more on derive


Meanwhile news on other projects: click on the derive icon for further developments in Eduardo Cachucho’s Derive “urban exploration app”. Eduardo has been opening up the source code of the application making it available to all and eventually also open to personal interpretations and customisations.

“Dérive is a randomly generated way to explore a city. Influenced by the Situationist movement, it is meant to aid city-dwellers in finding new and un-charted areas of their city.” Eduardo Cachucho


threads, wools and textiles…

In the studio Ekaterina Kravtsova is making a work for the forthcoming Friday in F.R.A.C. show (Friday 23 September):

Kate has collected old clothes from local people she has known during the residency along with personal stories and memories related to those objects. Inspired by an ancient weaving technique, used in Russia to create carpets, she has shredded these clothes and  reassembled them in the form of mountains, a favourite place for the Biellese…


Karolina Rychlik has been knitting In the Giardini in front of Esselunga in the centre of Biella for a period of time daily, all this week. She has been inviting passers by to stop and knit with her for a while and to help her create a textile that she will use in a dance performance as part of the Co-Lab event this 18 September in Palazzo Ferrero, Biella.

up and coming events

The UNIDEE residents have been a busy lot over the summer, here are a few of the up and coming events…

The running order of the CO-LAB event organised by Nicoletta Daldanise on Sunday 18 September in Palazzo Ferrero, Biella will be:

h 17.00 – 19.30 Gardens: WORKSHOP about natural dyeing techniques by Ibada Wadud

h 17.00 – 19.30 Gardens: WORKSHOP for green sculptures by Olga Karyakina with the collaboration of Giardino Botanico di Oropa

h 18.00 – 19.00 Yard: PRESENTATION of a musical workshop by Accademia Perosi

h 18.30 – 19.00 Caffetteria: BIKE TOUR arrival with Raphael Franco: projection of the documentation and free tea.

h 19.00 – 20.00 Yard: PRESENTATION of Open Mic Lab workshop by Groove aps.

h 21.00 Spazio Performance – Stalker Teatro: PERFORMANCE with wool by Karolina Rychlik

h 22.00 Gardens: PROJECTION by Elmas Deniz

h 22.30 – 23.00 Gardens: JAM SESSION by Collettivo MDM with LASER PROJECTION by Unidee Residents


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…

remida and presentations

The first few weeks of the residency are very busy as presentations by the residents and the offices of Cittadellarte need to be made, it feels like a very intensive period but in the end 4 months is not such a long time, so it is important that work is contextualised as soon as possible.

A visit to the ReMida office where Sylvie Calmon introduced the project:

ReMida is a cultural project initiated in Reggio Emilia in 1996 to promote a new way of considering ecology through giving value to waste as objects that may be useful for living a creative and educational experience in full respect of the environment.  Read more about Remida here

 presentation from Cittadellarte Communication office

In the afternoon presentations by residents, Karolina Rychlik (dancer/choreographer), Mathew Mazzotta (artist), Nicoletta Daldanise (curator) and Ibrahim Jawabreh.