Out of Place_an ongoing archive is an open and continuously upgradable archive, which was established with the aim of providing an overview of the widest possible range of theoretical references and ideas concerning the concept of nomadism in relation to the forms of contemporary artistic production. Behind the project is the idea that being out of place is the condition which enables a person to continuously reposition her_himself in one place. This process, not only physical, it is necessary to build the constantly changing sense of our presence in the space.
Although in the last years the increasing mobility and artistic migration have helped to highlight the effects that an itinerant life can have on the concept of site and on the artistic practice itself, we are still often linked to the idea that the identity of a person, and expecially an of artist, is closely linked to a place of belonging and that a place can be our own, because we are somehow fundamentally linked. As Miwon Kwon has highlighted in 2002, this kind of relation with right places is usually considered useful to reaffirm our sense of self, reflecting back a picture of a grounded identity. In opposition, wrong places are unfamiliar, disorienting, threatening for our capacity to constitute a sense of self and the world. In overcoming the dualistic system of thinking our sense of place, it raises the possibility to explore the critical and creative potential of being out of place, as a temporal and spatial movement able to constitute new relations between the subject, the context and their temporary meaning. The archive will explore the complex issue of being outof place through the involvement of realities that act and move in different cultural territories. We will start from the Sixties, when this condition has been investigated by many artistic practices that has been reflecting on the relationship between the artistic process, the context in which they act and the space for their recognition. We would like to collect materials about projects and ideas that think about contemporary nomadism as a condition that overcrosses, not only physically, in territories not yet encoded, where, in order to reach a possible and temporary place of belonging it is necessary to move without a default destination.