The Documentation of Trasformatorio 2018-2019 actions in Giampilieri is a difficult and time consuming task.
The action of 2018, when 35 artists arrived in the small village hit by catastrophe 9 years before became a turning point for our experience and our methodological awareness.
A lot of thinking went into the process of collecting the stories, cataloguing the artworks, going over opposition and misunderstandings, participating to events launched by the community autonomously after our intervention
We are working to the publication of our vast documentation from Trasformatorio. It deserves work. So far we need to publish the complete list of participants to 2018 edition.
NB: Kintsugi Kintsugi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, “golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
A village in the south of mediterranean part of a big city forgets his territory; for half a century land burns and becomes unproductive and underpopulated
a terrible landslide in october 2009 claims the dead and then, to put everything in safety, a river of concrete poured in to frame the cut and emprison the mountain above
For those who stay, those that go away, the ghosts and the empty houses
Samuele Albani musician media artist (RSM) Ludovica Avetrani (ITA) August Black Radio artist (USA) Monica Cannillo textile restorer (ITA) Martina Caronna dancer performer (ITA) Ezio Cicciarella sculptor (ITA) Giulia Della Valle sound artist, videomaker(ITA) Irene Domingues dancer visual artist (ESP) Claire Ducene visual artist (BEL) Teal Gaure TG media artist (HUN) Ahmed Helmy filmaker, visual artist (EGY) Ilya Kuzubov visual artist (RUS) Mikko Laajola (FIN) Aleksandr Menukhov visual artist (RUS) Rossella Midili photographer (ITA) Rosa Mundi (ITA) Emmanuel Ndefo dancer (NGA) Jana Nunich visual artist (SVN) Eva Polare (ITA) Mose Previti writer (ITA) RE Visual Artist, Painter (ITA) Jerneja Rebernak visual artist (SVN) Louis Rodil Fernandes media artist (NLD) Iwona Rozbiewska performer, visual artist (POL) Rosaria Sfragara actress (ITA) Cristiano Siri dancer performer (ITA) Nino Triolo visual artist printmaker (ITA) Azahara Ubera dancer, hybrid artist(ESP) Hans (Hansko) Visser Composer (NL) Gabriele “Asbesto” Zaverio Multimedia Artist (ITA)
Federico Bonelli (IT/NL) Giuseppe Morgana (coordination) Monika Schwenk (Cook) Antonio Cardubbo (runner) Rita Valeriano (assistant)
Donatella Manganaro Marco Minutoli Antonino Bonfiglio Michela Barnà Andrea e Caterina Lando Irene Bottari Alessandra Bottari Antonio Micali Francesco Micali Francy Stefano Restuccia Paolo Restuccia
Federico Alagna Pier Paolo Zampieri Alessandra Mammoliti Maria Teresa Zagone
Roberto De Luca
About the first part of the residency of RE in the Nederlands
Amsterdam 17-30 September
RE arrived in time at Shipol Airport with a flight from Catania. She is a blonde woman, she is born sicilian and is bilingual sicilian-german from her mother side. She has acedemy of arts background, a direct way of dealing with all kind of people and a very strong will. She has developed her talent in the years after her diploma with stubborn focus and hard will. She is ready for The Nederland and she looks around.
When I finally got, after many years, the chance of organising residencies in Amsterdam I had no doubt that the first one had to be her.
We know each other since around 2013. We shared together the experience of the first trasformatorio lab and with her companion Giuseppe Morgana they have been the backbone of the last two labs made in sicily and one of the reasons of their success.
But I wanted to have RE here, as first of we hope many artists we can present and introduce properly to the dutch public,for artistic reasons.
RE does not work from a concept. She has many sources of inspiration in wich she dives with in depth fascination but this is not the core of her effectiveness. She works the concept through, like a path to a place were something has to happen, like a folk story, like a misguiding suggestion from a crook. Her thought becomes first action and matter and color, at last, like in a magic mirror finds a name.
