- 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 Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories - a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU
In continuity with the first TIPP residency at Cittadellarte, run within the frame of UNIDEE 2015 entitled Creating Territorialities, this second residency with the title The Shifting Place aims at investigating the aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transition territorial processes, both in local and transnational, private and common, material and immaterial dimensions.
The Creating Territorialities programme considered territoriality as a possibility of working on the evolution of human life and on the place as a process of co-evolution; on the interrelated transformation of societies and territories; and on the co-presence of the local and the global in our daily life. This is in opposition to the concepts of territorialisation, de-territorialisation and reterritorialization as forms of cultural, social and spatial control that can be actualized exclusively by mankind, in order to transform and dominate the territories.
The concept of locality that the project Understanding Territoriality addresses is that of a “territory we feel most connected to emotionally”, a connection which is “often exploited by Eurosceptic and nationalist arguments but often neglected as a subject for discussion by Europhiles”. At the same time, the renewed and widespread attention to the “local”, as a place that gives life, as origin, as individual and collective heritage, and as a battleground, creates forms of delocalisation and relocalisation of values and imaginary meanings given to places, as well as forms of strengthening or destabilization of forms of expression, narration or representation of the dominant territorial identities.
As well as the discussions held during the Creating Territorialities week residential module, this second week residency module will also establish interactions with locals through their ways of telling stories about “their” own territory, considering people as fundamental tools for revealing some of the evident and hidden, dominant or specific forms and processes of the Biellese territorialities.
Together with the editorial staff of the web newspaper “Italia che cambia” and the “Biellese in Transition” Association, one will explore, experience, investigate and formulate proposals about how artivators could create and activate shifting visions and processes between the paths, the places and the paradoxes raised by practical and theoretical elaboration of issues such as permaculture, resilience, bioregion and transnational social changing, between current forms of border thinking and the necessary self-alteration of local communities, societies and their own territorialities.
The module is articulated in three parts: three days spent around the Biellese mountains, hosted by the "agents of changing", members of the Biellese in transition net; the individual and collective working week at Cittadellarte; and the public presentation of the module's outcomes.
10 artists and professionals from different fields, related to the investigation on forms of territorialities, will be selected via open call to participate to The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories. This second weekly residency, organised by UNIDEE - University of Ideas and taking place in Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, is developed 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, http://fabrica.org.uk), Netwerk (Belgium, www.netwerk-art.be/en), Otvorena Soba (Macedonia, www.publicroom.org) and Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy, www.cittadellarte.it).
For further information, please visit residency programme developed in 2015, Creating Territorialities or the open call TIPP 2015
Report Tipp 2015 understanding territorialities available on https://understandingterritoriality.wordpress.com/
"Creating Territorialities" text by Giusy Checola in PDF format
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.
For applications and eligibility criteria please refer to OPEN CALL.