- 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).
Data and information are everywhere.
In our times, we constantly and ubiquitously generate data and information. The masses of data and information generated by others (people, objects, organizations and algorithms) radically transform our daily lives, the ways in which we work, relate to each other, express emotions, experience places and spaces, consume, do things together.
Seamlessly augmented with information, the physical landscape becomes infoscape (a landscape of information).
The module Ubiquitous Infoscapes combines experiential, theoretical, practice and performance based phases, each continuously flowing into the other.
The experiential sessions, aimed at expanding knowledge and imaginaries, will develop around case studies to unveil the many facets of the Ubiquitous Infoscape, how it radically transforms both our lives and our perception of the world, affecting public, private and intimate spaces, our rights, and our approach to knowledge-sharing, learning, expression and communication. Examples will be drawn from a wide spectrum of international practitioners, including artists, designers, hackers, architects and researchers, with a more in-depth focus on AOS and Human Ecosystems.
The theoretical sessions aim at broadening the understanding of the subject through discussing those issues (social, political, aesthetic, psychological, cognitive, anthropological) highlighted within the experiential sessions. We will explore the production of a number of theoreticians, researchers, writers and other influential figures, trying to discern the narrative(s) of the mutation of human beings in the age of ubiquitous information.
The practice and performance sessions aim at constructing a small – yet meaningful - artistic and creative production inspired by those instances discussed within the previous phases and highlighting one or more elements of the human mutation brought by the continuous emergence of Ubiquitous Infoscapes. In this phase we will create, and express ourselves, through texts, images, software, installation, movement, gestures and curious rituals.
Previous technical knowledge is not required. The artists will provide extensive support (even for writing small pieces of software) across all activities, ensuring active participation of all throughout all sessions. At the end of each day, an “ubiquitous ritual” will allow all participants to express themselves in meaningful ways.
Guided tour to Cittadellarte, including the Pistoletto, Arte Povera collections and temporary exhibitions (curated by Luca Furlan)
Methodologies and technical set-up
The artists present themselves and their philosophy
Experience Session I (examples and interactive experiences, discussion)
Ubiquitous Ritual I
Experience Session II (examples and interactive experiences, discussion)
Theoretical Session I (short readings, screenings and discussing theoretical approaches)
Theoretical Session II (short readings, screenings and discussing theoretical approaches)
Practice & Performance Phase I (brainstorming to define the concept of the production, and its iterative redefinition)
Ubiquitous Ritual II
Theoretical Session III (short readings, screenings and discussing theoretical approaches)
Practice & Performance Session II (introduction to the tools we will use for the creation of the artistic production, and set-up of the projects) afternoon
Practice & Performance Session III (project development and collaboration)
Ubiquitous Ritual III
Documentation (all participants work on assembling the documentation so far)
Practice & Performance Session IV (project development and collaboration)
Practice & Performance Session V (project development and collaboration)
Ubiquitous Ritual IV
Documentation (gathering of all the materials generated in the last P&P sessions for inclusion in the documentation, including video, software, images, concepts etc.)
Performance Ubiquitous Ritual with all the guests coming to the presentation
The mentor will prepare a reader for participants with key texts, some of which will be discussed during the week.
Cultures, communities, roles and emergence: http://human-ecosystems.com/home/relations-in-the-human-ecosystems-cultures-communities-roles-and-emergence/
BIOGRAPHY AND STATEMENT
Created by Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico, AOS - Art is Open Source is an international informal network exploring the mutation of human beings and their society with the wide and ubiquitous accessibility of digital technologies and networks.
“We move across arts and sciences, using technology, communication, performance, art and design, to instantiate emotional actions and processes able to expose the dynamics of our contemporary world. We are interested in cities (and in how they have become infrastructures for ubiquitous flows of data, information, knowledge), bodies (and the ways in which they are being extended with technologies and network connectivity), economies and education (and the ways in which they are being redefned through peer-to-peer models and ubiquitous practices of many different kinds). We turn these observations into designs, artworks, scientifc research and innovative business models.”
Salvatore is Designer, Artist, Robotic Engineer and Philosopher, TED Fellow 2012, Eisenhower Fellow 2013 and Yale World Fellow 2014; Oriana is Communication Scientist, Artist, Writer and Cyber-Ecologist.
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