Participation and its (dis)contents. How can art contribute to collective deliberation processes and participation in civic governance
Paolo Naldini, the director of Cittadellarte, presents a series of artistic initiatives focusing on effectiveness of impact, deeply rooted in their contexts and aware of human rights, thus proving that there exist socially engaged practices that have been dealing with participation and its discontents. “There may be hundreds of other inspiring projects,” says Naldini, “that could lead us to see, or at least to sense, that involving artists initiatives in collective deliberation processes is not only viable but also desirable. I hope these will serve as a shared knowledge basis for tackling more specifically the question of the possible relation between art and collective deliberation processes and participation in civic governance”.
Cittadellarte invites its digital users and readers to reflect on the life awaiting us in the post-pandemic world. Will or won’t we change? And if we will, how? What can we concretely do to head towards a balance of sustainable prosperity? Starting from these questions inspired by the song by Subsonica dedicated to the Third Paradise, we’ll wait for your answers to give a collective boost to our project of rebirth and responsible social transformation. Michelangelo Pistoletto and Paolo Naldini introduce the initiative through a video message and a docufilm: here are the recordings.
When fashion becomes an example of excellence and sustainability, an interview with the co-founder of WRÅD Matteo Ward
Face to face with the CEO of the startup which has become an international best practice: Matteo Ward talks about the role of communication in the process of raising social awareness on the theme of ethical fashion, highlighting the inspirational and collaborative relationship linking WRÅD to Cittadellarte and identifying the objectives his brand pursues in the field of global sustainability. “The fashion industry,” he said, “cannot be allowed to legitimately consume essential resources for life on Earth anymore”.
The former volleyball player is the 93rd participant in the initiative “The Art of Balance / Pandemopraxy”, launched by Cittadellarte. In her video contribution, Nadia Centoni reveals the memories the lockdown has created for her and reflects on the role of sport activities in the pandemic: “In this period,” she said, “I have realised even more clearly how important sport is as a means of release, as a form of wellness and sociality”.
The artist is the 92nd participant in the initiative “The Art of Balance / Pandemopraxy”, launched by Cittadellarte. In his video contribution, Antonio Pallotta reflects on how communication in his artistic life has changed since the advent of the pandemic, explaining the importance modern instruments have had in this process: “I hope that a responsible use of these means of communication through the propagation of contents of value and not only of pure entertainment can somehow enhance our experience as inhabitants of a system that we cannot actually control, no matter how big our efforts are”. Here is the video.
The student of Modern Literatures and fantasy and poetry writer is the 91st participant in the initiative “The Art of Balance / Pandemopraxy”, launched by Cittadellarte. Giulia Roitero talks about the importance writing has had in her personal growth and in building her dreams. After a thought on her personal sphere, she offers a reflection at collective level: “With time,” she said, “I have learnt that dreaming dreams is good, but working to achieve them is even better. I wish for everybody to act in order to bring reality closer to their fantasies and ambitions”.