Little Fun Palace
Filippo Andreatta OHT
Italy / LanaLive – Roundabout, 31 may – 2 June 2019
Austra / Vienna, ÖGFA_Next Up / Architekturtage, 25 May 2019
Italy / Firenze, Fabrica Europa 3 – 20 May 2019
Italy / Rome, MAXXI Museum 6 December 2018 – April 2019
Italy / Terni festival 21-23 September 2018
Italy / Rome, Short Theatre Festival 6 – 15 September 2018 (opening)
Italy / Modena, Festival Periferico 25 – 27 May 2018 (previews)
A roulotte. A tiny and portable pavilion. A bar. An ephemeral gathering place.
An homage to the Fun Palace; the cult project by architect Cedric Price and theatre director Joan Littlewood that back in the 60’s wanted to realize a university of the street, a laboratory of fun. Little Fun Palace is a parasite project, presented together with OHT’s shows or without them, is an ever-changing place for encounters, talks, balls, gigs and any other form of possible spontaneity. This is a project focusing on the moment right after the cultural activity; the moment in which ideas, words and people’s encounters require space to happen. Little Fun Palace tackles a contemporary void exhuming the raison d’être of public areas; that one of being an open forum for spontaneous encounters. Little Fun Palace brings together artists, philosophers, economists, scientists, engineers, musicians, architects, sociologists, writers, meteorologists, and so on that will dialogue on urgent and appropriate themes outlined by an Advisory Team and the institution guesting the the project. Little Fun Palace explores every aspects of realty in its diverse areas and shapes. This is a seriously spontaneous survey releasing intelligence from any cirrus of intellectualism.
Designed as a flexible framework into which programmable spaces can be plugged, the structure has as its ultimate goal the possibility of change at the behest of its users. Price belonged to a generation of British architects and educators who used architecture both to address the future and as the ultimate social art. Price’s personal vision of the city was inventive and playful and expressed his sense of architecture’s moral obligations toward its users. Cedric Price came on to the British architectural scene in the late 1950s, a time in which housing complexes, schools, industrial parks and new towns were springing up all over Britain. There was an overriding belief in a socially responsibly architecture and general feeling of optimism about the future and architecture’s capacity to improve the environment. Price, however, was determined that his work would not impose physical or psychological constraints upon its occupants nor reduce them to standards, as did modernist architecture. Through the pairing of humour and playfulness with complete conviction, Price’s projects all attest to his belief in an architecture that provides inhabitants as well as viewers individual freedoms.
LITTLE FUN PALACE
by OHT | Office for a Human Theatre
idea Filippo Andreatta
set-up Massimiliano Rassu
advisory board Riccardo Fazi, Anne Palopoli, Salvatore Peluso, Francesca Corona
construction Filippo Andreatta, Franco Righi, Antonello Marzari
producer Laura Marinelli
co-production OHT, MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Short Theatre festival, Terni festival
in collaboration with MutaImago
international tour management Laura Artoni │ pro scena
duration of the show │ variable
photos © OHT
Filippo Andreatta (Rovereto, IT, 1981) graduated in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano (BA) and in Performing and Visual Arts at IUAV University of Venice (MA). His artistic research drives behind the realm of Theatre and, in 2008, he has established OHT [Office for a Human Theatre] bringing on stage Delirious New York, the cult book of contemporary architecture by Rem Koolhaas.