UNIDEE - residency programs
UNIDEE Residency Programs and Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto are pleased to announce an open call for participation in the first two seasons of residency modules in the programme Neither on Land not at Sea. Meeting by the Mediterranean Im/Possible, curated by UNIDEE Visiting Curator Chiara Cartuccia.
Neither on Land nor at Sea invites to meander around unreducible complications and on shifting grounds, to explore together ways in which geography is historically, socially, and politically produced. The project pluralises Mediterranean concepts/spaces as sites of worldmaking and experimentation in communal living. To do so, it adopts un-grounded geographies and colliding historicities as meeting places, in which to congregate to elaborate on the role played by situated practices and shared processes in the promotion of social transformations, towards epistemic justice.
The UNIDEE modules are programme-based week-long residency formats. Participating residents will be offered the opportunity to expand on their ongoing research and practice exploring Mediterranean complexities and geographical thinking in the arts and beyond, within a group of peers and invited guests. The Spring & Summer modules are curated by UNIDEE Visiting Curator with invited mentors: interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker Noor Abed, critical spatial practitioners FRAUD(Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo), and artist, researcher and educator Alessandra Ferrini.
For more information about the context and scopes of the project, please read the full curatorial framework here.
The first leg of the Neither on Land nor at Sea residency modules is articulated in two seasons, a Spring Season, taking place in May, and a Summer Season, taking place in June.
The exact dates of the modules are as follows:
- Module I: 13-19 May
- Module II: 5-11 June
- Module III: 10-16 June
Invited mentors in each module are: Noor Abed (Spring Season, Module I), FRAUD (Summer Season, Module II) and Alessandra Ferrini (Summer Season, Module III).
More guests in each module will be announced soon.
The programme of each module will employ different working formats that foster collaboration and exchange, including workshops, reading sessions, talks, screenings, collective interventions and exercise (indoors and outdoors), one-on-one mentoring, according to the specific approach proposed by each mentor and to the needs of the group.
Neither on Land nor at Sea is curatorially conceived as an organic project, which articulates across the single residency modules and an accompanying public programme over the duration of a biennium. The modules are interlinked, and each contributes to shaping the discourse developed by the project as a whole. Residents will be asked to leave a ‘trace’ of their participation behind. This can take different forms –from a commented bibliographic reference to a visual fragment, in video, photo, drawing etc., a sound recording, a written note, or a shared toolkit. The material thus collected will be made accessible to future and past residents, both in the physical spaces of UNIDEE and online, through the Neither of Land nor at Sea digital platform.
The residency programme’s working language is English
Events at Cittadellarte such as exhibitions, conferences, performances, and workshops represent an integral part of the time spent at UNIDEE.
Depending on the residency format, please enquire via email.
Participants will be accommodated within the premises of Cittadellarte, in single rooms with the use of shared bathrooms. The residential spaces offer basic cooking facilities and communal resting areas.
All participants have free access to:
- a seminar module / meeting room
- Cittadellarte library
- saladivani (a space to share with the residents to cook and spend time together)
The residency modules will take place at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, in Biella, Italy. The UNIDEE and Cittadellarte spaces will host a large part of the programme, while further opportunities for exploring the urban and rural landscape of Biella and its immediate surroundings will be offered.