Culture Lab

June, 2020
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The Participatory
Action Research

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Emilie Jaguin

Palermo (Italy)

Founded by Zeno Franchini and Francesca Gattello, Marginal is a research studio exploring the margins of design disciplines and the roles it can play in the making of societies. Marginal Studio uses prototypes, installations, writings, and films to investigate and document the production of objects or spaces, and their implications on a planetary scale. Marginal Studio develops a practice in a continuous dialogue with other professions, expertises, and cultures. Within and against logics and structures of design and art, it aims to constructive dissent, experimenting interactions as forms of social practice and political awareness. Based in Palermo since 2016, Marginal Studio participated and exhibited in La Biennale di Venezia, Manifesta 12, Milan Design Week, Dutch Design Week, La Triennale Design Museum, La Panacée, TodaysArt Festival, Depot Basel, London Design Festival. Recently, Marginal Studio has been funded by the 2020 Horizon Framework Programme of the European Union and by the MIBACT – Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities to develop social design-oriented projects.