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Trasformatorio 2018: Giampilieri

We had to let some days pass and capture the sign of the times.

I had to travel south, to work this out with Giuseppe Morgana and Trasformatorios friends in Sicily.

It has been a busy and terrifying month, and yet we can finally announce:

Next Trasformatorio location will be Giampilieri, a neighborhood of the city of Messina

Giampilieri shares with last year location, Scaletta Zanclea, many naturalistic details and the territory, as well as the outcomes of the terrible landslide of 2009.

Is not a second choice location at all. The great support I received from the local community made me take the decision to move there immediately. It was sufficient to arrive in Piazza Pozzo, and see the strange white concrete scar; the ground works to secure the village, with the traces of the houses. To see the welcoming party from the association “Giampilieri 2.0” that offered help and did a great job in reconstructing the damaged community, to talk with Don Alessandro, the 30 something dynamic priest of the local church and to have a short walk in the landscape.

Giampilieri has all the strength and the weakness of many of the locations we have been operating so far and, if possible, these contradictions are pushed to the maximum. Yet it seems a community busy with re-generation and not at all a desolate, remote place. The land is cut through by a river, dry in the hot months of the summer and now rumbling with water. The place used to be a place for mills, treating the grain to make flour. Higher than the village two fractions, Molino and Altolia, even smaller and more remote. From here departs many old roads, stepping up to reach the high of the mountains above and reach the interiors of the islands. Remaining of towers, churches and old monastery are within the reach of a short uphill walk. Including Scaletta Superiore and her mysterious towers that we see at last, in the dusk, for a last glimpse and a picture on the mobile.

Giamplieri, explains Padre Alessandro, is too far away from the center of Messina not to be a de-facto independent community but has no major, no local police station or Carabinieri. All the community regards to the church and to the local civic associations as  “Giampilieri 2.0” for reference. Yet as any small village in Sicily the community has her history, identity, and traditions. As an example the holy feast of the “Annunziata”, where the community gathers (even traveling from abroad on purpose) to feast the local Madonna and carry her statue to the sanctuary uphill.

The suggestions for the next trasformatorio as you see are many. And we will try to do the whole of the program, even if the main focus is on the Lab, where our temporary community of transformators has to be able to work in peace and use the materials found in many ways hiding in the territory.

And so we spoke with the culture group of the City of Messina. The usual one-man band here has been given as a task to 5 people. The first we have encountered, Alessandra Mammoliti, we met in the studio of the radio. She is the first person we meet and her suggestion for Giampilieri reassuring and leading to Donatella, from Giampilieri 2.0 and Pierpaolo Zampieri. In the next days, we managed to meet most of the group, that have really acted fast with wise and prompt advice. I have to thank them all. The Assessor himself, Federico Alagna called in to reassure us. The city of Messina will happily allow our activities for 2018. And this is how we passed from a 2000 something village to a city of 238,000.

I must spend some words as well on this unexpected change of plan.

The reasons why the administration of Scaletta Zanclea has decided not to renew the agreement with us are still a mystery. The agreement was on their table, together with the whole plan since 29 of August 2017 and the positive experience of the previous year. Actually, in the previous edition, everyone invested time and efforts to help us, up to village officials paying out of their own pockets to allow us to be there in the terms agreed. The administration was constantly upgraded on the status of our preparations, invited to join to meetings and had given us no reason to worry about a change of plan. You can imagine the stupor when the decision not to grant us anymore their favor has been communicated via a WhatsApp one-liner!

This is probably the only concession to modernity from an inaccessible Major, that still does not returns my phone calls. That is a mystery that I am sure will solve by itself one day.

We even agreed to pay out of our own small budget the places to accommodate the artists, just to be denied any access afterward. Following a formal request, formulated as agreed between the various frantic negotiators. Maybe the proximity of the elections (both the political one and the local in may) got us, unwillingly, into a local power struggle.

Lesson learned: one should never underestimate the power of influence of local political struggles no matter how small is the community. They tend to reproduce, as in a fractal, the shape and tactics of the bigger ones. And in Italy this is a field for brave at harts to play in.

What we know for sure that the people of Scaletta Superiore were looking forward to having us with them. Working the second year in the area was something a lot of people was looking forward to. And so it will be, in a way, because we won’t let them down moving to the twin city of Giampilieri that is merely a 30′ walk from Scaletta.

And we will keep negotiating a visit to the area to please our old friends in the somehow neglected “Scaletta Superiore” area, to view the installations and traces of last year work and to appease any doubt will be around about our commitment to work together with our friends.

