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Emanuela Baldi / Federica Thiene /
Filippo Fabbrica / Sonja Linke / Stefania Mantovani


Emanuela BALDI

Love Difference

Italy, 1973, libra.  She earns a degree in Foreign Literatures and Languages, University of Florence and EU master degree for “Expositions, fairs, events and theatre set up”. After several and miscellaneous experiences in the field of set up, crafts milliner, education, and collaborations with Cittadellarte- Fondazione Pistoletto, she definetly lands at Love Difference in 2004,  where step by step she finds her place coordinating activities, organizing events, ideating and curating shared planning workshops, building up collaborative relations between artists and groups of artists operative in the field of social change through creative methods in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Interested in creative processes, dialogue beween people and cultures of all kinds, fond of travels and new experiences. She is Love Difference project coordinator together with Filippo and Sonja, with whom shares ideas, dreams, efforts.


Engine Room, University of the Arts London

Arts Education

Professor Anne Bamford is Director of the Engine Room at the University of the Arts London. Anne has been recognised nationally and internationally for her research in arts education, emerging literacies and visual communication. She is an expert in the international dimension of arts and cultural education and through her research, she has pursued issues of innovation, social impact and equity and diversity. A World Scholar for UNESCO, Anne has conducted major national impact and evaluation studies for the governments of Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Hong Kong and Australia and was awarded the Australian Institute for Educational Research, Outstanding Educational Research Award for 2002 and short listed for the British Female Innovator of the Year in 2006.

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Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio is a PhD Candidate in “History, Theory and Criticism of Arts” and a scholar of the department of History of Art of the University of Barcelona.
He has studied Humanities and Philosophy at the “Università  degli Studi di Roma Tre” (Italy); and got a Master in “Advanced Studies in History of Art” from the University of Barcelona. Currently he has a research scholarship (FI) by the Generalitat de Catalunya and is thus integrated into the investigation group “Art, Architecture and Digital Society”.
His current lines of investigation expand onto the subjects of interculturality in contemporary art, the interactions between artistic and cultural practices in the Mediterranean and the impact of new technologies on art, communication and contemporary society. He has participated in several international congresses and developed projects and research stays in Europe, Asia and Middle East. He works also as a critic and indipendent curator and is co-founder of the platform

Eliana  BRIZIO

Centro Noosoma – arte del ben essere


Nurse since the age of 19, I have learned that to do a good job, I have to become tough and strong facing suffering. The discomfort I feel coping with pain, in a short time leads me to the need to physically touch people beyond words. My research starts from psychomotricity at Itza Creative Movement (dance leading to looking for one’s own emotions playing upon intuition and freedom), passes through gestalt therapy, yoga and meditation. All these tools, however, don’t seem to be sufficient for my purpose: I feel the lack of more specific means enabling body analysis and reading, in order to intervene more efficiently in physical, emotional and psychical discomfort, which so often makes people turn away from their lives. Along the path of this search I come across the Grinberg® Method, which, together with my previous knowledge allows me to actually operate on people at a physical level, reaching their needs more directly.


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Elena’s life and her interests are intimately connected with her work as a cultural mediator. While attending a course in “Cultural Meditation” she discovered her skills to accompany people during their rough phases in life, to show them how to look out for themselves and to help them develop new skills that enable them to face life. She specialized on immigration, creating an association where she works as a cultural mediator offering languages courses, legal consultancy and advices for school and job insertion.

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(born in Faenza, 26/05/1980)
Free lance researcher, she lives and works in Barcelona (Spain). At the moment, she is attending a Phd program in Aesthetics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona inside the research project  “La historicidad de la experiencia estética II” (“Historicism in aesthetic experience II”).  Her thesis is focused on the characterization of phenomena of contemporary social art as consequence of the alterations of perception due to the end of the avantgards paradigm and its relation with aethical and political reflection. She works as independent organizer and curator for art/literature/music projects. She is interested in developing new ideas and concepts of art events as spaces for social reflection and amusement.

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Co-fondator and Administrator of the Don’t border me organisation since 2008.
Her multidiscilpinary background (history of art, cinema, music, cultural management, international relation and law) allow her to assert her vision of an Art deeply rooted in the society, outside the closed circles of the galleries.
She embodies and shares this vision in Don’t Border Me through the organization of cultural events that aim to bring people together in a atmosphere of peace and comprehension. In parallel, she carry on her multidisciplinary investigation by learning aromatherapy, art therapy, processes of collective mediation, and nature therapy.

