- 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 Subtle Urgencies
The two-week experience which will involve Cittadellarte in Biella and Art House in Shkodër aims at investigating the dimension of urgency in research and artistic expression.
The artistic language, like any codified language, can get into the rhythm of a sterile and manneristic inertia. Ways of thinking and modes of expression can adapt to a basic conformism, despite the rhetoric of the surface dressed in antagonism recalls.
Rediscovering the dimension of urgency means questioning the adapting of the formulas of thought and expression and investigating the deep motivations that start a creative action. The urgencies that push towards the articulation of a different thought can only be intimate and deep, but at the same time they do not belong exclusively to the individual subject.
How to tune into and feel the call of the urgencies, at the same time intimate and collective, of the urgencies of the language itself and look for possible answers?
How to stay alert to the subtle signals that remind a form and encourage us towards an action beyond any default position?
Two weeks are not enough to exhaust these questions, but it is a period in which we can share ideas, suggestions, experiences, and actions that attempt to call into question the habits to investigate the subtle urgencies of making art.
PART 1: CITTADELLARTE, BIELLA
16th / 20th October, 2017
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.
“The Subtle Urgencies”: introduction to the main topics of the module by the mentor.
Group presentation. Each participant is invited to present himself and his own artistic practice.
Mentor’s presentation about his artistic research.
Video screenings (F. Alys, A. Sala, M. Bajevic and others).
Meeting with Zef Paci, about the “urgency of photographic gaze”.
Discussion on ideas and proposals of work by the participants.
Sharing of readings and screenings proposed by the participants.
Discussion on ideas and proposals of works by the participants.
21st / 22nd October, 2017
Departure from Cittadellarte and trip to Shkodër by plane or car.
Welcome at Art House.
PART 2: ART HOUSE, SHKODER
23th / 27th October, 2017
Presentation of the project Art House (space, programme and activities) by the mentor. Presentation of the module's activities for the week.
Meeting and discussion about ideas of works.
Visit to the “Marubi National Museum of Photography”.
Meeting with a group of Albanian artists.
Individual time for research.
Individual time for research.
Meetings with Leonardo Caffo.
Visit to the lake of Shkodër.
Collective discussion about projects and proposals.
The participants are invited to bring and share readings, texts, artists’ videos, films and interviews to watch together and related to the topics of the module.
Adrian Paci was born in 1969 in Shkodër, Albania. He studied painting at the Academy of Art of Tirana. In 1997 he moved to Milan where he lives and works. Throughout his career he held numerous solo shows in various international institutions. Amongst the last group shows Paci’s work has been featured in the International Architecture Exhibition at "La Biennale di Venezia" (2014); the "International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia" (1999 and 2005); in the "15th Biennale of Sydney" (2006). His works are shown in numerous public and private collections.
A consistent part of his artistic research is dedicated to his homeland. In his work, Paci explores the boundaries between the personal and the political as well as the identities and rituals that are forged along those borders.
Adrian Paci teaches painting at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti NABA, Milan. He has been a teaching art classes at Accademia Carrara di Belle Ari Bergamo, 2002-2006, IUAV, Venice 2003-2015 and has been giving lectures and workshops in many universities, art academies and institutions in different countries.
In 2015 Paci founded Art House, bringing to his home town, Shkodër, the contribution of international personalities of the arts and culture.
Leonardo Caffo, PhD, is Adjunct Professor of Ontology and Design at Politecnico di Torino and Post-doctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Turin (Prima Spes Scholarship), where he is also former member of the LabOnt (Laboratory for Ontology) and founder of Labont|Arch. He has been Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and visiting scholar of Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). He has also been Chief of Seminar (Animal Philosophy) with DAAD Program at the University of Kassel and visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano. He is a columnist for Huffington Post and Corriere della Sera, Editor of Rivista di Estetica and Ardeth: Architectural Design Theory; he is also Co-director of Animot: l’altra filosofia. He was the founder and past-director of Animal Studies and the Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Jr and he is also the coordinator of research group “Waiting Posthuman Studio”. Leonardo Caffo has worked in the field of social ontology and realism, human animal studies and posthumanism (is also invited member of EACAS), effective altruism, future studies and philosophy of anarchism and architecture. Attaching is name to the theory of “antispecismo debole” (weak antispeciesism); he won the “Premio Nazionale Frascati Filosofia” (2015). His latest books: An art for the Other (Lantern, New York 2015), A come Animale (Bompiani, Milano 2015), La vita di ogni giorno (Einaudi, Torino 2016).
Zef Paci is graduated in Painting from High Institute of Arts in Tirana and has obtained PhDdegree from Center of Albanological Studies, Tirana at the Institute of Studies of Anthropology and Art in the field of the photography.
From 2009-2012, he was the curator of the annual prize “Ardhje” organized by T. I. C. A. (Tirana International Contemporary Art).
In 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015 he was the curator of the “Idromeno” exhibition, a national prize for the young artists organized by the Gallery of Art of Shkodër.
He curated solo exhibitions of some known Albanian Artists and also some national and international artistic exhibitions: “The unrevealed drawings of Edi Hila”, 2005; “Mean time”, 2009, “Year ‘11”, 2011 at Zeta Gallery; “Franc Ashiku, a title for a creativity”(postum) at Zeta Gallery, Tirana, 2009; “What happened to the general?” at the Gallery fo the Academy of Fine Arts (FAP), Tirana. In 2016, he was the curator of the permanent exhibition of “Marubi National Museum of Photography”.
He is author of some monographies, catalogues and publications on art, image and most on photography: Marubi, photography as ritual (2012); MARUBI: The moving lens of an archive, Publication of National Galery of Kosovo (2014); The History of European Photography 1939-1969 II, (albanian photography) bashkautor (Central Europian House of Photography 2014 www.sedf.sk). Since 1999 he is professor of History of Art and Photography at the University of Fine Arts in Tirana.
The residency fee includes accomodation, full board and Arci's Annual Pass Membership.
Travel expenses related to the trip to Shkodër to be covered by the participants.