5.Visiting artists/guests

Goetz Frank, discussion 23/09/09


Goetz Frank is working as a freelancer for some German media productions and was a producer during the World Soccer Cup 2002 in Japan/Korea. Since 2002 he is the vice chairman of an Afghan/German NGO and traveled several times to Afghanistan and the Middle East. From time to time he is collaborating with artists and theater productions. During the 1990s he worked together with the German Space Agency (DLR) / MacMillan Media qSystems and his focus is in Quantum Physics. Today Goetz is tracking the international process in politics and economies.

Marianella Sclavi presentation 2/09/09

lecturer of Urban Ethnography and Cultural Antropology in Polytechnic of Milan gave a talk on Alternative Dispute Resolution (invited by Love Difference – Artistic Movement for an InterMediterranean Politic)



My background is as a sociologist, but I have being teaching Art of Listening, Emotional Self-Awareness and Creative Conflict Management at the Politechnic University, Milano, for at least the last ten years.

I landed on this kind of studies through a critical approach to ethnography: on the one hand I have been always convinced that if we want to understand the dynamics of a good communication, we must take a successful intercultural communication as a point of departure. On the other hand, I began with two principal insights: first, intelligence concerns the ability to observe complex events through a process akin to the dynamics of humour. Second, the dynamics of humor can elicit a deeper appreciation of the cognitive input of emotions.

I am very happy that people enjoy reading my books which are ethnographic inquiries which follow and illustrate what I have called “a humoristic methodology” (Sclavi 1989). My “best seller” at the moment is Art of Listening and Possible Worlds (2000, 2003, 2005) which is made up of all the examples, stories, reflective phenomenological exercises or breaching experiments that I have been using in my courses.

I also teach short courses (maximum 30 hours) in a lot of different schools, associatins and institutions at many different levels. For example in 2004-2005 I tought Initiation to creativity to students of all years at the University of Arts and Disegn in Bozen – Bolzano, Art of Listening and Partecipatory, Inclusive Methodologies to students and teachers of Environmental Engineering at the University of Trento, and shorter one day courses to principals, teachers, city managers, women managers, theater operators, civil servants of different sectors.

As an expert of Active Listening and Creative Conflict Management I have been involved in a number of programs of urban renewal (Turin, 1998-2003, Bolzen 2004-2005, Bologna 2005, Ex-fonderie” a Modena (jan.-may 2007), “Il Pratello, la via di Bologna” (sept.-nov. 2007), Il Cisternino 2020 Livorno (jan.- nov. 2008) and “Metrocult” in MIlan’s metropolitan area (march-june 2008)) and I studied specific situations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel-Palestine. In 2004 I was executive director of an action – research to elicit a vision of “Desirable City” by the women of Bologna, with the partecipation of more than 250 women from different neighborhoods and social and economical backgrounds.

Emilia Telese, workshop on fundraising ‘Dogde the Shredder’, 26/08/09


Emilia Telese is an artist and writer based in Sussex.
Born in Italy in 1973, Emilia graduated in painting from the Fine Arts Academy in Florence in 1996, following studies in literature and philosophy.
Emilia has exhibited worldwide since 1994, presenting work in the New Forest Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (Italy 2005), Brighton Jubillee Library (UK 2007) Ars Electronica (Austria, 1999, 2003), ZKM (Germany 2002), Chashama (NYC, USA 2004), Centro Cultural Telemar (Rio De Janeiro, 2005), Manege (St Petersburg 2000), Leeds City Gallery (UK 2006), ArtSway(New Forest 2002, 2003) and the Freud Museum (London 2006).
Her practice spans several art forms, including interactive and body-responsive technology, film and live art, installation, literature and public art. Her work often involves site-specific interventions in non-conventional spaces.
During her career, she has slept in the New Forest; been chased by paparazzi in Venice; landed by helicopter in a Danish football field; changed her brainwave frequencies in the former stables of the Tzar of Russia in St Petersbourg; shut herself in a suitcase in Southend; eaten rosaries in Sigmund Freud’s home; and built Brighton’s Royal Pavilion out of ten tons of rice.
Emilia founded the Edible Construction Company in 2006 with Chris Biddlecombe and Guyan Porter, an artist-led initiative creating socially engaged art in the public realm. She is also a founding member of the international artist group The Global Collective and the Brighton-based writing and contemporary art initiative The Doomsbury Set. She produces and presents Radio Sophia, a bilingual radio programme in Italian and English language on Brighton community radio Radio Reverb FM.
Emilia Telese is an Artsway Associate and Artists’ Networks Coordinator for a-n The Artists’ Information Company and works with UK and international arts organisations as an independent artists’ trainer specialising in professional development advice for artists.

