Paolo Naldini, director of Cittadellarte, proposes an editorial on the Venice Bienniale: “Having imagination in power”, he says, “is not enough, just as the power of imagination is not enough: we also need a good dose of practices, methods, prototypes and their actual results. The instances and ideas that inhabit the worlds that this Biennale invites us to (re)discover, not only seem to me to be fully valid, but I believe it would be appropriate for them to form the basis of any contemporary cultural operation committed to tackling the epochal challenges we are facing. So, fine. But in the Bienniales I would like to see, and which we need, there should be, in my opinion, much more. So what is missing in this milk of dreams? The rennet, the enzyme that makes dreams precipitate and gives them substance”.
The talk on the theme of water, scheduled for Tuesday 12 April at 4pm, will be held in the space of Fondazione Pistoletto housing the exhibition “Biella Città Arcipelago”, and will involve twelve speakers from different fields. The conference, organised in collaboration with the project S+T+ARTS4Water, is one of the initiatives proposed by TACT, the winning project of the third edition of the Creative Living Lab call promoted by the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture. It will be possible to take part in the meeting in person or remotely: here is how to participate.
“Caravan residency program: Thinking with Alexandria”, at Cittadellarte the start of a residency about culture, cooperation and planning
From 20 February to 3 March, Cittadellarte hosted the Caravan Residency Program, a new stage of the project “Alexandria: (re)activation of common urban imaginaries”, conceived and implemented by UNIDEE Residency Programs, curated together with Edwin Nasr in conversation with Sarah Rifky and supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. From the context of Biella and Fondazione Pistoletto, the 16 international participants and the 5 social entrepreneurs worked together to compose, redesign and play with existing parts and elements that structure everyday life through a peripatetic format, with reference to Alexandria and other European and Mediterranean cities.
On 28 January, the MATER Foundation, chef Walter el Nagar, Food for Soul and chef Massimo Bottura presented the site of the Refectory, located at 120 rue de Lyon, in the Charmilles district. The ceremony was also attended by Giulia Pessina (Cittadellarte communication manager), Olga Pirazzi (Fashion B.E.S.T. manager), Clara Pogliani (Unidee Academy) and Francesco Saverio Teruzzi (coordinator of the Rebirth/Third Paradise ambassadors), who organised and curated the first meeting of the Geneva Demopractic Work and unveiled the work “I Tavoli del Terzo Paradiso”. Cittadellarte’s Fashion Office, with the collaboration of fashion designer Flavia La Rocca, designed and produced a series of sustainable uniforms to be worn by the cooks and waiting staff.
Paolo Naldini, director of Cittadellarte, proposes a reflection on Michele Santoro's programme “Forbidden Peace”, analysing its contents and points of debate and then highlighting a series of parallels between the presenter's considerations and those that emerged in his own previous editorial on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. “We might ask: why is it forbidden?,” Naldini said in reference to peace and to the name of the show, “I think the main and simple reason is that someone might realise that there is a way to stop the war, and that is to make peace”.
"We are witnessing a terrible battle in the Donbass and the way is paved towards a spiral leading to the apocalypse [...]. According to Sachs, the food crisis is already under way: between three and four billion people will suffer from severe food shortages. Half of the Earth's population will have no food. Taking one third of the grain supplies off the market, such is the contribution of Russia and Ukraine, is a condition that cannot be sustained". Francesco Monico, director of Accademia Unidee, offers our Journal a series of reflections on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and on the consequences that the conflict may trigger at political and social levels on a global scale. Here is his editorial.
On 3 May, in the Terme Lucane Park in the municipality in the province of Potenza, an original work inspired by and dedicated to Michelangelo Pistoletto's symbolic sign will be unveiled. For the occasion, Saverio Teruzzi, coordinator of the Third Paradise ambassadors, will be present in person, and the Biellese artist via video link. On 4 May, at Latronico’s Museum and Library, Cittadellarte will also lead the works of the second Rebirth Forum in Pollino entitled "Culture and care of territories and those who inhabit them".
On Friday 22 April, at 9.15 pm, Rai 5 will broadcast a documentary dedicated to the history of the Venice Art Biennale. The feature will also include an interview with Michelangelo Pistoletto focusing on the Biella-born artist's connections with and participations in a number of previous editions of the international exhibition.