Winning projects in PALIMPSEST Creative Dialogues

We are pleased to announce the three projects that won the PALIMPSEST Creative Dialogues open call. We present a closer look at the concepts that will be implemented during the upcoming residencies



Mona El Batrik | Freedom Flow. Be like water | Spain

Project “Freedom Flow: Be like Water” proposes artistic installations for filtering water, cleaning air, and regenerating soil hybridising nature-based methods and vernacular approaches. With a central focus on co-designing with the local community and government representatives,, the project aims to nurture connections with nature and to co-creating long lasting scenery of human-nature interaction. Highlighting a practical approach to regeneration, the outcome will integrate low-tech filtering systems by using natural materials and a design philosophy that supports sustainability.



Estelle Julian (Culturama) | The Songs of Nearby Earth | Spain

“The Songs of Nearby Earth” is a project that aims to approach the territory and landscape of Jerez de la Frontera through artistic and design practices integrating popular knowledge, landscape practices, local cultural expressions and emblematic elements such as ceramics, viticulture and flamenco.

Inspired by the flamenco zambombas rituals, the project seeks to open spaces for reflection and landscape transformation. It promotes creative actions that use local materials (clay, vines, glaze from pruning wastes,…), refer to localised practices, adopt a context-sensitive approach and work hand in hand with the communities and their cultural expressions,  exploring new trends in their relation with the landscape and the on-going energy transition.



gethan&miles | Acqua Lambro | France

Acqua Lambro” is a multi-layered project that explores an “impossible idea”: making the water of the Lambro River drinkable. The project aims to reset the collective imagination through a series of provocative, co-created artistic actions, that include: the design of a “purification machine” (a cross between a functioning DIY prototype and a temporary art installation/performance), the bottling of purified river water in hand-made glass bottles, and a marketing campaign for an imaginary mineral water brand, Acqua Lambro”. Acqua Lambro” gives the public a chance to witness and interact with the river and makes visible the fact that, despite centuries of abuse, the Lambro’s quintessential “water-ness” can be restored. The water-filled bottles are artworks that can travel widely and be exhibited as the essence of the Acqua Lambro” project. Acqua Lambro” will plant a powerful image in the minds of those who encounter it, an “impossible” image that can be the motor for real, sustainable change.


This is a significant stage in the PALIMPSEST journey and we can’t wait to see the results of the selected proposals, ideas and concepts.

Congratulations on the selected projects and thank you to all participants!


Soon will start Residential Workshops:

  • April 2-9: Jerez de la Frontera
  • May 17-24: Łódź (during 18. Łódź Design Festival)
  • June 17-23 : Mediolan