SIENA10 DINNER | 20,30h WED 18 AUG 10

18 08 2010

dinner after the final siena review will be at 20,30h at TRATTORIA DA DINO located CASATO di SOPRA 71!   see you there after the review + studio cleanup.





SIENA10 minding the wall PROJECTS / gruppo bocce/ Porta Giustizia Final Review

18 08 2010

GROUP NAME: gruppo bocce      

GROUP PROJECT: SIENA10 minding the wall PROJECTS      

GROUP MEMBERS: Cara Constantino, Jill DeBari, Jennifer Mortensen, Joseph Roque      

ASSIGNMENT: Porta Giustizia final review      

 A primary task was revising the Siena map to accurately portray our territory. As an area of the city seemingly considered a “void,” it has not been given the same precision as other, more central and traveled neighborhoods of Siena have in its representation on the map. We corrected that.      

New” Map of Siena:  The numbers on the map correspond with the numbers of the pages below      

      

In our research and analysis, after struggling to intervene in this territory and solve something, came to the conclusion that this place is beautifully incomplete. Its charm and success lies in its sense of community, small but strong. The people who spend time here understand it for what it is, a piece of Siena void of tourists and noise, but certainly not void of community.  So, instead of figuring out a way to enhance the territory, we decided to credit it. We made a series of splices, which could be read in two directions: 1. the more literal landscape seen as we moved from the center of the city outward to the edges of the territory, and 2. the “path” we took in studying this territory and its relationship to the dense city (drawings, diagrams, etc). So the product can be read from both sides, each telling a different story.      

Each page below features a front and a back:      

  •  FRONT:  left side column, represents a section in watercolor to convey our sense of experience as we moved through the valley towards the wall. 
  • BACK: right side column, holds the diagrams, sketches and maps that gruppo bocce created as we went through the experience of understanding the valley.

1.  Loggia della Mercato      

      

2.  Passage out to the Campo      

      

3.  Il Campo and Palazzo Publico      

      

4.  Via di Porta Giustizia      

      

5.  Split in the terrain      

      

6.  Piazza Mercato      

      

7.  Edge of the valley      

      

8.  Down the stairs      

      

9.  Laundry House      

      

10.  At grade with the Laundry House      

      

11.  Begining to see the greener side of Siena      

      

12.  The last of the built enviroment      

      

13.  Gate to the valley, but not Porta Giustizia      

      

14.  Walkway lined with kitchen gardens.      

      

15.  Understanding the valley as a community.      

      

16.  Completely isolated from the built world of Siena.      

      

17.  The valley is a place of repose.      

      

18.  The Wall.  The only remains for Porta Giustizia.      

      

19.  Beyond the wall.      

      

We hung these temporal episodic moments over a topography model of the landscape on which we spent so much time, helping to make our story even more complete. The undulations in the landscape is yet another piece that is missing from the maps of Siena, and one that creates an identity for the territory around Porta Giustizia.      

Side 1, Strung

 

Side 2, Strung

      

The space we used to present our stories was lined with wildlife from the territory we studied. This was done not only to portray the importance of agriculture to the area around Porta Giustizia, but also to frame it and give the territory a reverence which we developed for it over our time in Siena. We wanted to show our respect and represent it in a manner in which it likely has never been portrayed, but one it is truly worthy of.      

Setting Up

 

View from Behind Plants

 

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Perhaps the most important part of our project is its transience. After displaying our stories, they can be dismantled and (using the same string which held them in position along the topo) folded into a compact booklet, which we can take with us back to New Jersey. The topography model, like the real, existing landscape, remain in Siena, for others to study and learn from.     

      

The final component was an offering to the community which has formed in our territory. Using the basic outline of the territory, we made a series of diagrammatic plates, each relaying something we uncovered from studying the territory. We wanted to give these people something that showed that we too understand the value of this area.      

Our Offering

 

Some images of our presentation:      

After Distributing the Revised Map

 

Preparing the Gift for the Community

 

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Cutting the pages free from the display.

  

Travel book complied

  





SIENA10 | Lorenzetti Redux

16 08 2010

please post the EFFECTS OF GOOD + BAD GOVERNMENT UPON THE CITY + THE COUNTRYSIDE collages here.  include in the post a minimum 250-word abstract explaining your compositional strategy and the iconographic program of your collage’s imagery.






SIENA10 precedent 05 / Prato di San Agostino

13 08 2010

NAME: Mortensen, Jennifer

PROJECT: SIENA10 precedent 05

ASSIGNMENT: Prato di San Agostino

LINK TO FULL POST:

http://jennifermortensen.wordpress.com/category/s-i-e-n-a/siena10-precedent-05/prato-di-san-agostino/





SIENA10 | 09/23 AUG 10 FINAL!

