UNIDEE NOTEBOOKS 2017 | n. 13

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UNIDEE - University of Ideas

UNIDEE NOTEBOOKS 2017 | n. 13

Residency programme for international artists. UNIDEE - University of Ideas 2014 - 2017


Cittadellarte Edizioni, 2018 ISBN: 978-88-98698-16-5 This booklet is part of the series of publications “UNIDEE NOTEBOOKS” Curated and designed by Annalisa Zegna Under the supervision of Cecilia Guida Translations: Elena Pasquali

Cover image. Credits: UNIDEE.


UNIDEE - University of Ideas

UNIDEE NOTEBOOKS 2017 | n. 13 Residency programme for international artists. UNIDEE - University of Ideas 2014 - 2017 artists: Sergey Kantsedal Vitalii Kokhan Ivan Svitlychnyi Santiago Reyes Villaveces Mariangela Aponte Juhikadevi Bhanjdeo Rebecca Blocksome Aya Kirresh Muhammad Taymour Sarasija Subramanian Luz Nadina Zapata Katie Lee Kirsten Farrell Raneem Turjmann Erick GonzalĂŠz LĂŠon Murari Jha Griet Dobbels Noor Abed Vanessa Sandoval Alina Yakubenko Oleksiy Sai

Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella


RESIDENCIES

Cittadellarte’s residency programme for international artists is organised in collaboration with institutional partners, e.g. RESÒ – International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs (Piedmont, Italy), A.M. Qattan Foundation (Palestine), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (India), 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. All the residencies were conceived and designed according to UNIDEE’s method, which combines practice with theory, through workshops and seminars. A flexible programme encompassing a series of debates, meetings with curators, artists and social entrepreneurs, experts’ studio visits, conferences with guests, visits to exhibitions and places relevant to the themes discussed, etc., which have accompanied us along this residential journey. In terms of production, the residency aims at facilitating the creation of new projects for exhibitions, events, public debates, publications, etc.



2014

Sergey Kantsedal Vitalii Kokhan Ivan Svitlychnyi Santiago Reyes Villaveces

The artists have been hosted at Cittadellarte thanks to RESĂ’ - International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs (Piedmont, Italy). In 2014, the first edition of RESĂ’ Lab took place in collaboration with BIRUCHIY Contemporary Art Project (Ukraine). It started as a three-week residency format to foster research processes in the local areas by international artists.



SERGEY KANTSEDAL

VITALII KOKHAN

RESÒ Lab IN residency at Cittadellarte, November 2014.

RESÒ Lab IN residency at Cittadellarte, November 2014.

Sergey Kantsedal (1989, Karkhov, Ukraine) is a curator and author of texts about contemporary art. He lives and works in Kiev and Turin. In 2012 he graduated from Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts (KSADA) specialising in “Theory and history of arts”, his graduation project topic was “Ukrainian actual art of the 2000’s”. During his education he participated in conferences with reports on the topic of the project and carried out several projects at the exhibition facilities of the academy. He curated different exhibitions of Ukrainian contemporary artists at the “Sinergy” gallery (Rome), the Attack Festival (Foligno) and the contemporary art centre “YermilovCentre” (Kharkov). He curated with Natalia Matsenko “Biruchiy 2013” and “Biruchiy 2014”. In 2013 he was an assistant at the Saatchi gallery (London). In 2014 he took part in the Moscow Summer Curatorial School and won a grant to participate in the residency for young artists and curators manUfatto in SitU 8, organized by association VIAINDUSTRIAE.

Vitalii Kokhan (1987, Sumy, Ukraine) is a visual artist, painter, graphic designer, author of objects, installations and performances, landartist. He lives and works in Kharkov. From 2002 to 2006, he studied at the Sumy School of Arts and Culture. In 2012, he graduated from the Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts, specializing in “Monumental painting”. He is a regular participant in the Land Art Project «Space of Frontier» (Mogritsa village, Ukraine) and the Art Festival “ArtPole” (Ukraine). In 2013 and 2014 he was artist in residency at the Contemporary Art Project Biruchiy (Biruchiy island, Ukraine). In 2013 he participated in the residency programme K.A.I.R. (Kosice, Slovakia). In 2012 he won the prize for young artists organized by the Steadley Art Foundation.


