Art at the Centre 2021
of a responsible social transformation
Arte al Centro – Art at the Centre is a review, now in its twenty-third edition this year, of exhibitions, meetings and seminars that describe artistic practices of transformation of the social contexts in which they develop, created by Cittadellarte and by its international network, consolidated over the years.
The review includes new exhibitions intended as activity devices open to the collaboration of different subjects as well as to the active fruition use by visitors.
Art at the Centre joins this year with Città Arcipelago – creatività e sostenibilità in Festival (www.cittarcipelago.it) and puts art at the center of Biella and of the Biellese, declining the Unesco designation on the route that the symbol of the Third Paradise indicates: creativity and responsibility.
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Exhibitions now open:
BIELLA CITTÀ ARCIPELAGO
Sostenibilità e creatività in atto nel Biellese (Sustainability and creativity in progress in the Biellese area)
With the support of Fondazione BIellezza e Fondazione CRT Foundation, in conjunction with local institutions, as part of the initiatives relating to Biella Unesco Creative City.
Exhibition and research project curated by Cittadellarte, Art Office and Politics Office (coord. Paolo Naldini, collab. Elisa Gilardino, Andrea Trivero)
Exhibition design: Fabrizio Lava in collaboration with Juan Sandoval
Technical – scientific contribution:
Atelier Urban Design D, managed by Prof. M. Cerruti But and D. Ciaffi of the Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Architecture for Sustainable Design of Politecnico di Torino; Master in Design, Creatività e Pratiche Sociali del Politecnico di Milano managed by POLI.design and Accademia Unidee; Provincia di Biella – Sistema Informativo Territoriale Ambientale.
Map design consultant: Sebastian von Stosch
Scientific advice: Fabio Porta
The mapping was carried out with the collaboration of the Biellese youth associations:
Leo Club Biella, BI young, Consulta Provinciale Studentesca, La Fenice, Biella Siamo Noi, Fridays For Future, Better Places.
CNA, Confcooperative, Legacoop, Ascom, Confesercenti, Confartigianato, Unione Industriale Biellese, CTV Biella, Casa Editrice Emons Italia, Libreria Ieri e Oggi, Tipografia Botalla, Associazione Ël Sol ëd J’Alp, E20Progetti.
A Territorial Laboratory Exhibition that recounts a year of mapping that seven youth associations, led by Cittadellarte, carried out during the pandemic and the lockdown. More than 100 case studies, subjects active on one or more goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, tell of a vision of the Biella area as an “archipelago of good practices and vitality”, from the textile sector to hospitality and tourism, from the agri-food chain to the management of waste and resources, common goods such as water and energy, from training to mobility. The Biella Città Arcipelago Laboratory and Exhibition is an open space for citizen participation: organizations from every sector are invited to propose themselves to join not only in the exhibition, but also in the program currently being defined that will follow, consisting of thematic meetings, on the various sectors, in collaboration with the various Tables already active in the Biella area, aimed at defining and implementing concrete actions towards “sustainable prosperity”.
The Biella Città Arcipelago Exhibition Laboratory is developed in synergy with Fondazione BIellezza and in conjunction with the local Institutions.
The Universario which occupies the entire space of the Sala Colonne in Cittadellarte, in which the classrooms of the Accademia di Belle Arti Unidee are integrated, is dedicated to the formula of the Trinamics.
The title of the Accademia di Belle Arti Unidee comes from a long activity started in 1998, with Unidee-University of Ideas. The term “University” was intended as “universality”. Now it is
space that houses the Academy takes the name Universario, and is totally dedicated to creation as a universal phenomenon. In the spaces of the Universe there are the processes that lead to formula of creation. This place is dedicated not only to the training of students but also to that of the society, starting with the visitors.
Going through the Universario is like visiting a scientific research center totally focused on art, where the most advanced discoveries leading to the formula of creation are shown. The research and discovery processes are presented in the spaces and through a multimedia table designed and created by the CNR (National Research Center).
CIRCULART 2021 – ARTE INTESSUTA NELLA FILIERA (ART WOVEN IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN)
Artistic project developed and produced by Cittadellarte
Artists: Silvia Giovanardi, Ryts Monet, Giulia Pellegrini, Marcello Pipitone.
Companies: Cotonificio Albini Spa., Eurojersey Spa, Flainox srl, Filatura Astro srl, Lanificio F.lli Cerruti, Lenzing Group, Milior sas, Officina +39, Ribbontex srl, Taroni Spa, Tessuti di Sondrio, Tintoria Emiliana, Vimar 1991.
A project bringing together companies, artists and fashion designers, in a co-creation space dedicated to inspiring change in a responsible sense. The research of the four artists / fashion designers involved is confronted with the different sectors that make up the textile supply chain, working with organizations that have chosen to embrace the idea of sustainability and to develop their business in an innovative and forward-looking way. The public will therefore be able to observe the textile production processes through unexpected lenses, generating new attitudes towards the products we buy.
