“CLIMAVORE: Losing Cultures” | open call & selected residents

Cooking Sections
26 Nov / 29 Nov, 2019
Cittadellarte, Biella

Athanasopoulos Orestis (1990, Greek / France)
Comfort Julie (1979, USA / Germany)
Larkins Annie (1991, UK)
Medina Alejandro (1995, Guatemala / France)
Peyrolo Federica (1989, Italy)
Tioli Caterina (1996, Italy / Netherlands)
Uludag Asli (1990, Turkey / UK)
Zlatina Tina (1977, Bulgaria)

ONE PRODUCTION PRIZE worth € 3.000,00    


To celebrate twenty years of collaboration between illycaffè S.p.A. and UNIDEE-University of Ideas, Cittadellarte presents CLIMAVORE: Losing Cultures by Cooking Sections, a workshop dedicated to artists, architects and designers to investigate new forms of production and consumption in times of climate crisis.

The eight selected participants will take part to a graphic competition to win the Production Prize worth € 3.000,00 for the research and the production of the project initially submitted in the application form.

This residency module is supported by illycaffè S.p.A.


Module Outline

What do you eat in a period of drought? How do you water without water? How did fish turn from a valuable food source into a source of pollution? These and other questions will be addressed in Cooking Sections workshop structured around the cross-disciplinary framework of CLIMAVORE. Different from omnivore, carnivore, vegetarian or vegan, CLIMAVORE uses diets as forms of infrastructure to explore how to eat as humans change climate. This implies finding new ways to adapt our food production and consumption patterns, as well as our cultural imaginaries, to increasingly evident man-induced environmental transformations.   Using the case of the Piemonte region, the workshop will revolve around how climatic changes are challenging the correlation between “origin” and “quality” across Europe. The complex system of PDO (protected designation of origin) labels and certifications that regulates it dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when a series of ecological crises in French vineyards accelerated the colonial project in Algeria. These entanglements around eco-territorial control and political power struggles are once again at the forefront today, as changing temperatures are eroding and reshaping borders anew, modifying ecological associations, flavours, seasons and vocabulary used to describe products coming from those shifting landscapes. Local grape variety Nebbiolo to make “the wine of the fog” in Piemonte, for instance, refers to a harvest that used to take place in foggy November, but the harvest is now sometimes taking place weeks before the fog arrives.

Throughout different discussions on socially-engaged practices, short exercises, site visits, and a series of outdoor walks, participants will advance other ways of mapping, sensing and supporting human and more-than-human interactions.


You are eligible to apply if (all conditions below must be met):
• You are a creative professional (visual artist, designer, architect, curator, writer, researcher, etc.) active anywhere in the world;
• You have not previously received any grants from illycaffè S.p.A.;
• You have a fluent knowledge of the English language.     


A joint jury, composed of Carlo Bach (Artistic Director, illycaffè S.p.A.), Cooking Sections (mentor, CLIMAVORE: Losing Cultures), Juan Sandoval (Director, UNIDEE and Art Office, Cittadellarte), Valerio Del Baglivo (Visiting Curator of UNIDEE, Cittadellarte) and Paolo Naldini (General Director, Cittadellarte), will operate the selection of n. 8 participants.

The selection will be based on artistic merit and the consistency of the candidates' practice with the aims of CLIMAVORE: Losing Cultures and UNIDEE.

What is included in the residency GRANT?
• Participation to the residential module CLIMAVORE: Losing Cultures mentored by Cooking Sections;
• Full board;
• Accommodation (single room, shared bathroom facilities – for 4 nights);
• Medical Insurance (accidents only);
• Use of a shared studio space and workshop facilities.

All costs for travels and Visa are intended at the sole expenses of the selected participants.

Selected participants are expected to be in Biella from Monday, 25th Nov. to Saturday 30th, Nov 2019.

The five selected participants are expected to participate to a final competition delivering a graphic artwork for illycaffè S.p.A. (after their attendance to CLIMAVORE: Losing Cultures).
The participant submitting the best graphic artwork will be awarded of the Production Prize worth € 3.000,00. Participants will be informed about all the specifics related to the graphic artwork after the workshop.


The application period for partaking in CLIMAVORE: Losing Cultures (26th - 29th November 2019) starts on 28th October 2019.

The deadline for submitting your application is Monday, 11th November, 2019, 11 pm CET

Final results will be published on the UNIDEE's website as well as on the UNIDEE's social media pages by 18th November 2019.

Please, note that only selected participants will be contacted when the selection process is over.


Applicants must submit their application by email to: unidee@cittadellarte.it stating: “UNIDEE/illy 2019 (your name)” as a subject line.
Please remember: only up to 8 MB per email.

Applicants must attach the following documents (up to 8 MB in total):
1. the application form (download here)
2. a selected portfolio (max 3 projects, one single PDF, max 6 MB)
3. Curriculum Vitae (PDF file)

Please also use Wetransfer to send the application form upload services.
Be careful with links' expiry dates!
All material must be labelled with surname followed by an underscore in the file name.

Only digital submissions are accepted. 





Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organise the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Since 2015, they are working on multiple iterations of the long-term site-specific CLIMAVORE project exploring how to eat as humans change climates. In 2016 they opened The Empire Remains Shop, a platform to critically speculate on implications of selling the remains of Empire today. Their first book about the project was published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at the 13th Sharjah Biennial; Manifesta12, Palermo; Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; Serpentine Galleries, London; Atlas Arts, Skye; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection; HKW Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale; Brussels ParckDesign; and have been residents in The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London. Their work has been featured in a number of international publications (Lars Müller, Sternberg Press, Volume, Frieze Magazine amongst others). They currently lead a studio unit at the Royal College of Art, London. They have recently been awarded the Special Prize at the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize and are nominated for the Visible Award