UNIDEE2007 is over!


The 2007 edition of UNIDEE in Residence closes after four months of intense professional, social, and creative effort.
This year the 17 young artists have flooded Cittadellarte with their energy and their vitality. Over these past months, they have investigated and attempted to engage the local scene of Biella with their suggestions and input translated through artistic works. This has been the basis of a formative experience and representative of this year’s residency.
Many of them have filtered their experience in a subjective manner, informed by their cultural background and personal sensibility. The interaction with the social fabric of the territory has represented the starting point for instigating a collaboration on projects with great vivacity.
The collaborative component since the inception has always been one of the pivotal aspects of UNIDEE in Residence, always maintaining an emphasis on group projects. In 2007, this focus on collaboration was instilled in Uni-topia a program of encounters, discussion, screening, and lectures all open to the public founded and run by the residents. There were many other cases of collaboration, among which the participation of the UNIDEE residents in the Trialogo Festival of Music, the ’emotional cuisine’ project which included staff of the Restaurant and Cittadellarte, and workshops organized with disabled people from the association After Us.
With the ‘open studio’ of UNIDEE in Progress concludes a chapter, but its name is not casually chosen as it simultaneously opens another. The young residents of University of Ideas will continue to work on projects for the creative activation of social responsible transformation promoted by Cittadellarte. For example, during 2008 artistic events will be organized in the countries of Eastern Europe with the support and contribution of Unicredit.
In the name of all of the staff of UNIDEE I would like to thank all of those that have collaborated with the residents, from official partners to collaborators both inside and out Cittadellarte, which together have shared something special.

Cristiana Bottigella
Head of the Education Office
Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation

UNIDEE in PROGRESS – the press release

UNIDEE – University of Ideas and Cittadellarte- Fondazione Pistoletto

Saturday 27 October 2007 – at 17.00 (free entrance)


The four month residency at Cittadellarte from July to October facilitates the exploration of the relationship between art and society. It promotes investigation into the methods of creative intervention and assists in realizing projects influencing responsible transformation in society.
Saturday 27 October 2007, starting at 5:00 pm., the studio of UNIDEE – University of Ideas opens to the public. The residents will present to visitors their ongoing projects and the culmination of their time at the foundation.
Since July 4th, 17 artists and researchers from all over the world have shared space, ideas, knowledge, and projects working along side the local context in their development. The experience for the residents was informed by the encounters between diverse fields from architecture to economy, visual art to music, and literature to design. In the development of group or individual projects the residents engaged a number of social issues and creative solutions. Coming from all over the world they have shared ideas, knowledge, and projects while at the same time working in the local context to develop their artistic practice.
During the months of UNIDEE, the residents had the opportunity to draw inspiration from a program of meetings focused on methodologies of intervention. The heads of the various offices of Cittadellarte which are made up of experts in economy, communication, and business led workshops and communal discussions all under the artistic direction of Michelangelo Pistoletto.

UNIDEE In progress – Program

17.00: Opening Hosted by the residents of UNIDEE
19.30: Beyond Arepa, a buffet in collaboration with the Cafeteria glocal restaurant of Cittadellarte. Polenta is transformed to Colombian bread, arepa, from Medellin to Cittadellarte (in collaboration with Juan Pablo Jimenez Carvajal with the participation of Gayle Chong Kwan)
21,30 – Auditorium: Concert SURREALISTIC LIZARDS, a project to promote music free from copyright curated by Andres Torca and the Restaurant of Cittadellarte, with the collaboration of Se.Li.Li, (Free Licence Service), a project by the Polytechnical University of Turin and Region of Piedmont to provide information in the area of ‘Free Licensing’

The Residents of UNIDEE 2007

Rei Dishon – Israel/ Wafaa Yasin – Palestine/ Chelsea Knight – United States / Ika Peraic – Croatia / Juan Pablo Jimenez Carvajal – Colombia / Marthe Van Dessel – Belgium/ Lieven Paelinck – Belgium / Nerita Oeiras – Brasil / Francesca Montà – Italy / Sakshi Guptà – India / Zofia Wollny – Poland / Vicentiu Gârbacea – Romania / Natalia Pershina – Russia / Andres Torca – Spain / Jason Waite – United States/ Fiona Whitty – Ireland / Rotimi Babatunde – Nigeria.

