Spring 2017, LOOK AT ME NOW! Photography Workshop With Anna Positano.
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LOOK AT ME NOW! 2017 workshops.


The week after midterm reviews (March 20 – 23, 2017), students enrolled in the Architecture and in the Interior Design programs at Kent State University in Florence attended the third edition of the LOOK AT ME NOW! workshop.

Instructors were two architects, photographers and video makers who are especially talented in portraying contemporary architecture in photography and in video and who have extensive experience running workshops: Anna Positano and Davide Rapp.

The Photography workshop was run by Italian architect and photographer Anna Positano (http://theredbird.org). Anna is a photographer and an artist, with a background in architecture. She graduated in Architecture at the University of Genoa, then obtained her MA in Photography at the London College of Communication. Her work encompasses the reciprocal influence between landscape and society and explores everyday places.  Her projects have been exhibited internationally, in art galleries and public institutions, such as La Triennale in Milan, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Cornell University, and Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art in Genoa. She works on commission for architects and public institutions. Her work is regularly published in international architectural magazines.

The Video workshop was run by Italian architect and video author Davide Rapp (https://vimeo.com/daviderapp/videos). Davide holds a Ph.D. in Interior Design from the Politecnico di Milan.  He collaborated for 5 years, between 2008 and 2013, with architect Stefano Boeri on urban, architectural and interior design projects including – among others – “Sustainable Dystopias”: a research project that explores different ideas surrounding the reconciliation between cities and nature, exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008. He participated as a contributor in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas, with ‘Elements’, a movie montage of short architecture-related clips, conceived specifically for the introduction room of the main exhibition at the Biennale, titled ‘Elements of Architecture’. He was published on national and international architecture magazines such as Abitare, Icon Design and the Architectural Review.  He is co-author (with Alberto Iacovoni) of a graphic novel on architecture titled ‘Playscape’, published in 2009, exploring the public space as an exciting and promising testing ground of possibilities.

A special contribution to this year’s workshop was offered by Leonardo Chiesi, professor of Sociology in the School of Architecture of the University of Florence, who will introduce students to some preliminary social research methods for architecture, urban design and planning. The tasks assigned to the students in the 4 days of the workshop will further emphasize the fact that sociology and design can be mutually engaged.

On Thursday March 23, 2017 the students made a final presentation of the works produced in the course of the workshop in the lecture hall at Palazzo Vettori. Some students from the University of Florence who were also able to participate in the workshop activities attended the presentations. Marco Brizzi, professor of the “Video, Media and Architecture” theory course, offered a critical commentary on the students’ works


A selection of the photos made by the students under the guidance of Anna Positano can be seen here below:

Some of the videos made by the students under the guidance of Davide Rapp can be seen here below: