Creating Territorialities - a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU

Giusy Checola
Thomas Gilardi
02 Nov / 06 Nov, 2015
Cittadellarte, Biella
TOPICS/TAGS: territoriality and extra-territoriality, spatial articulation, historical, cultural and environmental stratifications, spatial and temporal discontinuity, social and territorial identification, imagined communities
10 artists and professionals from different fields related to the investigation on forms of territorialities, such as sociology, music, cultural studies, medias and technologies, agricolture, landscape architecture, urban planning and education.
Creating Territorialities is a weekly residency programme developed for Cittadellarte in the frame of Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place & Possession, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and produced in partnership by Fabrica (UK,, Netwerk (Belgium,, Otvorena Soba (Macedonia, and Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy,


November 2nd
10.30 / Guided tour to Cittadellarte, including the Pistoletto and Arte Povera collections and temporary exhibitions
Presentation of UNIDEE by director Cecilia Guida
Presentation of the program and objectives, introduction to the requested outcomes of the research week
Presentation of participants' work and statement
15.00 – 16.30 / Collective discussion about individual motivations and starting images in relation with Creating Territorialities topics
16.30-17.00 / Coffee break
17.00-18.30 / Collective discussion about local forms of territoriality together with Enrico Rey, activist and expert of politics of immigration at SPRAR Biella (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees)

November 3th
9.00 – 13.00 / Geographical exploration in Biellese territory, The place in between: La Trappa di Sordevolo
15.30 – 16.30 / Coffee with local guests : Il Biellese è un territorio fondato sul lavoro (the Biellese is a territory founded on the work)
16.30-17.00 / Break
17.00 – 18.00 / Video screening 
18.00 – 19.30 / Biellese in Transition: aperitivo with Ellen Bermann, co-founder of Transition Town Italy and board member of Transition Network, discussion about paradigms of changing and processes of cultural and economic transitions between art, activism and resilience

November 4th
10.00 – 11.30 / Il Biellese è un territorio fondato sul lavoro (the Biellese is a territory founded on the work): meeting with Luigi Spina, researcher on history and society, representative of Biellese Ecomuseum
11.30-12.00 / Coffee break
From 12.00 / Free working time on final outcomes (the mentor is available for individual discussions)
15.00 – 16.00 / International on line meeting about Creating Territorialities topics
16.00-16.30 / Coffee break
17.00-19.00 / Geographical laboratory: discussion about the exploration at La Trappa and lecture by Thomas Gilardi
19.30 – 21.30 / Dinner
22.00 – 00.00 / Time and Heritage in uninterrupted forms of territoriality: visit at the Ricetto di Candelo, with Thomas Gilardi.

November 5th
10.30-13.00 / Geographical laboratory: discussion about the exploration at Ricetto di Candelo and lecture by Thomas Gilardi
14.30-17.30 / Free working time on final outcomes (the mentor is available for individual discussions)
18.00 – 19.30 / Discussion with the mentor about the final outcomes (individual and collective)

November 6th
9.30-13.00 / Free working time on final outcomes and setting up
15.30 – 18.30 / Open studios: presentation of final outcomes by TIPP participants and collective discussion on Creating Territorialities’ topics and outcomes with TIPP Partners and local associations

The mentor may request the participants to send documentation regarding their approach and interest to the main issues of the seminar


BHABHA Homi, The location of culture, London, Routledge, 1994, pp. 1-39, 102-122, 123-138, 146-152

CASTORIADIS Cornelius, The imaginary institution of society [L'institution imaginaire de la société, Paris : Éditions du Seuil, 1975], translated by Kathleen Blamey, Cambridge, The MIT Press, 1998

COSGROVE Denis, Geography and Vision. Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World, New York, I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, 2008

GRAHAM Mark, ZOOK Mathew, Augmented realities and uneven geographies: exploring the geolinguistic contours of the web, Environment and Planning A, 2013, Vol. 45, pp. 77-99

HARDIN Garret, The tragedy of the Commons, Science, New Series, Vol. 16, No. 3859 (Dec. 13, 1968), pp. 1243-1248

HARTOG François, Time and Heritage, Museum International, Oxford and Malden (USA), Blackwell Publishing, No. 227 (Vol. 57, No. 3, 2005)

MAGNAGHI Alberto, draft of the Territorialists’ Society Manifesto, Florence, 21st February 2011. Available at the link: 

MINCA Claudio, The cultural geographies of landscapes, Hungarian Geographical Bullettin, 62 (1), 2013, pp. 47-62

SOULIER Eddie, Territory as a Narrative, CS-DC’15 World e-conference, Conference on Complex Systems, Tempe, Arizona, September 28 – October 2, 2015. CCS’15 e-Satellites, September 30 – October 1

PISTOLETTO Michelangelo, Omnitheism and Democracy, Biella, Cittadellarte, 2012. Available at the link:

TUAN Yi-Fu,Sign and Metaphor(s), Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Sep., 1978), pp.363-372

Giusy Checola (San Severo, 1973) is PhD researcher at University Paris VIII Vincennes Saint-Denis (France) and curator of artistic-pluridisciplinary projects mainly focused on the relation between art and public sphere, developed in interaction with cultural geography and geophilosophy. Currently her work focuses on place-making, on artistic intervention in public sphere and its effects in material and immaterial dimensions of the public and the common dimensions. Founder of the platform and archive Archiviazioni (Southern Italy), she has been researcher for editions 2013 and 2015 of International Award for Excellence in Public(USA/China) and mentor for UNIDEE in June 2015. She’s member of the curatorial board of SoutHeritage Foundation of Matera (Italy) and co-director of Maverick Campus (Basilicata region). She’s contributor of Domus magazine.

