“Marta Fumagalli and Riccardo Pirovano are a couple of Italian artists. They work together since 2011 under the name Jukai. Their research is focused on urban landscape where they detect neglected places, but relevant in terms of “potential memory”. From Europe, to Japan and Africa Jukai has been creating temporary and permanent “organic” site specific installations sprouted from the observation and the interaction with those sites.
Our project focus on those spaces of the city that, born with a precise intent of use, they have acquired their own identity thanks to an unexpected social interaction; or on those marginal sites in central areas that have been left aside and get undefined in the absence of interactions. Starting from our studio’s surroundings we are exploring the spontaneous and uncontrollable transformation processes that could change these “non-places” into precise and characterized sites. Our aim is to identify these “transformed” or “transforming” urban spaces and strengthen the “new identity” with site-specific actions. We’d like to insert them gradually into an expanding map and storing them by creating “postcards”. We’ll try to dig out the “genius loci” of Berlin through our exploration.”
Text by Marta Fumagalli and Riccardo Pirovano (both scholars of Fresh A.I.R. #3)