The motivation of the Don’t border me crew is to use the arts – and music in particular – as an instrument of positive reflection, mobilization, solidarity and liberation of bodies and minds.
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Charlotte COLE

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She is studying languages at University, where she spends her time between books researching the relations between art and society. She believes that art can change society and therefore is engaged in international artistic activities that promote a dialogue between people and induce a better knowledge. She sees change as an opportunity to develop, to transform and to create something new.



Participatory video and documentary films

Stefano Collizzolli is a Participatory Video (PV) practitioner.
He worked as a project designer and field trainer in PV workshops in Italy, Spain, Palestine, Tunisia and Dominican Republic. He’s a documentary film director and editor.
He holds a PhD in Sociology of Communication at Padova and Bologna Universities. His favorite fields include visual sociology and sociology of migrations; his main interest lies on history of Participatory Video, and its suitability as a sociological research instrument. He works as a freelance journalist (il manifesto, Diario della settimana, Carta. CartaNordEst, passages) and as a freelance photographer and graphic designer (communication & corporate image for no-profit organizations). After co-founding zaLab in 2006, he works primarily with developing Participatory Video (PV) as a communication tool for grassroots participation and alternative communication.

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Born in Mantova in 1981. He achievied the master in industrial design at Politecnico of Milano, developing a thesis on the comunication’s noise.
He works and lives in Milano.
He works on the field of book design and comunication, heads the magazine Un sedicesimo, is the art director for Edizioni Corraini, teaches visual comunication in Milano and leads workshops in schools and museums all around the world, from United States to Japan, is the author of How to break the rules of brand design in 10+8 easy exercises and has just designed an agenda that helps to remember met people: in general he has fun taking to pieces and puting together graphic projects.
Now he make also illustrations…


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As a graphic designer I colour my life and work with lovely things. A great taste, an interesting aroma, an inspiring view. I steal moments from reality and translate them into something visible. I develop communication strategies and plan visually and graphically. I persuade to create good quality work in harmony with the resources we have. My principal interest lies connecting communication and art. By improving our ways of communicating we will be able to understand each other better and to respect each other as individuals.



I will turn 62 in July. I have taught Italian, History and Geography at a middle school in Pistoia until my retirement. I believe that I have been very privileged in my life: by my parents who made me, by my land where I was born (Salento), by the man I found and who still is my companion, by my children, by the place I am living (Tuscany), by the house where I live in and where I feel fulfilled as a women, as a wife and as a mother.
I love cooking while thinking about who is going taste what I have prepared, and while I am doing it, I often have the feeling of accomplishing the same gestures of the woman who taught me so much: my mother.

Maite Victoria DANERIS

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As a videomaker I travel around looking for inspiration, for people to interview, panoramas to record, stories to tell. I enjoy meeting new people and creating for a couple of days a new reality with them. I do not work for somebody, I work with somebody. I try to include their point of view, their dreams and hopes in every film I make.

Marco  DE BARBA – Nicola  MANCON



FUCKTORY is network of artists, who collaborate since several years together. Recycling is one of our fundamental principles, the limit of our works but also our source of energy in order to face the desperate need of finding a balance with planet and nature.
If I should summarize our philosophy in two words, I can only think of “DIRTY HANDS”. Dirty because of the grease and solder we use while we are in the office building iron sculptures. Dirty with colour while we print in serigraphy; dirty while we work setting up the performances and events. Dirty because they rummage between the internal organs of society within the plagues of this infernal world where we all live in. The REALITY is our source of inspiration, it is our input to move and to act. We are often confused by fear, but as every Samurai we measure ourselves by our actions and not by words.




Since 1993 and on invitation from different art institutions, the artist group WochenKlausur develops concrete proposals aimed at small, but nevertheless effective improvements to socio-political deficiencies. Proceeding even further and invariably translating these proposals into action, artistic creativity is no longer seen as a formal act but as an intervention into society.


