Italian Limes is an ongoing research project by Studio Folder that explores the most remote Alpine regions, where national borders drift due to global warming and shrinking glaciers. It focuses on the effects of climate change on shrinking glaciers and the consequent shifts of the watershed that defines the national borders of Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France.
Italian Limes was originally commissioned as part of Fundamentals – 14th International Architecture Exhibition within the 2014 Venice Biennale edition and was awarded a special mention by the international jury.
Two years later, Italian Limes was invited to be part of the exhibition Reset Modernity!, curated by the philosopher Bruno Latour in collaboration with AIME Team, hosted by ZKM. During the same year, the Italian Limes team planned a new expedition following the initial survey in 2014 to install a series of autonomous devices on the melting ice sheet at the feet of Mt Similaun, 3,300m above sea level. The research also group included representatives of the Italian Glaciological Committee, the OGS – National Institute of Oceanography and of Experimental Geophysics and the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences from the University of Parma.
In 2019, drawing from the most recent results of the research, Studio Folder co-authored the book A Moving Border. Alpine Cartographies of Climate Change. The book features a foreword by Bruno Latour with texts by Stuart Elden, Mia Fuller, Francesca Hughes and Wu Ming 1 and is co-published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City and ZKM – Center for Art and Media.
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