Corso Castelfidardo, 22, Turin, Italy

The Cantieri OGR in Turin is a place of experimentation and production in the context of contemporary culture, a platform for harmonizing the dialogue and collaboration between different disciplines, a laboratory where people can come together for a cross-fertilization of ideas. The Cantieri OGR is a temporary experimental project that will accompany the restructuring of OGR with a laboratory stage in the production, and the development of an architectural project that starts from the contents. The Cantieri OGR are proposed as a center of coexistence between cultural production and applied technological research, in which the role of liaison between the community of artists, designers, local and international enterprises is central. It expresses its willingness to contribute to the debate on knowledge, multidisciplinary design in which a vision of unity between the different creative languages becomes the necessary figure of our present and an indication for the future. A place where ideas meet, by linking to each other, the visual arts, especially photography and large site-specific installations, performing arts, architecture, design, literature, music and new media; a “center” with not only a poetic and aesthetic vision but also one of social sharing. The project relies on partnerships between public and private entities, primarily the OGR-CRT Company, and promotes the participation of the urban fabric in the most open and plural form possible. Attention is directed to different audiences whose involvement is made active in all of the cultural, educational and productive aspects, as well as in the dissemination of the creative processes. An idea that is dear to us is that of a place that takes up visions of those who pass through, a model of a cultural institution that places listening as the basis for the future and for its programming. The Cantieri we imagine that will be a working progress during the first two years of the project, are intended to reinterpret the comparison between the tangible and intangible cultural fields of knowledge, in which we can build a new balance between fruition and production and, above all, create new connections between networks of cultural enterprises and other sectors of the economy.

A contemporary culture hub The OGR that we imagine collects the legacy of an industrious past as a laboratory for projects that translated into innovation. Imagine a platform that reinterprets the spatial elements as an assembly kit in favor of ideas, able to adapt to strong visions of those who want to deal with this place. For this reason, in the first two years we called it OGR Construction Site Turin. Cantieri OGR Torino The OGR are one of the last vestiges of the industrial history of Turin. Built between 1885 and 1895, the OGR became a crucial point of the urban fabric. After becoming the Capital of Italy, the city was forced to look at the future, to innovate and seek out new projects. The construction of the Officine emphasizes this process, at a time when the country is determined to develop a network of infrastructures and start competing with other European economies. A confirmation of an attitude to innovation, is the size of the complex, in which an H-shaped structure stands as an imposing cathedral of technique, with aisles of almost 200 meters, cross-linked by a lower building. In the body of the building to the north, like a treasure chest, you will find an exceptional element called “the Cathedral” il Duomo, a volume obtained in the central nave which is higher than the other three. The OGR belong to the area of ​​the city called “the great services.” It was composed of, among others, the New Prison, the Municipal Slaughterhouse, the Cattle Market. Today most of these structures have disappeared following the transformation of the city, and part of the historical OGR are now occupied by the Polytechnic and its Citadel. The OGR have been active until the 1970’s. A theatre of jobs of thousands of workers, artisans of the highest order, witnesses and bearers of practices and knowledge, articulated and complex, the OGR, disused in the early 90’s were granted temporarily free loan in 2007 and returned to the city of Turin as a space for art and culture and as a place for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy in 2011. Today, they are again interested in restoring the facilities which could lead to a new and fully functional center of cultural production and applied research in collaboration with companies, universities and the Polytechnic. The planned intervention, respectful of the retention policies of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage reserved to the goods of industrial archeology, will maintain and will enhance the strength of the past that a place like this is still capable of arousing, in keeping with the experimental nature of the new scenarios imagined. In the South Wing you can already find the Spazio Carroponte, a theatre mounted with a stage and technical specifications to host up to 400 people. To complete the area we have Classrooms meglio Labs that are available for training and meetings open to non-profit organizations in the territories, the food and the cafeteria. The North Wing, about 10.000 squared meters large, will be dedicated to contemporary culture and activities in the visual arts, with a focus on large photography, performing arts, literature, architecture and design, encouraging a raid into the field of new technologies and exchanges with international partners. The North Wing is divided into three distinct areas: Spazio Fucine, dedicated to live events for an audience of about 1,400 people based on the principles of versatility and flexibility, designed to accommodate multiple elements and materials from the configuration of the stage; the “Duomo”, single space and the heart of the entire complex, designed to carry out activities with 200 people, is devoted to special projects. Finally, three independent exhibition spaces, Sala Mastri Calderai, Sala Verniciatori, and Sala Lamiere, capable of hosting exhibitions, art projects, studies and temporary workshops for artists. The outdoor area is into the Red Courtyard, a “red carpet” guides the visitor into the entrance from Corso Castelfidardo and is ideal for public art interventions and large open air installations. At the back, you find the Green Garden hiding, an open space used as a place to get a break from the exhibitions. In the transept, you can find the Foyer and in the near future you will also be able to find, a Temporary Shop and a Design Shop. Also here, you will find spaces dedicated to creativity and openness to young talents with an inclusive for different audiences. The interventions of the future restoration of the OGR does not imply the closure, but citizens will be involved in the change, thus making it an open event that people will be able to visit and live in an active way.

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