In the years I have learned that her art has forms, a necessity, is grounded into coherence and consistency but no words are necessary before the action to realise it. RE channels impressions through her rich palette of media and asks the world to say the last word on the result. Her titles are then a good closing act for the effort, and come from her preliminary fascinations, but as in a ritual they are results. Touches of a bell or of a gong, to dispell the force she kept a bay. Yet there is nothing automatic in her doing.
Often her pieces are left to the environment while in the process of making. She did a bit the same in my studio last week, using rain and dust and the drying of the layers braking up. Found substances, that are inclobated in the colors are often incompatible chemically, they cross with unpredictable effects and sometimes I find myself surprised that she knows how to fix them, in unexpected moments, addig one substance or another to the mix. Images gets imagined then, growing layer by layer, by the gesture and feedback with her mind and the atmosphere in the room: RE acting in light trance hanging over the piece and images forming and disappearing in the process.
She works with a fascination, an idea, often for months. And then mixes incompatible chemicals and strange substances directly on the support, touching it, with long brushes or the fingers, using all kind of found material, plants, lacks, soap, glue. The piece “emerges” from her actions like a small wonder.
I saw her paintin in her big house atelier in Milazzo, in front of the Eolian island in the province of Messina with similar intensity and cromatic effectiveness.
It has been in this days a great pleasure to work out in my studio near the Wateringshaans, taken by philosophical thoughts, encounters, found objects and my apparently casual looks in the evening when I would pass to see how she was doing.
Avidly, incessantly, she transformed what she found, in the way we have learned together to do and produced 3 very good pieces as a preparation, a worm up, for the rest of the stay, in Groningen, organised by Hans “Hansko” Visser and the Ceda and Olgica Foundation.
Presentation of her woork in Groningen is scheduled for Sunday 13th of October, from 15.00 onwards, with live/life-boat-instant-composed-music by carefully selected improvisers.
As far as presenting the whole of the work we will try to get a good spot, so all interested people are invited to come.
As Hansko says, “we will have bread and wine”
So I should not forget to give you all a bit of links and context here they are:
Trasformatorio Residencies are an effort to make artists that participated in Trasformatorio site specific lab, in particular those coming from south mediterranean areas to come to present their work in the Nederland. We think the best way to introduce them is to ask the artists to make new work using our studios as prime matter.
We are activelly looking for partnerships.
Contact Federico (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you like to participate or help.
In 2019 we got into a great adventure.
The place was Giampilieri, a small village hidden between the sea and the mountain in the metropolitan aarea of Messina, Sicily.
Artists from all over the world, gathered there at the last minute for the Trasformatorio lab had the chance to know the people, the stories, the troubles and the incredible vitality of the village. It has been a great ride.
Tomorrow is going to be a recurrence of 10 years from the tragic events that has filled with sorrow the harts and with scars the landscape.
I am sure there will be time to think and mourne and celebrate. Our friends will be glad to know we stand with them, happy to see now soo many traces of Giampilieri in our work since and of our work in the new directions you all took. The whole village is keeping transforming, with his own colors and energies, and is inimmaginable and moving.
There is a lot of love to share for the living in Giampilieri. And we will make more road together of this we are all sure.
Please accept again, as memory of the part we shared, of the walks, of the sounds, of the stories, of the visions and the laughter, of the tears and the smiles, our biggest hug.
the whole of Trasformatorio
Sept 30 2019
The novelty is real.
The foundation “the Treehouse” and dyne.org agreed to join in a communal experiment around the NDSM treehouse, a new temporary studio space in noord amsterdam. It will be part of a wider research and experimental setup that involve this space and aims to create and enforce communal creation and social art projects.
Very down to earth: income generated by the shows, the bar, the parties and overall the artistic program will go in a separate pot from the rent of the space. This pot that will be completely controlled by an autonomous assembly of the artists that will co design the space rules. And it will be allowed by dyne.org.
