ABOUT

The Idea

Objects are all around us every day. They can be useful, or beautiful. We often use them in a careless and automatic way. About 1 century ago with the rise of contemporary Design, objects became an expression of social imaginary, material shapes of the Zeitgeist as well as of the views of their designer: a vehicle of culture. Thanks to the intuition of a specific branch of puppetry, which we will call “Object & Figure Theatre”, objects can also be storytellers. They thus transcend their material and utilitarian dimension to earn a soul, a life, a destiny of their own. The Puppets & Design project (P&D) aims to emancipate everyday objects from their utilitarian feature, instead lifting them up to the role of meaning and artistic expression conveyers, communication and intercultural dialogue tools. P&D will interweave the paths of puppet theater artists and of designers. The designers’ competence can help puppetry to renew itself; puppetry and object animation will help designers to rethink objects and give them a soul by giving them specific shapes. P&D will innovate the Puppetry practice and increase its popularity with adults, children, families, schools by cross-fertilization with design practitioners (professional designers, scholars, students) through a set of cultural, educational and promotional EU activities. P&D involves 3 puppet theatres (from IT, CZ, SI) and a higher education school of design (from ES). The project will provide new artistic and professional inputs to both puppetry and design practitioners, and to the audience, whom the project aims to expand and diversify by focusing on objects which could belong to everyone’s daily experience yet can provide self-produced artistic experiences. The project’s dissemination events strategy will foster knowledge of the historical and cultural heritage of the "Object & Figure Theatre", often wrongly confined to the children's world, gaining to it an increasingly widespread and diverse audience..

Coordinator

  •   CTA Gorizia (IT)
  •   +39 (0)481 537280
  •   via Coronini 17 34170 Gorizia (IT)
  •   erika.luxich@ctagorizia.it
307
Creatives involved
223
Trainees
76
New Creative works
30000
Audience reached

OUR VISION

Every thing has its place, its memory, its character. Every thing has its own life, that can have similarities to human ones. We will research and define different aspects of unexpected, old objects by animating them, changing them into musical instruments or by using them as symbols and characters. This way, we will create a wordless language, that will tell stories through objects, movement and sound.
MATTHIAS SOLCE

MATTHIAS SOLCE

Artist
The object drinks with the mouth of the animator, sees with his eyes, touches with his hands. It moves and will be moved through him. The animator becomes an accessory to the animated object. If the object wants to skulk it can do it in the pockets of the animator, under his armpits or between his hair.
Giulio Molnàr

Giulio Molnàr

Playwright, director
There must not be an art detached from life, with beautiful things to look at and ugly to use. It must be made clear that as long as art remains stranger to the problems of life it only affects a few people.
BRUNO MUNARI

BRUNO MUNARI

Designer, writer

OUR ACTIVITIES

P&D FESTIVAL

P&D FESTIVAL

The Puppets & Design festival is a focal point for artistic innovation in puppetry, an International Event in 3 section (IT, SI, CZ) able to develops a great audience and media attention.

MEETINGS

MEETINGS

A series of meetings open to audience, students, artists, during the whole project plan, to provide a public presentation of the activities results, its innovation and creative productions.

DESIGN LAB

DESIGN LAB

Creative residencies on design and creation of new objects/figures prototypes at IED in Madrid, open to designers and puppet artists selected by a call.

CREATIONS

CREATIONS

Creative residencies for puppet artists to create co-productions to be staged at the European P&D Festival.

WHORKSHOP

WHORKSHOP

puppetry workshops on object animation and puppet making with objects and raw materials in IT, CZ, SI with interational trainers.

CALLS FOR PARTICIPATIONS

CALLS FOR PARTICIPATIONS

Join Puppet & Design by sending your application for Festival, Workshops and all other activities!

NEWS

Last upadtaes from the Puppets & Design projects activities

Production of “CIRCUS” begins

Padova (Italy), 26-30 Oct 2020 The period of “creative residency” for the production of “CIRCUS” begins in the artistic laboratory of Michele Sambin situated in Padova (Italy). From 26th to 30th of October a group of artists and designer will collaborate as a part of the European project Puppet & Design (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Czech […]

THINGS WHICH THINK THINGS

On 9- 13 March 2020 the first Czech creative residence of Puppets & Design project took place in Prague, with participation of Czech artistic ensemble Studio Damúza, director Matija Solce and foreign guests – Spanish designer from IED Madrid Joel Blanco and Italian stage designer Teresa Neppi. The aim of this first creative residence was […]

WHAT I AM, WHAT I WAS

Padova (Italy), 11-15 May 2020 CTA of Gorizia, project leader of the European project “Puppets & Design”, organizes the workshop “Waste Puppets Design. WHAT I AM, WHAT I WAS” in collaboration with the University of Padova DAMS/SPM Degree Courses. This workshop is aimed at developing sensitivity and skills among students and professionals from the world […]

Let’s Start!

The Puppets & Design project officially opened on 15th and 16th November 2019 with the first meeting between partners, which took place at Villa Coronini Cronberg in Gorizia (IT), head office of CTA (Project Leader).It was two very intense days of work in which have been laying the groundwork to face the ambitious activity plan […]

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