- 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), Fundación Museos de la Ciudad (Ecuador), Yarat Contemporary Art Space (Azerbaijan), 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 artists who took part in the Connective residency are: Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna (2015); Leone Contini (2016); Mattia Paco Rizzi (2017).
The module will kick off by applying the situationist technique of dèrive, performing with the whole group of participants an exploration of Cittadellarte’s urban surroundings. The aim – to realize, by the end of the week, 1:1 built objects – needs to be taken into account since the very beginning of this process, in order to speed up the exploration. During the first day’s walks, the group will recognize, attracted trough their particular spatial-social situations and phenomena, a range of sites to work on. Using a set of simple recording tools, the characteristics of the sites will be captured. During the second day, we’ll focus on the evaluation and reflection of the founded and mapped spatial situations and phenomena.
The participants, divided in small teams, will then design and build specific objects for specific urban situations.
As portable prostheses for the public space or fixed spatial corrections, these objects will reflect needs, wishes, character of the sites and the citizens who experience them in their everyday life. The material utilised will be standard timber with screws connections. At the end of the week we want to carry out a series of small architectural interventions in the city, with the aim to create atmospheres of communication and exchange or intrusions into a situation of settled habits.
A final public walk along the different spots will provide the opportunity to test and reflect the realized objects.
Guided tour to Cittadellarte, including the Pistoletto, Arte Povera collections and temporary exhibitions (curated by Luca Furlan)
Introduction to the workshop’s core topics
Discussion/Definition of aims
Building workshop at Cittadellarte
Building workshop at Cittadellarte
Test on site
Public walk along the sites/Reflection
The mentor will prepare a reader for participants with key texts, some of which will be discussed during the week.
cantiere barca 2011-13
officina roma 2011-12
MAXXI, Museo nazionale della arti des XXI secolo, Rome
RE-cycle. Strategies for Architecture, City and Planet
the generator / sedia veneziana 2010
Venice, Biennale di Architettura
odyssee europa 2009/2010
Ruhrgebiet, a joint project organised by the Schauspielhaus Bochum, Schauspiel Dortmund, Schauspiel Essen, Schlosstheater Moers, Theater an der Ruhr, Theater Oberhausen, raumlaborberlin and the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010
BIOGRAPHY AND STATEMENT
raumlaborberlin is a Berlin based group of 8 architects, founded in 1999, working at the intersections between architecture, city planning and art by means of performative, temporary interventions.
raumlaborberlin’s works focus on urban transformations and the relationships between private and public space. Urban situations that are leftover and difficult to handle attract us. Artistic and architectural interventions serve us as tools of communication and open up new perspectives for alternative uses, collective ideals, urban diversity as well as difference. We explore and use what we find, the condition of the place and consolidate alliances between local actors and external specialists. The goal is an architecture that succeeds in merging space with subjective experiences, that allows people to discover new qualities and leads to an alternative understanding of the city.
Our view of architecture doesn’t only connect to the built environment but rather to an experimental building laboratory for a participatory practice within the public realm. Architecture becomes the tool for finding and inventing a city of possibilities.
download the full documentation about the module and the mentor in PDF format