Their participation in UNIDEE in Residence is possible due to the grants provided by: Ermenegildo Zegna Foundation, University of Antioquia, UniCredit Group, Snait Foundation, Qattan Foundation, Inlaks, Hangar, Pacefuturo Association, Illy, IFPC-UNESCO, Fulbright, DeBuren and the Provence of Biella.

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto – via Serralunga 27 – 13900 Biella (Italia) – tel.: +39 015 28400; fax: +39 015/2522540 – Website: www.cittadellarte.it – e-mail: unidee@cittadellarte.it (Director: Cristiana Bottigella) – Press Office: ufficiostampa@cittadellarte.it ; tel.: +39 015 0991454(Francesca Fossati).

CITTADEL-ARTist Lecture Series 2007: Peter Hopkins Miller

Peter Hopkins Miller

October 26, 2007

Lecture: Pistoletto Performance Theater, 21.00

Peter Hopkins Miller makes films, film installations and film performances that focus on the irreducible elements of the cinema: lenses, light, flicker, intermittence, spectacle, spectators, projectors and projection. He is enthralled with exploring the parameters of these essential ingredients, in much the same manner as the magicians and showmen who first set the early cinema into motion with a series of Kinetoscope performances and Nickelodeon installations at the beginning of the last century.
Walter Benjamin predicts that, when a technology is replaced, it first ignites into the highest super-nova state that it can be and, in so doing, revisits and resembles its promised potential, its first state. This interest in exposing an increasingly digitized world to the inner workings of the analog cinema is driven by Miller‘s fascination with the mechanical devices that ushered in the age of film. He is drawn to the light of discovery that illuminated the industrial era, to the Rube Goldberg-like apparatuses that constructed it and to how accurately we thought they would measure our world. Ultimately, Miller creates novel, poetic conjugations of the language of media, to make new marvels out of old magic.

The Cittadel-Artist Lecture Series is part of the UNIDEE in Residence Program at the Pistoletto Foundation,
Biella, Italy. For more information, please contact Chelsea Tonelli Knight at chelsea@chelseaknight.com.

Wolkengestalt (The Form of Clouds)

Saturday 20 October 2007, h.18:00
“Wolkengestalt” (a cinétract by Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson)
The screening will be followed by a debate at the UNITOPIA space

Goethe’s meteorological observations from September 11, 1819 descend on the clouds of the present day from an ambivalent outside, an off-screen dissociated and plagued with doubt. Under the constant menace of global war, the word has withdrawn into itself and the images-temps become an opaque, ineluctable overcast, clouded by abrasive, endlessly echoing sounds.

CITTADEL-ARTist Lecture Series 2007: Roman Dziadkiewicz

“Kidnapping a Curator”, Video Still, 2004

Roman Dziadkiewicz

October 21, 2007

Lecture: Dictionary of Participatotory Strategies
Sunday, October 21, Pistoletto Performance Theater, 18.00

Roman Dziadkiewicz (1972) is an artist and co-founder/leader of the SAOZ Association (1999-2002) and 36.6foundation. He Conducts long-term studies and workshop projects bordering on artistic practices, social investigations, curatorial strategies and testing of forms of participations. Dziadkiewicz is Interested in the processes of the entanglement of art and creative processes in political and cultural contexts, the disintegration/disappearance of a work of art and the reconstruction and redefinintion of historical and multicultural traditions.
The transfiguration of physical spaces and cultural moments in Grimberg’s work produces uneasy performances of absence that question the meaning of memory, place, and attachment. The result is the realignment and play of the structure of fiction and space itself in a psychologically fractured world, in which the connection between secure meanings and official narratives is often distorted or lost.
Dziadkiewicz has realised a number of workshops, lectures and educational projects, e.g. at The Hungarian Art University (2007), The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (2006), The Cleveland Institut of Art (2005), Technical University in Krakow (2007) and within World Social Forum Mumbay (2004). The author and editor of publications (poems, essays, visual essays) e.g. Tissues (1996), Group Think or Modern Masters (in: Zniewolony Umysl 2, 2006), Agora-Solidarnosc-SFX-Creative Commons-Publicznosc (2005). Selected art realisations: Imhibition (National Museum Krakow, 2005-2007), Robinson Crusoe or Stranger than Paradise (Spaces Gallery, Cleveland 2005), Luminescences/Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors (CCA Kiev, Ukraine & Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin 2006), Books/Apperception (Rauma Biennale 2006).

