UNIDEE - University of Ideas
Call for applications, SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015 Programme
Individual deadlines below
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.).
28th September - 2nd October, 2015
Module curated by raumlaborberlin
Deadline for application submission: 28.08.2015
Through an exploration of Cittadellarte's surroundings, Terrain vague aims to realize 1:1 objects, designed and built out of timber by small teams of participants. A series of small architectural interventions will be carried out in the city, to create atmospheres of communication and exchange or intrusions into a situation of settled habits.
exploring urban space, temporality, mapping, responsibility, intervention, participation.
5th – 9th October, 2015
Why do I do what I do?
Module curated by Beatrice Catanzaro
Deadline for application submission: 05.09.2015
Why do I do what I do? aims to unfold the participants' understanding of their own practice, attempting to define a survival kit for a truly engaging participatory art practice. It explores notions of empathy, active listening and imaginative processes and addresses inter-subjectivity as constructed narrative and the quintessential humankind's imaginative capacity.
temporality, participatory practices, engaged art, inter-subjectivity, responsibility.
12th - 16th October, 2015
Where Imagination Slips Into Reality
Module curated by STEALTH.unlimited (Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen)
Deadline for application submission:12.09.2015
Where imagination slips into reality explores practices of urban transformation - not necessarily artistic ones – changing our dwellings. They will be analysed in their social, political and practical aspects, in order to re-imagine the future of contemporary cities in a responsible and socially engaged way.
spatial practices, self-organisation, urban commons, reimagining urban life, responsibility, participation.
19th - 23rd October, 2015
Photocopy tales: Publications and visual essay
Module curated by Santiago Reyes Villaveces
Guest: Manuel Ángel Macia (artist, researcher and PhD candidate in Art, Goldsmiths, University of London).
Deadline for application submission: 19.09.2015
Ph. still from Malraux’s Shoes (2013) by Dennis Adams
Approaching editorial and graphic production processes from a practical and theoretical angle, Photocopy tales: Publications and visual essay addresses the development of experimental visual narratives, editorial processes and the means of production and circulation of publications, focusing on the possibilities of image production and reproduction offered by photocopying.
temporality, visual narratives, artist books, publications, art works reproductions, art history narratives, participation, personal archive, graphic design.
26th - 30th October, 2015
Matter as Experience
Module curated by andrea caretto | raffaella spagna
Guest: Attila Faravelli
deadline for application submission: 26.09.2015
Ph. Questions to the Yamuna River, 2012 - Performance in the occasion of “In Context: Public.Art.Ecology - Food Edition I”, artist residency and exhibition at Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi (India).
Matter as Experience proposes a series of immersive and shared experiences and individual actions reflecting upon processes of growth, erosion and trasformation of matter at different levels, and upon the interactions between these processes and human beings, in their subjective, social and political dimensions.
temporality, aesthetic experience, perception, ecology, sensibility to complexity, morphogenesis, Chreod concept, form, ecology of matter, materials, responsibility, participation.
UNIDEE - University of Ideas’ modules at Cittadellarte are generously supported by Fondazione Zegna, Qattan A.M. Foundation, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, illycaffè S.p.A. and Fondo Edo Tempia.
Students are entitled to a discounted fee. For further details on discounts as well as scholarship opportunities, please contact: email@example.com