9 08 2010

here is the last revised FINAL SCHEDULE for SIENA! a reminder:  the provincial borders are CLOSED during the palio weekend. travel is limited to the provincia di siena. there is much to see, as the thousands who flock here every year can attest.

a FINAL reminder: you are free to wander 19/23 aug 10 when the return flight from rome departs. however, do NOT plan to leave wednesday night after the review!  note further that you are responsible for getting yourselves to the airport in rome on time!

finally, please confirm your departure date from the residenza porrione with me BEFORE 18 aug.  be aware that there are check out procedures you must follow before you can leave siena.





SIENA10 precedent 04 / Porta Pantaneto

9 08 2010

NAME: Mortensen, Jennifer

PROJECT: SIENA10 precedent 04

ASSIGNMENT: Porta Pantaneto

 

LINK TO FULL POST:

http://jennifermortensen.wordpress.com/category/s-i-e-n-a/siena10-precedent-04/porta-pantaneto/





SIENA10 | 03/23 AUG 10

3 08 2010

here is the last revised schedule for SIENA (we hope). please download + review.  note that the FIRENZE (florence) TRIP has been moved to tues 10 aug, as expected.  the palio remains MONDAY 16 aug 10 + the review remains WEDNESDAY 18 aug 10.  during the palio weekend, we STRONGLY urge you to limit your travel plans to the provincia di siena. there is much to see, as the thousands who flock here every year can attest.

a reminder: you are free to wander 19/23 aug 10 when the return flight from rome departs. however, do NOT plan to leave wednesday night after the review!  note further that you are responsible for getting yourselves to the airport in rome on time!

finally, please confirm your departure date from the residenza porrione with me BEFORE 18 aug.  be aware that there are check out procedures you must follow before you can leave siena.





2 08 2010

MUSICA MUSICA MUSICA

there is jazz in the contrade all this week + a special classical recital sponsored by the DSU (the dormitory authority) at in the garden of the residenza SPERANDIE on via sperandie (see map in the porrione lobby for location).  the recital features performances by advanced students at the Chigiana Music School, in Siena, one of europe’s finest conservatories, followed by a cold buffet.

entry to all the concerts is free.

for more info, check the posters in the porrione lobby or the APT tourist office in the campo.





S10 SIENA PRECEDENT ASSIGNMENT 4+5 | 02 AUG 10

1 08 2010

SIENA precedent assignments 04+05 have been posted on the SIENA page, above. download here or there:

S10 SIENA precedent assignment 04 : porta analytique; click here to find the map!

S10 SIENA precedent assignment 05 : popUP piazza





29 07 2010

LIBERAMENTE NEL CAMPO DI SIENA OGNI VERGOGNA DEPOSTA S’AFFISSE

Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio XI 134-136  posted  in the campo near casato di sotto.*

Casting aside all shame, freely He stood in the campo of Siena, begging … Dante tells how a proud and glorious man, casting shame aside, was saved from hell when, one day, he took a stand in the Campo of Siena to beg for money to ransom an imprisoned friend.

siena grades are all posted (and hopefully soon forgotten) and a new semester is well underway … soon, a new siena studio will start forming. on behalf of all us faculty, a final grazie molto for a memorable siena.studio.2010.

* for those who would like to know the full reference:

‘Quando vivea piil glorioso, disse, / Liberamente nel campo di Siena, Ogni vergogna deposta, s’affisse: / Egli, per trar Pamico suo di pena, / Che sostenea nella prigion di Carlo, / Si condusse a trernar per ogni vena. / Fib non dirb, e scuro so che parlo; Ma poco tempo andt a, che i tuoi vicini / Faranno si che tu potrai chiosarlo.’

‘When in his height of glory,’ said the other, / Casting aside all shame, freely He stood in the campo of Siena, begging:/ He, to redeem his friend from infamy / And death, in [Emperor] Charles’s dungeons, / did what made him Tremble through every vein. / No more; my speech Is dark; thy countrymen,  / ere long will do That which will help thee to interpret it.’

Dante Divine Comedy Purgatory verse 134-136 translated by Baldasare Lombardi





28 07 2010

this gallery is just down the street from porrione. note the video program scheduled for tonight … might be interesting.





S10 SIENA SCHEDULE

8 07 2010

here is the schedule for SIENA. please download + review. note that the palio is MONDAY 16 aug 10 + the review is WEDNESDAY 18 aug 10.  you are free to wander 19/23 aug 10 when the return flight from rome departs. note further that you are responsible for getting yourselves to the airport in rome in time!

did you see the article in sunday 4 july NY Times about the Palio in Siena? read it here:

this info has also been posted to the SIENA page, link above.  check the SIENA page for itineraries + assignments for the workshop in SIENA…