The Cittadel-Artist Lecture Series is part of the UNIDEE in Residence Program at the Pistoletto Foundation,
Biella, Italy. For more information, please contact Chelsea Tonelli Knight at chelsea@chelseaknight.com.

CITTADEL-ARTist Lecture Series 2007: Eiko Grimberg

Eiko Grimberg

Fri, October 12, 2007

Studio Visits: TBA

Eiko Grimberg is a Berlin-based artist working in video and photography. His work shifts and detaches images and stories from their role as signifiers of cohesive histories. In Grimberg’s video of a deserted Wall Street in Post 9/11 New York (The Years to Come, 2005), the space of the image is folded into a mismatched historical narrative about a similar but changed series of events, and produces a sensation of dislocated anxiety.
The transfiguration of physical spaces and cultural moments in Grimberg’s work produces uneasy performances of absence that question the meaning of memory, place, and attachment. The result is the realignment and play of the structure of fiction and space itself in a psychologically fractured world, in which the connection between secure meanings and official narratives is often distorted or lost.
Eiko Grimberg received his MFA from the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB) in 2003 and is assistant professor at HGB.

The Cittadel-Artist Lecture Series is part of the UNIDEE in Residence Program at the Pistoletto Foundation,
Biella, Italy. For more information, please contact Chelsea Tonelli Knight at chelsea@chelseaknight.com.

Interwiew with Manydee artist Beatrice Catanzaro

Beatrice Catanzaro’s work consists of a contextual approach that declines into temporary installation dealing with the narrative layers of the public space. Moreover, she has initiate and engaged into extensive participatory processes. In 2002 she attended a Master in Public Art at the Bauhaus University, Weimar (Germany) and studied Social Sculpture at the Oxford Brookes University (UK). Since 2004 she has collaborated with the Pistoletto Foundation (Italy) as tutor and project developer.
See also: Bocciami project (with Michele Fontana, 2006)

What’s your personal meaning of “public art”?
«There are various kind of approaches which are labelled under the umbrella of Public Art: community based art, public sculptures, participatory art projects, urban design etc. approaches that do implies different methods and intentions. Public Art, in fact, is a vague term and can mean a number of activities, often even in contradiction one with the other. I guess the definition, contextual art, is closer to my practice: the word CONTEXT refers to a wider spectrum of elements, while PUBLIC seams to me too much related with the political and economical aspects of the public domain.
«Personally I do not see Public Art as an art genre per se and my interest in exploring and working within the public realm relates with the possibility of shortened the distance between art practice and the collectivity. I guess is an attitude, rather then I choice of genre, driven mainly by the urgency of confrontation with the fast changing condition of our contemporarety».

What are the main problems an artist has to face in his/her inter-action with the public space?
«When working within the public space I guess an artist have to be open to reconsider his/her practice following the process and the public response. The control is limited and that maybe is the challenge.
«Listening carefully to the context is an important training.
«Sometimes your intention overtakes the situation and you do not allow the process to change direction.
«Another fundamental aspect, is the ability and possibility of negotiation: when having to deal with public administrations, communities, politicians etc. you need to be able to negotiate your ideas and communicate your work (and I guess this is also part of the art process).
«Moreover, projects which require a large participation and are based on the construction of relations, develop often through a long period of time. This durational aspect, in the frame of an increasing event based art system, appears almost non-sustainable, both in terms of economical means as well as for the personal agenda of the artist, especially considering the mobility of artists today».

