- 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).
Residency programmes for international artists at Cittadellarte - Fall 2016
From September to November 2016 the artists Kirsten Farrell and Raneem Turjman have been living and working in Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, thanks to Resò Network (Crt Fondazione per l'Arte- Piedmont) and QATTAN A.M. Foundation (Palestine), attending UNIDEE - University of Ideas weekly modules, while creating and producing their artworks.
They were asked to deal with the main topics of the 2016 UNIDEE programme: research, gift and alteration.
The residencies were conceived and designed according to UNIDEE’s methodology, which combines practice with theory, through workshops, seminars and a series of meetings, studio visits and trips tailored to the interests of each artist.
They presented their research on the 9th November 2016.
The residents are assisted in the research and production of artworks by the Education Office (Cecilia Guida, Giulia Crisci and Roberta Bernasconi) and by Art Office (Juan Esteban Sandoval).
UNIDEE-University of Ideas, ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE OPEN STUDIOS
9th November 2016, 5.00 pm, at Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto
Kirsten Farrell (Australia, 1971), RESO' NETWORK – founded by Crt per l'Arte in collaboration with CCAS, Contemporary Art Space, Canberra.
She is a visual artist and art teacher.
During her residency Farrell was interested in reflecting on plastic as a simultaneously dangerous and precious material at the same time. It is the starting point for future research on everyday life materials, on waste and its possibilities for reuse, on manual labour as a way to evaluate a place, on the ambiguity of making art.
Farrell worked in empathy with the context of the building, with the support of n.o.v.a civitas Architecture Office of Cittadellarte, exploring the dimension of encounters with people during the residency.
Raneem Turjman (Jerusalem, 1987), UNIDEE residency in collaboration with QATTAN A.M. Foundation (Palestine).
She is a visual artist and filmmaker.
At Cittadellarte Turjman worked on the idea of a distorted self-portrait, starting from her feelings during the residency, looking into the transformative state she found herself in: be it artist, traveller, tourist, or documentarian. She situated herself in different times and spaces and attempt to make sense of the identity changes in each sphere. She worked on a short video, gathering together her own visions of the place along with others' perception of herself.