Three-channel video installation by Laura Pugno
Winner of the 9th edition of Italian Council (2020), the international promotion program of the Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea del Ministero della Cultura.
Over Time is a three-channel video work that investigates the relationship between human beings and the natural environment, which has always been at the center of Laura Pugno’s research, through a gaze on snow, a material that is both powerful and vulnerable, which conditions climates and systems of life. and economies. Over Time develops the investigation on snow undertaken by the artist since2018 and conducted through the different languages of drawing, sculpture, photography, installation and in a cycle of works on paper dedicated to Wilson Bentley, the photographer who was the first to photograph snowflakes at the end of the nineteenth century, representing in form of image the fascination exerted by the uniqueness of those “tiny miracles of beauty” falling from the sky.
Work by Enrica Borghi
In collaboration with Dipartimento Educazione GAM, ITS TAM Istituto Tecnico Superiore per le nuove tecnologie e il Made in Italy Tessile Abbigliamento Moda di Biella, Banca del Tempo IV Circoscrizione.
A big yurt, a place of rest but also of meeting, exchange, conversation, debate on issues related to the circular economy, the environment and the problems of disposing of plastic materials.
CERVO PROJECT ROOM
Artists: Annalisa Zegna and aaron inker
The Cervo project room presents a series of researches conducted in the last year by the artists Annalisa Zegna and aaron inker on the Cervo river as a focal element of the development of the Biella area, through a reflection on ecology, on the relationship with the environment and on the relationships between human and non-human.
OPEN STUDIO CORPI IN PIENA
Artist: Matteo Marchesi
With the mentorship of Federica Tardito and in collaboration with Annalisa Zegna.
Presentation of the research residence and workshop born from the collaboration between Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Spazio Hydro, developed within “Fluviale. Arte, ambiente e ricerca sociale”, a multidisciplinary program dedicated to the Cervo river, the territory and its inhabitants.
PERMANENT EXHIBITION OF MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO’S WORKS
In Pistoletto’s permanent exhibition, the space of the Mirror Paintings is totally dedicated to the most recent mirror works, from 2019 to 2021.
To present these works and stimulate the visitor’s interest, a poem is proposed:
“Una pietra sopra una pietra”
Ho messo una pietra sopra/
ad ogni muro che ho lasciato/
se devo costruire una pietra è il mio passato/
una pietra sopra una pietra/
Ho aperto un varco nel muro/
per guardare il futuro/
il futuro è una pietra da spostare domani/
una pietra sopra una pietra
Ruggero Poi, 2013
“A stone upon a stone”
I put a stone on /
every wall I have left /
if I have to build a stone is my past /
a stone upon a stone /
I have broken through the wall /
to look to the future /
the future is a stone to move tomorrow /
a stone upon a stone
Ruggero Poi, 2013
ARTE DELL’EQUILIBRIO / PANDEMOPRAXIA, THE EXHIBITION
1 call, 100 authors, 2 special interviews with Michelangelo Pistoletto and Carlo Ratti, and an “almost manifesto” written at the time of the Coronavirus by Paolo Naldini.
A year-long adventure that in the midst of the pandemic seeks, investigates and proposes possible alternative futures in the post-coronavirus.
Curated by Francesco Saverio Teruzzi and Luca Deias, the story presented through the images, the videos and the incipits, of a column in the Journal of Cittadellarte which saw different protagonists: ambassadors of the Third Paradise, architects, artists, actors, singers , chefs, designers, teachers, members of institutions, politicians, professionals from the world of art and fashion, students, etc.
ALICE OLTRE IL LOCKDOWN
Artistic project curated by Alberto Fontanella and Damiano Andreotti, psychological research by Arabella Debernardi
In collaboration with the corso Professionale per i Servizi per la Sanità e l’Assistenza Sociale of Istituto Bona
THE MAN OF THE TREES – L’HOMME DES ARBRES – L’UOMO DEGLI ALBERI
a film by Andrea Trivero
The documentary (20 minutes), dedicated to Daniel Balima – an elderly farmer from Tenkodogo (Burkina Faso) – and his dream of planting a million trees over the course of his life, has been selected in over 100 festivals, screened in more than 20 nations and has received over 25 awards all over the world: this is the first screening ever in Biella.
1901-2021 LA CAMERA DEL LAVORO DI BIELLA DA 120 ANNI CON I LAVORATORI
Exhibition curated by: Luigi Spina (scientific direction), Simonetta Vella, Brunello Livorno, Lorenzo Boffa Sandalina, Daniele Mason (texts and iconographic research), Pier Giorgio Clerici (video editing), E20progetti (setting up)