Emilia Telese’s work can be seen at www.emiliatelese.com

Carla Fiorio and Debora Ferrero, from Chamber of Commerce of Biella, presentation and discussion on 03/08/09


Prof. Pier Luigi Celli, Managing Director of the Luiss-Guido Carli University, Rome, lecture and discussion 30/07/09


Pier Luigi Celli was born on 8 July 1942 at Verucchio, in the province of Rimini. He’s general director of the Luiss – Guido Carli University in Rome.
He obtained a Sociology degree at the University of Trento and gained considerable experience as a human resources manager (management, organisation, training) for a number of large corporate groups (ENI, RAI, Omnitel, Olivetti and ENEL). In 1998, the managerial skills he had acquired while working for such large companies as these – with such diversified and complex business affairs – enabled him to return to RAI (Italy’s state radio and TV broadcasting corporation), following his appointment as General Manager.
He briefly headed IPSE 2000, a UMTS telephony company, after playing a vital part in mobile telephony start up initiatives (Wind and Omnitel).
He has been Corporate Identity Manager for Unicredito Italiano since 2002. His mission is to provide an identity for a group which, over the last few years, has aggregated seven concerns in Italy and five abroad. His duties include public relations, brand coordination, institutional relations, relations with the media and relations in the areas in which Unicredito Italiano is operational, the group’s social and environment report, and Fondazione Unidea (a Unicredit Group foundation,art banking).
Celli has also penned and published many works, such as L’impresa, Il manager
, L’illusione manageriale, Passioni fuori corso and Breviario di cinismo ben temperato. Two other works, Nascita e morte di un’impresa in 42 lettere and Impresa e classi dirigenti, were published in March 2004.
In the 2006 was published Un anno nella vita. Racconti e memorie di un lungo addio all’impresa: a manager, in a pause of the existence, reflects on the long experience that has carried it, in spite of the heresies and the uncomfortable of the personage, at the head of important enterprises. The digging begins with the rappresentation of the ordinary life: minihistory of when the equilibrium, that it is perhaps the primary dowry of the manager, explodes. They follow the memories of infancy, in a small village of Rimini, a nostalgically felliniana aura. The travel in the experience is closed on the plan just of that it could define cues for one critical theory of the enterprise; participations and proposals center to you on those topical situations in which came out the paradoxes of one logical of the organization that forgets to have to that making with human beings.

Jay Koh, Visual Artist, presentation and workshop 29-30/07/09

for more, The Art of Listening (and of Being Heard): Jay Koh’s Discursive Networks click here

Lucia Babina, lecture and discussion 09/07/09


Lucia Babina is a cultural producer with specific interests on how culture and art affect urban areas. Her projects produce visions, interpretations and actions that are engaging a new way of seeing, using and inhabiting our environment. She is founder and president of the foundation iStrike (www.istrike.net) which realized projects as: SUD 2007, a long-term program of cultural activities and urban interventions in Douala (Cameroon); the international workshops Moving in Free Zones #1 and #2, in collaboration with TU Delft, aimed at stimulating awareness amongst the inhabitants of Charlois (Rotterdam) about their urban environment. As a cultural producer she organized: Singingchairs – Voices and Stories from the city (NAi, Rotterdam), a collective performance about multiple ways of experiencing a city; the participatory project The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor, in collaboration with Marjetica Potrc, about farming and cooking as a means for the cultural renewal and rebirth of the neighbourhood Geuzenveld en Slotermeer in Amsterdam. www.luciababina.net

workshop organised by  Judith Wielander and Juan Esteban Sandoval from the Cittadelarte Art Office http://www.cittadellarte.it/uffici.php?uff=2′

