[artinfo] Call for applications: workshop and residency grants

János Sugár sj at c3.hu
Wed Jun 5 12:05:01 CEST 2019

Call for applications: workshop and 6 residency grants at UNIDEE and 
Fondazione Zegna

Rituals of the contemporary

July 14-20, 2019

Application deadline: June 19

- Fondazione Pistoletto and 
Zegna welcome your application to participate in 
the contemporary, a residential module conceived by Fiamma 

This module aims to reflect on the notion of the ritual, its current 
meaning and practice. In the last years many disciplines (religion 
studies, anthropology, philosophy, art, socio-biology) have 
approached the ritualistic and its role in making "visible" a certain 
order in a specific context, in showing "the proven way of doing 
something" which is the etymology of the word. As Catherine Bell 
says, ritualization is "a way of acting that is designed and 
orchestrated to distinguish and privilege what is being done in 
comparison to other, usually more quotidian, activities."

The ritual involves, in general, a series of choreographed practices 
based on images, words, activities, objects, symbols that are 
organized in a performative act. The ritualistic act requires 
whomever is involved to cross three phases: separation / threshold / 
aggregation (V. Turner). The initiated is pushed to "plunge" in a 
sort of liminal phase in which he/she is immersed in an 
anti-structure/chaos (changing clothes, food, hallucination, dwelling 
in unusual spaces, loss of usual cultural references, etc.) for a 
definite period of time and in a specific space in order to re-emerge 
to a renewed status and way to influence the cosmos.

The participants will be invited to reflect on the ritual and 
envision their own performative act. They will do so by recreating a 
"rite of passage," or "seasonal rite," or "life event rite," or "rite 
of exchange" of their own choosing, through an investigation of the 
ritual in art, focusing the module on contemporary socio-cultural 
rites in the territory of Trivero and Oasi Zegna. In classic 
anthropology, the main understanding of the ritual is that the 
'liminal phase' brings ultimately to an act of reintegration in a 
certain societal group. In contrast, our main question will be: could 
an art work make the liminal a more permanent condition and bring us 
to a new order instead of a preestablished one? We will work on the 
association of performance and ritual stressing their processual, 
indefinite dimension, and transformative possibilities, thus making 
the threshold of the liminal the main source of our creative acts.

The 6 residency grants include:
-Participation to the residential module Rituals of the contemporary 
mentored by Fiamma Montezemolo
-Full board
-Accommodation (single room, shared bathroom facilities-for 8 nights)
-Medical Insurance (accidents only)
-Use of a shared studio space and workshop facilities

All costs for travels and Visa are intended at the sole expenses of 
the selected participants.

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For further informations and applications, please visit 
website or please contact: 
<mailto:unidee at cittadellarte.it>unidee at cittadellarte.it.

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


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