Selected Projects
Conception and direction with Angelo Bianco of The Maverick Campus. Infrastructure of Artistic and pluridisciplinary Research, Training and Planning (2015-2016), organised by SoutHeritage Foundation for Contemporary Art. Promoted by Basilicata Region / Visioni Urbane Project; Europen Community / FESR Program for the European Territorial Cooperation
Within the frame of Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture (Italy)

Research supporter and curator for the production and the public presentation of This makes no sense, think of yourself, video work by Alaa Abu Asad (Palestine), within the frame of Global Art Programme - Waiting for Expo 2015 (2014). Residency promoted by Artegiovane Milano in collaboration with FARE, Frigoriferi Milanesi and Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan

Author and curator of AIR International Research Program - #1 / Under Construction, residency program research oriented run in Milan and Beirut (2012 – 2013), participants: Leone Contini (artist), Valerio Del Baglivo (curator), Fares Chalabi (philosopher and architect).Promoted by FARE Association in partnership with Frigoriferi Milanesi, 98weeks and Zico House

Founder and director of Archiviazioni. Art and Planning in Public Sphere, generative archive and platform for investigation on art, territory and public sphere, Southern Italy, within the program Lab 12:00 of SoutHeritage Fondation for Contemporary Art, Matera (Italy, since 2009). Activities: archive, residencies, workshops, exhibitions, editorial units, publications

Author and co-curator Elisa Del Prete of PASS Produce Art (as) Social Strategy, multiyear programme of international artstic exchange, research and production (2009 - 2011).Promoted by Nosadella.due (Italy) in partnership with Platform Garanti CAC (Turkey, now SALT); Art Today Association and Art Affair and Document Foundation (Bulgaria); in collaboration with Kunsthalle Athena (Greece). Info:

Project development for Torri Contemporanee (Contemporary Towers), residency program and production of site-specific public art installations in the historical centre of Bologna, organized by Nosadella.due and directed by Elisa Del Prete (2009). Artists: Beatrice Catanzaro (Italy), Søren Lose (Denmark), Andrea Nacciarriti (Italy)

VV.AA, Local Remodeling, Shanghai, Shanghai University, 2014. Vol. I and Volume II. Public art antologies printed on the occasion of the second edition of IAPA International Award for Excellence in Public Art

G.C., Fuori Campo. The extra-territoriality of play, in Dimitrina Sevova (ed.) The Diagrammatic Practices of the Micro-Political – the Spatio-temporal Expression of Play between Power, Knowledge and the Aesthetics of Existence (in progress), Zurich University of the Arts, 2015. Published on the occasion of the namesake seminar run at Zurich University of the Arts from 14 to 16 November 2013, curated by Dimitrina Sevova and Christoph Brunner (in progress)

G.C., Pietro Gaglianò (ed.), A-Journal / issue 0. Art and Planning in Public Sphere, Archiviazioni Publishing, August 2013
Available at the link:

G.C. (ed.), #1/ Under Construction Book, Milan, FARE, 2013. Journal of the namesake residency program run in Milan, Italy, at Frigoriferi Milanesi, and Beirut, Lebanon, at Zico House, on 2012. Info:

G.C., PASS Produce Art (as) Social Strategy, in Elisa Del Prete (dir.), Nosadella.due Journal 2007-2011, Nosadella.due, Bologna (Italy), January 2012. Info:

Texts and exhibition reviews
G.C., Creating Territorialities, Interartive n. 76, September 2015.
Available at the link:

G.C., Eppur si muove, Domus web, published on the 23rd July 2015, available at the link:

G.C., Local remodeling, Domus web, published on the 21st January 2015, available at the link:
G.C., Beyond the End, Domus web, published on the 30th June 2014, available at the link:
G.C., The strange city, Domus web, published on the 18th June 2014, available at the link:
G.C., Knowledge of the world, Domus web, published on the 24th April 2014, available at the link:
G.C., The artistic production of shared places, Domus web, published on the 20th February 2014, available at the link:

Thomas Gilardi (Milan, 1973) studied Geography at Genoa University. His research has focused on both terraced and urban landscape. Since 2003, he is consulting for public and private institutions as a producer of laboratories of geography focussing on environmental and intercultural issues. He is PhD researcher at Milan University and teaches geography in secondary schools.

Further information about the open call (expired on September 13, 2015)
Download the "Creating Territorialities" text by Giusy Checola in PDF format