IVAN SVITLYCHNYI RESÒ Lab IN residency at Cittadellarte, November 2014. Ivan Svitlychnyi (1988, Kharkov, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian sculptor, author of objects and installations. He lives and works in Kharkov and Kiev. He graduated at the Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts (KSADA), specializing in “Easel and monumental sculpture”. He studied with the famous Ukrainian nonconformist artist Vitaliy Kulikov. In 2009, his work “The factory premises” won an award for innovation in sculpture. In 2010, he became founder and curator of the artistic self-organization “01011101”, and the curator of the exhibition centre “TEC” (Kharkov). In 2011 and 2013 he was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize awarded by the Centre of Contemporary Art PinchukArtCentre (Kiev). In 2014 he made a personal project at the Centre of Contemporary Art PinchukArtCentre.


Final presentation and discussion: Indemonstrable In primo luogo, Turin, 20th November 2014. in collaboration with BIRUCHIY Contemporary Art Project (Ukraine) “This exhibition, set up in the internal courtyard of the ‘In primo luogo’ space in Turin, doesn’t claim to be a definitive project. It is rather the presentation of a process of reflection on our three-week residency at Cittadellarte in Biella, too short a period to develop a precise artistic project, but sufficiently long to make us aware of our desire to convey and share our experience through the languages of art.” Text by Sergey Kantsedal.



SANTIAGO REYES VILLAVECES RESÒ IN residency at Cittadellarte, September - October 2014. Santiago Reyes Villaveces (Colombia, 1986) is a visual artist, he lives and works in Bogotà, Colombia. His work responds to an inquiry, obsession, fascination, and pleasure for the structures, assemblages and dynamics drawing attention to the state of transitivity and precariousness that appeal to a state of temporal indetermination. The works – installations, sculptures, drawings and photographs – are characterized by notions of scale, volume, weight, gravity, surface, pressure, contention, resistance, verticality, horizontality, limit and depth, creating an intimate relation with the space, the architecture, the spectator’s body and the temporality of the exhibition and the pieces. His practice transforms, determines, modifies, and interferes with the physical space in which he operates as well as the social, political, economic and historical space he inhabits and the possible modes of production, exhibition and circulation. www.subsumption.org/ www.santiago­reyes.com


Final exhibition: Traino, Cavallerizza Reale, Turin, 4th December 2014. The theatre at the Cavallerizza Reale ceased its operations seven years ago. Today, it is occupied by a citizens´ assembly, organized to protect the 18th Century building from sale to private buyers. For the installation, 192 wires hold the individual seats in the theatre and meet in a single point across the hall, centre stage. A wooden beam is set against what used to be the gate of the stable, suspended only by its own resistance and the tension of the wires as they pull it against the edges of the gate towards the seating area. Resembling a projection plane, the wires stretching from the seating towards a single vanishing point located in the middle of the beam, Traino is an installation consisting of a clash of forces, tensions and perspectives. Text by Cecilia Guida. Photos: Paolo Pellion.




2015

Mariangela Aponte Juhikadevi Bhanjdeo Rebecca Blocksome Aya Kirresh Muhammad Taymour

From September to November 2015 a group of five artists have been living and working in a common space of Cittadellarte, attending UNIDEE - University of Ideas weekly modules, while creating and producing their artworks. They were asked to deal with the main topics of the 2015 UNIDEE programme: temporality, responsibility and participation. They presented their research and ongoing projects during the Open Studio, on 28th October 2015. The artists were hosted at Cittadellarte thanks to the following institutions or programmes: A.M. Qattan Foundation, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and RESĂ’ International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs. The residents have been assisted in the research and production of artworks by the UNIDEE team (Cecilia Guida, Giulia Crisci and Roberta Bernasconi) and by the Art Office (Juan Esteban Sandoval).



