fondazione sandretto re rebaudengo

(Turin – Porta Nuova train station)

We are back in Turin this week with a visit to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo where we met with the curator of the Fondazione Irene Calderoni:

The Italian contemporary art foundation Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo was officially set up in Turin in 1995 by contemporary art collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. The Fondazione’s main aim is to encourage a greater understanding of contemporary art and of today’s leading trends at an international level.

We visited the current exhibition Un’Espressione Geografica (Curated by Francesco Bonami)


more from la pigna

Özgür wrestles with tricky task of transferring vinyl adhesive…


Karolina sews a costume for her dance performance at BIARTECA, Rosazza, 29-30 July -after 9pm…


…Meanwhile…some of the members of the La Pigna community in San Remo along with a delegation on FAI (the Italian Environmental Foundtion) visited us again (see previous post), to hear about the projects proposed by the residents and to answer any questions…

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meetings and studio life

…and don’t forget about…

FRAC matters

The UNIDEE residents are a busy lot, as well as working on their own individual and collaborative projects, there are several other group events throughout the 4 month residence for which they are also making new works. For example, there is a lot of extra activity this week as the first of two UNIDEE interventions in the FRAC space will open this friday… (see invitation above) The event Friday in F.R.A.C. is being organised by Nicoletta Daldanise, It will feature works/performances by Cai Weidong, Eduardo Cachucho, Olga Karyakina and Özgür Demirci. Anyone in the Biella area who is interested is welcome to come and join us for the opening here at Cittadellarte in the FRAC space this friday from 7-9pm.

measuring up…

cyclingscaping project

Resident Raphael Franco is mid way through his socio-cycling-landscape project “cyclingscaping” below he tells us more about his work in progress:

images by Raphael Franco

“Through the interaction between artists, bike lovers and citizens of all ages, Cyclingscaping aims to challenge notions of visual identity and forms of experiencing, representing and relating to the landscape. By reinforcing the value of cycling as a sociable, healthy and enjoyable activity, the Cyclingscaping projects promotes informal encounters in which people can share experiences, talk about the city, its surroundings, history, places of interest and disinterest, in a way that cycling becomes not just a leisure or sporty activity, but an artistic, collective action, in which a collective knowledge is built through the discussion about the present, past and future of the city. Such a process will result in a informal cycling map of Biella and its surroundings.

After the first month of residency, when I started to make contacts and explore the centre of Biella, the project has developed positively, establishing partnerships, gathering friends as well as a number of Biellese citizens who are contributing to the development of the map. The first tours outside the city centre took place on the past few weeks and brought citizens from Biella and artists from UNIDEE 2011. There will be a bigger tour on September to launch the map within the city.

images by Raphael Franco

For me, the contact with local people is fundamental for the success of the project, so I’m quite happy with the rides led by Biellese individuals as well as with the dialogue about buildings and spaces with people here. As I’m asking them to talk a little bit about places they like/dislike and why, I’ve been having the opportunity to learn about a different history of the city; a history that unfolds through people’s life stories, which gives an experimental input to the work, rather than a pure analytic observation. An interesting aspect of working with this approach is to eventually confront opinions about the same place/building, taking as examples buildings such as the new residential buildings of Via Lamarmora, or the “Esselunga (the biggest supermarket in town) buildings”, which represent the “verticalization” of the city and the controversial clash between its new and the old architecture.” Raphael Franco

first bike tour of Biella (distance 9.1km)

castello di rivoli

Visit to Castello di Rivoli, near Turin. The Castello’s permanent collection was established in 1984, the year the museum opened, and it is continually added to through new acquisitions, donations, and long-term loans. The collection documents crucial moments in the development of contemporary art in Italy and abroad from the 1950s to the present day.

We were given tours of the Educational Department by Brunella Manzardo as well as a viewing of the permanent collection with Alessia Giorda and later a discussion with assistant curator at the Castello di Rivoli Marianna Cecellio…

The following photographs of the permanent collection were made with the kind permission of Castello di Rivoli communications office:

identità al centro

Love Difference and Marco Lampugnani present the project that they have been involved with; identity at the centre (identità al centro – a project by artway of thinking and Love Difference), a process of public participation for the improvement of the historic centre of Montevarchi.

The project “Identity at the Centre” aims to identify together methods and tools for the re-development of the Old Town. The approach is to use a process of participation for individual citizens to rediscover a sense of belonging and community, where participants get a “voice” that talks with the municipal administration in the improvement of the quality of everyday life. The citizens’ involvement is the primary objective of the project. In this sense, individual expressiveness is strongly emphasized, because different points of view make up the cultural richness of a community…(more)

…and in the afternoon exercises and experiences on the themes of intention and feeling based on methods by Artway of Thinking and the Hoffman Institute.