[artinfo] Fondazione Pistoletto: call for applications

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UNIDEE - University of Ideas: call for applications 2015

May 4-December 4, 2015

Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto Onlus
UNIDEE - University of Ideas
Via G. B. Serralunga 27
13900 Biella


UNIDEE at Cittadellarte is changing. After 14 
years as a residency programme, and a 
transitional 15th edition questioning the 
relevance of traditional residency schemes while 
testing out a new format, UNIDEE has evolved into 
a multifaceted platform, with a new educational 
programme based on interdisciplinary research, 
knowledge sharing and experience exchange, 
alongside a series of artists' residency projects.

UNIDEE - University of Ideas offers an 
educational artistic programme of weekly 
residential modules taking place both at 
Cittadellarte and at international academic 
partners' sites. An alternative to the 
traditional educational system, it works in 
synergy with international academies and public 
universities. It fosters processes of 
cross-pollination to investigate the relationship 
between art and public sphere, focusing on topics 
like social responsibility, urban transformation, 
participatory art practices, demopraxy, 
alternative models of local economic development, 
sustainability, etc.

Designed for artists, curators, students, social 
entrepreneurs, cultural project managers, etc., 
UNIDEE - University of Ideas' modules put forward 
a participatory learning experience in a small 
group setting, through practices, methodologies 
and tools apt at forging knowledge while 
fostering relational skills, socially responsible 
behaviours that value diversity, "effective" 
horizontal thought processes, and the possibility 
to "err," on a quest for new means of expression.

UNIDEE - University of Ideas, in keeping with 
Michelangelo Pistoletto's foundational principle 
of Cittadellarte as an "interdisciplinary 
educational laboratory" 
Progetto Arte, 1994) aims to stimulate the 
emergence of a new figure, catalyst of artistic 
projects for a responsible social transformation: 
The programme is conceived as a long-term 
endeavour with the mission to be engaging 
continuously with civil society not only through 
dialogue and active participation, but also 
through the (re)localisation of those processes 
of symbolic identification on the side of the 
modules' and residencies' participants, in Biella 
as well as in their own original social contexts 
and groups.

UNIDEE - University of Ideas' educational 
programme of weekly modules at Cittadellarte 
kicks off with its first year on May 4. Its 
programme for 2015 sets out to explore three 
broad concepts: 
responsibility, participation. Analysed from a 
variety of angles (artistic, historical, 
geographic, philosophical, political, economic, 
anthropological, sociological, mediological, 
juridical, architectural, etc.), these three key 
topics will be unravelled together by 
participants, mentors and guests, through an 
exciting blend of formats spanning from the 
theoretical to the performative. The modules will 
encompass experiments in art history paradigms, 
activism, commons, prefigurative politics, 
territorial transformation, museology, visual 
narratives, social imagery, relational systems, 
new rituals, social cooking, urban space 
exploration, ideas gathering (etc.).

UNIDEE - University of Ideas's mentors & guests 
for 2015 (in order of appearance): 
Salvatore Iaconesi & Oriana Persico; Silvia 
Franceschini with Stefano Rabolli Pansera (Beyond 
Entropy); Aria Spinelli with Tullio Brunone 
(Laboratorio di Comunicazione Militante); 
Massimiliano Viel; Emilia Telese with Richard 
Shields; Giulia Grechi with Fiamma Montezemolo; 
Saioa Olmo Alonso with Sabel Gavaldón; Giusy 
Checola with Thomas Gilardi; Federica Martini 
with Anne-Julie Raccousier, Christian Nyampeta, 
Sofia Olascoaga, Sakiko Sugawa and Jason Waite; 
Alessandra Donati with SMart Belgium/Italy; 
raumlaborberlin; Beatrice Catanzaro; Ana Dzokic & 
Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited); Santiago Reyes 
Villaveces; Andrea Caretto & Raffaella Spagna 
with Attila Faravelli; Matteo Lucchetti & Judith 
Wielander (visible project) with Ahmet Ögüt and 
Jonas Staal; Monica Narula (Raqs Media 
Collective) with Rasmus Nielsen (Superflex); Omer 

For further information please check out UNIDEE - 
University of Ideas 
<http://www.cittadellarte.it/unidee>new website.
For details on 2015's 
<http://www.cittadellarte.it/unidee>programme of 
UNIDEE - University of Ideas' modules at 
Cittadellarte, contact 
<mailto:unidee at cittadellarte.it>unidee at cittadellarte.it.

All programmes are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified.

Programme developed by Cecilia Guida, in 
collaboration with Juan Esteban Sandoval, under 
the supervision of Paolo Naldini.

Programme Director and curator: Cecilia Guida
Programme Coordinator: Elisa Tosoni
Assistant to the Director: Giulia Crisci

UNIDEE - University of Ideas' modules at 
Cittadellarte are generously supported by Zegna 

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