The coronavirus pandemic is an event that set new trajectories for art and culture. New questions have emerged during this event—what can we do to change the situation and what kind of future can we build that will become relevant again? The residency aims to collectively address the key issues of socially oriented artistic practice in the post-Covid-19 world and is organized by the Michelangelo Pistoletto Foundation—one of the leaders of the 1990s Italian art movement arte povera (poor art). It will be held in the city of Biella, located in Piedmont between Milan and Turin. Participants will receive practical and theoretical knowledge that is applicable not only in the post-industrial context of the Italian town, but also in their own homelands.
Participants will have access to an online symposium and weekly webinars where they can discuss their work. All residents need to have a stable Internet connection during all ten weeks of the program, which will run from September 21st until November 29th, 2020. The program also includes a one-week offline intensive in Italy—the schedule will be developed on an individual basis. Participants will need to cover travel expenses, but there are scholarships available to cover the full cost of the program and accommodation.
Applicants can submit their application until August 24th at firstname.lastname@example.org.