Calls, Documentation, Trasformatorio 2018

Call Trasformatorio 2018

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no(c) 2018 RE per trasformatorio

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.