Every profit from coffee or beer drinked in the space will go back into sustaining the production of the emergent artistic scene guested by the house. This experiment will rely on an internal digital currency co-designed with the first renters of the spaces within a small pilot for EU CAPPSI project “Commonfare”.
So far for the laylines of the event. But were does this come from and how we managed to be part of it?
In the early 2k’s NDSM used to be a home for Amsterdam’s alternative scene. A former shipyard in a remote part of town. You had to cross the harbour to get there, and bike a good 30 minutes from Central Station. In the area a commistion of freaks, squatters, artists and teathermakers were building stages, machines, scrapyard sculptures. Ravers were populating that space as a TAZ (Temporary Autonomous Zone) and amid scrap you could find interesting artists, stoned faces of students and party people and antisocial cyberpunks in improvised saunas.
All this before this space, as any space in the city, followed the path of the methodic gentrification. Amsterdam is now populated by copies of the original scene, sanitized and rendered less obtrusive, fruible to the mass of the coffee standbyer turism. And moreover “pictoresque” enough to attract urban development.
NDSM zone is now one big reconfigurable space for the Creative Industries, temathic festivals and roadshows were forever young people are lured have a “nice time” in the sun.
Criticism for the capitalistic drive of modern life set aside and in all this landscape a foundation imagined and operated by two members of the long lost “alternative scene”, decided to set foot for a unusual operation: re-install a space for art production that could welcome artists to a decent fee and attempt to rise a community.
The Treehouse construction is rising as we speack, out of recycled shipping containers and scrapped wooden barraks. Will become in the plans of the builders to be a structure that resembles a crossover between a cyberpunk garbage park and a Cashbah. But has aspirations we want to help out: to be a place for meeting up, for transformation, to catch up and work hard with fellow dreamers. It is maybe a complicated and overarchieving plan we fell into, and this makes it exactly the type of plan that deserves our attention.
The Treehouse will be populated by artists looking for cheap temporary space to develop a project: musicians, visual artists, actors, dancers and open to their collectivizing economy through an experiment in use of digital coin…
This novelty, that should be a tool to identify and protect values shared by the artistic commoners, has been designed by dyne.org in the context of the over mentioned commonfare EU project. Already tested in Santarcangelo Festival last year and up and running in the famigerate art-squat MACAO in Milan.
As well there will be a small teather, a space for showcasing ideas and jamming, a cafe build around a common kitchen/small restaurant and some other fancy addiction to the community activities (and cashflow) still hard to forecast.
Dyne will have its small space, a coin-lab-observatory, hosting various activities in the treehouse village and as well will set up as a space to share ideas through both the co-design activities tied to the last moments of the commonfare project and of future research we will be surely involved, set around the use of complementary currency for value mapping and horizontal organisation.
We will continue to report on it.
As far as dyne-Trasformatorio goes, we plan to help building the community, to prolong the influence of the commonfare project and various activities we already started planning. Something for sure will happen around the next equinox, in collaboration between trasformatorio and this flamboyant artistic co-community of and the artists in our extensive network.
Radio SUBMARINE live on Trasformatorio Radio station Tonight, August 12, at 17:00 GMT
Our music tonight from Algeria and interview with the writer Salah Badis
Live stream http://radio.dyne.org/trasformatorio.m3u
Or download trasformatorio on Google store or trasformatorio app on IOS
For further information regarding the concept and follow up on the program http://yaramekawei.wixsite.com/yaramekawei/radio-submarine
Special thanks to Federico Bonelli, Trasformatorio Platform and dyne.org
THE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 20 APRIL 2018 in GIAMPILIERI
The 2018 edition of the “Transformatorio – Fourth International Laboratory of Experimental, Performing anSite-Specificic Arts”.
The lab is being prepared, organized by the Dutch foundation Dyne.org, in collaboration with the Cultural Association Siddharte and the Population of GIAMPILIERI.
In preparation on March 17th and 18th, an open laboratory of technologies will be held at the service of the perception of our environment. Held by dr. Paolo Bonelli CoScienza ambientale is a set of practical knowledge on how to build sensors to “feel” what the environment feels. (http://paolob087.wixsite.com/coscienzambientale).
