Anne Marie Maes (Belgium)

Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive

The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive is a research project on the edge of art and science. It evokes issues of sustainability and biodiversity, giving viewers an artistic experience of my ongoing research related to the disappearance of the honeybee.

The Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive is based on my work with bee colonies and the threat faced by these intelligent superorganisms that respond as bio-indicators to environmental influences. Their community life is build on networking, collaboration and collective intelligence.

The  prototype of the Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive which takes the external shape of a pollen with  inside a space for the colony based on the dimensions preferred by live colonies. The beehive is covered by a skin produced by bacteria and it changes color based on environmental pollution parameters. The beehive contains instrumentation for monitoring the internal state of the hive (temperature, humidity, etc.)

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Grazia De Carlo (Italy)


The idea is to transform an ancient tradition, which has its roots in the past (that of wool processing and weaving) into an organized activity, capable of creating income and development of the territory. This is a project to create a small supply chain in which each element is interconnected to others in a network. It is a project to re-evaluate a typical product of the Matese territory so as not to let it die. The project aims to connect crafts, academic studies, local raw materials to grow small countries with large resources.

Vincenzo Tenore (Italy)


Prêt à porter is a system of cases in bendable wood designed to contain caciocavalli and spherical and cylindrical cheeses.

The cases, designed according to a principle of adaptability to the product, consist of a milled bendable wood plank, with a hole for housing the cheese head, three upper slots for the passage of the closing cord, and two lower slots: the first allows the interlocking closure with the upper edge, the second constitutes a convenient handle for transport.

The project worked mainly on the translation of those elements of the dairy tradition and pastoralism closest to the territory and best used for constructive purposes.

Upon opening, the case can be used as a chopping board and is therefore useful for portioning and serving the cheese, also thanks to the cutting and use instructions shown on the special paper slip accompanying the product. Prêt à porter precisely, easy and versatile.

Enrica De Falco (Italy)

Naturalmente Colore

Naturalmente colore srls is an innovative Start-up, Academic Spin-off of the University of Salerno, which operates in the sector of Green Economy and Circular Economy, for the development of products such as paints, tonachini, marmorini based on lime, colored with cultivation residues and / or spontaneous plants typical of a specific territory, to be used mainly in the bio-building sector and in other sectors that may require the use of innovative coloring materials with low environmental impact.

The objective was to obtain a new product thanks to the recovery of waste material that is easy to find and at a short distance, helping to reduce disposal costs and strengthening a low environmental impact supply chain, based on waste reduction.

The quality of the products is comparable with that of the analogues on the market, high eco-compatibility throughout the supply chain, from production to application, disposal of waste, respect for the health of those who prepare the products and those who apply them.

Antonella Violano – Salvatore Del Prete

IGBM (Innovative Grown Bio-based Material)

IGBM (INNOVATIVE Grow Bio-based Material) is an innovative biologically based material, totally natural, the result of an experimental research project aimed at the production of thermal insulation and new materials for green packaging, conducted in partnership between universities (Department of Architecture and Industrial Design – DADI – University of Campania L. Vanvitelli) and industrial subjects (mainly Service Biotech), financiers of raw materials for the experimental phase.

The trial conducted at DADI concerns the use of five different types of straw (hemp, Burley tobacco, Virginia tobacco, durum wheat, soft wheat and bear), processing waste from local productions reinserted as input (“pro-summer – Bresso, 1993) in a new production process with zero environmental impact, with minimal embodied energy (the process requires the use of energy only in the phase of shredding,  pasteurization and drying of the material) and negligible carbon fooprint: a process, therefore, extremely eco-friendly and resilient.

Antonio De Falco (Italy)


AgriBioM develops research patents, up to production, mainly in the agricultural sector, in order to provide valid ecological alternative solutions to drastically reduce environmental degradation. The main activity is the production of a fully biodegradable and compostable mulching spray to prevent the growth of weeds in the soil near plants and fruits. The spray is and ecologically valid alternative to plastic films used for mulching. It consists in spraying an aqueous emulsion based on polysaccharides and fibers directly on the ground plants, which generate a protective geo-membrane  biodegradable film) which, after performing its mulching function, it is ground and buried to be easily metabolized by the bacterial flora present in the soil. The use of polymers of natural origin and the application in the mulching of crops through the spray methodology, represents a valid alternative to the use of non-biodegradable petroleum-derived plastics.

The environmental impact is therefore null. It is a product in perfect consistency with current consumption trends but also with social and environmental emergencies in perfect harmony with the principles of the circular economy.

