- 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).
Performative situations in public space: The research and action group
The module will commence with the formation of a group out of several individuals. We will discuss and research together which groups act in public space and we will train to become one, or more. We will become a group of people moving together, building common performance structures, self-design of shared behavior, as moments and building blocks of a public choreography that can serve to manifest, attack, defend, protest, relate to other people, create conflict and pleasure, violence and beauty, reality and fiction.
Using video, photos and other documents, and, most importantly, the participants’ own experience and physical knowledge, we will work in the studio and move on to outdoor public spaces, creating formations of power, resistance, friendship, solidarity. We will walk in town and study it together: reading and analyzing public choreography, the performance of the state, modes of civic behavior, performances of power, order and danger.
We will choose a public site to relate to, or invent one, and develop a public ceremony, a performative situation to activate and celebrate it, following research of commemorative actions and new rituals for sites of past and present conflict, in relation to architecture, politics, public sculpture, urban space, and involving questions of pilgrimage, assembly, collective progression, spatial tensions, the performance of mythos and ethos.
Guided tour to Cittadellarte, including the Pistoletto, Arte Povera collections and temporary exhibitions
Group Trip in Biella
Getting to know each other; public and group biographies of participants, including histories of conflict and collective action. Found dance and theatre, imagery and sound on the street. Using public sculpture and furniture, inahabiting symbolic sites and common spaces.
Participants present videos of readymade moments of public performance: state and opposition, critical and affirmative, announced and unannounced, singular and collective. Discussion and analysis
Group walk in the area and town, locating, documenting and analysing public choreography and ready-made performance. ritual and pilgrimage.
Screenings: public actions and ceremonies
How do we move together? Writing collective movement in the studio and public space. Notations, group communication, code, language. Accident and emergency cases.
Walking the scores
Politics today. Where do we stand, What do we move for, Where do we move, What do we commemorate. Do we assemble for joy or mourning, consensus or conflict, belonging or standing out. Clear demands vs. positions of ambivalence.
Writing a choreographic score for the group, a route in town. How do we move and where to. Maps, locations, writing of collective movement, action procedures and protocol of behavior.
rehearsal and preparations for final action
Final action in town
BIOGRAPHY AND STATEMENT
Omer Krieger is an artist and curator who composes performative actions, political situations, forms of assembly and civic choreographies in public spaces. Krieger studies the public experience and the performance of the state, and is interested in the relations between art, citizenship, politics and action. Co-founder of the performative research body Public Movement, Krieger has served for the last four years as artistic director of Under the Mountain: New Public Art Festival in Jerusalem.
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