UNIDEE: Modes of Instituting program & call for CLIMAVORE: Losing Culture

UNIDEE: Modes of Instituting program & call for CLIMAVORE: Losing Culture

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto

(1) Elephants in the Room, CascoAssembly 2018. (2) Bik Van der Pol, Letters to the Land, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art 2017. Photo: Bik Van der Pol. (3) Cooking Sections, Climavore On Tidal Zones, Isle of Skye. Photo: Ruth Clark 2017.

October 31, 2019
UNIDEE: Modes of Instituting program & call for CLIMAVORE: Losing Culture
November 8–29, 2019
Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto
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UNIDEE presents the fall term programme of workshops, residencies and conferences titled Modes of Instituting.

Initiated by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto in 1999, UNIDEE is the higher educational programme for art and social change of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy). Bridging the Arte Povera ’60s movement to the third millennium anthropocenic challenge, UNIDEE and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto continue developing research, making practices visible and experimenting methodologies in the field of Socially Engaged Art. After years of researching methods of engaging art practices into the societal fabric, in 2012 Cittadellarte launched the Demopraxy research project, opening various sites for social change in Cuba, Rome, Melbourne, Milan and other places around the world. The function of Demopraxy (where the term praxis—practice—replaces the term kratos, power) is to rethink the system of representation in current democracy politics: the project connects civil organizations (associations, foundations, companies, public and private bodies, commercial enterprises and nonprofit institutions, etc) forming micro systems of government to find solutions for the greatest challenges of our time.

In line with the mission of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of UNIDEE, the fall programme Modes of Instituting invites artists who invented their own platforms and organizations to intervene in the social realm. Curated by 2018–19 visiting curator Valerio Del Baglivo, the programme aims at rethinking how we can establish ethical principles to build institutions not only as centres of power, hierarchy, control and discipline.
Since February 2019 UNIDEE has founded Accademia UNIDEE.

A group of eight young artists and curators from Italy and beyond have been selected to follow the workshops and produce a final document: Agil Abdullayev, Gaia Di Lorenzo, Nicholas Ferrara, Giulia Floris, Carlotta Sofia Grassi, Majd Nasrallah, Yates Norton and Carolina Ongaro.

November 8–10, 2019
Kobe Matthys (The Agency) and Stefan Nowotny
Assembly (Modes of Instituting)

November 11–13, 2019
Annette Krauss and Yolande Van de Heide
Site for Unlearning (Art Organization): How do we want to work together?

November 16–18, 2019
Janna Graham and Valeria Graziano
Techniques for Living Otherwise: Instituting with Care

November 19–21, 2019
Bik Van der Pol
Working title: through the looking glass

Additionally, beside the workshop programme, a series of conferences on streaming will be organized with Directors of Art Institutions in Europe to discuss forms of instituting otherwise: Charles Esche (Director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), Melanie Bouteloup (Director Betonsalon - Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris), Cecilia Widenheim (Director Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm) and Francis Mckee (Director CCA Glasgow).

Moreover, continuing our call for action in times of climate breakdown, on November 26-29 artist duo Cooking Sections will lead a workshop titled CLIMAVORE: Losing Cultures, a long-term project to investigate new forms of production and consumption in times of climate crisis.

The four-days workshop is funded and the selected participants will take part to a graphic competition to win the Production Prize worth EUR 3,000.

For details on the application procedure click here, deadline is Monday, November 11, 2019, 11pm CET.

We take this opportunity to thank our historical partner illycaffè S.p.A. for the generous support, the five workshops of UNIDEE Fall Term are entirely funded by illycaffè S.p.A.

In October, like every year, we welcome our international guests artists of the UNIDEE AIR – Emerging Geographies programme: Majd Nasrallah (grant issued by A.M. Qattan Foundation (PS)); Agil Abdullayev (grant issued by Yarat Contemporary Art Space (AZ)).

Last but not least, we are extremely happy to present the three winners that responded our summer call for papers to critically discuss the 2019 yearly UNIDEE programme: Anna Moreno, Julian Day and Sofía Olascoaga Gómez de León.

Instituted in 1998 by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto as a concrete development of his Progetto Arte Manifesto—a direct call to artists to initiate social changes in their own contexts—Cittadellarte aims at inspiring and producing responsible changes in society through ideas and creative projects. Pistoletto has translated the Foundation’s mission into the symbol of the Third Paradise: in his words “a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity sign, made of three consecutive circles. The two external circles represent all the diversities and antinomies, among which nature and artifice. The central one is given by the compenetration of the opposite circles and represents the generative womb of a new humanity”. Since then, Cittadellarte has built a network of autonomous and connected “ambassadors of the Third Paradise,” a group of agents that represent initiatives of social and political transformation worldwide.

UNIDEE patrons are Piedmont Region, Compagnia di San Paolo, CRT Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, Fondazione Zegna, illycaffè S.p.A.
UNIDEE AIR partners are A.M. Qattan Foundation (PS); Yarat Contemporary Art Space (AZ).

For further informations please visit UNIDEE or contact: unidee [​at​] cittadellarte.it.

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