Workshop: Through the looking glass at UNIDEE-Citta del Arte, Biella
Bik Van Der Pol's workshop is part of the UNIDEE fall term titled MODES OF INSTITUTING, dedicated to imagining the role of art organizations in times of perennial crisis, discussing what their future(s) in the next twenty years will be. A group of eight international applicants is selected to follow a two-weeks programme of workshops and conferences.
Since the early 2000s, many local wool mills in Biella have closed due to global capitalism: they could no longer compete with the prices of imported fabrics and clothing. Participants are invited to engage in a collaborative process, starting from Biella as a city in transformation. Understanding inhabitants and their body as carriers of experience and the city as an archive and a scene that could function as site for reading and listening to reflect on global processes, the purpose of the workshop is to collectively create a scenario on a speculative narrative that takes place in Biella, now and in the future. Starting points for this narrative are loss, co-operation and silence as a political imperative, and the role that this may play instituting and resistance. We visit The Wool Company and Lanificio F.lli Cerruti, We propose to rethink ‘loss’ as an instigator and potential for alternative learning for the future, and increase the volume of the stories that must be told now. The outcome will be the performance of such learning processes.