- Weekly residential modules at Cittadellarte: a programme of seminars and laboratories open to students, professionals, social entrepreneur, activists and members of society, developed following a participatory teaching format, based on collective debates and knowledge exchange between mentor and participants. The modules draw some of their core case studies from Geographies of Change, a participatory online archive collecting and interlinking organisations active in the fields of governance and policy-making, alternative economic models, urban systems, environment, education and communication.
Mentors are often former UNIDEE residents, participants to visible project and to ARTInRETI platforms, ambassadors for Third Paradise, Cittadellarte’s current and past associates. Amongst the new collaborators, scholars and researchers, curators, cultural operators, agents of change within specific territorial realms.
Aimed at delving into three broad thematic areas, which represent the first lemmas for the construction of a Triennal (2015-2017) Shared Collective Vocabulary of Ideas on Cittadellarte’s Art and Social Responsible Transformation, developed across UNIDEE - University of Ideas’ educational programme. This Vocabulary intends to make available the theoretical and project materials used by the mentors and the speakers, and produced by the participants throughout the weekly modules.
- Residency programmes at Cittadellarte for international artists, organised in collaboration with institutional partners, e.g. RESO’ network, A. M. QattanFoundation (Palestine), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (India), aiming at educating and producing. During their stay at Cittadellarte the artists are accompanied along an educational path based on an in-depth analysis of specific issues in relation to a responsible social transformation. A flexible programme encompassing debate series, meetings with curators, artists and social entrepreneurs, experts’ studio visits, conferences with guests, visits to exhibitions and places relevant to the themes discussed, etc., will be the companion to this residential journey. In terms of production, the residency aims at facilitating the creation of new projects for exhibitions, events, public debates, publications etc.
- Connective Residency at Cittadellarte: launched in 2015, this residency programme of six months is open to Italian and international artists and collectives interested in exploring and expanding the themes of social responsible transformation, selected by direct invitation as well as via open call. The aim is to establish active “connections” between the resident artists’ own practices and the content and dynamics brought forth by the weekly residential modules and all relevant project activities developed within Cittadellarte.
The invited artist for the 2015's edition were Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna.
In 2016 the artist in residency is Leone Contini.
Residency programmes for international artists at Cittadellarte - Fall 2017
Residency programmes for international artists at Cittadellarte have been conceived with the aim to educate (through modules, lectures, experts’ studio visits, meetings, etc) and to produce (from exhibitions to talks to final publications) cultural projects related to a responsible social transformation. The residencies are developed in collaboration with institutional partners, such as RESÒ – International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs (Piedmont, Italy) and A.M. QATTAN Foundation (Palestine), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (India).
From September to November 2017 the artists Noor Abed and Vanessa Sandoval have been living and working in Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella) thanks to A.M. QATTAN Foundation (Palestine) and RESÒ – International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs (CRT Fondazione per l'Arte, Piedmont), attending UNIDEE - University of Ideas weekly modules, creating and producing their artworks. They were asked to deal with the main topics of the 2017 UNIDEE programme: Revolution, Desire and Mediation.
The residencies were conceived and designed according to UNIDEE’s methodology, which combines practice with theory, through workshops, seminars and a series of meetings, studio visits and trips tailored to the interests of each artist. They presented their research on the 22nd November 2017. The residents are assisted in the research and production of artworks by the UNIDEE team (Cecilia Guida, Clara Tosetti and Annalisa Zegna) and by Art Office (Juan Esteban Sandoval).
OPEN STUDIOS | NOOR ABED and VANESSA SANDOVAL
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE at UNIDEE - University of Ideas
Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 5.30 pm
at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto
in partnership with
A.M. QATTAN Foundation (Palestine) and
RESÒ – International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs (CRT Fondazione per l'Arte, Piedmont, Italy)
Noor Abed (1988, Jerusalem) has been selected for a two-month residency at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto within the UNIDEE – University of Ideas programme, in collaboration with A.M. QATTAN Foundation (Palestine).
Noor Abed is a visual artist working at the intersection of performance, video and film. Specifically, she is focusing on an intermediate space between performance-stage and screen-image. Abed holds a MFA in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles), and a BA from the International Academy of Arts (Palestine).
During the residency at Cittadellarte, she has focused on expanding her research on the concept of recurrence - of an event, and therefore an image that occurs again. Since our correlation with time and space is an illusionary construction based on intense experiences, then these experiences have the capability of escalating the coordinates of other events.
For the Open Studio, Abed presented the performative action “A West Bank”. The action consisted in crossing the river beside the studio, from one side to another, through a time experience of a similar crossing of the Jordan river. The Jordan River, which is the only entry point for Palestinians entering/ exiting Palestine, is highly controlled and has its own operation hours. The action proposes crossing the river near the studio using the approximate duration of crossing the Jordan River - 5 hours.
Vanessa Sandoval (1990, Cali, Colombia) has been selected for a two-month residency at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto within the UNIDEE – University of Ideas programme, as part of RESÒ – International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs in collaboration with Lugar a Dudas (Cali, Colombia).
Vanessa Sandoval is a Colombian artist, living and working in Cali. She is interested in finding relations between people and the landscape or context they inhabit, trying to discover the tensions generated by this relation. She usually uses the walking as an action that enables the thinking.
Since the beginning of the residency at Cittadellarte, she has been focusing her attention on the signs about houses “for sale” which she found everywhere around Biella. Through the presence of empty houses and buildings for sale, she has investigated the economic crisis and the migratory situation. Her project “NON LASCIARMI” consisted in performing symbolic actions around the city, to prevent someone’s departure.
“My project has two phases. The first part consists in an announcement to spread through the local newspapers and through flyers around the city. In this announcement, I ask for advice to prevent someone’s departure. I designed it in a quite ambiguous mood, so that one might think that it could refer to a love relationship. In the second part, I collect all the advice that I receive, and I perform them in front of some empty houses, as a vain attempt to avoid the departure. As final presentation of this research, during the Open Studio, I show the printed announcements, photos and videos documenting the actions in front of the abandoned houses.”