The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories - a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU

Giusy Checola
'Italia che cambia' and 'Transition Town Biella'
16 Jun / 24 Jun, 2016
Cittadellarte, Biella
According to the Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place and Possession (TIPP) project, a better understanding of the nature of our forms of territorialities could allow us to understand and investigate tensions between the personal, the local and the general that are threatening the sustainability of the European Union.

In continuity with the first TIPP residency at Cittadellarte, run within the frame of UNIDEE 2015 entitled Creating Territorialities, this second residency with the title The Shifting Place aims at investigating the aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transition territorial processes, both in local and transnational, private and common, material and immaterial dimensions.
The Creating Territorialities programme considered territoriality as a possibility of working on the evolution of human life and on the place as a process of co-evolution; on the interrelated transformation of societies and territories; and on the co-presence of the local and the global in our daily life. This is in opposition to the concepts of territorialisation, de-territorialisation and reterritorialization as forms of cultural, social and spatial control that can be actualized exclusively by mankind, in order to transform and dominate the territories.

The concept of locality that the project Understanding Territoriality addresses is that of a “territory we feel most connected to emotionally”, a connection which is “often exploited by Eurosceptic and nationalist arguments but often neglected as a subject for discussion by Europhiles”. At the same time, the renewed and widespread attention to the “local”, as a place that gives life, as origin, as individual and collective heritage, and as a battleground, creates forms of delocalisation and relocalisation of values and imaginary meanings given to places, as well as forms of strengthening or destabilization of forms of expression, narration or representation of the dominant territorial identities.
As well as the discussions held during the Creating Territorialities week residential module, this second week residency module will also establish interactions with locals through their ways of telling stories about “their” own territory, considering people as fundamental tools for revealing some of the evident and hidden, dominant or specific forms and processes of the Biellese territorialities.

Together with the editorial staff of the web newspaper “Italia che cambia” and the “Biellese in Transition” Association, one will explore, experience, investigate and formulate proposals about how artivators could create and activate shifting visions and processes between the paths, the places and the paradoxes raised by practical and theoretical elaboration of issues such as permaculture, resilience, bioregion and transnational social changing, between current forms of border thinking and the necessary self-alteration of local communities, societies and their own territorialities.

The module is articulated in three parts: three days spent around the Biellese mountains, hosted by the "agents of changing", members of the Biellese in transition net; the individual and collective working week at Cittadellarte; and the public presentation of the module's outcomes.

10 artists and professionals from different fields, related to the investigation on forms of territorialities, will be selected via open call to participate to The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories. This second weekly residency, organised by UNIDEE - University of Ideas and taking place in Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, is developed in the frame of Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place & Possession, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and produced in partnership by Fabrica (UK,, Netwerk (Belgium,, Otvorena Soba (Macedonia, and Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy,

For further information, please visit residency programme developed in 2015, Creating Territorialities or the open call TIPP 2015
Report Tipp 2015 understanding territorialities available on 
"Creating Territorialities" text by Giusy Checola in PDF format


Giusy Checola (San Severo, 1973) is PhD researcher at University Paris VIII Vincennes Saint-Denis (France) and curator of artistic-pluridisciplinary projects mainly focused on the relation between art and public sphere, developed in interaction with cultural geography and geophilosophy. Currently her work focuses on place-making, on artistic intervention in public sphere and its effects in material and immaterial dimensions of the public and the common dimensions. Founder of the platform and archive Archiviazioni (Southern Italy), she has been researcher for editions 2013 and 2015 of International Award for Excellence in Public(USA/China) and mentor for UNIDEE in June 2015. She’s member of the curatorial board of SoutHeritage Foundation of Matera (Italy) and co-director of Maverick Campus (Basilicata region). She’s contributor of Domus magazine.

For applications and eligibility criteria please refer to OPEN CALL.