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Methods / Processes of Change

International Residential Workshop
Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella – Italy
May 20-24, 2010

Workshop curated and conducted by Love Difference and artway of thinking, promoted by Love Difference and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, with the support of LLP Grundtvig workshop programme.

“The workshop Methods / Processes of Change is a special event, being the first step of an interdisciplinary research on methodologies. A project in progress, not aimed at finding a general and conclusive methodology, but individual ways: the diversity of working methods can actually create a network of differences, which from another point of view is like the very structure of society itself.
It is significant that for the first time, here in Cittadellarte, the differences amongst the methodologies in disciplines and professions in society are put into focus.”

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Love Difference, artway of thinking,
Methods is a research project on participatory and interdisciplinary methodologies bearing on complex systems or focusing on the individual and his growth.

The workshop in Biella is one of the collective moments which are part of the research.

In its previous editions, Methods focused mainly on the art-society relationship, investigating methodologies used in collective creative processes, meant for “responsible social transformation” and generated mainly by individuals or groups of artists.

In its 5th edition Methods opens a first comparison between disciplines and professions that are considered to affect social change, with the aim of exchanging knowledge, approaches, tools and results. An exchange that is intended as a contribution to the responsible social transformation and the creation of a network of knowledge.

The workshop is structured as an informal working moment, designed for specialists to share experiences and methodologies, without an external public.

Supporting staff: a group of chefs to prepare food and an eight-members editorial unit, to collect real-time contents, draft and edit documents through some international social networks.


The workshop also aims to be a platform to reflect on a particular aspect of transformation, that of being “spontaneous and natural”, an aspect that is inherent in the developmental ability of organisms and complex systems in general. This is one of the issues that emerged from the research during Methods so far, and that we wish to further investigate by answering three questions:
1. Where does the input for transformation come from?
2. When can we say a transformation is “metabolized”?
3. What features should have a transformation process which is constructive for the common good?

In general, the workshop provides different moments of sharing:
• speeches: plenary sessions where experts are invited to present their work (20 minutes);
• thematic focuses: brainstorming group-sessions;
• experiential activities: sessions where experts can involve participants in experimenting practices and tools of their method;
• banquets: convivial moments especially prepared for Methods by our chefs.

Project realised with contribution from Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig  of the European Commission

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2010 1:32 pm

    … it sounds so good!
    Thanks for doing it

  2. valeria permalink
    March 30, 2011 1:37 pm

    Can people participate?

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