The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories

Mentor: Giusy Checola
Residential module developed in the frame of the EU project Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place & Possession (TIPP) with Eleni Kamma at UNIDEE – University of Ideas, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy
16/06 – 24/06/2016


In continuity with the first TIPP residency at Cittadellarte, run within the frame of UNIDEE 2015 entitled Creating Territorialities, this second residency titled The Shifting Place (download the article written by Giusy Checola about the main key concepts related to the module) aims at investigating the aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transition territorial processes, both in local and transnational, private and common, material and immaterial dimensions.
The Creating Territorialities programme considered territoriality as a possibility of working on the evolution of human life and on the place as a process of co-evolution; on the interrelated transformation of societies and territories; and on the co-presence of the local and the global in our daily life.


The concept of locality that the project Understanding Territoriality addresses is that of a “territory we feel most connected to emotionally”, a connection which is “often exploited by Eurosceptic and nationalist arguments but often neglected as a subject for discussion by Europhiles”. At the same time, the renewed and widespread attention to the “local”, as a place that gives life, as origin, as individual and collective heritage, and as a battleground, creates forms of delocalisation and relocalisation of values and imaginary meanings given to places, as well as forms of strengthening or destabilization of forms of expression, narration or representation of the dominant territorial identities.


Together with the editorial staff of the web newspaper “Italia che cambia” and the “Biellese in Transition” Association, one will explore, experience, investigate and formulate proposals about how artivators could create and activate shifting visions and processes between the paths, the places and the paradoxes raised by practical and theoretical elaboration of issues such as permaculture, resilience, bioregion and transnational social changing, between current forms of border thinking and the necessary self-alteration of local communities, societies and their own territorialities.


Understanding Territoriality: Identity, Place & Possession (TIPP) is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, and produced in partnership by Fabrica UK, Netwerk, Belgium, Otvorena Soba, Macedonia, and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy.
UNIDEE – University of Ideas, the educational residency programme organized by the Education Office of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto Onlus, is possible thanks to the support of patrons: Fondazione Zegna, Illycaffè S.p.A., Compagnia di San Paolo.