AYA KIRRESH A.M. Qattan Foundation grant, residency at Cittadellarte, October - November 2015. Aya Kirresh (Palestine, 1989) is an architect and visual artist. She is creating a threefold (ad)venture to perceive space, events and the public through memory, isolation and the creation of hubs. She usually takes on the responsibility of exploring, experimenting and networking with the community, local materials, landscape, architecture, and urban life. In the course of the residency, her work started as a recollection of sites in Biella that in a way formed a certain image of the urban fabric and life of the City, and became a collection of found objects and material connected to certain events during the residency. Each object and material tells its own story, but together they create a new hub to be isolated and protected as a memory. www.ayask.weebly.com



REBECCA BLOCKSOME Research-based residency at Cittadellarte, October - November 2015. Rebecca Blocksome (USA, 1980) UNIDEE in residence, is a visual artist, writer and cultural theorist. She used the space and the time of UNIDEE - University of Ideas residency to develop her art project called ‘The Book of Science’, meeting the mentors of the modules, artists and curators to support her work. She presented ‘The Gospel of Galileo Galilei’, the first book in Volume 2 of the Book of Science, the sacred text of the Temple of Science. The Temple of Science project uses installation, performance, and digital media to scrutinize the privileged place of science in modern Western culture. The Book of Science consists of philosophical, historical, scientific, and literary texts arranged to mimic the structure of the Christian Bible. This intellectually sophisticated parody of a religious institution questions the authoritative role of both science and religion as arbiters of Truth. www.rebeccablockso.me www.templeofscience.info



JUHIKADEVI BHANJDEO Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation grant, residency at Cittadellarte, October - November 2015. Juhikadevi Bhanjdeo (India, 1986) is a visual artist. The stay in Cittadellarte inspired her to think beyond visual (material) identity difference. She chose the cafeteria of the Foundation as the point of departure for her work, a place where people get together and exchange culture and ideas around the table. The work was based on the remnants of these ideas in the form of used table placemats as a collection of individual stories and traces of presences. Bhanjdeo collected and preserved the used placemats, turning them into an installation. www.juhikadevi.blogspot.it



MUHAMMAD TAYMOUR RESĂ’ IN residency at Cittadellarte, October - November 2015. Muhammad Taymour (1985, Saudi Arabia) lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. The project he proposed during the residency was about the independent Italian filmmaking industry. With the help of a few independent Italian filmmakers he gathered enough footage to produce 15-20 short documentaries about Italian filmmakers, how they develop their ideas into films, what influences them, what are their styles and how they see their films in the end. The film wanted to investigate the question: What is the future of the independent filmmaking scene in Italy?



MARIANGELA APONTE NUÑEZ RESÒ IN residency at Cittadellarte, October - November 2015. Mariangela Aponte Nuñez (1983, Cali, Colombia) lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia. She is interested in reflecting on water as an element common to all human and life forms, like a common language flowing through our daily lives. She noticed the natural environment in Biella, contrasting it with her home city of Cali. During the residency she explored the intersection of the two landscapes: how their similarities and differences shape the worlds where they exist, and what the expressive possibilities of materiality and intangibility are, thinking of the water as a possible sonorous and optical reflection. How do we relate to our environment through time and space? www.aguacqua.wordpress.com www.mariangelaponte.wordpress.com

“My world is structured by juxtapositions, layer over layer on the same plan that reflect possible relations in the world. Tirelessly, I joint odd or distant things, from the intimate to the collective I am motivated to gather people through art, understanding art as a vehicle to know imaginaries, boundaries and fears. I am interesting in how human beings are linked to the memory through the body, socially on political or environmental topics and formally on relations between art and technology. Through the experimental creation my projects are presented in various media, mainly installations, drawings, pictures, electronic art and participatory projects oriented to find alternatives that allow the spectator to be sensorially activated and even being participant and creator of the work. Bringing into question the concepts of objectuality, finished work and author, I think of my artistic practice as a process of creation that I constantly document and that is frequently developed collaboratively with other people, in such way that my individual or collective projects exist as continuous and organic processes that evolve and expand by their own rhythm, moving from exhibition places to the spheres of community and daily life.” Mariangela Aponte Nuñez


Final exhibition: Hiperromantica, UNA EXPERIENCIA ROMÁNTICA Y DISLOCADA EN EL PAISAJE In primo luogo, Turin 11th December 2015.




