residence 2002

j u l y   2nd  -  5th

c a l c   casqueiro atlantico laboratorio cultural
Teresa Alonso Novo and t.Omi Scheiderbauer,
Artists, Spain
Presentation of Cittadellarte and residence presentation.

Teresa Alonso Novo, Luks Brunner and t.Omi Scheiderbauer live and work in Navia, Spain,
and on the Internet.
In 1990 they founded a cultural laboratory, an experimental artistic structure in real/virtual space aiming to explore and develop matters of artistic/social relevance.

Michelangelo Pistoletto,
Artistic Director of Cittadellarte.
Born in Biella in 1933 he is currently living in Biella, Torino etc. He followed in the family tradition, working with his father painter, on paintings restoration and concurrently studying graphic arts. He presented his first one-man show at the Galatea gallery in Turin in 1960. In 1961 he realised his first mirror paintings that made him emerge on the international scene. In the 60’s he took part in the most important New Realism and Pop Art exhibitions. He is one of the leading figures of the movement known as «Arte Povera». He participated to 8 editions of the Venice Biennial Exhibition and 4 editions of the Kassel Documenta. His works are displayed in all the major Italian and foreign museums and are present in the collections of international museums such as the MOMA in New York, the Beabourg in Paris, The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Seul, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, etc. Besides being a theorist of his work, since 1967 he has been operating in various fields ranging from performance to theatre, architecture, communication and creative participation. He has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1998 he created Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella (Italy) in which the activities of UNIDEE Università delle Idee are developed.

In 2002 Artistic Director of BIG Torino International Biennial of Young Art -big social game www.bigtorino.net www.bigguest.net

j u l y   8th  -  13th
Anna Zegna, manager.
Zegna Project. Contemporary art and industry.
Ermenegildo Zegna Group is a producer of high quality fabrics and fine men’s clothing. Founded in 1910 in Trivero, a small town in the Biella region, it has developed into a world leader in men’s fashion, with 30% of the world’s market share. The Group is a family business dedicated to industrial growth and innovation. Alongside its focus on the production of high quality and prestigious products, the group, now managed by the fourth generation of the family, is also committed to a tradition of investment in the environmental culture, started by Emernegildo Zegna in the region and extended in a larger scale. In line with this tradition Anna Zegna invited the Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto and specifically Unidee to develop projects and ideas that make possible a collaboration between art and industry with an international committment.

Dagmar Reichert, Switzerland.
curator of The new Agorà
Presentation of the exhibition 2002 Art at the Center of a responsible social transformation - The new Agorà.

Born in Vienna, lives in Zurich. Studied Geography, Sports and Philosophy in Vienna, Toronto, Stockholm and Cambridge, then employed at Universities of Vienna, Bologna, and Zurich. Presently she runs an office for consulting, exhibition design and research in Zurich and teaches Cultural Theory at the Technical University and the University Art and Design in Zurich and has a temporary professorship for Human Geography in Salzburg.

Last winter she co-organized the exhibition and business art school “Artworks Consulting” in Berlin (with Pierre Guillet de Monthoux).

Author and co-author of these books:
“Umwelt zur Sprache bringen”(Westdeutscher Verlag, gem. m. W. Zierhofer, 1993),
“Ortssuche. Zur Geographie der Geschlechterdifferenz” (eFeF-Verlag, gem. m. E. Bühleru.a., 1993),
“Limits of Representation” (Accedo-Verlag, gem. m. F.Farinelli und G. Olsson, 1994),
“Räumliches Denken” (VdF Verlag, 1996)
“Wissenschaft als Erfahrungswissen” (Deutscher Universitätsverlag, gemmit P. Fry, U. Steinemann und C. Heid, 2000).

j u l y    11th
j u l y   16th  -  17th
Illy Project.
Contemporary art and design.

Every year the Illy Caffé Company produces four series of coffee services with six cups in collaboration with two known artists and two emerging ones. This year for the third time, the company has invited the artists in residence at Cittadellarte to present their designs.

artists, Edinburgh.
The objectives of protoacademy are to develop ways in which an art institutional structure can take advantage of the wealth and knowledge in a particular city and serve as a meeting-point for artists and various academic specialists, cultural producers, politicians, business leaders, and citizens. Further than this the ambition is to provide an interface between art research and the wider public through exhibitions and other forms of representation.

Andrea Perratone, Ingeneer
Giovanni Vachino
, Architect
Simone Pavignano
, Surveyor
Elena Recis Milano,
sLauretana water
Sacromonte of Graglia project.
Contemporary art and spirituality.

The Sacro Monte of Graglia, designed at the beginning of the XVII century, forms part of a complex which should have consisted of 100 chapels conceived during the Counter Reform in order to bring the faithful closer to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Each chapel was supposed to represent a different scene from the Bible, but for financial reasons only five were built and these were never finished and completely abandoned.
Cooperation between UNIDEE and l’Opera Pia del Santuario di Graglia is in its third year now, co-ordinated by the architect Giovanni Vachino. The artists in residence, after a survey of the site, were invited to put forward and develop ideas to create original shapes and new meanings in keeping with the spirituality of our times.

