“The main idea for the Tribù dell’Arte show is the creation of an accumulation of material goods that will be used for the next summer residency (or residencies). This idea will follow the model already used for the “Oreste at the Venice Biennale” project in 1999. In that occasion all the participants to the almost one hundred events that took place within the Oreste space in the Italian pavilion, could take advantage not only of shared knowledge and information, but also of the logistic support offered by several different sponsors (furniture companies as well as wine producers or coffee makers etc.).
The new Oreste provisions “storage” will be located in one of the spaces within the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, and will be the temporary “terminal” where all the materials got from companies, shops, privates etc. will be collected. It can be food, and technical equipments, and different services etc.
In order to have a better understanding of the actual future utilisation of such collected goods, some videos shot in Montescaglioso during Oreste 3, in the summer 2000, will be played from several different monitors.
Oreste is a place, not a person. In this place, that is continuously changing, people meet, eat, sleep, and talk, trying to create the best conditions for exchanging ideas and new projects to work together on. The different Oreste’s projects, since the very beginning, have been fed by the free and passionate contribution of their participants, as well as by the support of small companies and local institutions.
In order to continue to live – though accepting changes and transformations – Oreste needs to be a place where energies and personal contributions are put together; a place where things are added to other things, to fulfil and increase a common good and common purposes.”
Press release, Progretto Oreste, Spring 2001
The Gallery of Modern Art in Rome was conceived as a “civic collection”, a “citizens’ collection” intended for all citizens of Rome. Since 1925, the goal of the gallery was to document Rome’s artistic environment in all its aspects. As a matter of fact, alongside the works by renowned artists, there are works by secondary figures, equally significant for the history of culture in Rome, and works by famous authors, who found themselves occasionally attracted by the international character of the city in modern times.