2016

Sarasija Subramanian Luz Nadina Zapata Katie Lee Kirsten Farrell Raneem Turjmann

In the course of 2016, Cittadellarte hosted five artists, three in the summer term and two in the fall term, thanks to the following institutions or programmes: A.M. Qattan Foundation, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and RESĂ’ - International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs. The artists have been living and working in a common space of Cittadellarte, 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 residents were assisted in the research and production of artworks by the UNIDEE team (Cecilia Guida, Giulia Crisci and Roberta Bernasconi) and by the Art Office (Juan Esteban Sandoval).



SARASIJA SUBRAMANIAN Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation grant, residency at Cittadellarte, April - June 2016. Sarasija Subramanian (1992, India) spent two months at Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto. Central to her residency were the UNIDEE weekly modules, a source of inspiration for the artist. These allowed Sarasija to share experiences and knowledge with other participants, mentors and guests, focusing on specific topics and practices, in order to expand her vision. On the occasion of Arte al Centro the artist gave a visual shape to the research of the previous months in the Biellese territory. Considering the organic world, the analogies we can draw from it and its cultural and political implications as starting points in the creation of an active archive, she investigated, interacted, documented and partially started to “catalogue� (through collections, photographs and drawings) a space which was alien to her.





LUZ NADINA ZAPATA Research-based residency at Cittadellarte, April 2016. Luz Nadina Zapata (1993, Medellìn) developed the project ‘Una acción dos re exiones’ during her three-week residency. This period allowed her to further her research following one of the modules of the UNIDEE programme, “Unmaking: Subverting the Everyday”, curated by Expodium; meeting international experts and artists; and elaborating a performative action carried out in the course of the residency, concluded with an Open Studio at Cittadellarte in which she presented a video and photographic documentation.





KATIE LEE Research-based residency at Cittadellarte July 2016. Katie Lee (1976, Melbourne), artist, professor and PhD student at the University of Melbourne, did a threeweek research based residency. She took part in one of the UNIDEE modules, “Sound, Space, body�, curated by Attila Faravelli and Enrico Malatesta. She followed a specifically designed curatorial programme which allowed her to visit independent spaces and museums in Turin, Milan and Venice, meeting curators and experts. Her research focused on Arte Povera among other things.



KIRSTEN FARRELL RESÒ IN residency at Cittadellarte, September - November 2016. Kirsten Farrell (1971, Canberra) lives and works in Australia. She is interested in reflecting on plastic as a dangerous and at the same time precious material. The residency research was 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 Cittadellarte’s Architecture Office n.o.v.a civitas, exploring the dimension of encounters with people during the residency.





RANEEM TURJMANN A.M. Qattan Foundation grant, residency at Cittadellarte, September - November 2016. Raneem Turjmann (1987, Jerusalem) is a visual artist. During her residency, she worked on the idea of a distorted self-portrait, starting from her feelings, looking into the transformative state she found herself in: being artist, traveller, tourist, or documentarist. She situated herself in different times and spaces and attempted to make sense of the identity changes in each sphere. She produced a short video, gathering together her own visions of the place along with the others’ perception of herself.





2017

Erick Gonzaléz Léon Murari Jha Griet Dobbels Noor Abed Vanessa Sandoval Alina Yakubenko Oleksiy Sai In the course of 2017, Cittadellarte hosted seven artists, two in the summer term and five in the fall term, thanks to the following institutions or programmes: A.M. Qattan Foundation, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, and RESÒ - International Network for Art Residencies and Educational Programs. The artists have been living and working in a common space of Cittadellarte, attending UNIDEE - University of Ideas weekly modules, while creating and producing their artworks. They were asked to deal with the main topics of the 2017 UNIDEE programme: revolution, desire and mediation. The residents were assisted in the research and production of artworks by the UNIDEE team (Cecilia Guida, Annalisa Zegna and Clara Tosetti) and by the Art Office (Juan Esteban Sandoval).



