Topoló-Day – Vorstellung der Stazione di Topoló/Postaja Topolove


Sie waren schon 2009 mit Unikum Klagenfurt bei uns zu Gast, jetzt ist aus gegebenen Anlass eine Erinnerung an dieses außergewöhnliche Laboratorium für Kunst und Denken notwendig. Auf Grund massiver Subventionskürzungen ist die Stazione di Topoló/Postaja Topolove in ihrem Fortbestehen bedroht. 2009 hieß der Titel der Kunstaktion in einem präparierten Reisebus GEH WEG | NA POTI | STAND BY. Jetzt muss es heißen, BLEIBT! (with help of your friends!), damit dieses einzigartige Gewächs in den „vergessenen Landschaften“ Friauls, im Dorf Topoló erhalten bleibt.

Stazione Topolò – Postaja Topolove is a laboratory for the arts and for thinking that focuses its activities in the small village of Topolò / Topolove, in the municipality of Grimacco (Udine), at the extreme border between Italy and Slovenia.

Topolò paid a high price after the second world war because of the Iron Curtain, the cost of which was the emigration of 90% of its inhabitants as a consequence of the restrictions to normal aspects of life imposed by the post-1945 political strategies on the area. Topolò is somehow a symbol of the contradictions of the twentieth century, with its isolation, typical of the mountain villages, reinforced by its „damned border.“It is in such a wounded place that art was thought to have the opportunity to express its ethical value, detached from its entertaining and worldly aspects. Stazione di Topolò – Postaja Topolove – is not a festival and does not include traveling shows but only site-specific projects. In Topolò, experimentation is rooted in tradition and into a worn out culture that is still very rich and archaic. It is not a show and there are no exhibition times. Everything takes place in the squares, in the streets, in the fields, in the woods and in private homes, using what is available. In this way, Topolò is neither directly affected by the events, nor is it passive to them, but rather the driving force behind them.


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Mit Unterstützung von Kulturamt der Stadt Graz und Kulturabteilung des Landes Steiermark