Publication

  • Global Tools 1973–1975: When Education Coincides with Life
    Valerio Borgonuovo and Silvia Franceschini
    Editors
    Manola Antonioli, Beatriz Colomina, Alison J. Clarke, Maurizio Lazzarato, Franco Raggi, Simon Sadler, and Alessandro Vicari
    Contributors
    NERO Editions, 2018
  • GRANTEE
    Valerio Borgonuovo & Silvia Franceschini
    GRANT YEAR
    2018

Carlo Bachi (U.F.O.), first official Global Tools group photo at the editorial office of Casabella, 1973, Milan. Courtesy of Carlo Bachi Archive.

Global Tools 1973–1975: When Education Coincides with Life retraces one of the most significant moments of the Italian Radical Design, when all the major figures and groups of that experience get together to formulate an experimental educational program conceived as a dispersed system of workshops, the failure of which enshrines the final transition to postmodernism. This publication explores the contradictions and complexity of that time, collecting a large amount of previously unpublished documents from more than 15 archives. Moreover, it contextualizes the experience of Global Tools within a more complex network of references and links, with the critical perspectives offered by the contributions of such distinguished thinkers and researchers as Beatriz Colomina, Alison J. Clarke, Maurizio Lazzarato, Manola Antonioli, Alessandro Vicari, Franco Raggi, and Simon Sadler shedding light on those aspects which this pedagogical utopia shared with the wider world. This work is produced in collaboration with SALT, Istanbul.

Valerio Borgonuovo is a curator, researcher, and teacher in visual arts, design, and cultural planning with a post-degree specialization in neuroscience, art, and culture. Since 2009 he has been engaged in the development and curating of several projects for arts and culture institutions, including SALT Istanbul, La Triennale di Milano, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard in Paris, and Accademia Clementina in Bologna. He is a contributor of the Italian art magazine artedossier.

Silvia Franceschini is a curator and researcher working across the fields of visual arts, design, and architecture. Selected curatorial projects include the research program The Politics of Affinity. Experiments in Art, Education and the Social Sphere, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2016–18); participation on the curatorial team of The School of Kyiv—Kyiv Biennial 2015; and the exhibition, symposium, and educational program Global Tools 1973–1975: Towards an Ecology of Design, SALT, Istanbul (2014). Since 2009 she has been involved in the organization of exhibitions in various institutions including V-A-C Foundation, Moscow—Venice; The Moscow Biennale for Young Art; Futura—Center for Contemporary Art, Prague; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Franceschini is currently a PhD fellow in Design and Art Theory at the Politecnico di Milano University.