The workshop is realized in collaboration between Dyne.org, Siddharte, Messina Municipality, FabLab Messina, University of Messina – Smart Me project, Permaculture Network Sicily, Sicilian Open Data, Wemake Milano and Radio Street Messina.
The laboratory days will be used to prepare the tools necessary for the installation of an experimental sensor network for environmental monitoring for the collection and transmission of data through LoRA technology (one of the wireless technologies that will contribute massively to the diffusion of the ecosystem IoT – Internet of Things – Internet of Things).
The quality of the air, of the water, the passage on a path, the quantity of sun or rain, the movement of the ground, the heat, the humidity, the presence or absence of water in a mountain basin, are given useful that can be captured by small sensors that are inexpensive and easy to implement and transmitted in the territory through open data applications.
Thanks to the activity and ingenuity of the “digital artisans” (commonly called “makers”), these sensors can also be built by simple citizens, installed and put on the network. It is the idea of the “smart city” very concrete and extended to our small towns, to the countryside, to the mountains.The collected data, once put at the service of the community, multiply in effectiveness and can be developed for many useful and practical applications.
The workshop has been organized to respond to the ideas gathered with the participation of the citizens in the Transformatory 2017 and will serve to provide ideas and links for the next artistic workshop in the area in April.
In fact, from 20 to 30 April in Scaletta Zanclea the use of environmental data provided by the sensors installed by citizens and housed in their homes, will serve to “let things talk back”: mountains, climate, animals and plants, will talk to us reverberating through artists’ projects.
Below is the FREE workshop program
March 17th, 9am – 1pm
– Outdoor Sensing: open source technologies at the service of the Citizen
– The Arduino revolution;
– Wireless data transmission;
– Sensors for all tastes;
– Sensors for civil protection: rain gauge, hydrometer, landslides, fires
– Interventions and discussion
March 17 15 – March 19/18 9 am – 1 pm
– Construction of sensor nodes by the participants divided into groups.
– Sensor tests
– Drafting of a manual for the management of the sensor node for local citizens who will have to take care of them.
March 18, 15 – 19 hours
– Installation of sensor nodes in the area and contacts with the local community.
– Definitive tests.
Registration for the twenty available places can be received
no later than March 11, 2018 at the e-mail address email@example.com
The workshop is free and a certificate of participation will be issued.
Further information follow the event on social media and / or this page
Il laboratorio vero e proprio inizierà il 20 Aprile con l’arrivo degli artisti selezionati con bando internazionale ma in anteprima, il 17 e il 18 marzo, si terrà un laboratorio aperto di tecnologie al servizio della percezione del nostro ambiente, tenuto dal dott. Paolo Bonelli. Il progetto che Trasformatorio presenta si chiama CoScienza Ambientale (http://paolob087.wixsite.com/coscienzambientale).
Il laboratorio e’ realizzato in collaborazione tra Dyne.org, Siddharte, Comune di MESSINA, FabLab Messina, Università degli Studi di Messina – progetto Smart Me, Rete Permacultura Sicilia, Sicilian Open Data, Sensemakers, Wemake Milano e Radio Street Messina.
Le giornate del laboratorio serviranno a preparare gli strumenti necessari all’installazione di una rete civica sperimentale di sensori per il monitoraggio ambientale per la raccolta e trasmissione dei dati tramite la tecnologia LoRA (una delle tecnologie wireless che contribuiranno in misura massiva alla diffusione dell’ecosistema IoT – Internet of Things – Internet delle cose).
La qualità dell’aria, dell’acqua, il passaggio su un sentiero, la quantità di sole o di pioggia, il movimento del terreno, il calore, l’umidità, la presenza o meno d’acqua in un invaso montano, sono dati utili che possono essere colti da piccoli sensori poco costosi e facili da realizzare e trasmessi nel territorio tramite applicazioni open data.
