Art Aia – Creatives In Residence’ founder Giovanni Morassuttihas been invited by the TransCultural Exchange to speak at the Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts which will take place in Boston Massachusetts on November 2022.
Morassutti will focus on environmental, and sustainable art practices providing artists direct access to understanding Climate Change via artist in residence programme. The afternoon session will take place on Sunday November 6th from 2:15 – 4:00 pm and it will be moderated by Jane D. Marsching, Arts, Professor and Sustainability Fellow, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Other presentes include Julian Calleros, Founder, ACRAR, Anima Casa Rural Artists in Residency, Mexico, Janeil Engelstad, Founding Director, Make Art with Purpose; Embedded Artist, Institute of Innovation and Global Engagement, University of Washington, Gordon Knox, Founder, WEAVE: Ecology-based International Learning Spaces, and Ute Meta Bauer, International Curator; Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University; and Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore.
Mary Bluestocking is a Latvian-American contemporary artist who is currently producing multi- media work focused on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Bluestocking’s first major work as part of her For Ukraine project, is the large-scale installation “дети II” / “Deti II” (Russian for “Children II”), which is a recreation of the writing on the ground at theater/shelter in Mariupol, Ukraine which was shelled by the Russians on March 16th. Even now, hundreds are believed to still be trapped. The “Deti II” installation by Bluestocking included a drone video recording. A short-version of the video was posted on social media and is meant to serve, currently, as a vigil to the victims of Russia’s attack on the theater. The Deti series is ultimately meant as a narrative body, in direct opposition to the Russian administration’s own narrative of being “rescuers” of the Ukrainian people from “genocidal fascists”. The series pinpoints and emphasizes the critical detail of the Mariupol theater scene which makes it plain to see that Putin and his administration are guilty of war crimes. The series seeks to raise awareness among those confused by the mixed messaging, censorship and disinformation in the media and it calls for acknowledgement that Putin and his administration are guilty of war crimes. “Dety II” was conceived, and executed at Art Aia – Creatives In Residence – an art center in the Comune of Sesto al Reghena in the North-Eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, where Bluestocking is currently doing an art residency until March 27th. Since the publication of “Dety II” on instagram, Facebook and Youtube on March 19th, “dety” pieces by other artists, featuring the word in Cyrrilic, writ large on the ground have begun to appear around the world, such as a “dety” piece at the square of the Czech National Theatre in Prague on March 22nd by a number of people including Oldřich Morys, and another “dety” piece which appeared on March 24th, at the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw by the Dramatyczny Kolektyw . The nature of the connection between these later, “dety” – installations and Bluestocking’s is yet unknown.
More about Mary Bluestocking:
Bluestocking holds a bachelor of fine art in visual art from the State University of New York, Purchase College, School of Visual Arts, USA and a master of arts in international migration and ethnic relations from Malmö, University, Sweden. She has observed five Ukrainian elections as an international observer in the regions of Kyiv, Cherkasy, Dnipro and Khmelnytskyi.
Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence is very pleased to be featured on Econote.
What is Econote ?
Econote is an independent magazine and a cultural association: a project born in Naples in March 2008 by Marianna Sansone, journalist and graduate in sociology, always attentive to issues of sustainability.
Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, in collaborazione con the Arctic Cycle, presenta il progetto Climate Change Theatre Action, una serie di letture e spettacoli di brevi opere teatrali scritte da drammaturghi di tutto il mondo sul tema del cambiamento climatico e del Green New Deal. Un progetto che invita le comunità territoriali ad intraprendere azioni per sensibilizzare sull’emergenza climatica. Il progetto e´organizzato anche dal Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts con cui Morassutti aveva già collaborato nel 2018 nella residenza Ate in pratiche artistiche sostenibili.
Le dichiarazioni di Giovanni Morassutti :
“Amo la mia terra e la pandemia mi ha fatto prendere consapevolezza di voler tornare alle mie origini. Sto lavorando ad un’iniziativa internazionale di teatro che rispecchia il mio impegno verso l’ambiente. Intendo sensibilizzare il pubblico sul cambiamento climatico e sul Green New Deal organizzando un evento sulle rive del fiume Tagliamento, a simbolo della sua autenticità come fiume morfologicamente intatto.Avevo già collaborato con il Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts e grazie a Google Arts & Culture abbiamo fatto conoscere ad un pubblico internazionale le pratiche artistiche in funzione della sostenibilità ambientale. Spero che queste iniziative come altre a seguire possano sensibilizzare i fruitori su temi legati al riscaldamento globale, al cambiamento climatico e al rischio che sta correndo la biodiversità. Ritengo che il teatro, come tutte le arti, abbia il compito di sensibilizzare il pubblico su temi così urgenti”.
Le residenze artistiche proposte da Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence rappresentano un progetto culturale legato alle arti multidisciplinari in cui viene fornito ad alcuni artisti il supporto logistico per permettere la realizzazione dei loro progetti. Le residenze artistiche durano generalmente due o tre settimane fino ad un massimo di un mese, programmate in base alle esigenze degli artisti e al calendario delle attività del centro culturale. Il concetto di residenza artistica non è solo una cura per l’ospitalità e la produzione degli artisti, che possono trovare lo spazio, il tempo e le risorse per dedicarsi completamente al loro lavoro, ma permette anche di immergersi in un contesto naturale traendo ispirazione dal silenzio della campagna incontaminata. In altre parole, il processo creativo si sviluppa in una modalità lenta e riflessiva in opposizione alla rincorsa frenetica che caratterizza i nostri tempi. Gli artisti possono interagire con la natura fisica dell’ambiente in un’atmosfera rilassata.
