[artinfo] Accepting applications for 2017, University of Ideas

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Wed Feb 8 16:57:27 CET 2017

Call for applications 2017: UNIDEE

apply <http://www.cittadellarte.it/unidee>www.cittadellarte.it/unidee

Now into its third year, and with a long history of residency 
programs for international artists (2000-13) initiated by 
Michelangelo Pistoletto, the new UNIDEE - University of Ideas' format 
proposes an educational model based on "other" ways of gaining 
experience in the meeting of critical theory, activism and artistic 
practice, not through subordinate relationships but rather through 
levels of interaction, exchanges and reciprocal interference.

UNIDEE is an experimental school that these past two years has 
registered the great participation of 250 students from 38 different 
countries all over the world. These numbers are very encouraging and 
in a relationship of methodological continuity and semantic 
connection with the key words selected for 2015 (Temporality, 
Responsibility and Participation) and for those in 2016 (Research, 
Gift, Alteration), the 2017 course will use an interdisciplinary 
approach to examine three more macro-themes. They will be 
<http://www.cittadellarte.it/unidee/statement.html>Revolution, Desire 
and Mediation, which are central to contemporary social-political 
debates as well as in the practices of many actors (artists, 
curators, public and private institutions, organisations, etc.) 
operating in the public sector. 

Every year UNIDEE is based on laboratory or seminar modules that are 
held each week at Cittadellarte, moderated by a knowledgeable mentor 
with the support of a guest. The groups of participants, who are 
always different and arrive from all over the world, interact 
intensely as they discuss and examine relationships between art and 
the public sphere in depth, starting from different practices and 
going through connections with various disciplines (from visual art 
to the theory of economical politics, music, etc.). It is the 
starting point to educate "artivators," or agents for the 
organisation of actions and processes responsible for change, in the 
social contexts in which they live. 

The <http://www.cittadellarte.it/unidee/?type=&year=2017>mentors and 
guests for 2017 are (in order of appearance): Etcetera (Loreto 
Soledad Garin Guzman and Federico Zukerfeld) with Franco "Bifo" 
Berardi; Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri with Carla Bottiglieri; Sofia 
Olascoaga; Diego del Pozo Barriuso with Julia Morandeira 
Arrizabalaga; Andrea Caretto / Raffaella Spagna; Gianluca and 
Massimiliano De Serio with Luigi Fassi; Attila Faravelli and Enrico 
Malatesta with Adam Asnan; Aria Spinelli for the EU project "Trauma & 
Revival"; Adrian Paci with Leonardo Caffo and Zef Paci; Assemble 
(John Bingham-Hall and Amica Dall) with Efrosini Protopapa; Rick Lowe 
with Elpida Rikou. 

In the frame of UNIDEE 2017, it is very important to mention the 
development of a new co-financed project by the European Union 
"Trauma & Revival. Cultural relations between Eastern and Western 
Europe," in which Cittadellarte will host a three-week residential 
module with the tutorship of Aria Spinelli. Moreover, the bonds with 
cultural institutions, universities and fine arts academies (students 
gain ECTS credits upon a negotiated agreement) from all over the 
world are stronger.

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


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