Pascal Gielen, lecture and discussion 08/07/09

Pascal Gielen is professor of sociology of art at the University of Groningen and he is head of the research group ‘Arts in Society’ at the Fontys College for the Arts in Tilburg, both in the Netherlands. Among the books Gielen has written are ‘Art in Networks’ (2003) and together with Rudi Laermans ‘An environment for contemporary art’ (2004) and ‘Cultural Good’ (2005). His last monographic works are ‘The unattainable inside of the past’ (2007) and ‘The Art Institution’ (2007). Gielen edited Open 16. Cahier on art and the public domain, ‘The Art Biennial as a Global Phenomenom. Strategies in Neo-Political Times’ (March, 2009) and together with Paul De Bruyne the book ‘Being an Artist in Post-Fordist Times’, to be published at the end of 2009 together with his new monographic work ‘The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Memory and Post-Fordism’.

workshop organised by  Judith Wielander and Juan Esteban Sandoval from the Cittadelarte Art Office http://www.cittadellarte.it/uffici.php?uff=2′

Rene Gabri & Ayreen Anastas and Alessandro Petti, workshop ‘Place Beyond Borders’, 2nd and 3rd July


Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri are frequent collaborators, making films and videos, and connecting cultural practice and political thinking. They are both involved in 16 Beaver (16beavergroup.org), a space in New York City initiated and run by artists to create and maintain an ongoing platform for the presentation, production, and discussion of a variety of artistic/cultural/economic/political projects. Recently they completed Camp Campaign (2007), entailing a 45-day journey across the United States in 2006 which attempted to address the internment camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by connecting it to various contemporary and historic sites of ‘juridical exception’ in the USA and elsewhere.


Alessandro Petti is a Research Fellow at Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of DSCF2891_2_2London and Architect based in Bethlehem. He co-curated different research projects on the contemporary urban condition such as Borderdevices, Uncertain States of Europe and Stateless Nation. showed in various museums and biennales. He has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control (Archipelagos and enclaves, Bruno Mondadori 2007, Dubai Offshore Urbanism in Heterotopia and the City, Routledge 2008, Asymmetry in globalized space, forthcoming). He is working on a research project entitle “Atlas of Decolonization”, an architectural documentation on the re-use, re-inhabitation and subversion of colonial structures.

workshop organised by Judith Wielander and Juan Esteban Sandoval from the Cittadelarte Art Office http://www.cittadellarte.it/uffici.php?uff=2′

Isola Art Centre


Isola Art Center is a laboratory and open platform combining the activities and desires of the people of the Isola neighborhood with contemporary artistic research. Evicted in 2007 from the Stecca degli Artigiani, it is the result of a decade-long struggle, engaged by dwellers, artists, researchers and activists in defense of their neighborhood. A set of people sharing the assumption that the destruction of public spaces and their conversion into areas of consumption or real estate speculation can be stopped or limited, also by the use of unconventional tactics.

Diogene_bivacco urbano


Ludovica Carbotta presented to the residents the project Urban Bivouac, a residency program created by the Turin-based artist group Diogene.

Marko Stamenkovic presented the WORKSHOP ‘Sometimes doing something poetic can become political, and sometimes doing something political can become poetic.’


Marko Stamenkovic, born 1977, based in Belgrad, Serbia. Art historian, critic and curator based in Belgrade (Serbia). Member of IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. BA in Art History at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Humanities (Art History Department, 2003). MA in Cultural Policy and Cultural Management at the University of Arts in Belgrade (UNESCO Program, 2005); MA Thesis (Status of Curatorial Practices in the Post-Socialist Condition) under the supervision of Prof. Misko Suvakovic, University of Arts Belgrade, 2005. His research interests range from interdisciplinary analyses of contemporary visual arts, the politics of education, and curatorial studies to art theory, and political, social and economic aspects of aesthetic discourses. He has been curating projects and exhibitions in Serbia and abroad. He has participated in numerous international curatorial programs and has been lecturing in Egypt, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Portugal. His writings on contemporary art have been published internationally.

workshop organised by Judith Wielander and Juan Esteban Sandoval from the Cittadelarte Art Office http://www.cittadellarte.it/uffici.php?uff=2′

Jota Castro


Jota Castro came to cittadellarte to talk about his work to the residents on monday 22 june.

Jota Castro is a Peruvian artist, living in Brussels. He uses photography, sculpture, video and installations to talk about social issues.


workshop organised by  Judith Wielander and Juan Esteban Sandoval from the Cittadelarte Art Office http://www.cittadellarte.it/uffici.php?uff=2′

Shahzia Sikander


The artist Shahzia Sikander (biography) visited cittadellarte on tuesday 16 june, where she met the residents and gave a talk on her work.


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