ERICK GONZALEZ LEON Research-based residency at Cittadellarte, February - March 2017. Erick Gonzaléz Léon, Cuban art historian and curator, had the opportunity to get to know and familiarize himself with various interesting realities in Turin, Biella, Cuneo e Milan, useful for the research on social artistic practices he is developing in Cuba. Graduated in History of Art from the faculty of Arts and Literature of the University of Havana in 2010, Léon has been teaching as a professor at that same university for four years. In parallel to his researches on contemporary art, he studies theory of culture and philosophy. In 2015 and 2017, he organized Cittadellarte’s 1st and 3rd Rebirth Forums “Geografías de la transformación” alongside the Cuban Rebirth / Third Paradise embassy, and for the past two years, together with Laura Salas Redondo, he has been coordinating the process of activation and generation of new cultural and creative projects in Havana, outcomes of the Rebirth Forums.


Erick González Leon presented his critical and curatorial researches on the recent Cuban artistic scene in two meetings, in which he analysed some aspects of the complex and rich contemporary Cuban artistic scene, characterized by a restructuring of codes and behaviours in the aesthetic context. Particular attention was given to the role played by art critique in the recent process of reconfiguration of the system of relations established between the modalities of aesthetic production, the governmental institutions for cultural politics, the historical and socio-political context of the country and the dynamics of internal economy. • “Contemporary Cuban art: texts and contexts” - Talk with Erick González Leon Wednesday 15th March 2017, 6 pm, In primo luogo, via Garibaldi 18, Turin • OPEN STUDIO | Erick González Leon Thursday 16th March 2017, 6 pm, HYDRO, via Serralunga 31, Biella


“Contemporary Cuban art: texts and contexts” Talk with Erick González Leon Wednesday 15th March 2017, 6 pm, In primo luogo, via Garibaldi 18, Turin


OPEN STUDIO | Erick Gonzรกlez Leon Thursday 16th March 2017, 6 pm, HYDRO, via Serralunga 31, Biella


MURARI JHA Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation grant, residency at Cittadellarte, May - June 2017. Murari Jha (1988, Bihar, India) is a young Indian artist whose artistic practice is based on performance, the exploration of the politics of the body and the possibilities of inhabiting space, carried out according to personal and political narratives. His works are often immaterial, long lasting actions entailing the use of his body within spaces reconfigured through his presence in a certain span of time. His research project, presented at Cittadellarte as a work in progress in an Open Studio on the occasion of the exhibition “Arte al Centro XX”, was a long lasting performance divided in two phases: the first was expanded into ten days in which Jha has continually lived within his studio, the second consisted in three consecutive days spent in a little room. During his stay in Cittadellarte (May-June 2017), the artist had the opportunity to get to know different local realities and to develop his research thanks to the participation in two weekly modules of the UNIDEE programme, curated by prominent artists like Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri (“Proposal for Schizoanalytical Seminar II”, 8th-12th May), and Diego Del Pozo Barriuso (“Touch, Don’t Dominate”, 5th-9th June).


“The way I want to perform is connected with the history of the space, migration and revolution. At the same time, it relates to the anxiety of the body’s labour, desire and meditation. The transformation of the space and the body consists of cultural, social and visual activity. Through my performance I want to explore many layers of the politics of the body.” Murari Jha

Photos: Damiano Andreotti.




GRIET DOBBELS Research-based residency at Cittadellarte, June - September 2017. Griet Dobbels (Roeselare, Belgium, 1964) is a Belgian artist, who developed the project MONTEDELLARTE during her residency at Cittadellarte. MONTEDELLARTE is the umbrella title for a project consisting of four parts: a performance, an interactive installation, an exhibition and a publication. It questions the correlation between perception and reality and is about the fact that people sometimes confuse the representation of reality with reality itself. The first part was developed in 2017 and consisted in a happening in the Biellese Prealps, near Biella. It was a non-profit event that wanted to connect different groups of people. The performance was preceded by a two-phase residency to prepare the event. During the collective performance, hikers drew a physical map in the landscape by walking along a contour line. Moreover, this project had a virtual aspect that is global and is growing like a worldwide ‘swarm’. In fact, there were ‘actual’ walkers and ‘virtual’ walkers. www.montedellarte.com/info.html www.grietdobbels.be


