The 2002-2003 edition had stemmed from an interest to the interaction between viewer and art work place, in order to foster the approach and the understanding of contemporary art to a wider audience. For this reason the exhibition had been concentrated on some of the key spaces within the individual communities to be seen in squares and main streets of these seven municipalities. The intention was to create specific works to be placed at “cross-roads”, both physical and psychological, conceived as interfering elements in daily life which may, with their presence, redesign their host context.
The works created were heterogeneous in terms of process and esthetic: artistic interventions on city monuments or inside pre-existing buildings (Franco Vaccari, Antony Gormley), mobile installations (Nicola Pellegrini) or sound installations (Renée Green), video installations (Tony Oursler), photographic works (Paola De Pietri) and guided visits that proposed a re-mapping of the Chianti (Cesare Pietroiusti). In addition to the interventions in squares and streets, the project intended to lend value to green spaces, reconceived as places for rest and reflection, but also for gathering and leisure activity: the re-arrangement of a pre-existing open space (Eva Marisaldi), the creation of a structure in a park that invited one to pause and marvel (Massimo Bartolini) and, finally, the placement of a work characterized by a strongly playful-interactive aspect in a public garden (Alicia Framis).
One of the main aims of the exhibition is to present works which are not exclusively poles of attraction for the exhibition public but which can became, with time, places which may be really lived in and frequented by local inhabitants as well as occasional visitors.
This edition of Tusciaelecta also promoted the collateral event Innesti Doc, curated by Bona Baraldi and dedicated to emerging artists who lived and worked in the Chianti territory.