Z ELEMENTS



A PROJECT BY
Fundación Municipal de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Avilés (Spain)
Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona (Italiy)
AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium)
Association Kulturanova di Novi Sad (Serbia)
European Art School in Brittany, EESAB (France)

FUNDED BY 
Creative Europe European Programme 

CURATED BY
Enzo Gentile
PROJECT COORDINATION
Elisa Carrara, Marta Ferretti 

1 November 2019 – 30 June 2022



Z ELEMENTS is a strongly interdisciplinary European project funded under the Creative Europe – Culture program. Led by the Fundación Municipal de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Avilés (Spain), the project gathers four partners: Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona (Italy), AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium), Association Kulturanova of Novi Sad (Serbia) and European Art School in Brittany, EESAB (France).

Thanks to a program of four international residencies, workshops and a final event, the project explored new possibilities of involving and attracting a younger audience from Generation Z and transforming analogue artistic expressions into Digital Transmedia Storytelling products.

In this framework, Z Elements implemented a series of activities in order to pursue the following objectives:

Audience development
Through the involvement of some 75 young volunteers in co-creation and co-curation of works, their participation of in workshops with artists and conversion into e-reporters.

Mobilities
Through the participation 20 artists from different fields to 4 artistic residences for the production of works inspired by the classical elements (Water, Fire, Earth and Aether), and the posterior distribution of the work through Social Networks and platforms

Capacity-Building - New digital skills
Training of participants on Digital Transmedia Storytelling through ad hoc 4 workshops and “Learning by doing” tutored transformation processes.





THE RESIDENCY IN RENNES


Postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 emergency, the first residency focuses on the theme of WATER.
It will take place in Lorient, Brittany from March 15-26, 2021, and is organized by EESAB-Lorient, the largest art school in France characterized by a strong connection to water. Lorient is a well-known place in Brittany for its port area and historic maritime heritage. The residency is hosted by Hydrophone, a venue dedicated to the contemporary music scene, located in an enormous bunker in the former submarine military base.
Call closed / The selected artist is Nicol Guerra.


THE RESIDENCY IN AVILES


Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 emergency, the second residency focuses on the theme of FIRE.
It is organized by La Factoría Cultural and will take place in Avilés, Spain from 28 May to 11 June 2021. The city of Avilés is defined by its ceramic and steel industries. The artists will present the results of the residency during the "Noche Negra Festival" spread around various places of the city.
Call closed / The selected artist is Giacomo Segantin.


THE RESIDENCY IN VERONA


The third residency focuses on the theme of EARTH.
It is organized by the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona, Italy, and hosted from June 7 - June 20, 2021 at the Ex Dogana di Fiume, one of the venues of the Verona Canoe Club located in the historic center of the city. It envisions the river Adige that runs through Verona and its historic Dogana (Customs) as a privileged space for investigating the theme from material, political and social points of view in order to explore the languages of public art and, transversally, those of art in the natural environment, for which the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona has many years of experience in research and production.
Call closed / The selected artist is Francesco Lasala.


THE RESIDENCY IN NOVI SAD


The fourth residency, from 13 to 25 September 2021, focuses on the theme of ETHER in Novi Sad, Serbia, European Capital of Culture. KulturaNova is the institution responsible for the coordination with the participation of local partners in the project, such as Philosophy College, offering support to the artists for the construction of a better definition and interpretation of the mythological origin of ether.
Call closed / The selected artist is Alessia Talò.

 

FOCUS ON: THE RESIDENCY IN VERONA


A PROJECT BY
Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona 
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Canoa Club Verona
WITH THE ARTISTS 
Samuel Armas (ES), Annelise Cherchedean (BE), Francesco Lasala (IT), Lucie Ferezou (FR), Uros Mladenovic (RS)
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE STUDENTS
Denise Bovo, Madiha Korchi, Anya Kozdoba, Laura Mongia, Chiara Muraro, Yordanka Naddeo Stefanova, Irene Perbellini, Sara Persico, Emma Preto, Nicolò Saggiotto, Uma Valota, Cristina Vedovelli
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF
Comune di Verona
FUNDED BY
Creative Europe European Programme


7 June – 20 June 2021
Former Dogana di Fiume, Verona





The residency in Verona is organized by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona and, thanks to the collaboration with the Canoe Club Verona, it is hosted in a symbolic place of the city, the former Dogana di Fiume (River Customs), now a sports venue and research center on the river Adige.

The residency aimed at the research and on-site production of an artistic work/intervention on the theme of EARTH.
It considered the Adige River that crosses the city and its historic River Custom House as a privileged space of investigation on the theme from the material point of view (soil, stones and sand as natural and artificial matters, solids and surfaces), political (homeland, land of landing, border), social (ground for meeting, sharing and conflict) to explore the languages of public art and, transversally, of art in the natural environment, for which the Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona has many years of experience in research and production.

The residency is connected to the activities and spaces of the Academy and the School of New Technologies for Art of the Academy, which have its headquarters near the former Dogana di Fiume.

At the end of the residency, /FALEN/A a flickering audio/visual night event presented the works made at the former Dogana di Fiume in which a group of the "Generation Z" students of the Academy and the Art High School of Verona) also took part together with a live audio visual performance by Fabio Volpi aka _Dies.

In connection with the residency, the artists and the students involved from the Academy took take part in a 4-day workshop on "Mapping projections & immersive experiences" held by teachers of the School of New Technologies for Art of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona and the research center MaxLab of the AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp.

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