Singoli artisti o gruppi possono fare richiesta di lavorare alla fase iniziale di nuovi progetti artistici, senza l’obbligo di presentare i risultati o di lavorare alla fase finale di nuovi progetti artistici, con la possibilità di condividere il risultato in anteprima davanti al pubblico. Tra i candidati, i giovani artisti hanno la priorità, ma non vengono escluse le richieste di artisti maturi o affermati. Durante la residenza, le persone possono risiedere presso la Art Aia – Guest House e utilizzare lo spazio e le attrezzature disponibili nel centro. Alcune residenze artistiche si evolvono anche in vere e proprie produzioni. La residenza artistiche mirano anche ad una crescita sociale e culturale della comunità locale, amalgamandosi con le esigenze e le potenzialità del comune di Sesto al Reghena e della Provincia di Pordenone. Queste residenze promuovono anche la ricerca e decongestionano l’offerta delle grandi città sviluppando la creatività della provincia e delle zone rurali. Negli ultimi anni le residenze artistiche di Art Aia -Creatives / In / Residence si sono focalizzate sulla ricerca, la produzione, il dialogo e la diffusione della sostenibilita´nelle arti, attraverso un progetto artistico innovativo e sperimentale contestualizzato in spazi non convenzionali dove gli artisti hanno sviluppato le loro pratiche legate all’ecologia. Infine il centro culturale propone residenze che combinano l’espressione artistica con la consapevolezza psicologica e la comunicazione attraverso pratiche di eco-terapia che possono portarci in uno stato di profondo rilassamento sentendoci connessi con la natura, espandendo la connessione mente-corpo-spirito. Queste residenze mirano a potenziare la consapevolezza di sé invitando la natura nell’alleanza terapeutica. Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, pur lavorando anche a livello locale, rivolge la sua proposta di residenze artistiche a livello internazionale al fine di sviluppare il turismo culturale.
Art Aia – La Dolce Berlin, subsidiary of Art Aia Creatives \ In \ Residence welcomes Italian photographer Arianna Serio who just started a collaboration in Berlin dealing with social media management, project development, content creation among other duties.
We are very pleased to have Arianna on board, not only she is a talented photographer but also very capable of creating innovative projects and artistic concepts.
Arianna is sponsored by European Community, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs.
Italian actor, artist and cultural entrepreneur Giovanni Morassuttiand Bangladeshi curator and researcher Sadya Mizan have been collaborating in 2019 in the International project Uronto – an Artist-Led Open Collectivein Bangladesh with a residential exchange program. In the following interview, they share its outcomes for international arts management, curatorship, cooperation, and similarities and differences between art practices in the Western and the non-Western world.
Sadya: What is your understanding of the intersection of curation and arts management in the European context?
Giovanni: I have the feeling that curatorship in Europe is becoming more and more an academic field confined to institutional settings. The problem is that the process tends to be very analytical, requiring to apply the knowledge of contemporary art theories, mainly connected to criticism of visual art forms. This can lack a more intuitive interpretation of artworks, which in my opinion would allow a better understanding of the artistic process. I also believe that it is important to integrate the knowledge of different disciplines in the development of creative communication between art and society, as well as it is fundamental to learn how to communicate with the audience. In terms of arts management, I see, especially in Berlin, many people and art collectives inventing and testing new formats. Many project spaces, including my pop-up gallery Art Aia – La Dolce Berlin, are interested in opening up intellectual borders between different cultures by independently managed residency programs and cultural exchanges. The intersection happens when there is an interest in interpreting art production in a wider context.
Sadya: I completely understand the consequences of the academic process focusing too much into art history and feeding art critics while ignoring the need for interactive communication. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, there is only a very poor presence of curatorial practice, no curators in art infrastructures, no curatorial studies in any art institute – matter of fact, we have such few numbers of such institutes at all and all of them with a classical colonized curriculum. Some of the artists with strong passion and dedication are coming in front line action as independent curators or arts managers, mostly learning by doing. I look at this also positively as a kind of freedom but in the long run we do need institutional training, not necessarily in art history but in other related segments. Especially nowadays the freedom of self-taught curatorial positions in Bangladesh is being corrupted by few practitioners to survive in the shrinking pot of opportunities ultimately contaminating the importance of a curator and arts manager.
Singer Laren museum in Laren was closed to the public when at around 3:15 a.m on March 30th some thieves smashed a large glass door at the front of the museum to access the building. According to the local authorities perpetrators had vanished by the time Police arrived, stealing Dutch master’s painting. The painting was on loan from the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, and it was painted when Van Gogh was living in Neunen, where his father was a pastor. Police have launched a criminal investigation and are requesting any security footage captured by cameras in the neighborhood and questioning local residents. Anna Singer established The museum in 1954 and it includes works by Dutch artists Chris Beekman, Jan Toorop and Herman Kruyder, among others.
Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence is an international art residency for artistic production and research that combines art, environmental sustainability, and Eco-therapy practices. It focuses on the development of the creative process, facilitating cultural exchange across borders. The venue is located near the Comune of Sesto al Reghena in the north-eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia.