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August 3, 2015

UNIDEE – University of Ideas call for applications: Fall term 2015

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto
Asher Benari, Bikurim (first fruits),1953. Design: Liudmila Ogryzko, 2015.

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 artist residency projects.

This year’s programme, developed by Cecilia Guida in collaboration with Juan Esteban Sandoval and under the general direction of Paolo Naldini, focuses on three broad concepts: temporality, responsibility and participation.

Kicking off in May, the first eight modules of the programme saw the participation of 44 residents representing 16 nationalities worldwide, including established professionals and exceptionally gifted individuals currently completing their BA, MA or PhD degrees. They are visual and performance artists, photographers, curators, architects, critics, anthropologists, museum professionals, musicians, etc.

UNIDEE – University of Ideas has developed several educational collaborations & scholarships with Universities and Art Academies in Italy, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as private sponsors (Fondazione Zegna, illycaffè S.p.A., Fondo Edo Tempia). Residents have also received financial backing from public institutions such as Mondriaan Fund (NL).

Fall 2015 programme:

28 September–2 October (raumlaborberlin)
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, creating atmospheres of communication and exchange or intrusions into asituation of settled habits.

Deadline: 28 August
Apply for illycaffè grant & prize!

5–9 October (Beatrice Catanzaro) 
Why do I do what I do? aims to unfold the participants’ understanding of their own practices, attempting to define a survival kit for a truly engaging participatory art practice. It explores notions of empathy, active listening and imaginative processes while addressing intersubjectivity as constructed narrative and humankind’s imaginative capacity.

Deadline: 5 September
Apply for illycaffè grant & prize!

12–16 October (Ana Dzokic & Marc Neelen, STEALTH.unlimited)
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.

Deadline: 12 September
Apply for illycaffè grant & prize!

19–23 October (Santiago Reyes Villaveces with Manuel Ángel Macia)
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.

Deadline: 19 September
Apply for illycaffè grant & prize!

26–30 October (Andrea Caretto & Raffaella Spagna with Attila Faravelli)
Matter as Experienceproposes 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.

Deadline: 26 September

9–13 November (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, notions of responsibility and collective authorship, and our relationship to archives, documents, artworks and oral histories produced by art scenes.

Deadline: 8 October

16–20 November (Monica Narula, Raqs Media Collective with Rasmus Nielsen, Superflex) 
Deploying a methodology inspired by a folk tale, Recipe for Stone Soup: How to Let Time Cook Us All Precedures for Conversational Practice in Contemporary Art devises, through collective action, a set of procedures for the making of an art work/situation while directly addressing the questions of temporality, responsibility and participation.

Deadline: 16 October

23–27 November (Omer Krieger)
Performative situations in public space: The research and action group aims at forming and training an action group. Reading and analysing public choreography, the performance of the state, modes of civic behaviour, performances of power, order and danger, through the observation of existing groups, it will generate a public ceremony.

Deadline: 23 October

Programme Director and Curator: Cecilia Guida
Programme Coordinator: Elisa Tosoni
Assistant to the Director: Giulia Crisci

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

 

Call for applications: UNIDEE – University of Ideas fall 2015

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