UNIDEE – University of Ideas: spring & summer terms, 2015

UNIDEE – University of Ideas: spring & summer terms, 2015

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto

Exhibition view, Le Musée Cannibale. MEN Ethnographic Museum
Neuchatel, 2002–2003. Courtesy MEN.
March 24, 2015
UNIDEE – University of Ideas: spring & summer terms, 2015

Program begins May 4

UNIDEE – University of Ideas
Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto Onlus
Via G. B. Serralunga 27
13900 Biella

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UNIDEE – University of Ideas is a multifaceted educational platform investigating the relationship between art and public sphere, through a new programme of weekly residential modules based on interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing and experience exchange, alongside a series of artists’ residency projects.

The programme, developed by Cecilia Guida in collaboration with Juan Esteban Sandoval, kicks off on May 4, and focuses on three broad concepts: temporality, responsibility, participation, encompassing art history, activism, commons, politics, territorial transformation, museology, visual narratives, social imagery, relational systems, rituals, social cooking, urban space (etc.).


May 4–8
Salvatore Iaconesi & Oriana Persico
How do the masses of data making up Ubiquitous Infoscapes radically transform our lives and perception of the world? How do they affect public, private, intimate spaces, our rights, approach to knowledge-sharing, learning, expression and communication?
Application deadline: April 4


May 11–15
Silvia Franceschini with Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Beyond Entropy
Changing nothing so that everything is different reflects on the idea of the city and its post-industrial evolution in Europe, while questioning artistic practices’ role in gentrification processes, also taking Cittadellarte as a case study of regeneration.
Application deadline: April 11


May 18–22
Aria Spinelli with Tullio Brunone
Curating as a form of assembly focuses on alternative modes of thinking society. It discusses and enacts how “curating,” through imaginative forms of political emancipation, can shift power relations between artists, authors and contexts.
Application deadline: April 18


May 25–29
Massimiliano Viel
Through theory, listening experiences and practical laboratories, Patterns and Music proposes music production techniques, alongside strategies to deal with music in its broadest acceptation, unmasking the conceptual frame of cognitive patterns when dealing with the evolution of music structures.
Application deadline: April 25


June 8–12
Emilia Telese with Richard Shields
By addressing practical matters (rates of pay, fundraising, marketing, proposal writing, effective networking, interaction with the art world), The Artist as Entrepreneur: relationships between artists, society, markets and world economy provides tools for working internationally as an independent professional artist.
Application deadline: May 8


June 15–19
Giulia Grechi with Fiamma Montezemolo
How can we turn a museum from a temple for conservation of essential categories, into a new affective site where to activate dynamics? Performing Anthropology aims to unmask the assumptions beneath our cultural understanding of key concepts like museum, archive, modernity, in relation to time, space, identity.
Application deadline: May 15


June 22–26
Saioa Olmo Alonso with Sabel Gavaldón
Group Matters is a methodology in progressexploring 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.
Application deadline: May 22


June 29–July 3
Giusy Checola with Thomas Gilardi
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.
Application deadline: May 29


August 31–September 4
Federica Martini with Anne-Julie Raccoursier
Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear: contemporary art histories and other news investigates the writing of art histories in contemporary artistic research practices, the notions of responsibility and collective authorship and our relationship to archives, documents, artworks and oral histories produced by art scenes.
Application deadline: July 7


September 7–19
Christian Nyampeta, Sofia Olascoaga, Sakiko Sugawa, Jason Waite
What do we have in Common? is an experiment in living, learning and working together. A horizontal learning school focusing on the personal, political and aesthetic horizons of the commons. It emphasizes the importance of acknowledging maintenance work and collective caretaking as an integral to working toward enacting a common practice.
Application deadline: June 15


The programme continues during fall 2015 with:
Alessandra Donati, raumlaborberlin; Beatrice Catanzaro; Ana Dzokic & Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited); Santiago Reyes Villaveces with Manuel Ángel Marcia; Andrea Caretto & Raffaella Spagna with Attila Faravelli; Matteo Lucchetti & Judith Wielander (visible project) with Ahmet Ögüt and Jonas Staal; Monica Narula (Raqs Media Collective) with Rasmus Nielsen (Superflex); Omer Krieger.

UNIDEE – University of Ideas’ modules at Cittadellarte are generously supported by Zegna Foundation and illy SpA.

To apply and for application deadlines, click here and see specific modules.
Students are entitled to a discounted fee. For further details contact [email protected].

[email protected]
Programme Director and Curator: Cecilia Guida
Programme Coordinator: Elisa Tosoni
Assistant to the Director: Giulia Crisci


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