The Locarno Festival is an organization having peculiar spatial and temporal properties. It has a cyclical temporality, showing a peak of activity during the ten summer days of the film festival, and almost disappearing for the rest of the year. The Locarno Festival does not own many permanent organizational spaces, and every summer it needs to engage in the building and dismantling of infrastructures, thus creating the Festival’s space and transforming Locarno’s urban landscape. With a three-year longitudinal study, the project aims at examining the implications that this peculiar spatiotemporality has in the development of the organizational practices of the Locarno Festival.
Aims of the project
The project covers three main areas of research:
Scientific contextThe project develops a longitudinal study, integrating various methods of the ethnographic tradition in organization and communication studies, such as qualitative interviews, observation, and visual methods. This way, the study offers a processual appreciation of the relationship developing between cyclical cultural events, the host territory, and the cultural industry these events represent, thus providing an alternative and complementary perspective to traditional economic impact studies.