Khaitan, Israa Sammoura and Stephany Tanios Karam is a draft proposal for an emergency tent prompting from the observation that refugees tents are actually inhabited, in many situations, for longer periods than for what they have been designed.

To respond to this condition the project proposes to import an element from traditional masonry architecture, the partition, a key element for allowing privacy and intimacy, and for improving hygiene and cleanliness.

Images from real camps are printed on the sidewalls of this exhibition-booth. On the central panels are printed study drawings showing how a sturdy partition might improve the daily life conditions in a refugees tent.




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    TENTative Structures is a cross-disciplinary, public art project conceived by theItalian artist Hilario Isola in the context of the Marrakech Biennale and running from24th February to 8th May 2016.Coming to its sixth edition and included among the twenty most influentialbiennales worldwide, the Marrakech Biennale 6, “Not New Now”, questions, in thewords of appointed curator Reem Fadda, how to surpass the cultural orientationtowards newness, by occupying major heritage sites of the...

    Project details
    • Client Marrakech Biennale
    • Contractor Biennale di Arte Contemporanea
    • Status Current works
    • Type Urban Furniture / Photography / Exhibitions /Installations
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