Worlds that are apparently different can assume other forms and values when connected through relations of affinity, reciprocity, support and mutual learning. The aim of this thematic line, “bridges”, is to analyze how to respond to the crisis of isolation (e.g., geographic, economic, social), with dynamic practices to construct ties and connections.

Throughout the workshops, we will explore different modalities of creation and consolidation of these ties, embodied by the different collectives that we will host. Starting from the practice of inhabiting, as a means to fill the gaps in the margins, we will analyze the practice of narrating, to give a voice to silenced places and lives; the practice of welcoming and sharing knowledge and resources, to resist crises to come; and the practice of living nomadically, to weave networks of mutualism across territories. This thematic line, that also acts as a meta-structure tying together the other lines of the Social Camp, will converge with the collective writing of a fanzine, as an ode to relationality and to radical interconnection.


Workshop 1
Building bridges through the practice of narration, and through action-research

Boschilla collective , through multimedia projects including the book “Ragnatele. Un viaggio fra i paesi abbandonati dell’Appennino”* and the documentary film “Entroterra. Memorie e desideri delle montagne minori”**, celebrates the practice of walking, and of slowly passing through as a means of gaining knowledge, studying, and narrating the complexity and polyphony of territories with new outlooks. In this workshop, they will also tell us about the Scuola di Ecologia Politica in Montagna (School of Political Ecology in the Mountains), and about the research-action path on the territory of Castiglione dei Pepoli, in the Apennines near Bologna. These are additional practices of reflection on the nexus between local and global dynamics, and on the possibility of building a community in the Mountains.

*”Cobwebs. A journey through the abandoned towns of the Apennine”
**”Hinterland. Memories and desires of the minor mountains”

Workshop 2
Building bridges through the practice of hosting and forming

NEO is a project that is part of the Montagne in Movimento (Mountains in Movement) collective. It is an immersive school that activates communities and ecological transitions, viewing mountainous towns as fertile lands to experiment with radical socio-economic-ecological transitions. The school hosts participants in the same territories that it studies, applying participatory, interdisciplinary, and transformative processes to form both professional and informal figures who are able to engage, accompany, activate, and participate in the transition processes undertaken by local communities.

Workshop 3
Costruire ponti attraverso le pratiche dell’abitare temporaneo e del cammino

In this session, we will stimulate a debate on the different forms of inhabiting inner territories, and on walking as a practice of belonging. Starting from research on more or less itinerant modalities of recovery, reuse, and return, Corale Preci reflects on a form of temporary yet rooted inhabiting, one that is explorative and experimental, proposing itself as an engine for reconstructing the social and communal life of the town of Preci, following the 2016 earthquake.

Workshop 4 
Building bridges through the practice of rural-urban nomadism

Territorial identity is not generated by passively sharing a territory, but arises from social action — from the communal actions of people in the construction of collective projects, from group mobilization, from processes of collective construction at the local level. The experiences of Rivoluzione delle Seppie, of Borgofuturo and of Inabita Lab, show how interconnections of resources and practices between urban and rural territories can generate projects that change the fate of marginalized and peripheral areas. Nomadism can be intended as an emergent social phenomena in the era of hyper mobility and of international relationships, as opposed to the more drastic migrations of the past. In this view, nomadism can be seen as a determining factor for the exchange of experiences and energies between territories that, while distant, share a vision of those who inhabit them.

Workshop 5 
Collective writings on the peripheries of language, and on wild prose with Jose Manuel Guasco Vital

To close this theme that is dedicated to building bridges across kindred realities, this last workshop brings our goal to a meta-level, connecting the three thematic lines of the social camp in an exercise of collective writing. We will take inspiration from forays in specific moments of the other thematic lines, that will be carried out following a situated, playful and participatory methodology, with the goal of challenging social conventions, such as language, aesthetics, or rituality.