Cittadellarte’s director reflects on circularity, explaining how this concept is not ideal, inasmuch as it can preclude and lead to a ‘closure’, Naldini therefore illustrates three terms facilitating the development of a circular paradigm: interlocality, horizontal scalability and tricircularity. This last key word, which he is proposing, recalls a network of locality by expressing a vision addressed to building connections between ecologies and economies. “The paradigm of tricircularity,” – he claims, – “implies the concept of circularity, but it intends and extends it in a horizontal and polycentric, or rather acentric, perspective”.
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.
Face to face with Michelangelo Pistoletto: a special episode of our feature “The art of balance / Pandemopraxy”
In a new interview, the Biellese artist has commented on the success of the initiative – which has so far received 50 contributions – launched by our Journal and conceived by Cittadellarte’s director Paolo Naldini. Michelangelo Pistoletto stresses the importance of the project: “It’s necessary,” he claims,“that each person coming into contact with others by expressing their thought through this initiative manages to find, in this multiplicity, answers producing something effective, because people can’t usually fulfil their wishes by themselves”.
“The art of care”: the presidente of the Italian Red Cross at Cittadellarte with all the actors of the project
On 20th July, in the spaces of Fondazione Pistoletto, Francesco Rocca met Paolo Naldini and Michelangelo Pistoletto for a series of operational meetings on the initiatives the artistic and the volunteering institutions are collaborating on. At 18.00h, a public conference saw the attendance and the participation of the representatives of all the organisations adhering to the project “The Art of Care”, whose joint contributions led to the production of 100.000 face masks donated to the Red Cross and 10.000 face masks donated to Biella’s hospital.
Anna Moreno's essay invokes a fictional near-future scenario where the Colony Collapse Disorder (or the epidemiological demise of beehives) throws the world into a radical social and urban reconfiguration. Breeding on real data and impersonating the Head of the Urban Planning Division of the corporation implicated in the narrated facts, the author writes an apologetic opinion editorial that traces the recent urban and geo-political global developments. Its format is inspired by “Op-Eds from the Future”, a collection of essays from The New York Times that use present-tense and journalistic tone to refer to speculative events that have not occurred yet.
The director of the Centre des arts at the International School of Geneva is the 35th guest of “The art of balance/Pandemopraxy”, the initiative launched by Cittadellarte. Isabelle Muller starts by illustrating the curriculum for the XXI century called “Universal Didactic Programme” – developed by her school in collaboration with UNESCO’s International Office of Education – to then talk about the role art plays in the institute she directs. “Faced with the current pandemic situation,” she said, “it is in my eyes necessary to use art as a universal language”.