Is it possible to monitor the results of a public art intervention? What are the traces that a public artistic action leaves on the field?
«I understand art interventions in the public sphere as a possible shifting of perspective without necessarily having to bring enduring changing in society. We are seeing a wave of community/social based project today, quasi that an art project can substitute itself to a serious social projects … I do not know if this phenomenon is related with the obsolete idea of the artist as sort of prodigious human being, or if it cheaper for the administrations to invite an artist for a short period of time instead of engaging in a long term social project.
«Talking about results, might imply a judgment followed by a conclusion. In other words you might decide that the project succeeded or failed. Success and failure do not represent to me parameters on which we can ground our analysis. In this duality I am afraid you can not frame the relational and experiential (the Life) aspects of the art process.
«Traces? We constantly leave traces and we always generate consequences … an art project have the potential, as I was saying earlier, to shift the view point, to trig the imaginative process towards other possibilities and other perspective».

Beatrice listening UNIDEE residents’ questions

Another moment of the meeting between Beatrice and the residents

Cubes in Motion: an example of Manydee collaboration

The intention of the Cubes in Motion – Embassy of Biella and Piedmont Territory project is to initiate a process of creative collaboration among the C.N.A. Confederazione Nazionale dell’Artigianato (National Confederation of Crafts), La Tavola dell’Orso, the craftsmen of Piedmont excellence and the artists of Manydee, the international network of former UNIDEE residents.
Aim: conceiving 8 cubes from international artists, realised from selected Piedmont artisans in order to promote the productive abilities of the Biella and Piedmont Territory, which are also used as display unit for the products of the Consortium La Tavola dell’Orso.
The project wants to propose as a model the idea that Biella and Piedmont crafting excellence embodies in products of the highest quality the district’s cultural and environmental values.
In this direction, in the Biella and Piedmont territory the quality of product will become quality of life.
In this vision there is a meaningful correspondence between the productive fabric and the life of the socio-cultural fabric.
The vitality of the social fabric is the fruit of the organic relationships between the various elements that make up the territory, on one hand, and the global dimension on the other.
This quality of life is founded on the concept of glocalisation, that complex economic and cultural system of reference originating from the fusion of local networks with the planetary weave.
The proposed concepts will have to be in the shape of a cube, the basic module of a variable, transformable, adaptable to different spaces.

Some images of the very first cubes realized for the project (May 2006, photos courtesy of Ruben Bena)

Artist: Juan Sandoval (Colombia) > Craftsman: aluminium – Fossati Marco >
Producer: Az. Agr. di Maria Chiara Reda – Cajanto wine

Artist: Margarita Vazquez Ponte (Scotland) > Craftsman: wood – Pigato Roberto > Producer: Liquorificio Rapa Giovanni Ratafià

Artist: Alejandro Vàsques Salinas (Colombia) >
Craftsman: marble and stone – Romanelli Marco > Producer: Caseificio Rosso

BiLUG – Biella’s Linux Users Group

BiLUG (Biella User Group) is a etherogeneous group of people that use open source for business or just for passion and spend their time to promote
its use in any destination. In spite the name, members of BiLUG don’t use only Linux but they are interested by the whole range of free software.
Focus of BiLUG activity is the mailing list, where all subscribers can meet themselves and exchange email messages to find a help. The web site is used to share news and to promote activities.
In 2007, thanks to the collaboration with Cittadellarte, the group has the opportunity to meet ourselves more often, every saturday afternoon. This is a good way to
meet interested people, to try to solve common issues, to give suggestion to everyone who need.
In particulary, BiLUG members offer their experience for installation and
configuration of most common operating systems (distributions) and free software
and, at the beginning of every month, in the evening, BiLUG people meet new members and discuss about activities for free software promotion, like Linux Day event, a yearly recorrence.