Participate at Viadellafucina16

Participate at Viadellafucina16

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 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.

Eligibility - the main section of this announcement is reserved for non-resident artists in Turin born after November 15, 1980. The artists selected in this category will be entitled to:

  • accommodation in the condominium-museum and insurance coverage
  • budget to cover the costs related to the production of the work (materials and equipment) which will be defined by the organization (up to a ceiling of 1500 euros) on the basis of each project.
  • refund for travel expenses (up to a ceiling defined by distance) and meals (up to a weekly ceiling)
  • technical assistance in the realization of the project
  • tutoring and curatorship
  • studio visits programme with local institutions, curators, gallerists, art collectors and other artists
  • the organization of workshops, exhibitions and collateral events which engage the local community

Mentores- the “Mentores” category is dedicated to the artists born before November 15, 1980 and/or to the artists of any age who already live in Turin who have significant proposals in relation to goals of the program. This section benefits of restricted economic resources instead of the main section. Therefore it can host those artists who want to take spontaneously part to the construction of the condominium-museum or who can benefit of grants or private sponsorship or who simply mean to donate an artwork of theirs. Kaninchen-Haus can ensure, for these artists coming from outside, an accommodation and, on the basis of available resources, the coverage of the costs for the production of a new work (materials and equipment), taking individual agreements with the single applicant. Kaninchen-Haus reserves the right to invite the artist belonging to this category to participate to this program as a tutor.

Types of interventions and usable spaces - it is possible to propose any kind of intervention to be carried out in the common spaces of the condominium-museum, as well as operations that can involve the community of the stable and the neighborhood and that can transform the relations between its inhabitants. By way of example it is possible to organize pictorial, graphic, lightning, interactive, audio or video installations, performances, cinematographic works, outside works (garden), relational and/or participatory works that can provide, from the assumption, of being able to be developed and modified on the basis of a living relationship with the context and the community. At the disposal of the artists, there are all the common spaces inside the stable and in particular: the entrance door; the hall; the garden; the terrace; the lodge and the residence spaces; the five floors stairs. There are no interventions to be made on the facade.

Application process - 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.). Deadline for application is June 25th. The winners will be privately contacted and, subsequently, announced on the site and via a press conference.