Faith Kane & Tanya Ruka (New Zealand)


Harakeke is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most distinctive native plants. It grows throughout the country, from sea level to about 1300m in altitude and is commonly found in lowland wetlands, along rivers and in coastal areas on estuaries, dunes and cliffs. The potential for harakeke to take a lead in establishing a renewed indigenous industry alongside the exotic farming matrix in lowland Aotearoa New Zealand has been identified. Such an industry could directly address ongoing ecological needs in transition zones between coast and sea by sustaining both waterways and land.

This work comprises of a series of new materials concepts resulting from a recent investigation into the development of Harakeke (Phormium Tenax/New Zealand Flax) based bio-composites and nonwoven.

The processing trials undertaken to realise the new material concepts brought together knowledge from indigenous harakeke weaving practice, fine art practices, industrially based natural fibre processing and biopolymer processing techniques. The resulting material concepts were evaluated in regard to user perceptions, potential product applications and end uses opportunities.

Sandy Heffernan (New Zealand)

Materiali del Matese

The material made from wool processing and card production waste generates the best possible performance from the constituent parts. The engineered natural fibres up-cycle fibre-waste, which is then recycled into new interior building products, which in turn are recyclable and biodegradable. No added synthetic resin is required.

Ethical and sustainable values are central to the whole recyclable product system. The source materials , production processes, composition and end-of-life disposal have a low carbon footprint and minimal environmental impact.  Thanks to the ligno-cellulosic ‘glue’ that sticks plant cells the novelty approach and innovation could proliferate materials using ligno cellulosic waste. Found in wheat straw, saw dust, card waste, hemp, vines, and brambles, such products will help change the way we live

Materiali di Matese sustainable and versatile materials may become a household name with emphasis on functionality and aesthetics, coupled with high tensile strength performance and a wood like feel.

Tiziana Monterisi (Italy)


Promote and support the use of rice straw and lolla as a construction material, in order to activate a virtuous process from a social, economic, environmental, agricultural and architectural point of view. The enormous potential of all that “remains in the field” can really be put into a system by developing concrete solutions that can be implemented with a view to making the by-products of agriculture a resource and a source of clean energy for the community in terms of partner -economic and sustainable development. A new economy linked to the secondary products of agriculture thus assumes a potential for concrete development driven by widespread environmental responsibility, technological innovation and the growing need to slow down the collection of primary resources and the indiscriminate use of materials of petrochemical origin.

Ricehouse aims to become the focal point of the supply chain, placing the marketing of new materials as its main objective: straw, husk, thermo plaster, lightened screeds and lime hull finishes. The materials are used for the production of prefabricated wood and straw rice panels intended for the construction of eco-sustainable buildings, according to an approach to bio-architecture that enhances the waste of agriculture by minimizing waste production and environmental impact.

Antonietta Izzo (Italy)

Pratiche di custodia del territorio

The proposal examines, as a case study, the municipality of Valle Agricola in the province of Caserta, part of the Matese National Park, an area which economy has always been based on agricultural and breeding activities. In the last twenty years the territory has been affected by depopulation, land abandonment and agricultural activities, biodiversity loss and consequent marginalization.

The work was based on the search for concrete local solutions to solve the problems that afflict the mountain Municipality, finding in the practices of agrarian custody, the method for the definition of an innovative project, both for the management and safeguarding of the territory, and for a growth of local and community welfare, making both the agricultural land and the trades, knowledge and flavors of the past as common goods.

The project optimizes and gives the same importance to all the actors in the process and the relationships that are created form a strong network that gives a strong identity to the community itself.

Cinzia Silvia Zonta, Teresa Dardo & Mirco Corato (Italy)


Nowadays our terraced landscapes they are subject to abandonment and depopulation, in favor of urban life and urban consumption patterns and mechanized production standards.

In this difficult and controversial context, three associations in Vicenza area (i.e. Adopt a terrace, TerrazziAmo and Vaghe stelle) want to share with the territory of Matese, in addition to telling a story of best practices, a concrete and participatory action: a restoration workshop of a dry stone wall, which can become an opportunity for comparison between techniques and knowledge, for inter-generational confrontation, for the meeting between communities. A building site with educational purposes, but also a place of conviviality and celebration, where to experience a new sociality.

The association “Adotta un terrazzamento in Canal di Brenta APS” participated operatively in the conservation of the terraced landscape by carrying out practical activities linked to the land and to its care. The terraced plots that the Association takes over are entrusted to new ones users (growers, beekeepers, etc.), to schools or associations, through a loan for use contract. Adopt a terracing becomes a mediator between the landowners and those who wish to re-cultivate them, making them available again.

