- 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.
Group Matters is a module on group dynamics. It is an art laboratory to research about how relationships happen in groups. It focuses on generating practical knowledge to be applied to participatory art projects, as well as awareness of the transformative potential of art when applied to power relationships within social situations.
Group Matters is a series of experimental group sessions on human interactions through artistic devices. Different situations are created for working on specific themes through the experience of the participants. The group is considered as a powerful gear of common knowledge and art is taken to the encounter of group behaviours to find new ways to unveil, appoint and transform them.
Group Matters is a methodology in progress, the complicity of its participants is crucial for it to continue evolving and for getting shared outcomes that everyone in the group can utilise as tools on in their respective practices. To date, several dynamics have been designed and tested: “The Line: Binomies, Borders and Dual Thinking” (on cultural identity), “Eromechanics: The Erotic of the Social Machinery” (on libidinous power relationships in social structures), “Interdependencies” (on live sociograms) and “Behavioural Choreographies” (on deconstruction of habits).
Group Matters is the final phase of the larger research project “TRANSART. Participative art practices and social behaviour”, focussing on behavioural aspects of participatory art practices.
morning (10:30 - 12:30)
Guided tour to Cittadellarte, including the Pistoletto, Arte Povera collections and temporary exhibitions (curated by Luca Furlan)
Sociograms as tools for acknowledging and visualizing relationships.
Interdependencies. A life sociogram to work about relational contexts in which interdependencies and relative positions are significant.
night (10:00 pm)
Film: The Wave (Die Welle) (2008. Directed by Dennis Gansel. 107 min) or Dogville (2003. Directed by Lars Von Trier. 117 min)
morning (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Life sociograms. Inventing different ways of sociograms for understanding a scene.
Audio-visual Source Code on Group Behaviours. A narration about group behaviours through fragments of films.
Psicodrama. Choosing one of the screened situations to explore it through the projections of each one’s experiences on it.
night (10:00 pm)
Film: The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1962. Directed by Luis Buñuel. 93 min)
Presenting the idea of role game and matters related to participatory processes in art that can be explored through it.
The Line. A role game on the idea of limit, border and identity.
Inventing other possible role games.
Sharing ideas of selected texts on participatory art and group behaviour while walking through Biella.
Suggested film: “Them” by Artur Zmijewski (2007) 27 min.
Special Guest - Sabel Gavaldón on “A Museum of Gesture”
Dynamic on gestures and power relationships. Exploring in groups correlations among gestures and social classes, gender distinctions and group identity. Individual, peer and group gestures.
Re-enactment of Eromechanics. Using the dialogues of this performance about libidinous fluxes on human interactions to re-experience power relationships through them.
Suggested film: “The Method”, directed by Marcelo Piñeyro (2005) 115 min.
Performative strategies for de-constructing behaviours
Destabilising power structures through performative strategies and the creativity of the group. Proposed exercises: “Words of plasticine”, “Joining voices”, “Chained Gestures” and “The surrealist conference”.
Proposed exercise: “Inertias”, sculpting inertias and trying to evolve them with the help of the group.
Integration & closing.
The mentor will prepare a reader for participants with key texts, some of which will be discussed during the week.
ARDENNE, Paul. Un arte contextual. Creación artística en medio urbano, en situación, intervención, de participación. Murcia: Cendeac, 2002
BISHOP, Claire (ed). Participation. London: Whitechapel; Cambridge Mass: The MIT Press, 2006
BISHOP, Claire. Artificial Hells. Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. Londron, New York: Verso, 2012
BUTLER, Judith. Mecanismos Psíquicos del Poder. Madrid: Cátedra, 2001
DUARTE, Ignasi y BERNAT, Roger. Querido Público: El espectador ante la participación: jugadores, usuarios, prosumers y fans. Barcelona: Centro Párraga, Cendeac y Elèctrica Produccions, 2009
EVANS, Gregory S. Art Alienated: An Essay on the Decline of Participatory Art. 1989. [on-line]. [Entrance: 25-7-2012], http://cafeirreal.alicewhittenburg.com/art.htm
FERNÁNDEZ, Ana María. De lo imaginario social a lo imaginario grupal. Revista Actualidad sicológica, Colombia, November 1992
RANCIÈRE, Jacques. El espectador emancipado. Castellón: Ellago ed., 2010
The Century of the Self. Documental, 4 part, Directed by Adam Curtisek, Distributed by BBC Four, United Kingdom, 2002
BIOGRAPHY AND STATEMENT
Saioa Olmo is an artist and researcher interested in the mysterious beings that people are: with their manias, passions, patterns of behaviour and unpredictability… and above all the way they relate to each other and the contexts within which they move. She explores power relationships from the disruptive field of art.
Saioa has been working about “cultural identity”, “gender & feminism” and “mechanisms of desire” through collaborative and participative art processes. She is now delving into these issues in light of collective behaviour.
Derived from her artistic creation on participatory art, Saioa is now conducting a Phd research on “Participatory Art Practice and Social Behaviour”.
Sabel Gavaldon (b. 1985, Barcelona) is an independent curator and researcher based in London. In 2012, he graduated from the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the Royal College of Art. Recent projects include the exhibitions “Axolotlism” at Galería Nogueras-Blanchard, Madrid; “M/Other Tongue” at Tenderpixel, London (2015); “Contretemps” at CaixaForum, Barcelona; “Llocs comuns” at Can Felipa, Barcelona (2014); and “A Museum of Gesture” at La Capella, Barcelona (2013). “A Museum of Gesture” is an ongoing research project that explores the potential of gesture, body movement and style as forms of semiotic resistance adopted by subordinate groups and political minorities.
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