Documentary film highlights collaborative work with FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning
Lake Worth, Florida/September 24, 2014: “ReGeneration City,” a documentary film about “urban acupuncture,” will screen at The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Saturday, October 11 at 3 p.m. A panel discussion will follow.
Urban acupuncture is the practice of creating small urban projects that act as a catalyst to revive the city neighborhoods. The film highlights community engagement and the transformation of a small Italian town.
One of the highlights of the film features half of the art duo LeJobart (Beju and Muriente), who specialize in cross-disciplinary projects that include performances, installations and happenings. Sherryl Muriente, who demonstrates one of nine “interventions” in the film, is also an instructor at Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. Their local projects include: Cest la Via: Rethinking the Alleyways and Parklet Project, both in West Palm Beach. Artworks by Beju are currently on display in the Cultural Council’s exhibition space through October 18.
“The Cultural Council is very excited to screen this important film,” said Nichole M. Hickey, the Council’s manager of artist services. “‘ReGeneration City’ illustrates the concept of urban acupuncture through case studies that were presented at the International Society of Biourbanism summer school of 2013. It shows how specialists, artists and the community can come together to enhance daily life.”
The panel discussion will consist Sherryl Muriente of LeJobart and Architect Angelo Gentili, moderated by Beju of LeJobart. Following the panel discussion the audience can engage in a Q&A session. Reservations are required as seating is limited.
Film trailer for “ReGeneration City” can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4bU5bRVFHk
About the International Society of Biourbanism summer school of 2013:
In the city of Artena, Italy, Sherryl Muriente collaborated with architect Angelo Gentili from Progetto Artena, architect Marco Casagrande from C-Lab, and Stefano Serafini, Research Director of the International Society of Biourbanism, in the implementation of one of these urban interventions. Muriente’s project was one of nine interventions that are featured in the film. This movie, produced and released by Peleo Film, explains the methods of urban acupuncture through the case studies highlighted.
About Urban Acupuncture:
Urban Acupuncture is the insertion of a small urban project that serves as a catalyst to activate dormant social networks and hence revitalize cities in a contextually-appropriate way. The documentary shows the exploration of community engagement and the amplification of community voice through the methodology of urban acupuncture. These small urban interventions range from changing physical space and objects to creating new memories through performance and cultural exchange. The movie shows a good range of projects that showcase how this is achieved and shows how urban acupuncture can transcend language, culture, and the community at large. This is very relevant to today’s issues in having citizens engage in public action for the betterment of cities.
LeJobart is an art duet composed of Beju + Muriente. Beju specializes on the theme of contradiction expressed through sculpture. Muriente focuses on collaborative cross-disciplinary live art projects under the lens of Urban Acupuncture. Together they do performances, installations and happenings. Muriente is also an Instructor at FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. http://www.lejobart.net/
The International Society of Biourbanism (ISB) is a not-for-profit scientific network for high-quality research, theory making, education, and practice in Urbanism and Architecture. http://www.biourbanism.org/
Peleo Film is an Artena-based film company that has produced and released the documentary “ReGeneration City,” which filmed the events of ISB Summer School in July 2013. https://www.facebook.com/PeleoFilm
Casagrande Laboratory (C-Lab) is a Finland based multidisciplinary research & design company operating independently on the field of built human environment. Marco Casagrande, winner of the European Prize for Architecture 2013 is the firm’s principal. http://www.clab.fi/