No application fee. Artists can only apply online, by filling out the application form they will receive via e-mail after the registration. They will be asked to send: description of the project, accompanied by drafts or preparatory drawings; operating modes of community involvement; curriculum and statement; portfolio; indication of techniques and materials and a forecast of the production budget; possible co-funding implementation for the realization of the project (grants, scholarships, sponsorships, etc.).
viadellafucina16 is a new artist-in-residency programme which will take place in a condominium in the heart of the historical district of Porta Palazzo in Turin, Italy. Through an international open call, opened to multidisciplinary proposals, artists will be invited to spend residency periods in the 19th-century building, which has been abandoned in a state of decline for thirty years now. During the residency, selected artists will have the power to realize their artworks into the common spaces of the condominium, with the purpose of promoting its retraining and activating a dialogue among the different communities (and cultures) of its inhabitants. Winning projects will be selected by the tenants of the condominium (over 200 people of various nationalities, living in 53 apartments) mediated by a board of curators and insiders. Selected proposals will have to involve the community of the building and of the district in the design and realization of the artworks, to interpret their desires, to activate new and durable forms of sociality and collective care of the common spaces.
The condominium – a place where we experience the first form of democracy as well as intersection point between the private and public dominium – opens itself to the artistic practice as an element of an aesthetic, social and cultural regeneration. It will become a symbolic place where a community can represent itself, in the same way as historical nobles’ palaces, thanks to the works of the artists, used to represent the prestige of noble families. The place, always visible and open to citizenship, will define the first international condominium-museum experiment.
The old gatehouse of this building – reopened and chaired by a team of young sociologists and anthropologists from the University of Turin – will be turned into an “art gatehouse” to receive the visitors and to gather the desires of the inhabitants. The program will be enriched with exhibitions, events and talks organized by Idiòt, the new independent art gallery whose name is a tribute to the famous Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, the same novel in which is contained the famous quote ‘Beauty will save the world’. In addition to that it will be activated a tourist accommodation service and a creation workshop, Fucina16, managed by artists from Turin inside the common garden. The whole project will be studied and monitored by a group of young sociologists and anthropologists from the University of Turin, in order to make it replicable as a model.
The historical area of Porta Palazzo defines the headquarters of the residence. Porta Palazzo – the largest open market in Europe, the point of reception in the city’s history of multiple migration waves – will provide not only the platform where artists can live and work, but will also be the thematic center of their interventions, to be developed through completion of works inspired by history or places of the district, site-specific projects which engage the population, etc.. The name of the residence “viadellafucina” (forge street) is borrowed from the ancient name of Via La Salle, where kaninchen-haus established, and where a forge once stood.
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