Launch — Fight-Specific Isola


You are invited to the launch of Paolo Caf­foni’s book Fight-Spe­cif­ic Isola on Feb­ru­ary 4th, 2015 at Corner Col­lege in Zürich…

Fight-Spe­cif­ic Isola was pub­lished by Archive Books.


»›Fight-Spe­cif­ic Isola‹ traces the long his­tory of the Isola area of Mil­an and the organ­ic, spon­tan­eous pro­gress of the Isola Art Cen­ter over the past 12 years. Fea­tur­ing texts and many images, the book tells the story of an artist­ic and urb­an trans­form­a­tion, led by artists, who often had to invent tools and con­cepts along the way. This pub­lic­a­tion serves as an example of how to act on the ground in today’s urb­an con­di­tion. Dif­fer­ent nar­rat­ives of his­tory, artist­ic inter­ven­tion and action allow the read­er to trace the com­plex idea of col­lectiv­ity, solid­ar­ity and fight-spe­cificity. Test­ing new terms such as dirty cube and dis­persed centre this book shows a pos­sible way to respond to the con­stant pres­sure of neo­lib­er­al devel­op­ment and gentri­fic­a­tion.

Isola Art Cen­ter is an open, exper­i­ment­al plat­form for con­tem­por­ary art based in Milan’s Isola neigh­bor­hood. It is powered by energy, enthu­si­asm and solid­ar­ity. Over the last dec­ade Isola Art Cen­ter has con­fron­ted an urb­an situ­ation marked by con­flict and extens­ive trans­form­a­tions. Its pro­jects con­tin­ue to be ›no-budget‹, pre­cari­ous, hyper­loc­al. Doing away with con­ven­tion­al hier­arch­ic­al struc­tures, Isola Art Cen­ter rhizo­mat­ic­ally brings togeth­er Itali­an and inter­na­tion­al artists, crit­ics and cur­at­ors, artists’ col­lect­ives, act­iv­ists, archi­tects, research­ers, stu­dents and neigh­bor­hood groups.« — Archive Books

Corner Col­lege
Koch­strasse 1
CH-8004 Zürich

Feb­ru­ary 4th, 2015 at 6pm