FINEST | Damiano Cerrone with SPIN Unit
Cities united by the sea
26 September - 27 October 2019
Site spcific project
Finest is the acronym used to indicate two states, Finland and Estonia (FIN/EST) and their attempt at urban integration.
For In the city of Torino Graphic Days 2019, Wild Mazzini exhibits two maps, respectively of Helsinki and Tallinn, that through the transfiguration of the data, reveal visually how much the two capitals have in common, despite the 90 km of Baltic Sea that separates them. In view of the project of the submarine rail link – part of the Baltic Rail of the TEN-T network – the two cities are in fact thinking about the characteristics of their social, economic and cultural lives, in a synergistic perspective.
The installation, consisting of two photographic totems and two maps, is the outcome of the data collection and visualization work carried out by SPIN Unit, a company headed by Damiano Cerrone and composed of a multidisciplinary team of professionals from all over Europe, which develops complex projects in the wake of the ancient and prestigious cartographic tradition.
The maps offer to the viewer a multifaceted view on seemingly monolithic issues such as urban planning and social systems, and they do so combining the digital footprint of the city, with physical and traditional elements, such as stops or public transport routes. In this way the data tell us how the people who live in the areas of the two cities and represent them spontaneously.
He is director of SPIN Unit, a transnational urban planning agency that combines scientific and artistic research to find new creative approaches to urban studies and advanced data analysis solutions. He is also involved in external collaborations such as Principal Researcher at Michael Sorkin’s TERREFORM CAUR in New York, Researcher at the Spatial Ethnography Lab and conducts research and teaching activities at Tampere University and Beijing University of Technology.
He has been involved in research and consulting projects in Europe, the United States and Russia with planning, public administration and international agencies such as UNDP to develop new urban analyses and guidelines for interaction-based planning. In 2015 he received the ESRI Young Scholar Award and in 2016 and received the World Gold Award for his work on digital geography from the Geoknowledge Foundation.