22–26 november 2022
22-26 November 2022
Maps and land are emotional territory.
The homeland? It’s the anchor of our shifting cartography.
Exile? Beyond physical distance from our homeland, it also means the inability to leave it, to exercise freedom of movement towards the other, new homelands that we might meet along our way. The map charts experience, while land is the world itself. Exploration is the artistic journey, leading us somewhere new.
So, how does exile come to an end?
The exile of music, after two years of silence. Exile from others, after two years of precautions.
Exile from the many homelands we inhabit, after two years of restricted movement. Exile from our own being, after many years of identity building which has never made anyone feel truly comfortable. How can we regain a sense of belonging to something, of truly experiencing it? What role does music play in all this? How can maps help us reappropriate this land?
Building a community together, sharing its values and rejecting its rules. The challenge after exile is this: to take back the tools and spaces that feed our talent by steering development, each of us according to our own spiritual make-up and essence, amid the ever-changing soundtrack of our reality.
Exile has often proved fertile ground for impactful, revolutionary creativity: and it’s not a matter confined to the present day … just look at Ulysses.
The experience of being forced out sparks a quest for new safe spaces, other havens, and is just what we saw play out in the latest Odyssey of the international art and music industry. The risk is running into Sirens without being able to decipher their song.
The foundation of Linecheck has always been the interplay between national and international, with Milan as a bridge connecting the two faces of “international” that are closest to us: the Mediterranean and Europe. Milan is ideally situated as a meeting point for the forever-exiled, a home and a haven for different cultures from across the Mediterranean and the continent.
From the meeting/clash between these different worlds and languages, we hope to facilitate new, unexpected situations that convey in a single moment the specific features of the two regions, the strong human element of Mediterranean cultures and the technological and social innovation driving European culture today.
Perhaps exile ends when we see it as a permanent condition. If our homeland is the point where cultures meet, anywhere can be a homeland and any homeland can be elsewhere. All music is both part of a genre and beyond genre. Every life is part of something because everything is part of life itself. Exile is not an aberration; it is the norm.
We all inhabit this new condition together.
See you at Linecheck.