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** List of invited artists for trasformatorio 2018 will be available soon**

Trasformatorio

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

April 20th to May 1st, 2018
Scaletta Zanclea (ME)

Dyne.org and the City of Scaletta Zanclea 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 dyne.org, 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 Scaletta Zanclea.

The Location

Scaletta Zanclea (38°02′41″N 15°27′46″E) is a small municipality in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily about 15 kilometres (9 mi) southwest of Messina. Can be reached easily from Catania International airport with the train. The comune suffered heavily in the mudslides which devastated the area in 2009.[2]

The splendid site, close to the sea of the Messina’s Strait and surrounded by the Mountains is rich in historically and ethnographic connections that will inspire the artists in their transformations: as an example the medieval feminist story of Macalda di Zanclea, the game of chess, the story of Morgana the Fairy, myth and landscape as you can find hinted into the history of Macalda di Zanclea… https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macalda_di_Scaletta

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: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14vdfQW_o01T3oJlmR1tZe4Hadto&usp=sharing

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.

Iterations

Trasformatorio 2018 will hold also the first iteration of the EU founded project ITERATIONS (iterations.space).
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 Dyne.org (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”.

Presentation

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)dyne.org.

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

more info: at fredd(at)dyne.org.

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
  • dyne.org 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.

Partners

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

Trasformatorio 2017

Trasformatorio

Third international lab for experimental and site specific arts

April 21st to May 1st 2017

Scaletta Zanclea (ME)

Together with the City of Scaletta Zanclea, in the person of the Assessora Daniela Di Ciuccio and the Cultural Association Siddarte from Milazzo, co-producing, we are proud to announce the third Trasformatorio in Sicily.

What it is?

Trasformatorio is an international laboratory focusing on practices related to site-specific performance. It’s objective is to integrate the practice of the Hacklab with the research over performative arts and sustainability. To do so trasformatorio rely on a integrated approach experimenting with artistic methodologies in a co-design setting, crafted according to a everchanging situation. Since 2016 trasformatorio is part of the experimental research projects hosted by dyne.org, a international foundation and think (and do) tank based in Amsterdam.

Trasformatorio intends to develop research, production and distribution of performances with innovative technical and artistic contents, envisioning new solutions to integrate sustainable technology in drama and through which viewers are confronted with themselves and the landscape. Shows and performances that can be prepared and delivered in any context, even off the theater and electricity grids. Shows and performances integrate a practice aimed to inclusivity, respecting the environment and human elements that interact with them.

Trasformatorio is reserved to professionals, artists, actors, musicians, designers, architects, set designers, video/film makers, photographers, students of applied arts, theater studies and fine arts. An equal number of spaces are reserved to Sicilian Artists.

The laboratory is held within the territory that explores, in harmony with the human population, the natural ones and the architectonics that hosts him. This edition will be held in Scaletta Zanclea, in conjunction with the local administration that houses us, using the “borgo” and the Castle tower “Rufo Ruffo”.

Why is relevant? Because the languages and topics of performance, when connected at the same time with technological development and the essence human and natural landscape teaches us important lessons about the future we want.

2017 Investigation theme: street play
What is now and is going to be the equivalent of street art? What are the allowed uses of common space, what are the unwritten rules for social engagement and communication? Why in place of a new babylon we have got a fence? Are we all individuals also in the public sphere? What can a hacker learn in this situation from a street artist, and viceversa?

Scope of the lab is to transform what it finds…
As in T#0 we will devote our time and effort in gathering information and contact with our new location and represent it into our cathegories to see what kind of inspiration will take form from living in the ancient town of scaletta and in contact with the inhabitants and their natural and artificial environment.
Designing, implementing and disseminating performances that are inclusive and sustainable, through the design of new entities, the revaluation of existing forms, the devising of situations and ways to live performance, in harmony with the natural and human environment that hosts it. So it will be.

The Location
Scaletta Zanclea (38°02′41″N 15°27′46″E) is a small municipality in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily  about 15 kilometres (9 mi) southwest of Messina. Can be reached easily from Catania International airport with the train. The comune suffered heavily in the mudslides which devastated the area in 2009.[2] 

The splendid site, close to the sea of the Messina’s Strait and sourrounded by the Nebrodi Mountains is rich of historically and etnographic connections that will inspire the artists in their transformations: as an example the medieval feminist story of Macalda di Zanclea, the game of chess, the story of Morgana the Fairy, myth and landscape as you can find hinted into the history of Macalda di Zanclea

See the shared map here: MAP OF SCALETTA

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 the trasformatorio.

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

Technical research on sustainability; joint exploration of tools and techniques that can be used for site-specific media-rich performances and development of found material into performative one within experiemntal dramaturgical lines are the scope of the lab. We aim to help to create techniques to allow a theatrical transformation on site and we are a guest of the community to wich we want to give back.
Research presentations, discussions, speeches, performances and installations can all be the means of dialogue: to create space for this is the scope of this first visit.

The practitioners’ explorations were presented at the end 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 and will be documented on the site and all possible ways.

Establishing the basics, gathering food and all other material necessities:

On the locations where Trasformatorio was working and living. This very basic practical activity was considered and worked out as one of the means of ‘mapping’ the place. It worked as a key aspect for integrating with the local community and as a simple social glue between participants.

How to apply

Fill in and send your application before 1st March 2017 at fredd@dyne.org.
There are 15 places available.

What do we offer

All activities and workshops on site will be free of charge for the selected participants. The city will offer free lodging and food, all the rest will be at your own expenses. Trasformatorio will issue letters of invitation for the selected participants willing to apply for travel grants. The micro economy of the trasformatorio requires involvement, elasticity and patience. Is an experiment, a precious one in itself.

Partners

In italian: RADIO INTERVIEW on “Radio Start me Up” by Fabio Bruno (in Italian)
Un laboratorio artistico a cielo aperto: Trasformatorio sta arrivando!