Each of the partners organised at least one artist residency or residency programme over the course of the project, informed by the subject of territoriality as well as the local contexts and interests of the partner organisations.
Fondazione Pistoletto – Cittadellarte hosted the first international residency programme in November 2015, around the subject of Creating Territorialities, bringing together artists and activists from each of the partner countries to engage in a short, but focused programme developed around the themes of the project. The residency was curated by Giusy Checola with Thomas Gilardi. Participants were Vahap Avsar, Agnes Basthy, Johanna Bratel, Anna Bromley, Bahar Habibi, Diva Helmy, Lorenza Ippolito, Lia Krucken, Ju Hyun Oark and Vittoria Soddu.
Their second residency programme took place in June 2016. Titled The Shifting Place, this residency aimed to investigate the aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of territories in the process of transition – between the local and the transnational, the private and the common and the material and immaterial. As a development from the first residency module, the programme incorporated interactions with local people through partnerships with Italia Che Cambia and the Biellese Transition Towns Association. The residents were invited to formulate proposals in response to these meetings and their time spent exploring the Biellese territory that considered how artists can activate or create shifting visions and processes, which drew on their research into permaculture, resilience and transnational social change. The residency was divided into three parts, three days spent in and around the Biellese mountains hosted by “agents of change” from the Transition Town network, a week of individual and collective work at Cittadellarte, and a public presentation of the outcomes of the residency.
The residency was developed and led by Giusy Checola. The participants were Alaa Abu Asad, Silvia Cruells, Andrew Friend, Emma Gibson, Eleni Kamma, Wayne Lim, Teresa Palmieri, Elja Ranta, Chiara Sgaramella and Moonis Shah.
Images from The Shifting Place, Cittadellarte, June 2016
Otvorena Soba hosted the first stage of their residency programme, for emerging designers, in summer 2016:
Three talented and ambitious designers; Catinca Tilea, the Netherlands, Mathilde van den Bussche, Belgium and Valerio Veruso, Italy, have finished the first phase of the residency programme at Public Room, Centre for Design and Innovation, Skopje (Otvorena Soba). Working on the project themes of territoriality, identity, place and possession, over a 10 day period they each developed a different concept for a permanent indoor installation. All three installations are based on problem solving and providing a functional solution for a public space. In a public space with very explicit industrial style (Public Room Skopje) and dominant local culture, the designers undertook a period of initial research in communication with staff, visitors and production companies in order to come up with concrete proposals.
Images from the first phase of the residency.
Each of the designers returned a few weeks later to realise their proposals – these have been installed as permanent installations around the building.
More information about the residencies is available on the Public Room site: http://www.publicroom.org/projects/TIPP-SkopjeResidences.html
Netwerk invited artist Christian Nyampeta to undertake an online residency from December 2015 to April 2016, in anticipation for his solo exhibition in Netwerk and as part of a curatorial collaboration with Cittadellarte. The text and image material for this exhibition came from a co-creation with artists, curators, authors and philosophers, along Nyapeta’s travel route, which included Greece, Italy and Rwanda. His residency culminated in the exhibition Entering From The Inside, at Netwerk April-June 2016:
The work of artist Christian Nyampeta is driven by a quest towards developing an understanding heart in thinking, speculating and exercising challenges to how to live together well, and how to share the world.
The phrase How to Live Together can be read as a manual, an argument, a philosophical or physical pursuit and so much more. It is a method to disassemble “life as it is”, to rethink and rearrange, a suggestion to approach normative society in alternative ways and gain new insights that perhaps through the volatile flow of everyday triviality might otherwise escape our thoughts. In his recent work, Nyampeta creates a contemporary interpretation of the term “public interior” or semi-public space. He formulates a possible environment in which the encounter between diverse rhythms and ideologies need not necessarily be only contradictory and conflicting.
Fabrica selected Elly Clarke to participate in a residency that addressed the idea of remote intimacy, and how relationships are extended and changed through the digital. Elly Clarke’s residency culminated in #Sergina’s Stimulatingly Sexy Simultaneous Simulation of Herself, an event as part of Brighton Digital Festival, that took place simultaneously in Brighton, Belgrade and Berlin. In this event Elly Clarke’s #Sergina, a multi-bodied, border-straddling Drag Princess, sings and performs songs about love in a time of digitalism, both online and in the flesh. #Sergina is everybody’s selfie, and no one’s. She is up for grabs and she is untouchable. She is an image and she is flawed (and confined) by her own flesh/s. She is a self-sculpted c-celeb. Her self is worn (out) on different bodies. She competes with her own image, and usually loses.
This event took place at the Malborough, simultaneously downstairs at the bar and upstairs in the theatre, (as well as Belgrade and Berlin). It was also live broadcast online via #Sergina’s YouTube channel. The performance was preceded by a panel discussion at Fabrica with artist Elly Clarke and Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver, Fabrica’s post-doctoral research fellow, who supported Elly Clarke’s residency through her own research into remote intimacy, as an academic and curator.
A participatory flashmob ghetto blaster disco dance #IGotMyPhoneInMyWallet fun run around Brighton also took place two days before the performance – as a warm up and members of the public were invited to perform #Sergina’s #Waiting song in full #Sergina costume, also live broadcast.