- 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.
- Seminar modules outside Cittadellarte in collaboration with universities, Fine Arts academies, artistic research centres in Europe and beyond addressed to graduate and postgraduate students, PhD students and researchers.
During the year 2016 the relationships with Italian University and Fine Arts Academy will be reinforced and new collaborations will be open to partners such as Università degli Studi di Torino; Università IUAV, Venezia; Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano; Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma; Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia; Ecole supérieure d'art et design – ESAD, Grenoble (FR); École cantonale d'art du Valais – ECAV, Sierre (CH); Fundación Universitaria Bellas Artes, Medellín (Co); Instituto Superior de Arte-ISA, La Habana (Cuba); Queens Museum, New York.
- 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.
Why do I do what I do?
Did anyone ever ask you why do you do what you do? Have you ever tried to understand the deep forces that drive you to engage with your practice? Could you actually separate your practice from your life? This module aims to unfold the participants’ understanding of her/his practice and to look at her/his own work with a reflective and caring attitude, rather then an overly critical one.
We will explore notions of empathy, active listening and imaginative processes as tools for a truly engaging participatory practice, where the artist is never an external observer but a subject equally involved in the process.
We will then address inter-subjectivity as constructed narrative and the quintessential humankind’s imaginative capacity.
Collectively we will draw a constellation of attitudes, conditions and skills that might help us define a survival kit for participatory art practice.
During the week, every now and then, we will stretch our legs and backs and take some deep breaths to reconnect with our inner self…
Guided tour to Cittadellarte, including the Pistoletto, Arte Povera collections and temporary exhibitions (curated by Luca Furlan)
Workshop presentation and group presentation
Participatory Art Practice: Bait al Karama and A needle in the binding (Nablus, Palestine)
Reflective thinking vs critical thinking: participants' presentation
Unfolding engagement - some key factors
Empathy: a transformative potential
What is empathy and why it is essential to social coexistence
Mirror neurons and the development of empathic capacity
Warm empathy vs cold empathy - a personal story
At art school, did anyone ask you why you do what you do?
We will go for a morning stroll and reflect on this essential question: what are MY deep pulses for doing (or wanting to do) what I do?
The walk will be followed by group reflections and the possibility of individual tutorials
Process vs project: the limits of a context-based approach
Reading of The loneliness of the project (Boris Groys)
Reflective thinking vs critical thinking: participants' presentation
Inter-subjectivity: the imaginative capacity of humankind and the building of consensus through narratives
Reading of A brief History of Humankind (Dr. Yuval Noah Harari)
Reflective thinking vs. critical thinking: partecipants’ presentation
Video screening and discussion: “The century of the self – episode 1” (Adam Curtis)
Glossary for participatory practices: we will attempt to draw an open ended constellation of notions/attitudes/skills/ essential to the practice
A brief History of Humankind by Dr. Yuval Noah Harari
Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
BIOGRAPHY AND STATEMENT
Beatrice Catanzaro’s current practice focuses on activating public participation and situations of mutual learning. She has been practicing throughout Europe, the Middle East and India. Her work has been exhibited internationally at (selection) MART Museum of Rovereto, Fundação Gulbenkian in Lisbon and the Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló (EACC) in Spain. In 2010, she moved to Palestine, where she currently teaches at the International Art Academy of Palestine (Ramallah) and initiated the participatory art project Bait al Karama in Nablus.
She is currently PhD research candidate at the Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.
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