“Central to my practice is the perception of nature and how our approaches to it are culturally determined. See, for example, Birdseed Madonna. Works such as ‘The Map is not the Territory’ and ‘Montedellarte’ visualise the multiple underlying structures and boundaries, and the ways in which they are transcended. The series ‘Dubbel’ [Double] is largely determined by the dialectic between the local versus the global, and the real world versus the virtual.” Griet Dobbels




NOOR ABED A.M. Qattan Foundation grant, residency at Cittadellarte, September - November 2017. Noor Abed (1988, Jerusalem) is a visual artist working at the intersection of performance, video and film. Specifically, she focuses on an intermediate space between performance-stage and screen-image. Abed holds a MFA in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles), and a BA from the International Academy of Arts (Palestine). During her residency at Cittadellarte, she focused on expanding her research on the concept of recurrence of an event, and therefore an image that occurs again. Since our correlation with time and space is an illusionary construction based on intense experiences, then these experiences have the capability of escalating the coordinates of other events. For the Open Studio, Abed presented the performative action “A West Bank�. The action consisted in crossing the river beside the studio, from one side to another, through a time experience of a similar crossing of the Jordan river. The Jordan River, which is the only entry point for Palestinians entering / exiting Palestine, is highly controlled and has its own operation hours. The action proposes crossing the river near the studio using the approximate duration of crossing the Jordan River - 5 hours.





VANESSA SANDOVAL RESÒ IN residency at Cittadellarte, September - November 2017. Vanessa Sandoval (1990, Cali, Colombia) is a Colombian artist, living and working in Cali. She is interested in finding relations between people and the landscape or context they inhabit, trying to discover the tensions generated by this relation. She usually uses walking as an action that enables thinking. Since the beginning of the residency at Cittadellarte, she focused her attention on the signs about houses “for sale” which she found everywhere around Biella. Through the presence of empty houses and buildings for sale, she investigated the economic crisis and the migratory situation. Her project “NON LASCIARMI” consisted in performing symbolic actions around the city, to prevent someone’s departure.


“My project has two phases. The first part consists in an announcement to spread through the local newspapers and through flyers around the city. In this announcement, I ask for advice to prevent someone’s departure. I designed it in a quite ambiguous way, so that one might think that it could refer to a love relationship. In the second part, I collect all the advice that I’ve received, and I perform them in front of some empty houses, as a vain attempt to avoid the departure. As final presentation of this research, during the Open Studio, I show the printed announcements, photos and videos documenting the actions in front of the abandoned houses.” Vanessa Sandoval




ALINA YAKUBENKO RESÒ Lab IN residency at Cittadellarte, October - November 2017. Alina Yakubenko (1983, Kiev, Ukraine) is a Ukranian artist living and working in Kiev. Her art practice is based on the use of old and new media, such as painting, video, installations, photo. She often works in public spaces and urban environments, creating illusions of holographic images through video projections. During her residency at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, she developed her work-in-progress project called “selfie”, based on the common practice of taking selfportraying pictures. It is a project about self-tourism and how this phenomenon reflects the human attitude to live the world as a background for one’s own presentation. www.selfit.tumblr.com/


“I juxtaposed the pictures of luxury shops and expensive artworks to the photos I took in the hostile territory of the East of Ukraine. On both of them I look equally beautiful: on the background of a military landscape characterised by its unique picturesque evidence of horror and destruction of war as well as with symbols of a quiet, full and happy European prosperity.� Alina Yakubenko




OLEKSIY SAI RESÒ Lab IN residency at Cittadellarte, October - November 2017. Oleksiy Sai (1975, Ukraine) is a Ukranian artist living and working in Kiev. During his residency in Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, he focused his interests on the Sanctuary of Oropa, near Biella. He specifically worked on the ex-voto gallery, thousands of votive offers donated by people to thank the Virgin Mary during the last centuries. They were made to express gratefulness after happy ending accidents, a disease or other bad events.