Giorgio Deplano (Italy)

Campi D’Arte

The project was born in the Sardinian countryside of the middle Campidano within four abandoned warehouses of the C.I.O. farm. In these spaces a redevelopment project is being carried out to give them life again, following a twenty-year long inactivity.

Campidarte’s activity revolves around five connected keywords – #natura #arte #design #eventi #gastronomy – The territory we occupy and the projects connected to them, specifically concerning agriculture and the landscape, can be summarized in the concept of nature. We design and produce objects: through our residences, the works and the collective exhibitions that derive from it. Moreover, the organization of various types of cultural events that also include food and cooking.

The connection with the world of artistic production was and is possible thanks to the residences that Campidarte offers, more or less long immersive periods spent in our spaces.

Campidarte also wants to be a reference point for cultural events concerning various fields, from music, to workshops, to cuisine.

Emanuela Ascari (Italy)

Carbon Negative

The aim of the project is to grow hemp to get the material to make a work, stimulating a production chain, saving CO2 and restoring the environment, for aesthetic and environmental production.

Hemp, cannabis sativa, a plant of the Italian agricultural tradition that has disappeared today, has characteristics useful to the conditions of the current environment. While growing it performs an important action of ecological balance, absorbing large quantities of CO2, but also heavy metals from the soil, thus contributing to the health of the area where it lives. Furthermore, thanks to its rapid growth, hemp modifies the landscape considerably and temporarily and, producing a lot of biomass in a short time, absorbs more CO2 than it produces from its cultivation-processing, and that is considered carbon negative. The proposed work would thus be achieved with CO2 savings.

The project is to create a small pavilion in lime and hemp shives, a heat-insulating, flame-retardant, resistant and breathable compound, used in green building, where the phases of the process that made it possible can be exhibited.

In order to be realized, the project intends to involve local farmers, and other subjects of the territory, in the idea of ​​activating a chain, which today does not exist, which allows the realization of the work over time.

A-01 (A Company / A Foundation), Oliver Schütte e Marije van Lidth de Jeude (Costa Rica / Olanda) con Bill Price, Brown Endowed Chair, School of Architecture, Prairie View A&M University (USA)

The Chira Project

The Chira Project in Costa Rica, a multidimensional project for rural development on the island of Chira in the Gulf of Nicoya. It started with one building and adjacent campaign: the Recycling and Community Center of Chira (RCCC). The RCCC was defined as a first built intervention and awareness-raising campaign because of an actual and urgent need: so far, the island population (approximately 3000 inhabitants) mostly burn, bury or throw their trash into the sea. This has created severe environmental and socioeconomic problematics as the majority of the islanders lives from artesian fishing. By disposing their waste into the sea, the population contributes to the destruction of fish populations in the Gulf of Nicoya and, consequently, the destruction of their own livelihood.

Islanders will be taught how to clean and separate their waste and, most of all, how to avoid waste in the first case. The center also educates islanders about the possibilities of sustainable construction and the use of natural resources. The building itself harvests rainwater and solar energy to fully blend with the natural environment. In further collaboration with the National University of Costa Rica, an organic garden an oyster-breeding facility is built up to diversity the local economy and diet.

Fabrizio Milani & Simona La Neve (Italy)


Mesale investigates the ways in which it is necessary to reflect on the civic uses of the landscape heritage by Municipalities and residents, in a perspective of protection and sustainable development. The territorial action of Mesale facilitates these reflections by proposing a convivial meeting at one of the tratturi (sheep

track) that winds from San Potito Sannitico towards the Parco del Matese and towards the borders with Basilicata. With the aim of conveying the greatest number of people, a propaganda action will be launched in the neighboring communities of San Potito Sannitico, stationed in the squares of the municipalities and asking as a gift some waste or inactivated fabrics and / or cloths of various fibers.

The material recovered on the spot will be woven and sewn with some of the artists’ materials. The fabrics are superimposed by the artist, without hierarchies in a “mongrel” that reflects the reflections and conditions of the nascent National Park.

An enormous mesale (tablecloth) lying on the soil of one of the sheep tracks represents the meeting place with the guests for an eco picnic.

Sandy Heffernan (Nuova Zelanda)

Colore per Matese

A colour concept explored a sense of place and a sense of time. It used late New Zealand summer waste red grape and flowering cherry leaves, indigo, ferrous and a hint of cochineal dye. The visual rhythms and forms of a Matese landscape are referenced as though the lens is looking down on the mountainous serif, capturing a olive, plum sage fig and cherry colour palette largely derived from late summer red grape agri-waste material.

