Visual artist Angel Masip Soriano speaks about his work here during UNIDEE:

“The work I’m currently doing is an investigation focusing on the urban voids that are, one way or another, generated in our immediate environment. These voids randomly interfere with our idea of urbanity and nature, conditioning our perception and our relationships with the environment. In these cases, the resulting physical space becomes the tangible document that reaffirms a natural dynamism within the urban and social structures.These spaces are often relegated to second place in our anesthetized perception, but certainly play a part in our imaginations of the urban margins; the city as a complex concept works as a unit because somehow there are limits and voids that are not understood in the urbanized context.

My research in Biella is built across on a series of interventions at random sites around the city. They have been selected because of their lack of functional or productive criteria.Through these aesthetic actions, made to revive the space visually in order to emphasize its latent meaning, a new relationship is built between citizens and the context in which they live.”  Angel Masip Soriano

Angel is currently collaborating with fellow resident Raphael Franco, on a series of light interventions in forgotten or “invisible” spaces around Biella, here are some images of their works in progress…


Judith Weilander & Matteo Luchetti

Judith Wielander from the Cittadellarte Art Office and curator (of “Practicing Memory in a time of an all-encompassing present”)  Matteo Luchetti came to speak to us about the project “Visible”.

“Visible – Where Art Leaves its Own Field and Becomes Visible as Part of Something Else”
is a project by Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna and
a book edited by Angelika Burtscher and Judith Wielander. The publication highlights nine curators, who showcase 41 ways of making art. The purpose of the book is to ”focus on artists who have demonstrated their capacity to deal affirmatively with the need to develop new economic models, the distribution of resources, the accessibility of information, the urgency to rethink ecology and landscape issues, the potential of differences and the development and experimentation of participatory and democratic political models.” The nine curators are Cecilia Canzani, Anna Colin, Hu Fang, Emiliano Gandolfi, Julieta Gonzalez, Raimundas Malasauskas, Mihnea Mircan, Gabi Ngcobo and Elvira Dyangani Ose.

handmade typography

Handmade typography by Olga Karyakina:

“This project is a result of the collaboration between graphic design, semantics, typography and photography.  It involves creating an image using handmade typography. The process of creating words by hand allows one to express the image of the word.

The aim of the project is to discover the convergence method of the image word and it’s semantic space.”  Olga Karyakina

unidee in sanremo on other blogs

UNIDEE had an article written about their time in Sanremo by Silvia Iuliano for – it is in italian, here is a translated excerpt:

photo taken from website

16 young artists from around the world for one week in La Pigna to give the quarter a voice through art which promotes  a responsible transformation of society. This is the objective of the experimental workshop organised in the historic centre by the  association Pigna Mon Amour, which for the second year, is hosting the residents of the university of ideas – UNIDEE from Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, in the homes of Sanremo locals…



UNIDEE 11 is the subject of and article in young Italian art critic Anita Pepe’s blog (in italian), see here.


Some thoughts on the processes that have lead dancer/choreographer Karolina Rychlik to work with movement and yarn during her stay here at UNIDEE…

“The thread is an element strongly related to Biella’s history of the textile and wool production. As an object it has also a lot of different connotations, such as “thread of life”, “Ariadna’s thread”… A thread is very easy to convert in a geometrical line, or a time line, knotted it can serve as support and create textures.

After that comes knitting. It’s an activity that has a long history and tradition, that demands patience and time and can give a very practical or poetic result. It’s an activity that many times was and still is making people gather, laugh, talk about life, dreams, past, present and future. A sweater, sock, scarf made from knitting contains the time and personal story of the person who made it. It “remembers” the process, thoughts and ideas that were conceived meantime. It’s like an insect frozen in amber, a piece of somebody’s lifetime included in the wool structure. For me it’s the point where the connection between the thread and life happens, both supported by the time.

Two of my projects are related to this idea, and in both I decided to use a woollen thread. First project is related to my personal story, myself being the one who makes a cloth and dances a solo wearing it through the streets of Biella. My story in-between other Biella stories. The second project works more with the idea of tradition, of group creativity, and co-existence in the time….”  Karolina Rychlik

Watch the blog for progress on Karolina’s projects…

sopralluogo in piazzo

“sopralluogo” is a very succinct Italian word meaning to go and make an on-site inspection, to check a place out…

Today some of us went up to the Piazzo, in Biella to see the Palazzo Ferrero, It is the venue for an event being coordinated by Nicoletta Daldanise later in September called the co-lab festival and will feature works/performances by various UNIIDEE 11 residents…

Some of the spaces being made available include the arcade and courtyard of the villa and the open air stage…

friday in FRAC

On Friday we had the opening of the Friday in F.R.A.C. exhibition organised by Nicoletta Daldanise, featuring works/performances by Cai Weidong, Eduardo Cachucho, Olga Karyakina and Özgür Demirci. Official photographs/film and texts of the works can be found in the FRAC and Unidee section of this blog.

(click on thumbnails for a better view)