“I have never seen something similar before, it is very interesting because it is a social phenomenon! I decided to create a simple animation using the characters and elements from paintings and adding a movement, a sort of feeling of happiness. It could become the new generation format of ex-voto, animated GIFs or digital collages presented on screens, and the tradition could go on.� Oleksiy Sai




About Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto Cittadellarte’s aim is to inspire and produce a responsible change in society through ideas and creative projects. Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto was instituted in 1998 as a concrete action of the Progetto Arte Manifesto, where Michelangelo Pistoletto proposed a new role for the artist: that of placing art in direct interaction with all the areas of human activity which form society. Cittadellarte is dedicated to the study, experimentation and development of practices translating the symbol of the Third Paradise* into realty, implying it into every sector of society. It is a great laboratory, hosting many young artists, which generates unedited processes of development in diverse fields of culture, production, economics and politics. Cittadellarte is a vibrant international network of cultural and social innovators, individuals actively interlaced with their social contexts where they often act as catalyst of change. The interrelationship between people and projects is based on a common vision whose roots lie in an accumulative thought&practice process, developed by a wide range of thinkers, managers, innovators of all field. Pistoletto’s work, from the 60s to today, acts as a pumping brain for Cittadellarte’s communities. Cittadellarte has developed an extensive networks of collaborations with Institutions (various United Nations Agencies, Ministries, Universities and Educational Organizations) global enterprises and local businesses, civil society collectives, organizations and individuals from all fields.

* “The symbol of the Third Paradise, a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity sign, is made of three consecutive circles. The two external circles represent all the diversities and antinomies, among which nature and artifice. The central one is given by the compenetration of the opposite circles and represents the generative womb of a new humanity”. Michelangelo Pistoletto www.cittadellarte.it www.terzoparadiso.org


About UNIDEE University of Ideas UNIDEE - University of Ideas is a higher educational programme based on a weekly modular format investigating the relationship among visual arts, public sphere and activism by combining critical theory with practice. Through residential dynamics, UNIDEE is designed to form artivators, people who intend to use art as a methodology, practice and language, in order to become agents for the activation of responsible actions and processes in the territories in which they live and carry out their professional activities.

The UNIDEE - University of Ideas programme is focused on three key words each year. In a relationship of methodological continuity and semantic connection with the key words selected for 2015 (Temporality, Responsibility, Participation) and for those in 2016 (Research, Gift, Alteration), the 2017 UNIDEE programme proposes a close examination of three macrothemes: Revolution, Desire and Mediation.

UNIDEE - University of Ideas 2015 - 2017 Programme directed and curated by Cecilia Guida With the collaboration of Juan Sandoval Under the supervision of Paolo Naldini Programme Coordinator: Clara Tosetti Roberta Bernasconi (Fall 2015 - Fall 2016) Elisa Tosoni (Spring - Summer 2015) Assistant Director: Annalisa Zegna Giulia Crisci (Spring 2015 - Fall 2016)

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UNIDEE - University of Ideas is made possible thanks to the support of: Patrons

Piedmont Region; Compagnia di San Paolo; Creative Europe programme of the EU; CRT Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino; Fondazione Zegna; illycaffè S.p.A.

Production Residency Collaborations & Scholarships RESÒ Network; A.M. Qattan Foundation (PS); Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation (IN).

Institutional Collaborations & Scholarships

ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (D); kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Rīga (LV); Minister of Culture of the Republic of Albania (AL); National Gallery of Kosovo (RS); Jyvaskylan Yliopisto, Jyväskylä (FIN); Austrian Culture Forum Moscow (RUS); École cantonale d’art du Valais – ECAV, Sierre (CH); Fundación Universitaria Bellas Artes, Medellín (CO); Instituto Superior de Arte-ISA, La Habana (CU); École supérieure d’art et design – ESAD, Grenoble (FR); Università degli Studi di Torino (IT); Università IUAV, Venice (IT); Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan (IT); Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma (IT); Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (IT); ISIA-Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche di Faenza (IT); IULM-Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne, Milan (IT); SACI Studio Art Centers International, Florence (IT); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (IT); Queens Museum, New York (US); Center for Fine Arts (Bozar), Brussels (B); Galeria Sztuki Wspolczesnej Bunkier Sztuki, Krakòw (PL); HYDRO, Biella (IT); Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Biella (IT).

Media Partners

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