Grazie all’attività e all’ingegno degli “artigiani digitali” (comunemente detti “makers”), questi sensori possono essere auto costruiti anche da semplici cittadini, installati e messi in rete. E’ l’idea della “smart city” molto concreta ed estesa alle nostre piccole città, alle campagne, ai monti. I dati raccolti, una volta messi a servizio della comunità moltiplicano di efficacia e possono essere sviluppati per tante applicazioni utili e pratiche.
Il workshop e’ stato organizzato per rispondere alle idee raccolte con la partecipazione della cittadinanza scalettese nel Trasformatorio 2017 e servirà a fornire spunti e collegamenti per il prossimo laboratorio artistico sul territorio ad aprile. Infatti dal 20 al 30 aprile a Scaletta Zanclea l’uso dei dati ambientali forniti dai sensori messi in opera dai cittadini e ospitati nelle loro case servirà per “far comunicare” le cose, le montagne, il clima, gli animali e le piante, che “ci parleranno” anche attraverso i progetti degli artisti.
Di seguito il programma del workshop GRATUITO
Le iscrizioni ai venti posti disponibili possono pervenire entro e non oltre l’11 marzo 2018 all’indirizzo e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Il workshop è gratuito e verrà rilasciato un attestato di partecipazione.
Ulteriori informazioni seguite l’evento sui social e/o questa pagina
Trasformatorio has been awarded a Creative Europe Funding by the European Commission.
Together with partners Constant Bruxelles, also project coordinator, ESC Gallery in Gratz and Hangar in Barcellona and off course dyne.org. We will be working on a program for 2017/ 2018/2019 on an idea called “Iteration”.
Iterations is committed to the future of artistic collaboration in digitally networked contexts. Multidisciplinary artists and practitioners are brought together to create speculative works that feed the imagination of possible modes of artistic collaboration. New realities ask for new practices, and these practices need to be developed. Through a series of hands-on residencies and discursive exhibitions, Iterations provides situations in which artists collectively experiment with new ways of ‘art working’ which make space for collectivity and collaboration.
The project is structured around the conceptual model of ‘iteration’. Inspired by recursive forms of collaboration as they exists in open source software development, the project Iterations applies repetition and circularity to artistic methodologies, in which the output from one activity is used as the input to the next. Iterations investigates processes and motivations that invite artists to explore models of cooperation and free digital tools. Iterations extends into art-related elds by addressing aesthetic, ethic and legal aspects of multi-authorship, commons based economics, political and social potentials that open up around the artistic. Following the open source philosophy, the project establishes common grounds to all activities.
The project builds up to a coherent set of practices, resources and documentation that will be made accessible to specifc targeted groups (amongst others: artists, programmers and activists) as well as to a wider audience, allowing the outputs and results to reach beyond the limits of the project duration.
We are very proud of having to set the first of these iterations, next April in Sicily. On the name of the whole trasformatorio gang, and looking ahead to the work to do, I want to thank you for this result, that would not have been possible without all the work done in the past editions.
Is not going to be easy to sprint ahead, but a bit of sugar helps. We are going to keep you all informed about the plans and the resources available.
Dyne is a foundation committed to research and development of free and open source software and services. Dyne supports artists, creatives and engaged citizens in the digital age with tools, practices and narratives for community empowerment. Dyne is constituted by an international network of experts syndicating and contributing to diverse technological developments for their quality and role within societies. Dyne shares peer reviews, mutual support and resources for peace and equal rights, operating outside the logic of pro t and competition. Dyne supports cooperation within social contexts to leverage on-line and on-site community values, to empower people with the hacker attitude to re/think, re/mix and re/design to circumvent limitations and nd a way out from economies based on scarcity and privilege.
Constant is a research oriented non-proft organisation for experimental digital arts practices, based in Brussels since 1997. Constant works in the elds of art, media and technology, from a feminist, copy-left and open source perspective.
