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UNIDEE – Call for Applications for the Selection of 8 FULL GRANTS Participants | Fondazione Zegna

Deadline: 2 Apr, 2017

Disciplines: Art Education, Collaboration, Critical studies, Curatorial, Dance, Experimental, Land Art, Light and Projection, Media Arts, Moving Image, Music & Sound, Performance, Photography, Research, Textile.

Location: Biella, Piedmont, Italy

Deadline: 2 Apr, 2017

Duration: 1 UNIDEE residential module for 10 days

Eligibility: - You are a creative professional (visual artist, designer, architect, curator, researcher, etc.) active in any field anywhere in the world; - You have a fluent knowledge of the English language; - You submit all the required documentation as part of your application in the correct format and by the given deadline.

Support: - Participation to the residential module Expanded Body. An immersive exploration of the Oasi Zegna mentored byAndrea Caretto | Raffaella Spagna; - Full board; - Accommodation (single room, shared bathroom facilities – for 9 nights); - Medical Insurance (accidents only); - Use of a shared studio space and workshop facilities.

Costs: All costs for travels and Visa are intended at the sole expenses of the selected participants


Program Description:

This is an open call for applications to partake in Expanded Body. An immersive exploration of the Oasi Zegna, a residential module conceived for Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna by Andrea Caretto | Raffaella Spagna and developed under the umbrella of UNIDEE - University of Ideas. This residency module is supported by Fondazione Zegna and will take place between Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella and Fondazione Zegna in Trivero (BI), Italy.

Module Outline
The module offers an immersing experience across the territory of the Oasi Zegna, a mountain protected area extending for about 100 sq km in Piedmont, in the Biellese Alps, between Trivero and the Cervo Valley. The participants will be involved in the aesthetic experimentation of a radically ecological way of thinking, based on a non-hierarchical ontology in which all the subjects (living and non-living, plants, animals, rocks, artefacts, etc.) existing in that place are put on the same level.
How do we perceive the environment we are part of? What does a plant perceive in that same environment? How do we relate with the other living species and the non-living? What are the possible forms of cohabitation? How can we, as artists, operate in a specific context and in what role?
The first part of the module is going to be characterized by a few walking excursions on the territory, as a way to get in touch with the force field permeating the landscape of the Oasi Zegna, identifying the main lines of its flux on a grand scale.
The mentors will involve the participants in a few collective actions, shared experiences potentially able to activate benumbed sensory faculties, start data collections and stimulate reflections, followed by an invitation for the group to devise new ways of relating to the other-than-self, to eventually get to the creation of a collection of “exercises of perception”.
Later on, the participants will be invited to individually interact with a specific item or element – a subject identified on a smaller scale of the same landscape – to connect with it, “listening”, this way defining an individual project, an expression of interaction between the two subjects, which will then become part of a collective final work.

Andrea Caretto | Raffaella Spagna
Andrea Caretto (Turin, Italy, 1970) and Raffaella Spagna (Rivoli, Italy, 1967) explore the profound relationships linking human beings to the environment. They conceive art as inquiry, a tool to investigate the multiple dimensions of reality: formal, qualitative and physical quantitative aspects of matter but also philosophical and social ones. In keeping with their educational backgrounds – Landscape Architecture for Spagna, Natural Sciences and Scientific Museology for Caretto – their projects generate complex installations that simultaneously present the study, demonstration and experimentation of their relationship with nature. They investigate the links between human beings and other organisms and inorganic matter, developing long-term projects.
They have been working together on a regular basis since 2002, exhibiting in public and private institutions in Italy and abroad. They are among the founders of the artist collective “Diogene” ( and collaborate with the research Center IRIS (Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability) of the University of Turin and Brescia. They live and work in Cambiano (Turin, Italy). Info:

Fondazione Zegna was set up on 1st December 2000 by the Zegna Family.
Its mission is to give continuity to the values, philosophy and work of Ermenegildo Zegna, who in 1910 in Trivero, in the Biella Alps, founded the wool mill that carries his name to this day. Following his example, quality and dedication may live in harmony with protection of our natural environment, social wellbeing and the cultural development of the local community.
Fondazione Zegna is based in Trivero, where Casa Zegna, an historical archive and cultural center is also situated.

A joint jury, composed of Anna Zegna (President, Fondazione Zegna), Andrea Caretto | Raffaella Spagna (mentors,Expanded Body. An immersive exploration of the Oasi Zegna), Cecilia Guida (Director, UNIDEE – University of Ideas, Cittadellarte), Juan Sandoval (Director, Art Office, Cittadellarte) and Paolo Naldini (General Director, Cittadellarte), will operate the selection of n. 8 participants.
The selection will be based on artistic merit and the consistency of the candidates' practice with the aims of Expanded Body. An immersive exploration of the Oasi Zegnaand UNIDEE – University of Ideas.
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