Michel Maffesoli,
Professor in Sociology
Director of the Research Centre for the collective imagination and Professor at Sorbonne University, Paris. Holder of the Sociology chair formerly of E. Durkheim at the Sorbonne (Paris V). Maffesoli is Director of the Centre d’Etudes sur l’Actuel et le Quotidien, at the Centre de Recherche sur l’Immaginaire.

His publications: Contemplation of the world, 1993; Figures of the community style; Of Nomadism, 1997; For a sociology of errancy; The time of tribes; Le livre de poche,essais; L’ombre de dionisos, 1991; La transfiguration du politique, la tribalisation du monde, 1992; Dans le vide des apparence.

Presentation of the projects to the partners
Zegna, Illy, Sacromonte of Graglia, Art and Artisans.
Presentation of the projects developed during the University of ideas.
UNIDEE in progress - exhibition
This year's exhibition shall include projects and works realised by the residents who took part in UNIDEE residence 2000 and 2001, that will be progressively integrated with the projects elaborated during the residence 2002.

Elisabeth Samsonow,
Professor of anthropology, Vienna.
Professor of philosophical and historical anthropology at “Akademie der Bildenden Kunste” in Vienna.

Elisabeth Samsonow is a teacher of philosophical and historical anthropology at “Akademie der Bildenden Kunste” in Vienna.
She deals the theme of spirituals and rituals requirements of men and their natural tradition where she puts in evidence the inseparable tie among art, myth ant rite. Elisabeth Samsonow considers art like an historical/cultural requirement in the society.

Her pubblications: “Die Erzeugung des Sichtbaren. Die philosophische Begründung naturwissenschaftlicher Wahrheit bei Johannes Kepler”, 1987; “Giordano Bruno”, (Hg.), 1996; “Fenster im Papier. Die Kollision von Architektur und Schrift oder die Gedächtnisrevolution der Renaissance”, 2000.

Presentation of photographs on the theme "mountains" developed and realised in the UNIDEE workshops, within the annual exhibition organised by the municipality of Biella, an Co-ordinated by Fabrizio Lava

j u l y   24th
Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, Professor
Jonanthan Schroeder
, Professor
Janet Borgerson, Philosopher
Armona Pistoletto
, Architect
Art and Artisans project.
Creativity, Tradition, Innovation, Production.
Cittadellarte proposes a project in which artistic creativity and the superior experience of the Piedmontese handicraft converge. A project that focuses on conceiving, developing and realising products that combine innovation and tradition. First of all, meetings and visits to the ateliers of the artisans involved will be organised. Subsequently, the UNIDEE residents will begin their research and start planning their projects, that will then be discussed and developed in collaboration with the artisans. Finally, prototypes will be realised and presented in the premises of Cittadellarte.
The most interesting projects will be produced and proposed to the public in the book-shop of Cittadellarte.

j u l y   25th
j u l y   30th
7th   -   9th

24th  - 25th
october   26th
october   26th

-   december     8th

2nd - 6th
september   29th
Francesco Bernabei,
organic economist, Italy
Term Ethical Finance or ethically orientated finance is the worldwide movement which proposes to reform finance in the light of ethical demands. Currently, ethical finance is emerging not only as a cultural requirement but also as a need which is starting to be felt strongly as much in the field of world finance as by the small saver now asking himself how his money is managed by credit institutes.
In Italy, in the wake of changes which started at the end of the Seventies with MAG (Mutue Auto Gestione) promising to create a financial system that provided an alternative to traditional banking, the People’s Ethical Bank was born, with headquarters in Padua, and operating nation-wide by means of a network of 16,000 members from all over the country. The ethical bank has been able to collect the capital what is usually meant by the necessary for its constitution thanks to the united efforts of the entire Italian Third Sector, from large national associations-ACLI, AGESCI, ARCI, MANI TESI, etc. -to ONG, social co-operatives, local councils, provinces, regions. The basic function of the Ethical bank is to act as a financial lung for civilised economy, as well as to propose a serious and concrete alternative to the traditional concept of finance.

Neven Petrovic,

Distributive Justice



18th - 19th
A I M Project Biella
“Through the walls”
The objective of the Biella AIM Project is to enhance communication between the sources of energy within the industrial sector and other active sectors of the province and the image that one has of this from outside. What more direct connection is there if not the walls that enclose and confine the companies themselves? The project consists, then, in activating – where possible and where there is a specific interest – art projects that use the exterior walls of industrial buildings (often unattractive, unpleasant and without value) to give life to a new and exemplary relationship between production and creativity, between economy and culture.

The ATTRAVERSO I MURI project (literally ‘through the walls’) intends to mirror the manufacturing excellence that exists inside the factories by communicating the beauty of art.

The industry of Biella is a healthy, energetic physical body, so it is important to identify such qualities in the outward appearance, which corresponds to the skin and the suit, that is to the aesthetic image of this body. The “private” company offers itself up to public scrutiny, uniting form and content, just as ethics corresponds to aesthetics.

september  13th
j u l y   31st