Deadline: 9 September 2016
Call for entries

The Encounter – A Bi-Weekly Residential Module Led By Adrian Paci

UNIDEE – University of Ideas is an educational programme investigating the relationship between art and the public sphere and combining theory with practice. Through a new programme based on a weekly research and project laboratory under the guidance of a mentor and the active participation of a guest, the residency modules developed for 2016 focus on three new macro topics wich are: research, gift and alteration.

10 Oct / 22 Oct, 2016 (bi-weekly module)
Mentor: Adrian Paci
Guests: Edi Muka (curator at the The Public Art Agency Sweden), Tea Çuni (curator of the Museum of Memory, Shkodër)
Where: Cittadellarte, Biella / Art House, Shkodër, Albania

How to rethink the artist’s gesture today?
The residential module is based on this: to reclaim the artist’s role as a narrator of a place, a story or an experience recognizing the potential of it and exploring it with affection and astonishment; to renew the artist’s gesture in relation to a new exchange with the field of investigation and cultivation. Rethinking the encounter with the other as a moment of stimulation also means to recover the question about identity of art without presuming to find an answer.

The module will take place in two specific places, both houses and cultural spaces: Cittadellarte in Biella (IT), founded by Michelangelo Pistoletto in 1998, and Art House in Shkodër (AL), started by Adrian Paci in 2015, with a common desire to restart a profound dialogue with the experience of life and thought.

Adrian Paci is an Albanian visual artist. He studied painting at the Academy of Art of Tirana. In 1997 he moved to Milan where he lives and works. Throughout his career he held numerous solo shows in various international institutions. Amongst the last group shows Paci’s work h as been featured in the International Architecture Exhibition at “La Biennale di Venezia” (2014); the “International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia” (1999 and 2005); in the “15th Biennale of Sydney” (2006). His works are shown in numerous public and private collections. A consistent part of his artistic research is dedicated to his homeland. In his work, Paci explores the boundaries between the personal and the political as well as the identities and rituals that are forged along those borders. Adrian Paci teaches painting at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti NABA, Milan. He has been a teaching art classes at Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti Bergamo, 2002-2006, IUAV, Venice 2003-2015 and has been giving lectures and workshops in many universities, art academies and institutions in different countries. In 2015 Paci founded “Art House”, bringing to his home town, Shkodër, the contribution of international personalities of the arts and culture.

Research, art, dialogue, memory, storytelling, care, imaginary, engaged art, experience, participation, responsibility, environment, gift, research.

850,00 €
Including accomodation and full-board.
Travel expenses related to the trip to Shkodër to be covered by the participants.

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