See you in Sicily in 6 weeks time!

Trasformatorio 2018: Giampilieri

Abbiamo dovuto lasciar passare alcuni giorni per catturare il segno dei tempi.

E ho dovuto viaggiare verso sud, per risolvere questo problema con gli amici Giuseppe Morgana, RE e Mose’ e tutti gli altri amici “trasformatori” di Sicilia.

È stato un mese impegnativo e terrificante, eppure possiamo finalmente annunciare:

La prossima location di Trasformatorio sarà Giampilieri, un quartiere della città di Messina

Giampilieri condivide con la location dell’anno scorso la posizione e molti dei dettagli naturalistici e paesaggistici, nonché l’aver sofferto la terribile alluvione del 2009.

Non è affatto per noi un luogo di seconda scelta. Il grande sostegno che ho ricevuto dalla comunità locale mi ha fatto prendere la decisione di trasferirci qui immediatamente. E’ bastato arrivare in piazza Pozzo e vedere la strana cicatrice bianca del cemento; come il terreno e’ stato lavorato per proteggere il villaggio, le tracce delle case. Vedere la festa di benvenuto dell’associazione “Giampilieri 2.0”, che ha offerto aiuto e fatto a detta di tutti un ottimo lavoro nella ricostruzione della comunità danneggiata; Parlare con Don Alessandro, il trentenne e  dinamico sacerdote della chiesa locale, fare una breve passeggiata nel paesaggio. Nessun dubbio.

Giampilieri ha tutte le forze e le debolezze di molti dei luoghi in cui abbiamo operato finora e, se possibile, queste contraddizioni sono spinte al massimo.

E nonostente cio’ sembra una comunità piu’ alle prese con la rigenerazione che con il lutto e non e’ affatto un luogo remoto e desolato.

La terra è attraversata da un fiume, asciutto nei mesi caldi dell’estate che ora canta pieno d’acqua. Il villaggio era nato come valle piena di mulini, che trattavano il grano per fare la farina per tutti.
Più in alto del villaggio, salendo la strada stretta verso i monti, due frazioni della frazione, Molino e Altolia, ancora più piccole e remote. Da questa valle partono molte vecchie strade, che si intravedono salire per raggiungere l’alta montagna sovrastante e raggiungere gli interni dell’isola.

Resti di torri, chiese e di un antichissimo monastero sono tutti alla portata di una breve passeggiata in salita.

Compresa Scaletta Superiore e le sue torri misteriose che vediamo finalmente, nel crepuscolo, dalla collina di fronte, inaccessibile, tante volte ammirata l’anno scorso, per un’ultima occhiata attenta e una foto sul cellulare.

Giamplieri, ci spiega padre Alessandro, è troppo lontano dal centro di Messina per non essere di fatto una comunità indipendente: non ha né stazioni di polizia locali né carabinieri. Tutta la comunità considera la chiesa e le associazioni civiche locali come ad esempio “Giampilieri 2.0” come il suo riferimento.
Tuttavia, come ogni piccolo villaggio in Sicilia, anche questa comunità ha la sua storia, identità e tradizioni. Ad esempio la festa sacra della Madonna delle Grazie, dove il paesello di mille anime si riunisce (anche viaggiando dall’estero apposta per non mancare l’occasione) per festeggiare la Madonna locale e portare con coraggio in salita e discesa la sua pesantissima statua al santuario.

I suggerimenti per il prossimo trasformatorio come vedete sono molti. E proveremo a fare tutto il programma previsto, con gli opportuni cambiamenti.  Anche se l’obiettivo principale è sul Lab, dove la nostra comunità temporanea di trasformatori deve poter essere in grado di lavorare in pace per utilizzare i materiali e le suggestioni che si trovano in molti modi nascosti nel territorio e nelle sue genti.

E così abbiamo parlato con il gruppo dell’assessorato condiviso per la cultura della Città di Messina. Quella che in genere e’ una one-man-band, qui nella citta’ Messina della democrazia dal basso è gestita da 5 persone. La prima che abbiamo incontrato, e’ stata Alessandra Mammoliti, con cui eravamo in contatto. Ci siamo incontrati nello studio della radio. È suo suggerimento per Giampilieri che ci porta a Donatella, dell’associazione Giampilieri 2.0 e a Pierpaolo Zampieri altro attivissimo professore universitario e assessore. Nei giorni successivi grazie a loro e a tanti altri siamo riusciti a incontrare la maggior parte del gruppo consiliare, che ha agito davvero in fretta con consigli saggi e tempestivi. Devo ringraziare tutti loro. Lo stesso assessore, Federico Alagna mi ha chiamato per rassicurarci. La città di Messina consentirà felicemente le nostre attività per il 2018. Ed è così che siamo passati dal lavorare in un villaggio di 2000 abitanti ad un villaggio di 1000 che e’ aprte integrante di una città di 238.000 abitanti.

Devo spendere anche alcune parole anche su questo inatteso cambiamento di programma.

I motivi per cui l’amministrazione di Scaletta Zanclea ha deciso di non rinnovare l’accordo con noi sono ancora un mistero. L’accordo era sul loro tavolo, insieme all’intero piano di lavoro per il 2018 dal 29 agosto 2017. Assieme all’esperienza positiva dell’anno precedente. Per essere giusti per la precedente edizione, tutti coloro che avevamo incontrato nell’amministrazione avevano investito tempo e sforzi per aiutarci, fino ad assitere al fatto che i vari assessori del villaggio avevano pagato di tasca loro per permetterci di essere lì nei termini concordati, non essendo ancora disponibili le foresterie. E’ anche da dire che l’amministrazione è stata costantemente aggiornata sullo stato dei preparativi, è stata invitata a partecipare alle riunioni, anche a quelle in calce all’ottenimento dei fondi europei per il progetto 2018, e non ci aveva dato motivo di preoccuparci per un cambiamento di programma. Potete immaginare lo stupore quando la decisione di non concederci più i permessi necessari e l’accesso alle strutture ci è stata comunicata tramite una linea su WhatsApp!

Questa è probabilmente l’unica concessione alla modernità di un Sindaco che si e’ dimostrato nei giorni seguenti inaccessibile, e che ancora non risponde alle mie telefonate. La ragione di tale comportamento un mistero che sono sicuro si risolverà da solo prima o poi.

Avevamo persino acconsentito nei giorni che si sono susseguiti ad inviare una richiesta formale, formulata come concordato tra i vari frenetici negoziatori, e a pagare dal nostro piccolo budget noi i posti necessari per ospitare gli artisti. Senza alcun risultato che un formale diniego in tre righe.

Forse la vicinanza delle elezioni (sia quella politica nazionale che quella locale prevista per maggio) ha portato, controvoglia, a esser vittima di una lotta di potere locale.

Lezione appresa: anche quando si lavora con l’immaginario non si deve mai sottovalutare l’influenza delle lotte politiche locali

Call Trasformatorio 2018

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Invited Artists:

– Emmanuel Ndefo dancer (NIGERIA) *
– Jana Nunich visual artist (SLOVENIA) *
– Ilya Kuzubov visual artist (RUSSIA) in gemellaggio con il Tabiola Festival di Arcangelovsk *
– Hans (Hansko) Visser Composer (NEDERLAND)  *
– August Black Radio artist (USA) *
– Gabriele “Asbesto” Zaverio Multimedia Artist (ITALY)
– RE Visual Artist, Painter (ITALY-Sicily) **
– Francesco Franchina Media Artist (ITALY-Sicily) *
– Cristiano Siri dancer performer (ITALY) *
– Martina Caronna dancer performer, street artist(ITALY) *
– Giulia Della Valle sound artist, videomaker (ITALY) *
– Iwona Rozbiewska performer, visual artist (POLAND) *
– Aleksander visual artist(RUSSIA) in gemellaggio con il Tabiola Festival di Arcangelovsk *
– Ezio Cicciarella sculptor (ITALY-Sicily) *
– Nino Triolo visual artist printmaker (ITALY) *
– Samuele Albani musician media artist (SAN MARINO) *
– Azahara Ubera dancer, hybrid artist(SPAIN) *
– Mose Previti writer (ITALY) (Messina)
– Jerneja Rebernak visual artist (SLOVENIA) *
– Rosaria Sfragara actress (ITALY) *
– Ahmed Helmy filmaker, visual artist (EGYPT) *
– Claire Ducene visual artist (BELGIUM) *
– Louis Rodil Fernandes media artist (NL) *
– Irene Domingues dancer visual artist (SPAIN/NORWAY) *
– Rosa Mundi  (ITALY)
– Ludovica Avetrani (ITALY)
– Paolo Bonelli (ITALY)
– Rossella Midili (ITALY)


International (hack)lab for experimental and site-specific arts

April 20th to May 1st, 2018
GIAMPILIERI (ME) and the City of Messina we are proud to announce the fourth edition of Trasformatorio in Sicily.

Call is OPEN till 11 February 2018

What it is?

Trasformatorio is an international laboratory focusing on practices related to site-specific performance.

Born in 2013 as a laboratory for performance art and hacking, Trasformatorio is part of the experimental research methodology of, an international no-profit foundation and think tank based in Amsterdam.

Trasformatorio intends to develop original research, to produce and distribute innovative technical and artistic contents, to improve and invent new ways of establishing contact with social and environmental discourses.

Trasformatorio is aimed to inclusion, respect of the environment and of human and animal elements that interact with it. The laboratory is held within the territory that explores and uses transformation as a paradigm for work.

Trasformatorio is interested in working with forms of spectacles that can be prepared and delivered in any context, of the theatre and electricity grids. Spectacles that reflect on the microculture of the places they are developed in and from.

Trasformatorio is proposed to professionals: actors, musicians, designers, architects, set designers, video/filmmakers, dancers and performers, photographers, hackers, students of applied arts, theatre studies and fine arts, independent researchers and academics alike. An equal number of spaces are reserved for artists from Sicily and genders are balanced.

This edition will be held for the second year in Scaletta Zanclea, using the “borgo”, the mountain and the sea and the surroundings of the Castle “Rufo Ruffo” as basic materials for the artists work.

the cave

2018 What is going to happen?

This is a research that has to be conducted within an ethic exchange, responding to the specific environment (= people, history, space, nature) of Giampilieri.

The 2018 Lab

Trasformatorio has been in Scaletta for the first contact in April 2017 so you would join a process in the making in its second iteration with some new artists and various platforms to experiment with.
Our eyes are on some of the following keywords:
Things that talk, animals that tell a story, radio-waves, walks, layers, movement, electroacoustic sounds, the poetry of objects, happy ghosts, dance with the wind, the music of hands-on rough surfaces…

see the shared map here:

Open Knowledge

The research performed by the Trasformatorio will be documented online and distributed on open licences.
Trasformatorio favours open hardware and software development, freedom of thought and open circulation of ideas. Eventual collaboration works born in Trasformatorio are only required to keep this open access policy and quote Trasformatorio in their communication.

Workshops and laboratories:

Application and development of personal skills on site-specific performance.
Trasformatorio ethics is that participants share and co-develop their skills into new ones. So all participants are therefore considered co-producers of Trasformatorio.


Trasformatorio 2018 will hold also the first iteration of the EU founded project ITERATIONS (
Iterations consist of a series of artist residencies, exhibitions, reflection meetings and exchanges, that take place between 2017 and 2020. Artists and cultural practitioners are welcomed in situations to experiment with and reflect on what the future of collectivity, sharing and working together in digital and networked contexts can look like.

The project is initiated by four organisations who have a clear affinity with open approaches towards art, technology and society, and who feel a shared necessity to research the conditions in which artists who use technology work.
These organisations are Constant (Brussel), Hangar (Barcellona), Esc (Gratz) and (Amsterdam).

BIAS 2018

Trasformatorio 2018 will trigger as well a collaboration with WISH – World International Sicilian Heritage that will be part of BIAS 2018 in Palermo. BIAS is the acronym of International Biennial Contemporary Art Exhibition of the Religions of Humanity and is a transnational exhibition of contemporary art organized in the historic centre of Palermo and in locations around Sicily. For BIAS theme we will select if there will be, projects in the theme of this year, that could develop further and become part of the 2018 exhibition. The theme of this year is: “The doorstep is the longest part of the journey”.


The practitioners’ explorations will be presented at the end to different audiences, in multiple ways, according to the content, character and state of development of ideas and performance material, without any obligation for the participants to show their work. The documentation will be shared from Trasformatorio site.

How to apply

Fill in the form and send your application, with the supporting material via this site. A letter of motivation can be sent to fredd(at)

Do it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and anyway before 11th February 2017

more info: at fredd(at)

There are only 20 places available.

The candidatures will be chosen by Trasformatorio to fill the available places within an open internal process of selection.

What do we offer

The micro economy of the Trasformatorio requires involvement, elasticity and patience. Is also an experiment, a precious one in itself.

  • All activities and workshops on site will be free of charge for participating artists.
  • The city will offer free lodging
  • will take care of food expenses with a soul kitchen curated by Siddarthe and us
  • small budget for equipment and materials
  • all the rest will be for your own expenses

NB: This year we have some budget as a contribution to transportation as part of the “Iterations” Creative Europe project. It will be dealt with in an open process by the community to be sure all selected artists can participate. In any case, Trasformatorio will issue letters of invitation for the selected participants willing to apply for travel grants.


Trasformatorio 2018 is co-funded through a Creative Europe subsidy of the European Commission.