This novel and innovative approach to textile coloration has the potential to incorporate local raw materials, production waste, eco products. Other agri-waste from cultivation, for example wool, and weeds such as brambles, could be used to make a different palette of colours and full use of waste material resources.

Local craft and waste incorporated production could proliferate products specifically referencing the Matese region that have low environmental impact. The cloth length reveals memory of pleat, resist and clamp process akin to an abstracted topographical map of a Matese mountain range.

Nello Antonio Valentino & Aniello Rega (Italy)

Canopic rebirth

In any laboratory the discarding of non-pure clays, that is contaminated by other technically different clays, represents a real problem in the disposal. Although the raw material remains natural, it must be disposed of as special waste. Reusing waste to reinsert it into the production process is a fundamental theme of the circular economy.

In our case the passage is the last, soil to soil. The urn made with dry clay and decorated with natural acids, vinegar or lemon, collects the ashes of the deceased and a handful of seeds. As soon as they are ready, proceed to the burial ritual by burying the urn that moistens and crumbles giving freedom to the seeds.

The plant that is born is in memory of the buried and plant after plant we will have a cemetery space, no longer composed of big buildings but of forests.

Giuseppe Vultaggio (Italy)

The roots of theatre

The “Roots in the Theater”  project is a temporary installation that calls for a conscious use of the  agricultural territory in order to create new sub-urban centralities.

The enhancement of areas, which traditionally are exploited exclusively in agricultural production processes, will contribute to a process of decongestion of urban centers and to the birth of new relational models. In the evolutionary path of communities theatre has always represented a space for sharing and social cohesion, thus if we have to think to a work-manifesto to revive sub-urban areas, the choice naturally falls on it:  an evocative place, capable of being at the same time a center of artistic production, a pole of aggregation and activator of relational processes.

The model is physically composed of bales of hay placed on the ground that can be used as a nourishment for the animals of local farms, never interrupting the exchange cycle between society and theater, between life and representation.

Ruobing Tang & Co. (China)

Dandelion seeds

The project consists of a pseudo-environment for seed propagation. The dandelion seeds are sealed in a transparent plastic sphere and dispersed in the natural environment. The spheres are carried by the wind and therefore the seeds are spread over meadows, rocks and water. Dandelion seeds, which grow directly from germ cells, create unpredictable movements caused by the wind.

They propagate freely and grow in places where they end up casually, contrasting with the ideal of man in the center, with his tendency to order and to follow standards.

The seeds have various properties, they are infinite and infinitely petty, they are the principle of all things. Each seed represents a “mass” ready to break the surface of the city, breaking the surface of order and stability. The work is an attempt to re-establish the relationship between humans and nature, to establish new connections and free the creative power and diversity of organic forms.

Licia Longobardi (Italy)

The ancient roses

The general objective is to enhance and pass on the heritage, not only botanical, but also strongly symbolic, linked to the production of one of the most beautiful and most well-known flowers: the rose.

Many domus of the ager campanus were adorned with roses, but also extensive agricultural areas.

That red flower, perfumed and re-blooming, reported in the classic texts by Pliny and Columella, has returned to live thanks to the scientific research carried out by the Applied Research Laboratory of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii and from the Department of Agriculture of the University Federico II of Naples in collaboration with the association “La Rosa antica di Pompei”. Through these studies it was possible to reproduce a genome very similar to the ancient one, then moving on to planting the seedlings (obtained in vitro) in some of the domus where they actually had to be at the time, as shown by the archaeological findings. Currently, flowering in the excavations is a further attraction for visitors.

In the next phase we passed to an ancient rose prototype cultivation to be used in cosmetics

to obtain perfumes and soaps.

Federica Manzitti (Italy)


Versi is a podcast that collects and reinterprets the sounds of the rural environment and those who live there: animals – men including – plants, minerals.

The voices of those who live in inland areas, voices that are often unpublished, material voices, testimonies of other lives, alternatives, one could say, the sounds of nature, the silence non-silence, the power of the small and finally the language of man with the nature. This is the material of which “Versi” will be made. A podcast of 10 episodes, running time is 5 minutes each. Accessible to everyone, free of charge, through the Spreaker platform and usable via smartphone, PC, or other device, even offline.

How do you talk to the flocks in the Matese? How, donkeys in Letino? And when women talk to each other in the countryside, how do they resonate? Are there children’s voices in the Matese municipalities? How do they blend with those of the elderly?

“Versi” is poetry and carnality that makes itself sound. A storytelling with innovative sound design. Seductive, light, accessible, sometimes ironic.