Grzegorz Laszuk – March/April 2016

Grzegorz's desk and the subject.
Grzegorz’s desk and the subject.

Grzegorz Laszuk, artistic director of the theatre Komuna // Warszawa came to work on a new play. The subject of the play is the Polish fascist Roman Dmowski. “Everything about this man is boring,” Grzegorz said, “How can I write a play about that person?”

Grzegorz had a steady routine linked to a fixed route from his apartment to his desk and back again. When the sun started to shine really hard, the desk moved with the shadow of the olive tree, and thus became a sun dial.

He succeeded in the end to find a frame from where he could develop the play. Reading Hannah Arendt and reading Roman Dmowski in Calabria eventually helped him in the process.



March 2016, Geert Jan Hobijn

Geert Jan Hobijn and Mani, March 2016
Geert Jan Hobijn and Mani, March 2016

Geert Jan Hobijn knew il Porticello from earlier visits. He noticed the huge amount of waste plastic on the beaches. This gave him the idea to construct a floating musical instrument. It should be entirely made from the found plastic and  played by the waves of the sea..

During his residency Geert Jan did research on how to use the plastic materials. He built a proto-type of the floating instrument which was tested in the sea: plastic souls.

On a special page of his website you can see the documentation and follow the progress of the project.  Video’s can be seen here.

Geert Jan Hobijn’s stay was made possible with the kind support of Mondriaan Fonds


Geert Jan.web

Geert Jan. page

March 2016 – Lilith ‘Mani’ Peters, our junior resident


Geert Jan Hobijn and Mani, March 2016
Geert Jan Hobijn and Mani, March 2016

Mani came with her father Geert Jan Hobijn. Both knew the place from earlier visits. Mani spend almost all her days sketching or painting. Some of those paintings can be seen when you visit il Porticello. She used the walls of an abandoned house for her murals.

Lilith 'Mani' Peters, March 2016
Lilith ‘Mani’ Peters, March 2016



February Residency by Michal Grochowiak and Michal Libera

Michal Libera and Michal Growochiak are at Porticello Artist Residency for the third time together to finish their excursions and research on the unfinished structures in the Calabrian Landscape. This work will be presented in the form of a book and an exhibition, called: Nuova Europa.

Michal Libera at the Cemetery of Gioia Tauro
Michal Libera
Michal Grochowiak
Michal Grochowiak


Natural Instruments by Gregory Büttner


a post natural history approach to nature and evolution by Gregory Büttner
to change natures elements into artefacts
and use them in composition.

(Theory and Practice of Walking as an Art Form)*

*observation by Rinus Van Alebeek

Gregory Büttner label

February Residency: Gregory Büttner and Anja Winterhalter

Gregory Büttner and Anja Winterhalter will stay for a 20 days residency. Gregory will work on sounds and recordings. Anja will work on choreography, recordings.

Inspiration by location, time and season is not excluded.


Anja’s Blütenanatomie (blossom anatomy)

Summer Guests: Melanie Velarde and the two Michals

Early summer brought three guests to Porticello, here in Calabria.

Melanie Velarde continued her work on landscape and sound, which resulted in compositions for volcanos, megaphones and tapes, a work she called Polytope Aeolia. Inspired by Iannis Xenaxis’ piece “Polytope Mycenae” she aims to stage and document site specific compositions within the Aeolian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.


Michal Libera (essay) and Michal Grochowiak (pictures) continued their work on Nuevo Europa. They went on long daytrips to document the unfinished structures in Calabria, but also to study the phenomenon and talk with architects and politicians.

A third visit in December is scheduled to round off the project.

Capo Vaticano, Italy