Ephemeral Arts Connection | 2010


Ephemeral Arts Connection (EAC) is an international, experimental and interdisciplinary workshop organized by Stardust* in partnership with Elisava (www.elisava.net), the IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, www.iaac.net), Actar (www.actar.com) and many others public and private institutions. With this workshop open to students and professionals from many different art fields we wanted to create a moment of intergenerational education outside the universities, sharing our professional knowledge focusing on real social problems and activating international and interdisciplinary talent on that issue.

These actions helped the local society to imagine and build a different future for many abandoned beautiful places and started an interesting process of transformation still ongoing.


«Monumento Ai Mille» unfinished and abandoned monument ( Sept.2010)


Ephemeral Arts Connection 2010_ Marsala | Italy.

This is the way in which the 10 days workshop is organized:

1. We choose a subject of interest, this year the subject is Unfinished

2. We choose a place (many time abandoned) related to that subject. For this edition we have chosen the unfinished and abandoned «Monumento Ai Mille», Marsala/Sicily.

3. At the end of the 10 days workshop we will do a  public ephemeral installations and performances involving thousand of citizens of the city, public and private institutions and many participants from all around the world.


The participants ( from Brazil, Berlim, Syria, Spain, Italy and Norway) inside the monument.

EAC and The Monumento Ai Mille at The RA1 TV


The Ephemeral Arts Connection workshop in the Fato Quotidiano newspaper



Everything is ephemeral, because everything is subjected to the flow and transformation of the life. Buildings, all forms of artworks, sculptures, paintings, music, theater, movies … The ephemeral is conceived as the link between the contemporary arts. Its transformative performance is related to the transformation of materials, their origins, application, cycle of life, death, recycling … the ephemeral is able to be a new experimental paradigm for sustainable development.

Arts’ connection

The value of the interaction between arts is strongly related to the dialog between cultures. We do not need selective and rigid categories of arts and of cultures and we want to explore the richness of the combined value of arts and cultures working together. They’ll operate simultaneously, they won’t have limits or boundaries and they’ll cooperate at a new equal culture of making. On the footsteps of Watermill Center Laboratory founded by Bob Wilson, we learn the miraculous developing of global network transcending age, experience, social, religious and cultural backgrounds.

In Sicily

The capitalist model whose center of gravity is in the U.S. and in the northern hemisphere, has generated a resources’ depauperation. A model that has transformed “Europe as a territorial zipper and the Mediterranean area as a simple connector. The crisis we are passing trough is not just economic or productive and social but is, overall, the crisis of a cultural system and of a consequential planned system for the future […] The challenge in front of us, is to oppose to the mad core of the turbo-capitalism that has produced a flat and always similar architecture and transgenic cities […] the strength of a responsible and networking planning of the Mediterranean area. […] From South as main centre of the project and from Sicily it radiates a powerful energy of renewal. […] will be entirely involved in the “project for the future” that the Mediterranean communities are willing to accomplish, in a renewed pact between the city and the territory, the environment and the landscape.” (Maurizio Carta, Mediterraneo_Liquid Project) We can build a new development’s model, with new values. Sicily (and South) is taken as the hub of a new art’s development, the nerve center of economic, politic, social and creative growth. It has its roots in a meeting of cultures. The last fifty years, Sicily, making an attempt to produce a renewed contemporary art, has produced more than 160 works left unfinished. They are signs of a collective memory that are waiting a new definition and meaning in the sicilian landscape.



The self-construction of an “object to live” inside an “Incompiuto Siciliano”. The participant search together materials, techniques and construction methods for the conception and the construction of the final installation. All 30 participants have the opportunity to cooperate in building an unique work. It is made up of their own artistic contributions and it will live trough their various simultaneous performances.


The monument before EAC


The monument today

Here many newspapers and magazines publications about the Ephemeral Arts Connection_2010






Laboratory’s Location

The workshop took place around the building site of CASA 4, and the field hosted the laboratory of the creative team work. An “Incompiuto Siciliano” was part and scenario of the ephemeral installation.

PERIOD: 9-20 September 2010


ORGANIZED BY: Elisava (Spain–www.mag-da.eu), Stardust* (Spain, Brasil, Italy, USA,Syria-www.stardustudio.com)

DIRECTORS: Ignasi Perez Arnal/Elisava, Francesco Ducato/Stardust*

SUPPORTED BY:  Municipality of Marsala, Watermill Center founded by Robert Wilson(New York, USA), Department of History and Project of the University of Palermo

COLLABORATORS: Master in Design and Architecture, Elisava-UPF (Spain),  MAG-LAB(Materials Advanced Architecture Generative Laboratory), AIU(Arab International University, Syria), ABADIR-Accademia d`Arte(Catania, Italy)

SPONSORED BY: Casa 4, Municipality of Marsala, IBDAAT Magazine(Damascus, Syria),Società Canottieri Marsala, Autoservizi Salemi, Sporting Club Marsala, Sole Luna

MEDIA PARTNER: Abitare – International Design Magazine (Milan, Italy), Marsal@.it

PRODUCTION & PHOTOGRAPHY: Carla Athayde (Stardust*)

INVITED ARTISTS: Akkura – unfinished sound

LECTURERS: Serena Del Puglia (Stardust*), Francesco Ducato (Stardust*), Ignasi Perez Arnal (Elisava), Giacomo Di Girolamo (Journalist), Lucy Giuliano (Architect), Santi Centineo (Architect), Incompiuto Siciliano, Tiziano Di Cara (Architect, Gallerist),

Maurizio Carta (Architect, Urban Planner, Councillor of the historical center of Palermo)

TUTORS: Bea Goller (Architect_German-Spain), Marita Isobel Solberg (Artist_Norway),Aref Maksoud (Architect – Mag LAB_Syria)

SELECTED PARTICIPANT ARTISTS : Aza Stass, Ayman Ibrahim Basha, Noelle Oska, Qutaiba Qaddour, Khaled El-Amer El-Ashry, Eleonora Adesso, Simona Cudia, Giovanna Lentini,Carlo Pavia

SPECIAL LECTURERS: Olga Gutierrez Prat(Architect),Alessio Erioli(Engineer/Researcher)

SPECIAL GUESTS: Jörg Schröder (Architect/Researcher), Valentina Ciuffi (Journalist/Abitare), Peppe Maisto (Photographer), Ananda Falcao, Lucile Figueiredo

STRUCTURAL DESIGN CONSULTANCY: Alessio Erioli (Università di Bologna – Co-de-iT)

EPHEMERAL 2010 GADGETS: ARCHI·giana (www.archigiana.it)


VIDEO BY: Peppe Grisafi

For more information:

Ephemeral Arts Connection


PROJECT: EAC 2010 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Elisava (Barcelona, Spain) PROJECT TEAM*: Francesco Ducato, Carla Athayde, Serena Del Puglia
LOCATION: Marsala (TP), Italy TYPE: International Workshop
BUDGET: Confidential
STATUS: Realized in 2010