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Call for applications – UNIDEE – University of Ideas, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

The deadline for submitting your application is 2nd April 2017, 11pm CET.

This is an open call for applications to partake in Expanded Body. An immersive exploration of the Oasi Zegna, a residential module conceived for Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna by Andrea Caretto | Raffaella Spagna and developed under the umbrella of UNIDEE – University of Ideas (directed by Cecilia Guida and developed in collaboration with Juan Esteban Sandoval, within the general direction of Cittadellarte’s director Paolo Naldini). This residency module is supported by Fondazione Zegna and will take place between Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella and Fondazione Zegna in Trivero (BI), Italy.

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 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 UNIDEE programme of 2017 consolidates the collaboration with Adrian Paci and confirms last year’s innovation: the bi-weekly residential module, where the first week will take place in Cittadellarte and the other in ArtHouse, Scutari.

The historical partnership with Fondazione Zegna will be reflected through the co-project of a workshop and a research module lead by Andrea Caretto / Raffaella Spagna, which will last for ten days.

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.

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