News | Brave New Alps - Part 2

The Art of the Struggle: Self-enquiries, Transformation and Re-composition of Living Labor


On the 9th and 10th March, Bianca will be contributing to the UniNomade seminar “The Art of the Struggle” in Palermo at the Teatro Garibaldi Aperto . She will act as spokesperson for the Cantiere per pratiche non-affermative during a week-end that aims at discussing how to transform the precarious working conditions cultural workers experience.

Read more about the seminar

At Leeds Met

On Wednesday, 27 February at 11.30am, we will be speaking about our work at Leeds Met in a lecture series co-organised by Conway+Young.


The Construction site has a new web site


We’re happy to announce that the Construction site for non-affirmative practice has a new web site .

On professionaldreamers

Our recent observation Dheisheh’s Common Green was published in the ‘guest artist’ section of the website of professionaldreamers , “a small, independent publisher that collects and promotes essays on space and society”. Thank you Mubi and Lorenzo Navone, who wrote the beautiful introductory comment (Italian only).

Designers’ Inquiry – workshop in Milan


The Designers’ Inquiry project is about to enter a new phase, namely the visualisation and publication of the data we collected from the almost 800 Italian designers who participated in the inquiry last year.

For that end, from the 25th to the 27th January, the Construction site for non-affirmative practice will be organising a workshop with Gianluca Seta and Laura Cattaneo at Careof DOCVA in Milan.

New entries

We just published two new entries in the ‘works’ section: the publication Commons & Commoning and the observation Dheisheh’s Common Green, which we both worked during our recent 3-months stay in Palestine at Campus in Camps . We hope you enjoy them.

Commons & Commoning (2012)
Dheisheh’s Common Green (2012)



On Flash Art

A piece by Denis Isaia on our work was published on the October issue of the Italian version of Flash Art.


At Campus in Camps

Until the beginning of December we will be working as “project activators” at Campus in Camps .



Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating – 26.06.2012

Coming Tuesday we will be contributing to the conference Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating , organised by Maddalena Dalla Mura and Giorgio Camuffo at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

Conversations March 2011-February 2012

We included the first 9 interviews we conducted in the frame of Designing Economic Cultures in a small publication, which is part of the exhibition Panorama 4 (16.06-30.09.2012, Franzensfeste-Fortezza). Visitors can assemble their publication and take it away.

Download the publication (zip, 2,1 Mb)

On Juliet

An interview with us by Matilde Martinetti was published on the June issue of Juliet , an Italian art magazine.

Designing Alternatives

This Wednesday we will contribute to the  Designing Alternatives symposium in Edinburgh with a talk titled “Designerly Becomings – alternative value-practices within design”.

I Can’t Work Like This

The Construction site for non-affirmative practice has been invited by Casco to join the workshop “Organising as an Open Source” on the 5th June (12noon-6pm) within the exhibition “I Can’t Work Like This” .

Designers’ Inquiry

Designers’ Inquiry investigates the social profile of designers today.
In the form of an on-line questionnaire, it wants to capture and reflect on the complex and often precarious condition that characterises the experience of working in the field of design.

It is an open inquiry and there are no right or wrong answers. The information you are sending us (anonymously) will be included in the analysis as well as in the presentation of the results.

For our research it is important to also gather personal voices, so please feel free to comment questions throughout the questionnaire.

The inquiry will remain open until the 20th June 2012 and takes about 20 minutes to compile.

Go to the on-line survey (English)

Please help us spread this survey as much as possible by sending it on to your contacts. Thank you.

Designers’ Inquiry is an initiative by the Construction site for non-affirmative practice .

Cantieroteca is ready

Cantieroteca is the (growing) archive of the Construction site for non-affirmative practice . It wants to be a point of reference and connection for a collective practice-led research on alternative values within design in order to reconsider designerly approaches to contemporary questions. One section of the archive is dedicated to self-publishing initiatives that focus on social, political, economic and environmental issues.

Cantieroteca is hosted by Careof , via Procaccini 4, Milan. It is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday from 3pm to 7pm.

Self-published materials wanted

Archivio del Cantiere
a project by Construction site for non-affirmative practice
in collaboration with Careof DOCVA

During this year’s Salone del Mobile (Milan, 17-22 April 2012), the collective Construction site for non-affirmative practice inaugurates the project “Archivio del Cantiere” (archive of the construction site) at – and in collaboration with – Careof, a non profit organization for the promotion of contemporary artistic research situated at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan.

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Laboratorio Campano at kunStart12

From the 16th until the 18th March Laboratorio Campano will be installed at the art fair kunStart12 in Bolzano inside the stand of Museion.

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Red Tape

Next Wednesday, together with Paul Thompson , Richard Gerver and Teal Triggs , we’ll join the discussion “Our Future: Education & Creativity” , organised by students of the Visual Communication programme at the Royal College of Art as part of the series Red Tape .

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, 14th March 2012
ArtBar, Darwin Building
Kensington Gore SW7 2EU London

Into the Fold – Camberwell Press

On the 27th February, at 1pm, Bianca and some more people from Department 21 will be guests of the exhibition Into the Fold , organised by Camberwell Press .

Camberwell Press seeks to create and ideal and interactive studio within a public space for two and half weeks. The exhibition will culminate in a publication formed from material generated with collaborators via a series of talks, workshops, design & publishing projects.

Friday Session – 24.02.2012, 7pm, at public works

Next Friday, Bianca will be talking about Designing Economic Cultures at public works’ studio, during one of their beloved Friday Sessions . The evening, titled “Sunday soup and other ways to feed culture”, is organised and curated by Matilde Martinetti, who is currently collaborating with public works.

Friday 24 February, 7pm
public works studio
1-5 Vyner Street
London E2