Ephemeral Arts Connection | 2011


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.

This edition was selected and exhibited by the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture | Barcelona

Ephemeral Arts Connection 2011_ 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 The Quarry

2. We choose a place (many time abandoned) related to that subject. For this edition we have chosen the big quarries in  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.

After the important results obtained with the first edition happened on September 2010 we want to consolidate the image of Marsala as a laboratory of contemporary arts and to expand the network of  international and local partnerships and collaborations applied to the territorial resources.

The message of the Ephemeral Arts Connection 2011 is to propose alternative models for the use of local natural resources. This logic is diametrically opposed to the one prevailing nowadays of super-exploitation of the land resources and cultural consumption.  This approach has led us to the worst international economic crisis since the second world war and to the abandonment and the depletion of our resources, often making them unable to create wealth and to promote the creativity of new generations.


We will build together an “art object” inside a quarry.
We’ ll search together for materials, techniques and construction’s methods to achieve the final installation. All 30 participants will have the opportunity to cooperate in building a unique work. It will made up of their own artistic contributions and it will live trough their various simultaneous performances. We will try to take advantage from the successful experience of the Ephemeral 2010 with the challenge to reach even better results.




The workshop was take place in a quarry used for the extraction of “tufo” (calcarenitic stone), which is part of a widespread area in the city-territory of Marsala. The quarry will be part and scenario of the ephemeral installation.

The interior of the quarry will also host the laboratory of the creative team work.

Quarry system

The extraction of the calcarenitic stone (tufo) produces a tangible sign into the territory. It defined huge underground spaces that characterize the geological heritage of Marsala landscape.

The tufo is very used in the construction of buildings (figurative walls, foundations, structure of the arches). It is a material highly distinctive in area of Marsala and generally in Sicily.

The tufo quarries characterizes a wide area of Marsala territory and have as main focus the quarter of Santo Padre delle Perriere. They are interconnected and related to each other.

The “empty of matter” generate places “full of content” in the territory.
The historical record of abandoned quarries become a strong signal of a productive activities, characteristic of the city; it’s a memory of human intervention on nature, natural scene to safeguard and to improve, thinking and proposing alternative uses and enjoyment of them.

The workshop will work from the reflection on the modification of landscape concept and of its resources, on  men intervention as a producer of high spatial concentration of events that gives rise to changes in urban and regional landscape of great importance.

The environmental awareness of the value acquired as a common good, the projection for future sustainable scenarios generates the possibility to define a “new countryside” through the composite contribution of the arts.


Light-material is a combination that acquires great importance in this context. For this reason, light will surely be a fundamental material in the project of space. Each quarry has strong spatial qualities. They are reminiscent of Chillida sculptures and the signs of the cutting machines help to add quality in the form of tufo’s block statement. This last aspect defines a rule for building the space for material extraction.The tutors of the workshop and its participants will be asked to project these qualities in the future by imagining new uses for these beautiful places.

Parametric Design

The extraction process of tufo from the ground creates and produces the construction of landscape and architectural spaces represented by tufo quarries. The tufo quarry is a complex three-dimensional structure, whose shape is determined by some very precise parameters related to the operative technique used for the extraction, such as the size of the tufo block, the specific machines employed for the excavation and the removal of the blocks and the structural logic to define stable underground spaces. For these reasons, it will be essential to develop a careful analysis of the space enclosed in the hollow and to define the project of the installation that will be built in real scale by the participants, in close connection with the spatial configuration of the quarry and the related performance.

Digital Tools

To ensure a precise analysis of the status quo of the project site (the quarry) and lead to the design of a coherent artistic object, as was done in the Ephemeral 2010 first edition, it is essential to use appropriate digital tools. We will use for example, Rhino 4.0, Grasshopper for Rhino, 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Ecotect Analysis, Maya.






More details HERE

See also





> Article by Serena Del Puglia – Marsal@.it

> Interview to Francesco Ducato – Radio Itaca



ORGANIZED BY Stardust* (Spain, Italy, Brazil, Usa, Syria) www.stardustudio.com & Elisava, Escola Superior de Disseny I Enginyeria De Barcelona www.elisava.net

DIRECTED BY Francesco Ducato (Director of Stardust*) Ignasi Perez Arnal (Director of Continued Education of Elisava)

TUTORS André Macedo Massimo Pastore Ruben Alonso Sandro Dieli

LECTURERS Nicola Sciacca Enrico Vinci Tommaso Giordano Serena Del Puglia/Stardust* Francesco Ducato/Stardust* Pietro Poma Vicenç Mas/Elisava Giuseppe Volpe/Eures Group s.r.l.

GUIDES Rita Canino (Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi di Marsala) Maria Grazia Griffo (Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi di Marsala) Roberto Fiorentino (Ispettore Responsabile Provinciale della Riserva Naturale Regionale Orientata Isole dello Stagnone)

PARTICIPANTS Danio Migliore Carla Josefa Alagna Teresa Lucia Cicciarella Paola Ruzzon Paola Sobbrio Alexia Messina Emilia Notararigo Carla Messina Valeria Rosa Maria Lo Grasso Deise Luci Figuccia Soares

PERFORMERS Francesco Torre (in duetto L. Pirandello,“Ciaula scopre la luna”/Platone, ”Mito della caverna”) Giovanni Lamia (Caronte) Sara Manzo Federica Cappello Carlo Pavia Alessandro Sorrentino Adriano Rao

SPECIAL GUESTS (ISITUTO STATALE D’ARTE DI PALERMO) Giusi Viola Girolamo Palmizi Giuseppe India Valentina Anzalone Anna Maria Amorello

SUPPORTED BY Municipality of Marsala, Department of Architecture of The University of Palermo (Italy) Piano Strategico di Marsala Eures Group S.R.L.

COLLABORATORS Master in Design and Architecture Elisava Upf (Barcelona, Spain) Mag Lab + Aiu (Arab International University, Damascus, Syria)

SPONSORED BY Parco delle Cave of Leonardo Foderà and Annamaria Ottoveggio Caseificio Impicciche’ Vivai Zichittella Cantine Vinci Ibdaat Magazine (Damascus, Syria) Iguzzini MediPower Comune di Favignana MEDIA PARTNER Abitare Marsal@.it RMC 101 Radio


PROJECT: EAC 2011 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