[artinfo] Call for Applications: University of Ideas

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UNIDEE - University of Ideas

Residency timetable:

2 months preferably during Fall 2015, or during the year 2016

I. ABOUT UNIDEE - University of Ideas

UNIDEE - University of Ideas 
is a multifaceted educational platform founded in 
the nineties by Pistoletto, investigating the 
relationship between art and the social. After 
nearly two decades focussed on medium term 
educational residencies Unidee developes in 2015 
a new programme of weekly residential modules 
based on interdisciplinary research, knowledge 
sharing and experience exchange, alongside a 
series of artists' residency projects.

This year's programme, developed by Cecilia Guida 
in collaboration with Juan Esteban Sandoval, 
within the general direction by Cittadellarte's 
director Paolo Naldini, kicked off on 04.05.2015, 
and focuses on three broad concepts: temporality, 
responsibility, participation, encompassing art 
history, activism, commons, politics, territorial 
transformation, museology, visual narratives, 
social imagery, relational systems, rituals, 
social cooking, urban space (etc.). The programme 
for 2016, to be announced in the Fall, will focus 
on three other themes.

The structure of UNIDEE - University of Ideas is 
articulated through four types of activities 
investigating the relationship between art and 
the social:

I.	Weekly residential modules taking place 
at Cittadellarte, open to professionals as well 
as the general public, held by mentors,experts on 
the three broad thematic areas (temporality, 
responsibility, participation) chosen for 2015's 
programme and examined in depth from artistic, 
historical, geographical, philosophical, 
political, economic, anthropological, 
sociological, mediological, juridical, 
architectural points of view. Modules are 
intended as high intensity rapid retreats for 
localized practitioners who feel they might 
benefit from a few days step back form their 
practice in order to devote themselves to overall 
rethinking or to addressing specific issues in a 
stimulating environment, with other practitioners 
and professionals form various also unrelated 
contexts. Modules are coordinated each by a 
different expert in the frame of Cittadellarte's 
and specifically Unidee's research frame

II.	Seminar modules taking place at 
Cittadellarte and/or at external partner centres

III.	Residency programmes for international artists at Cittadellarte

IV.	Connective Residency at Cittadellarte.


You are eligible to apply if (all conditions below must be met):
- you are a creative professional (visual artist, 
designer, architect, curator, writer, etc., ...) 
active in any field anywhere in the world, born 
after 1970;
- you have a fluent knowledge of the English language;
- you submit all the required documentation as 
part of your application in the correct format 
and by the given deadline.


Fall 2015 is going to be a particularly 
stimulating season at Cittadellarte, with the 
seasonal international residents and the weekly 
residential modules participants and mentors. In 
the Fall, the art scene in the Piedmont region is 
particularly buzzing, with the art fair Artissima 
and its collateral events taking place in Turin.
If selected, you will be in residence together 
with other four international artists coming from 
India (thanks to a joint grant UNIDEE + Inlaks 
Shivdasani Foundation), Palestine (thanks to a 
joint grant UNIDEE + A. M. Qattan Foundation), 
Egypt (thanks to an exchange with Townhouse 
Gallery via the Resò network) and Colombia 
(thanks to an exchange with Lugar a dudas via the 
Resò network).

Also, every week a different group of 
practitioners from the world over will convene to 
Unidee's weekly modules.

Please note that this residency at Cittadellarte 
is unfunded. UNIDEE - University of Ideas will be 
at hand to assist you with your funding 

The programme fee for 2015 is set at ¤ 6.000 for 
two months, and ¤ 3.000 for any additional month. 
In addition, the applicant needs to account for 
living, travel and health insurance costs for the 
duration of his/ her stay in Biella.

The programme fee includes:

- Accommodation (single room in an apartment 
shared with other international residents)
- Use of a shared studio space
- Use of shared workshop facilities and AV equipment
- Medical Insurance (accidents only)
- Residency coordination
- Tailored national and international experts' 
visits, networking sessions, institutional visits 
and travel within Northern Italy (especially 
Turin, Milan and Venice)
- Small budget for project production & communication, translations
- Attendance to 2 weekly modules chosen by the 
selected applicant (see the full programme here 


The application period for the general unfunded 
A.I.R. open call for 2015/16 starts on 
18.05.2015. The deadline for submitting 
applications is 30.06.2015.

The UNIDEE - University of Ideas committee will 
operate the selection. The selection is based on 
artistic merit and the consistency of artistic 
practice with the aims of Unidee programme.

Final results will be published on the UNIDEE - 
University of Ideas' website, as well as on the 
partner organisations' social media pages by July 
30th, 2015. Please note that only invited artists 
will be contacted in person when the selection 
process is over.


Digital applications only - please download the 
application form and full application guidelines 


contact: <mailto:unidee at cittadellarte.it>unidee at cittadellarte.it

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

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

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