The word “art” is not easily defined.

New forms of art are continuously born: thus, the meaning of the word “art” changes with time and context.

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© 2005, “Art is Everywhere” performance, Florence

It is a meter on how we look at things.

In 2005, I did a street performance in Florence that featured a white canvas with a light grey sentence reading, “Art is Everywhere”, temporarily exhibited on the streets.

The aim of the project was to create a temporary visual emptiness: a necessary condition for opening people’s eyes so that they could see the interesting layers of scratches, marks, old posters and parts of the city that normally remain unnoticed by many.

Within a few years, it had become a 2 day workshop, where participants are invited to explore the city with new eyes, and were asked to complete small assignments and to document their findings with photographs.

This book is the result of that experience, to forget the challenge of defining Art but understand it as a trigger for new and different interpretations of what already surrounds us.

Because it is a meter on how we look at things, and whether we have the right tools or not to decode it.