- 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).
Which language will I speak to you? Collective voice after the end of protest
Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. We've understood that attracting millions of people to the streets no longer guarantees the success of a protest. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance.
Right now, activism needs fundamental reorientation in terms of language and tools. We have to re-imagine the script, the storyline and the ways of thinking about activism, social change and protest. The standard forms of protest have become part of the standard pattern and the key is to constantly innovate the way we protest and address social claims and propositions because otherwise it is as if protest is part of the script.
Starting from these assumptions the workshop is a shared moment of research and practices on strategies of taking and giving voice in the public and political sphere, starting from some urgent questions in the construction (as linguistic agent) of a collective consciousness.
Which theoretical frame do we need to preserve as root in a new process of creation of a shared language of mobilization? And how to use it?
How we can formalize a language that has a capacity to be effective and “popular” without loosing the complexity inherent in the global context?
How can we interfere in the visual and linguistic strategies that take place on a daily basis in the media sphere?
Can the creation of a fictional state be used as a transformation engine?
How can the artist and the artistic approach be relevant in the co-construction of such a language?
To address these issues we will work through theoretical and practical sessions which will feature lectures, discussions, writing and exercises. The module participants are also invited to consider the task of collective writing and performing.
Guided tour to Cittadellarte (Curated by Elena Rosina), including the Pistoletto, Arte Povera collections and temporary exhibitions.
Introduction to the Theorem of Trinamics, the symbol of the Third Paradise and the concept of Demopraxy.
Presentation of the mentor and the module.
Voice exercise: body resonance, collective voice and democratic conduction.
Sharing linguistic roots: E. Canetti, Crowds and Power (1960). Performative reading and discussion.
The Legislative Theatre (1998) by Augusto Boal: practical exercises and applications.
Brainstorming, keywords, collective discussion.
The individual and the collective voice. The greek choir and examples of contemporary artistic experiences in political chorality.
Voice and body exercise.
Sharing linguistic roots: propositions by the group.
A day with the guest Daniel Blanga Gubbay.
The problem of neutralisation of protest. An analysis of the 2011-2012 movement through a reading of The Suspension of Historical Time (1969) by Furio Jesi and Public sphere by performance (2015) by B. Cvejic & A.Vujanovic.
What Guy Debord can teach us about protest? How score and fiction can be effective strategies of transformation of the real?
Analysis of visual tools and group dynamics in the historical and recent protest.
Exercises: Newspaper theatre. From the mask of protest to the mask of resonance.
Sharing linguistic roots: exercise of writing and preparation of a rithmic score. Performing the prepared political score.
Individual work: projects of a political action in the public space.
Final discussion and presentation of the works/ texts/ documents / actions produced during the workshop sessions.
The mentor will prepare a reader for participants with key texts some of which will be discussed during the week.
• A. Boal, The Legislative Theatre, Routledge, 1998
• A. Boal, Games for actors and non actors, Routledge, 2002
• E. Canetti, Crowds and Power, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984
• B. Cvejic & A.Vujanovic, Public Sphere by Performance, TkH, 2012
• G. Debord, International Situationist Manifesto, 1960
• F. Jesi, The Suspension of Historical Time, Hatje Cantz, 1969
• E. Laclau, On Populist Reason, Verso Book, 2007
• M. White, The End of Protest, Penguin Random House of Canada, 2016
Luigi Coppola is an Italian artist who works within the fields of performance, video and public art projects. Through his research he develops social choreographies as democratic models, partecipative and collaborative practices, politically motivated actions, bringing to front a notion of art practice as mise en forme of political, economic, social issues and claims. He is currently involved in a project aiming at the common reorganization of the political, agricultural and economic systems of a entire village in the south of Italy and in long term projects on “political chorality” in different places in Europe.
He created projects, performances, projects and exhibitions in different international contexts such as 1st Democracy Biennale, Turin; Nomas Foundation, Rome; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome; Wiener Festwochen, Vienna; Maxxi Museum, Rome; Extra City, Antwerpen; Madre Museum, Naples; New Langton Art, San Francisco; Galleria Lungomare (in the frame of “Manifesta 7” and Lungomare Gasthaus), Bolzano; Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo di Romagna; Wunder der Prärie, Mannheim; Fabbrica Europa Festival, Florence.
He was with Michelangelo Pistoletto joint artistic curator of the “Urban Art Biennale” in Bordeaux (FR) and was part of the knowledge circle “Art in Society” directed by Pascal Gielen at the Fontys University (NL).
Links on Luigi Coppola projects
• Luigi Coppola blog: luiscoppola.blogspot.com
• Casa delle Agriculture (Lecce): https://casadelleagriculture.wordpress.com/
• A- Head project: http://iointesta.tumblr.com/
• Biennale of urban art Bordeaux: http://evento2011.com/en
• Democratic Acts project: www.attidemocratici.org
Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (1982) is a Brussels-based researcher in political philosophy of the arts. After graduating in philosophy from the Venice University of Architecture with Giorgio Agamben, and while working with him, he got a European Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, jointly run by the University of Palermo, Valencia and Freie Unversität Berlin. He was the creator of the artistic project Pathosformel (2007-2014) and got a post-doc at the Heinrich Heine Universität in Düsseldorf, within a project on the use of the concept of possible in art and politics. He is current professor at Académie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels and collaborates with the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and LiveWorks. He is the founder of Aleppo (www.aleppo.eu), a space for researches in political philosophy in collaboration with art institutions.
The residency fee includes accomodation and half-board.