Esc focuses on local and international artists and artists’ collectives as well as art educators and art students, touching di erent elds: visual and audiovisual art, sound engineering and radio making, media and tech-art, art that explores alternative social forms and life systems. escs gallery is placed in Graz’ city center. The exhibition program reaches passers by, specialists and art-lovers of all ranges of life.
Hangar is a centre for art research and production, o ering support to artists. Hangar’s mission is to support the visual artists and creators during the di erent phases of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. For doing so, Hangar facilitates them equipments, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for experimentation and free knowledge transfer.
Trasformatorio 2017 topic will be “situation based street art”.
The program of the lab is designed to establish the ground work’s basics in Scaletta Alta and to lay lines of the surrounding, studying the site in relation to artist’s personal work and to begin transforming it through art interventions. Art interventions will be in the form of plans, of talks, rehearsals and any type of production related groundwork. Everything will be documented. As participants of the Lab Trasformatorio, artists will share their methods and tactics among each other.
Some activities will be open to the public and the time of visit will be announced through billposting and the network.
The works of Trasformatorio lab will be closed with a formal presentation of the results the 1st of may starting at 11:00 in the Rocca.
All submissions were high in quality and was very hard to choose. We had participation requests from 15 countries.
We chose the following artists to participate in the works of Trasformatorio 2017:
(order of admission)
Also present to the works of Trasformatorio will be the following artists:
Emanuela Ravida’ (painter, visual artist, general organiser)
Zoe Romano (Maker, digital fabrication expert, Wemake.cc)
Rosaria Sfragara (Actress)
Maddalena Fragnito (Hactivist, Social Hacker)
Ninfa Clemente (Actress)
Fausto Casara (Musician, Producer)
Claudio Rinaldi (Musician, Producer)
Guido Gaudioso (Photographer)
Gabriele Asbesto Molesto Zaverio (Hacker, Radio Artist)
Manuela Trovato (Human Hub, Facilitator, Permaculturist)
Eva Polare (Permaculturist)
Andrea Tarda (Architect)
MORE PEOPLE EXPECTED:
Prof. Haytham Al Nawar (EG) Curator of Cairotronica and expert of contemporary digital art (unconfermed)
Chiara Dona’ Dalle Rose (IT) Curatrice BIAS e artista
Some activities will be organised with the help of our partner organisations and friends.
19/20 April – Artists will be gathering to Scaletta
20 April – Presentation of the program and the artists to population and press- Rocca at 11:00 – free entrance
30 April evening – performance presentation in Scaletta Alta
1st of may – wrap up presentation and q&a
NB: Inhabitant of Scaletta are welcome to follow the works in various ways.
Some of the lab activities will be open to public and all creative processes might involve them if they wish.
(Artistic director of Trasformatorio)
for press contact: Giuseppe Morgana — morgana.consulting(at)gmail.com (+39 320 8645367)
============== PROGRAMMA IN ITALIANO ==========
19/20 Aprile – Gli artisti inizieranno ad arrivare a Scaletta dalle 11 nazioni coinvolte
20 Aprile ore 11:00 alla Rocca: presentazione del Laboratorio e dei suoi partecipanti alla popolazione e alla stampa, ingresso libero
30 Aprile tramonto e a proseguire in serata – programma performativo in Scaletta alta
1 Maggio ore 11:30 alla ROcca: – Presentazione dei risultati del laboratorio e risposta alle domande della popolazione –
contatto stampa: Giuseppe Morgana morgana.consulting(at)gmail.com (+39 320 8645367)\
Next Trasformatorio in Montalbano is going to offer a construction hands on get dirty workshop on DIY solar power. The project we are going to present is named ARETHA, that stands for – Air Exchange Thermal Assembly and is a project conceived by CISE2007, a group of makers in milan characterized by an enthusiastic passion for Do It Yourself and solid scientific and engineering background.
From 21 to 26 with a group of volunteers Paolo Bonelli will be busy in building a new version particularly optimized of the panel, and in documenting step by step the process.
We expect to have a solar powered thermal bath before the end of the week in Montalbano!