P: Emilia Telese, Passion Orba Rason, performance and installation exploring the relationship between art and money, 2013. Curated by Richard Shields at Rejected during Manchester International 2013.
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.
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' Modules for 2015:
UNIDEE - University of Ideas educational programme of weekly modules at Cittadellarte kicks off with its first year on May 4th and runs until November 27th, 2015.
Its programme for 2015 sets out to explore three broad concepts: temporality, responsibility, participation (www.cittadellarte.it/unidee). 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.).
8-12th June, 2015
The Artist as Entrepreneur: relationships between artists, society, markets and world economy
Module curated by Emilia Telese
Guest: Richard Shields
The Artist as Entrepreneur: relationships between artists, society, markets and world economy includes a series of lectures and hands-on group and individual activities to provide tools for working independently as a professional artist in different countries. The module is borne out of the view that artists are professionals and should be treated as such by society, whilst themselves holding knowledge of practical matters such as rates of pay, fundraising for their practice, marketing, proposal writing, effective networking and interaction with the art world.
artists and the economy, fundraising, making a living, sustainability, ethics, responsibility, artist-led activity, participation, temporality.
15-19th June, 2015
Module curated by Giulia Grechi
Guest: Fiamma Montezemolo
How to turn a museum from a temple for conservation of essential categories, into a site where to activate dynamics? Rethinking the current relationship between anthropology and contemporary arts from different viewpoints, Performing Anthropology aims to unmask the assumptions beneath our cultural understanding of key concepts like museum, archive, modernity, linked to a precise and not universal idea of time, space, identity. It attempts to imagine a new affective site, a “post-colonial museum” or an “affective archive”, a critical, radically self-reflective space.
temporality, critical anthropology, contemporary art, archive, ethnographic museums, postcolonial museum, body, participation, identity, difference, migration, performing museology, museum as sense-scape.
22nd-26th June, 2015
Module curated by Saioa Olmo Alonso
Guest: Sabel Gavaldón (Curator, Museum of the Gesture)
Group Matters is a methodology in progress exploring relational mechanisms within groups to develop a type of knowledge applicable to participatory art projects and the transformative potential of art concerning power relations within social structures. It is a module on group dynamics, a series of experimental group sessions on human interactions through artistic devices that needs the complicity of its participants to continue evolving. It requires contact with people who might want to engage with issues deriving from their own experience and work through disruptive methods.
group behaviour, behavioural art, participation, temporality, creation of situations, art experiences, interactions, cybernetics, relational systems, transactions.
29th June-3rd July, 2015
The artistic production of the common between territorialization and (re)localisation
Module curated by Giusy Checola
Guest: Thomas Gilardi (Laboratory, University of Milan)
Through research and production phases, The artistic production of the common between territorialization and (re)localisation focuses on the spatial and symbolic production of the common in art and place-making practices, meant as a tool for territorialization processes and (re)localisation of artistic practices within socio-cultural contexts. Through the looking glass of cultural geography and geophilosophy, it explores forms and images of the common sense, as origin of the ways in which societies institute their imaginary meanings, that could lead to new forms of local and global objectivities.
place-making, territory, common, omnitheism, territorialization-reterritorialization, temporality, presentism, trinamics, pluralism, responsibility, self-representation, symbolic values, public space, participation, social imaginary meanings.
UNIDEE - University of Ideas’ modules at Cittadellarte are generously supported by Zegna Foundation and illy SpA.
Students are entitled to a discounted fee. For further details on discounts as well as scholarship opportunities, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIDEE - University of Ideas
Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto Onlus
Via G. B. Serralunga 27
Programme Director and Curator: Cecilia Guida
Programme Coordinator: Elisa Tosoni
Assistant to the Director: Giulia Crisci