Inchiostro Departure’s project combines extremely current topics, such as the democratization of culture, the gratuitousness of sharing art, the redevelopment of the Italian cultural heritage and tourism promotion.
Establishing itself as a sort of traveling cultural festival, characterized by open access and free use, the creation of a contemporary art circuit, within six Italian railway stations, it proved to be a real creative laboratory in a constant work in progress.
The choice to intervene in the stations has not been random in fact, it is part of a very realistic conception, which considers the station as the gateway to the city and the main destination of people in constant motion. The protagonists of this artistic journey were the stations of Rogoredo in Milano, Trieste, Siena, Roma Ostiense, Napoli Mergellina and Pescara. Every station having its roots and history, the six stages of the festival have been intended as part of a comprehensive project and at the same time having their personal and unique identity. From the big black ball installation, titled “Earth 450”, by Stefano Ogliari Badessi at Trieste station to “Pueblo” by sculptor Edoardo Tresoldi in the Siena station, every place told his story, involving the spectator within a specific narrative.
The artists who have contributed to build the dynamic and expressive languages of the festival have explored the relationship between the artwork and the public: the decision to set the exhibitions within the large stations cultivates an intrinsic social and teaching mission, raising issues of mediation between works and the public and regenerating strategies of relationship between the viewer and the art museums in informal settings. Opening the doors of contemporary art and creating a travel experience: the nomadic project Inchiostro Departure broke the bonds of culture that take it under a blanket of rules and conventions. The genius of the “liquid spreading” of cultural content could be considered as a new frontier of democracy in which all can participate.