I have been on residency for two weeks at Cittadellarte, in Biella in the north of Italy. Cittadellarte is a living art place that focuses on Responsible Social Transformation. Activating ways we can build society through ethical co-working with the planet and each other. With with art at it’s core, there are many ‘cells’ of Cittadellarte, including politics (Love Difference), architecture, education, food, economics, spirituality, fashion, nourishment, human rights, design and production, history, literature.
I partook in two weeks of the educational program called the University of Ideas (UNIDEE). Like many alternate education programs, UNIDEE has just broken down it’s structure from a 4 month placement to be shorter one week modules. I took two of them,one on Social Architecture and another on Politically mapping your praxis. You can see more about what we did in them below. I also spent time learning about how the foundation grew, runs and structures itself....
My walking practice while on residency at Cittadellarte culminated in this video. The space was an abandoned factory by the river in the village of Biella, in the north of Italy.
At Cittadellarte, the underlying philosophy of the new social order is based on the Third Paradise. It is an ideology written by the founder Michelangelo Pistoletto. The philosophy states:
“It is the merging of the first and second paradise. The first is the paradise in which life on earth is totally governed by nature. The second is the artificial paradise, developed by human intelligence through a process that is polluting, infecting and corroding the natural planet at an exponential rate, spawning irreversible processes of extinction."
The symbol looks like this:
There was a lot of talk of third spaces, like the third sector being the voluntary part of the economy, and the general creation of a new place for us to exist in, a ‘third’ place. It’s an interesting thought as normally I...
I have been partaking in the University of Ideas at Cittadellarte in the north of Italy. In the first week I did a workshop called ‘The Architecture of Social Space: Creating Spaces of Critique Within the Places We Live’
We made an action called emBEDded labor where we placed a bed in a public square and used it as platform to talk to the public about ideas around the refusal of labour.
It has been observed that water’s molecular structure changes shape when exposed to different things, thoughts, images, words, environments. Since we are mostly water, perhaps the same is true for us. Our thoughts can change everything. Our private, unspoken, unwritten thoughts...
Water, Glass, Paper Cups, Thought, Digestive System.
Somos Gallery, Aug 2nd, 2014.
One month ago today, I took part in a group show that would change my life. I didn’t know it’s significance at the time, and so free from the burden of understanding that it would stay with me vividly for time to come, I walked into the experience calmly and with all my wits about me. Why and how it changed my life is a subtle thread that follows, remaining undisclosed for if I acknowledge it publicly it might disappear or transform beyond recognition, and although I know that is ultimately inevitable, for now I am protecting it from dissection, shielding it from being called art by being named here. This is...