[artinfo] UNIDEE - University of Ideas fall residencies

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UNIDEE - University of Ideas: open call for fall 2017 residencies

October 16-November 24, 2017

Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto
Via G. B. Serralunga 27
13900 Biella


<http://www.cittadellarte.it/unidee>UNIDEE - 
University of Ideas is an higher educational 
programme based on weekly residential modules and 
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. Into its 
third year, the 2017 programme is based on a 
close examination of 
more macro-themes: Revolution, Desire and 

Kicking off in April, over the first 7 modules, 
the programme saw the participation of 55 
residents, including established professionals 
and exceptionally gifted individuals currently 
completing their BA, MA or PhD degrees, 
representing 27 nationalities worldwide. They are 
visual and performance artists, curators, 
architects, critics, PhD candidates, 
anthropologists, museum professionals, etc.

Fall programme:

& Revival: Contemporary Encounters.
A project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU
September 11-30, 2017

Curated by Aria Spinelli with Alexei Penzin, Anna 
Zafesova, Viktor Misiano, Jesús Carrillo 
Castillo, Kuba Szreder, iLiana Fokianaki and 
Emanuele Riccomi

What are the dialogues between Western and 
Eastern Europe? Are both sides still influencing 
each other? How do citizens see this joint past 
and how do they consider the present? And can 
policy-makers raise the awareness about the need 
for more exchanges in this field?

This residential three-week module, developed 
under the framework of "Trauma & Revival. 
Cultural relations between Eastern and Western 
Europe" and co-funded by the Creative Europe 
Programme of the European Union (2015-18), will 
reflect on the East-West cultural connections 
since the Second World War. The project echoes 
the context in which Europe currently stands, and 
it will specifically reflect on artistic 
movements and cultural exchanges between the West 
and the East, since the Cold War until today.

ifŠ Just ifŠ (why the alternative Y did not take 
October 9-11, 2017

Curated by Petra Köhle and Federica Martini

Application deadline: September 25

The workshop is based on the Art Work(ers) 
research project developed in the framework of 
the ECAV - Ecole Cantonale d'Art du Valais by 
Robert Ireland, Petra Köhle and Federica Martini 
together with invited guests.

The research investigates modes of productivity 
in the arts and industrial contexts, in resonance 
with the sites and working situations engaged by 
Unidee in Biella. The other site is the city of 
Ivrea, around the Olivetti typing machine 

<http://www.cittadellarte.it/unidee/activity.html?id=91>The Subtle Urgencies
October 16-27, 2017

Curated by Adrian Paci, with Zef Paci and Leonardo Caffo

Application deadline: September 2

How to tune into and feel the call of the 
urgencies, at the same time intimate and 
collective, of the urgencies of the language 
itself, and look for possible answers? How to 
stay alert to the subtle signals that remind a 
form and encourage us towards an action beyond 
any default position?

The two-weeks experience which will involve 
Cittadellarte in Biella and Art House in Shkodër 
aims at investigating the dimension of urgency in 
research and artistic expression. The urgencies 
that push towards the articulation of a different 
thought can only be intimate and deep, but at the 
same time they do not belong exclusively to the 
individual subject.

During this workshop, participants will share 
ideas, suggestions, experiences, and actions that 
attempt to call into question the habits to 
investigate the subtle urgencies of making art.

Extraordinary Cockroaches
November 6-10, 2017

Curated by Assemble (John Bingham-Hall e Amica Dall), with Efrosini Protopapa

Application deadline: October 23

96 Extraordinary Cockroaches is a module in the 
form of a week-long game-a mix of Chinese 
Whispers and the surrealist parlour game, 
Exquisite Corpses. Starting with a single set of 
source materials, the players will work together 
in shifting groups to create new forms and 
meanings (whether aesthetic, social, political or 
economic) through repeated acts of synthesis and 
translation, each day starting by cannibalising 
the previous day's work.

This module reflects on the assertion that 
underneath the modern use of the word revolution, 
to mean a break with the past, lies an older set 
of meanings: to revolve, to come back around, to 
revisit and repeat.

and Community Engaged Art. What is it and who is 
doing it?
November 20-24, 2017

Curated by Rick Lowe, with Elpida Rikou

Application deadline: November 6

Who has authority to determine when social and 
community engaged work is art or not? What does 
it mean for a social and community engaged work 
to be called art? What is the political 
significance of social and community engaged art?

Starting from the experience and sensibilities of 
the mentor, guest, and participants, this module 
aims to identify the most interesting social 
engaged work around the world and critique it 
based on its practical and symbolic/ poetic 
impact. Specifically, it will explore various 
projects and artists to gain insight into what 
determines a social and community engaged art, in 
order to consciously analyse the context of the 
surrounding communities and social engaged work 
in Biella.

UNIDEE - University of Ideas, the formative 
residential programme developed by Cittadellarte 
- Fondazione Pistoletto Onlus' Education Office, 
is made possible thanks to the support of:

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