Tools for After TFA

Tools for After TFA

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Posted 2023-08-03 by Jenfollow

Thu 14 Sep 2023 - Sun 22 Oct 2023

Tools for After (TFA)


The Tools For After Festival runs from 14 Sep to 22 Oct 2023, celebrating Italian ingenuity and focusing on exploring innovative solutions to the critical challenges due to the significant impact of human activities on the Earth's ecosystems and geology. It asks what are the tools we will need to face the future. The festival will encompass design, architecture, science, food, cinema, and literature, through the mediums of film, visual art, design, workshops, talks, and tastings during this six-week festival across multiple venues in Melbourne.

This festival is a new initiative from the winning project in the Festival of Italian Creativity competition of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which are in partnership with the City of Yarra (architecture design exhibition), RMIT Faculty of Art (cinema) and others. A six-week long Festival, it's your opportunity to hear from experts coming from Italy, including Maurizio Montalti, Maurici Cardenas Laverde, Silvia Marchesan and Cristina Gambi. These great minds have been exploring future-proof ideas, solutions, fantasies and possibilities - imagining the tools we'll need for a sustainable future, to build a survival manual for future generations.


Aside from a full smorgasbord of uniquely Italian experiences; expert talks; a Cinema Program; literature events; and much more yet to be announced, the Fitzroy Town Hall, at 201 Napier St, Fitzroy will also be hosting a free Italian TFA Design Exhibition from 14 Sep to 10 Oct, and it has been divided into four thematic sections. LYFE - objects such as animals, plants, and organic and living forms; PALEO - the charm of the prehistoric period that is permeating the contemporary world; TOOLS - Invention, strategies, and other materials, and MAPS - Possible paths for the new project.

The exhibition explores natural and biotechnological materials for an ecological building culture, including bamboo from Italian-Columbian architect Mauricio Cardenas Laverde; Arundo Donax, a new construction method using marsh reeds by Margherita Bertoli and Matteo Mannini; raw earth constructions from the Geologika Collettiva Group; straw projects curated by architect Eliana Baglioni; biotechnology from architect Selenia Marinelli; space architecture by architect Valentina Sumini, Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab, eco-sustainable transport from architect Massimo Iosa Ghini, renowned for designing Marconi Express in Bologna, and the innovative works of architect Massimo Mariani. Also featured, is a selection of objects, images and videos from the latest generation, along with projects by students, the new generation of future designers from design and architecture schools.


The Science sector includes ten innovative proposals from Italian scientific research on sustainable and inclusive development. The studies all go towards the climate emergency and increasing the circular economy through AI, biomedicine, nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics as well as the natural environment. Details of venue and dates to be confirmed. The Cinema section presents a selection of new Italian cinema focusing on themes related to the Anthropocene and will consist of two sections, short films from filmmakers in collaboration with Italian film schools, and Panorama, an invitational for experimental films in art, science, documentary, and fiction. TFA Cinema will be shown at The Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston St, Melbourne, with screenings held on Sunday, October 1, 8 and 15. TFA also looks to the professionals of the imagination, particularly writers. For this reason, the Tools for After literature project brings together science and the literary imagination. Eight Italian writers will be engaged in writing new texts that will flow into a new book, in Italian and English, to be presented and discussed with scientists during the week of 16-22 October.

The Food section explores of traditional Italian food and products. During the festival, a selection of Melbourne's Italian restaurants will offer a Tools for After menu that revolves around identifying a nomadic bread and featuring typical dishes from its region of origin. The dishes are characterised by their originality, ease of preparation, and ingredient availability. Venues to be announced. Tools For After is expected to attract diverse audiences, from the best minds in science and architecture to those who are lovers of Italian industry, innovation, and design. It promises to be an exciting and engaging festival, bringing together experts, enthusiasts, and young minds to explore innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.

See the website for all details. There's a lot of material to keep your curious mind interested. Stay in touch via Facebook where you'll find a lot of interesting content as well, and Instagram or updates.



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