“Ballare a Bologna, Super Late” by Aleksandrjia Ajdukovic

An artistic project for public space in the context of Learning from Malpighi

The Serbian artist Aleksandrjia Ajdukovic has been invited to experience a residency program at Nosadella.due – Independent Residency for Public Art in Bologna, to produce a project in the public context of Bologna’s Malpighi and San Francesco Squares.

As a portrait of these two silent squares, the project has been realized shooting movements by inhabitants and passers-by, encouraged to stop in places where they have been asked to interpret the space through dance. Inspired by the 80s movies by the garage band Dirtbombs, and shot with a super8 camera, the project is a short film titled Dancing in Bologna, Super Late.

Super Late alludes to the medium the artist used and, at the same time, refers to the stereotype of Italians as “delayers”. By playing with this, the rhythm of the dance becomes a means of comparison to read and suspend the frantic pace of the city, against which one has the impression of always being late.

The art project is part of the “Learning from malpighi – Gazes and Directions for Malpighi and San Francesco Squares”, a project on urban space ideated by Re: Habitat, a network of urban regeneration – including Nosadella.due – who, over the years, have experienced various paths, sharing designs in the cultural, artistic, training and development of the territory.
Learning from malpighi is a two months research project based on analysis and listening through multiple points of view. By applying different approaches from the ethnographic and ethno-semiotic methods, Re: Habitat is collecting emergence of variants and invariants from daily life experiences and experiential practices of citizens in the two squares.

Back in downtown project address some issues relating to accessibility and quality of life in the city downtown, and a new plan of Malpighi and the adjacent San Francesco Squares, “hinge” places between the outer and the oldest part of the city downtown (the circle of XI Century), is one of its next steps.

The observation, promoted by Urban Center Bologna and Saragozza City District, is part of Di nuovo in centro (Back in downtown), a project by Bologna City Council to launch new pedestrian areas of the city, which intends address some issues relating to accessibility and quality of life in the city downtown, and a new plan of Malpighi and the adjacent San Francesco Squares, “hinge” places between the outer and the oldest part of the city downtown (the circle of XI Century), is one of its next steps.

At the end of the study coordinated by Re: Habitat, graphic and textual reports, photographic and video documentation, maps and infographics will be produced. They will let emerge useful information and data to design the renovation of Malpighi and San Francesco Squares, that Bologna Urban Center will take care to communicate, discuss and present to public.

Aleksandrija Ajdukovic (Osijek, Croatia – 1975) has studied photography at the Academy of Arts “BK” in Belgrade, where she currently lives and works, and that of Novi Sad. She practiced with post-conceptual artist Marina Grzinic, and she is currently attending a PhD in cinema theory, culture and media at the Faculty of Drama at Belgrade’s University. She has been twice a finalist of Mangelos Prize for young artists and she is a member of ULUS – Serbs Visual Artists Association. Through the portraits of passers-by she captures the phenomena of modern life and its daily reflections on the world of fashion, pop-culture and lifestyle of (non)urban areas in an elaborative and humoristic way.