Elena Ciresola
Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona, Il Giornale dell’Arte, ArtVerona

October 2017 - October 2018

A three-year course of action-research structured in a program of lectures and workshops and a cognitive research program
carried out by the students of the Atelier Direction two-year course in Cultural Mediation of Art to understand in a peer environment the value that young people attribute to the artistic experience for their profession and their existence.

The project started with the opening talk of ArtVerona 2016, What's art for? A cosa serve l’arte? Serve ancora? with the participation of Catterina Seia, Vice President Fitzcarraldo and Anna Somers Cocks, Director of The Art Newspaper, during which the two-year Atelier Direction - Cultural Mediation of Art program accepted the proposal to develop peer to peer research on the topics discussed in the talk.
In 2018, the project included a workshop in Verona on 20 and 21 September 2018 with artist Irene Pittatore who, together with Valentina Porcellana, lecturer in Applied Anthropology and Language, engaged students on the research topic, self-awareness, empathy and resources in a radically changing world.

The results of the project were presented during ArtVerona 2018 with a talk and a performance with audience participation entitled You as me. Nei panni degli altri, in which a group of students in anthropology from the University of Turin collaborated, who, at a distance and through the workshop activity, interacted with the Veronese students on the meaning of utopia and the founding values of a civil and democratic community, capable of expressing and welcoming complexity and inspiring its member citizens.

In dialogue with Catterina Seia were the students of the Academy, Elena Ciresola, lecturer at the Atelier Direction two-year program, Lisa Parola, curator and director of the Sardi Foundation, Claudio Giorgione, curator of the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, Valentina Porcellana, lecturer in Applied Anthropology and Language and Medical Anthropology at the University of Turin, Marcello Smarrelli, artistic director of the Casoli Foundation, and the artist Irene Pittatore.