The Prato Project aims to create a collaborative platform to foster communication between academic studies and the art that is intended to implement also with an interdisciplinary laboratory in the Prato’s context and beyond.
The reasons why we believe it is worthwhile to start and invest in the Prato Project are related to different issues that we perceive to be of fundamental importance - both locally and globally. In particular, migratory movements and refugee politics, cultural integration and the rethinking of the industrial textile core are among the central issues of the context of today's Prato; as a result this territory with “double yarn” is closely linked to the general global changes. We are convinced that in the Prato area there is still a need for a space in the local communities for a "social intervention" and, at the same time, there is a lack on the part of the state organs in keeping up with the academic narratives on the theme of migration and to elaborate policies aimed at better coexistence. We believe that the practice of artistic practice can, in this case, compensate for some of these shortcomings and could produce a new language.
In this sense, WUXU wants to organise the works in the form of a "container" and offer multidisciplinary tools for the purpose of research and cultural practice. The platform is designed to produce different "spaces" during the development of the project. These spaces can be physical: meetings, workshops, field research, exhibitions, public art, etc. But at the same time they can also be virtual spaces: archives, editorial productions, multilingual communication channels, development of online programs, etc.