RUFA envisages the next thousand days of art after the apocalypse. The O2 Manifesto is born

The health emergency has not only conditioned the flow of daily life, but has imposed new rules, dictated by regulatory constraints and fears, but accompanied by expectations and, above all, the desire for rebirth.

Sometimes the rooms have been tremendously closed cells, sometimes open spaces in which to wander around looking for oneself and others, with the aim of imagining the future. But this vocation for the vision of tomorrow is an integral part of being an artist: those who believe that the impossible is something that has yet to be defined, approach isolation and physical limitation by opposing their foresight for the construction of a new reality.

RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts contributes to building a new way of interacting with the arts, understood in their complexity and diversity. The Academy has kept faith with its educational mission: to escape from the banal by changing the premises, thus generating the best possible conditions for reaching innovative conclusions, so that the artist’s gaze can show us even more distant worlds.

To give form and substance to a working group to imagine the next thousand days of art: three years to adapt to evolution, to rethink fruition, to urge institutions, public and private bodies to work in synergy. But above all with the clear objective of giving voice to students/artists: the future protagonists of the creative and cultural industry.

This task force was chaired by Alfio Mongelli, President of RUFA, who in 1998 launched a training project that in recent years has always been able to renew itself. The director Fabio Mongelli, the teachers Nicolas Martino, Raffaele Simongini, Davide Dormino and Emanuele Cappelli, will work alongside him. And then the RUFA graduates who, over the last five years, with their proposals, winners among the winners, have won the RUFA Contest: Francesca Salvati, Riccardo Quattrociocche, Alain Parroni, Yunfeng Liu, Francesca Cornacchini. Their mission is to represent the expectations and feelings of a community that goes beyond RUFA.

“O2 – Manifesto for the arts after the apocalypse” – this is the name of the project dedicated to a work by master Alfio Mongelli, recently placed in Wuhan, China, where the pandemic began, is a manifesto that describes the art world from now until the next three years, setting itself as a point of reference especially for the new generations who, in this historical phase, are faced with decisions that are certainly not simple. The relationship between art and education, analyzed with the aim of identifying a key to interpreting the world and future professions: a document that can be preparatory to the opening of a debate in society among artists, intellectuals, journalists, curators, professionals and art experts. A document that can give rise to opinions and support those who believe in the universal values of beauty and wonder.

“O2 – Manifesto for the arts after the apocalypse” wants to be a document of cultural resistance “powered by RUFA”, but which can be embraced by culture and politics. A document of doing, a common action to fly high, to explore new opportunities and to show a way.