[ARENA] (fwd) Intl residency program in Italy "LE VILLE MATTE - visual arts"

Andreas Broeckmann ab mikro.in-berlin.de
Quarta-Feira, 27 de Janeiro de 2010 - 13:35:53 WET

Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:55:23 +0100
Subject: International call for residency program in Italy "LE VILLE  
	visual arts"
From: Marta Colombo <martacolombo  gmail.com>

Press release

The Province of Cagliari


International call for the residency program

LE VILLE MATTE - visual arts

first edition

Villasor, Cagliari, Italy

14 April - 15 May 2010

Open call from 11 January 2010 to 28 February 2010

The program is part of

LE VILLE MATTE - artist residencies

The international call for the first edition of the residency program  
LE VILLE MATTE - visual arts is open; the program will take place in  
Sardinia from 14 April to 15 May 2010 in Villasor, a town a few  
kilometers from Cagliari. This edition's visiting professor will be  
Giancarlo Norese, with Chiara Agnello as guest curator.

This initiative is part of LE VILLE MATTE - artist residencies, a  
wider project promoted by the Province of Cagliari, through the  
Cultural Policy Office, with the purpose of offering artistic study  
and research residencies in Sardinia, stimulating new productions in  
the field of music, writing and visual arts. An actual network of  
residencies, located in small centers of the highest environmental  
and landscape value, that may provide a profitable exchange between  
the local community and the artists of the national and international  
art scene.

The main goals of LE VILLE MATTE are: to involve the cultural  
institutions of the Region, create occasions of exchange through a  
program of conferences and meetings with the local cultural scene and  
the professionals in this field, activate fruitful collaboration with  
the artists in residency and offer them visibility, stimulate  
innovative and stimulating centers of artistic production in Sardinia  
that may contribute to improving the Region's image and foster  
cultural and sustainable tourism.

The call is open to artists from all over the world, with no age  
limit (but the applicants must be over eighteen); the ten  
participants will be selected from the applications by a commission  
whose members are Giancarlo Norese, Chiara Agnello and Francesca Sassu.

The project designed by Giancarlo Norese - Supercalifragilistic  
(Mistaken Landscapes) - addresses the theme of architecture and  
landscape, reflecting on the contradictions between the spaces that  
have been transformed by man and those that have been self generated  
by chance and necessity. "'Architectural erratums' - explains the  
visiting professor - are anomalies that bear a symbolic value capable  
of resisting homologation, question our certainties, but at the same  
time generate warmth, closeness and sense of belonging to the  

Besides the daily activity of study and experimentation, the  
residency program schedules workshops and laboratories with guest  
artists invited by Giancarlo Norese: JiÞí Kovanda (Prague), Luigi  
Negro (Lecce), Umberto Cavenago (Milan), Luca Scarabelli (Como) and  
Mauro Cossu (Cagliari); with them the participants will investigate  
the themes of space, the relations between environments, the true  
nature of debris, the influence of urban action on our daily  
existence and the sounds that dwell and shape a place.

Chiara Agnello - artistic director of the contemporary art  
organization Careof, and curator of DOCVA, Documentation Center for  
Visual Arts of Milan - has been invited to follow the project, by  
supporting the training activity of the artists in residency and  
organizing moments of exchange with the local art scene (studio  
visits, meetings with collectors, etc.).

The goal of the project is not only to offer the participants a  
chance of professional growth, but also to put forward an occasion to  
address the theme of social practices in contemporary art: through  
the use of different media, social practice puts relations between  
people, idea exchange, and interaction between artist and the  
audience at the centre of the artistic process. By giving creativity  
total freedom from any structured aesthetic theory, social practice  
in art fosters the development of collaborative projects.

At the end of the residency program in May 2010, the works produced  
by the artists in Villasor will be exhibited in a show set up in the  
former Convent of the Capuchins of Villasor (opening 15 May 2010).  
The exhibition will be documented by a bilingual Italian and English  

Participation in the residency program is free, and includes the  
following services: a studio with internet connection; open space  
area for group activity; town library and multimedia library for  
documentation; production expenses managed by the visiting professor  
on the basis of each artist's requirements. Travel expenses are to be  
covered by the participants that are also required to bring their own  
personal equipment such as camera, video camera, laptop etc.

Applicants must be over eighteen, have at least three years'  
professional experience in contemporary art, a good knowledge of  
English and attitude towards collaborative projects/social practices.  
The selected artists will include one from Sardinia.

Applications can be sent in from 11 January 2010 from the website  

Applications must be filled in online in the specific area of the  
website by 28 February 2010 and must be accompanied by the following  

- digital ID

- filled in application form

- pdf portfolio including a cv, images of one's work and texts

- 5 images of past works

- up to 3 audio files for sound artists

- up to 3 videos or excerpts (with links to youtube, vimeo, google  
video etc.) for video artists

LE VILLE MATTE includes other two residencies: one dedicated to  
music, from 25 June to 24 July 2010, and one dedicated to writing,  
scheduled between September and October 2010. At the end of the  
entire project a final publication will be released.

Title: International call for the residency program LE VILLE MATTE -  
visual arts

Visiting professor: Giancarlo Norese

Guest curator: Chiara Agnello

Promoted by: The Province of Cagliari - Cultural and Sport Policy Office

In collaboration with: Careof DOCVA

Coordinators: Giorgio Murtas, Francesca Sassu

Opening of the call: 11 January 2010

End of the call: 28 February 2010

Dates of the residency: 14 April - 15 May 2010

Exhibition opening: 15 May 2010

Where: Villasor, Cagliari, Italy

Info: tel.+39 070 4092329, fax +39 070 4092312, info  levillematte.it

National and International press office: Marta Colombo +39 340  
3442805 martacolombo  gmail.com;

Regional press office: Stefania Giganti +39 329 3604710  
sgiganti  provincia.cagliari.it

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