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The Shifting Place. Fondazione Pistoletto, Cittadellarte, Italy.


The Fondazione Pistoletto, Cittadellarte, Biella Italy. Open call to attend a seminar workshop from June 20-24th 2016 on the subject of The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories.

As part of a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU, the TIPP project – Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place and Possession – explores the nature of our forms of territorialities leading to an investigation and better understanding of the tensions existing between the personal, the local and the general that threaten the sustainability of the European Union. Creating Territorialities, the first TIPP residency was held at Cittadellarte in 2015.

The second residency, The Shifting Place, aims to investigate the aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territorial processes, found in local and transnational, private and common, material and immaterial dimensions.

Creating Territorialities will discuss territoriality as a possibility of replacing the process of human evolution by a process of co-evolution; together with an interrelated transformation of societies and territories; and the local and the global in our daily life. As opposed to the concepts of territorialisation, de-territorialisation and reterritorialization as forms of cultural, social and spatial control that is used to transform and dominate territories.

The concept of locality addressed by Understanding Territorialities is that of a “territory we feel most connected to emotionally”, a connection which is “often exploited by Eurosceptic and nationalist arguments but often neglected as a subject for discussion by Europhiles”. At the same time, the renewed and widespread attention to the “local”, as a place that gives life, as origin, as individual and collective heritage, and as a battleground, creates forms of delocalisation and relocalisation of values and imaginary meanings given to places.

The second week Creating Territorialities will establish interactions with local communities through their ways of telling stories about their own territory, considering people as fundamental in revealing some of the evident and hidden, dominant or specific forms and processes of the Biellese territorialities.

Together with the editorial staff of the web newspaper Italia che cambia and the Biellese in Transition Association, the project will explore, experience, investigate and formulate proposals about how artivators could create and activate shifting visions and processes between the paths, places and paradoxes raised by practical and theoretical elaboration of issues such as permaculture, resilience, bioregion and transnational social changing, between current forms of border thinking and the necessary self-alteration of local communities, societies and their own territorialities.

10 artists and professionals from different fields, related to the investigation on forms of territorialities, will be selected via an open call to participate to The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories. This second weekly residency, organised by UNIDEE – University of Ideas and taking place in Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, is developed in the frame of Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place & Possession, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and produced in partnership by Fabrica (UK, http://fabrica.org.uk), Netwerk (Belgium, www.netwerk-art.be/en), Otvorena Soba (Macedonia, www.publicroom.org) and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy, www.cittadellarte.it).

For further information, please visit the residency programme developed in 2015, Creating Territorialities or the open call TIPP 2015

Report Tipp 2015 understanding territorialities available on https://understandingterritoriality.wordpress.com/

“Creating Territorialities” text by Giusy Checola in PDF format


Giusy Checola (San Severo, 1973) is PhD researcher at University Paris VIII Vincennes Saint-Denis (France) and curator of artistic-pluridisciplinary projects mainly focused on the relation between art and public sphere, developed in interaction with cultural geography and geophilosophy. Currently her work focuses on place-making, on artistic intervention in public sphere and its effects in material and immaterial dimensions of the public and the common dimensions. Founder of the platform and archive Archiviazioni (Southern Italy), she has been researcher for editions 2013 and 2015 of International Award for Excellence in Public(USA/China) and mentor for UNIDEE in June 2015. She’s member of the curatorial board of SoutHeritage Foundation of Matera (Italy) and co-director of Maverick Campus (Basilicata region). She’s contributor of Domus magazine.

For applications and eligibility criteria please refer to Open call that will be released in March 2016.


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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