Gudran Association for Art and Development

Art and social transformation

Aliaa El Gready is an Egyptian visual artist whose work varies from installation to video installation to painting, jewellery and scenography. Aliaa’s work tries to open a space for re-thinking about the inputs and the postulates which creates the form of the contemporary relations between human beings.
Aliaa has been working also on using Contemporary arts as an introduction to social transformation since 1998. In 2000, she co-founded Gudran Association for Art and Development. In that issue Aliaa mainly works on empowering Inhabitance of marginalized communities through promoting their skills and activating their creative participation. Aliaa had several exhibitions and performances in Egypt, Cameroon, Greece, Senegal, Cyprus, South Africa, United Stats of America, Spain, Italy and Germany.


Love Difference

Love Difference project manager, curator for the Politics Office of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto.
He is the coordinator since 2002 of the programme Love Difference, Artistic Movement for an InterMediterranean Politic, the network of creative projects for a socially responsible transformation. Together with Juan Sandoval he has curated the two editions of Methods. Research project on art-society relations, the exhibition Geographies of Change at Cittadellarte (2004- 2005). The two workshops of shared interdisciplinary projection, Arte Città Società: nuove visioni e prospettive per Venezia (Art City Society: new visions and perspectives for Venice), in 2005, and Da cose nasce cosa… su cosa cooperare? (From some things come other things… what to co-operate on?), in 2006, in Gorizia. He was the coordinator of the workshop with Peter Schumann, at the Università degli Studi di Pavia, in 2001. He has given various university lectures: at the NBA Nuova Accademia Belle Arti of Milano, in 2005, at the contemporary Art History course at the Università degli Studi di Pavia, in 2005 and at the Università di Antioquia and Eafit in Medellìn, Colombia in 2003.


Art and dream

Born in  Bassano del Grappa – Italy. Lives in Bologna, Italy.
Emilio Fantin is a visual artist who works on dematerialization of art as individual research and on the concept of organism in collective experiences, by studying  problems of the behaviour, of the society and philosophy. At the moment he focuses his personal research on the “presences, territories and spaces of the invisible”. He exhibited in important international museums and galleries (among others the Venice Biennial, Magazine Grenoble (Fr), Galleria d’arte Moderna Bologna).
Professor of contemporary art. Member of the “Osservatorio Public Art”, laboratory of research. Politecnico, University of Milan, Architecture Department, Campus Piacenza-Italy.


IULM  university Milan

Local cultural development/economy

Guido Ferilli, PhD, teaches Economics of art and culture at the IULM University (Milan) and Economics of Design at the IUAV University (Venice). He is researching on culture-led local development processes and on cultural policy design. He is the author of book chapters and academic articles.


Labforculture/ European Cultural Foundation

Media/cultural cooperation

I am French, with a mixed background in computer science and information architecture on one side, and journalism and new media on the other side.
I started working as an IT consultant in the private sector, reorganising IT processes and workflows that take into consideration new uses and practices of professionals. As I wanted to grow I moved to the Netherlands to work for the cultural department of the French embassy where I took care of the digital communications, before joining ECF as Programme Manager for the digital development of the organisation.
I have a strong interest in new media, information flows and online social models which are shaping the contemporary society.


Escuela Politecnica superior Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid


I attended the American School of Milan (1982). I hold a double degree in fine arts and architecture from Wellesley College (1986) and a Master in Architecture from MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988). I am a practising architect, a painter and recent faculty at EPS Universidad CEU San Pablo in Madrid, where I also coordinate the Bilingual Program in Architecture. In the past, I have worked for almost twenty years with Rafael Moneo, which allowed me to have a rather pedagogical approach to design, working on a variety of projects, competitions and built works in the private and public sectors, being architect in charge of the Pediatric-Maternity Hospital Gregorio Marañón and the Extesion of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. I have been teaching Form Analysis and I am most interested in the education of future architects, at a time the profession is changing rapidly.

Mary Jane JACOB

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago/ Bauhaus University of Weimar

Contemporary art

Mary Jane Jacob is a contemporary art curator who began her career in museums, gravitating to making new works in collaboration with artists. By 1990 she shifted her workplace to the street, engaging the discourse around public space and organizing site and community-based programs, such as “Places with a Past” in Charleston, “Culture in Action” in Chicago, and “Conversations at The Castle” in Atlanta. In addition she has brought together others to think about the workings of the creative, open mind in the book Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (University of California Press, 2004); her new anthology Learning Mind: Experience into Art (University of California Press, 2009) furthers research into the nature of the art experience.

Maria Rosa JIJON


Visual arts – anthropology

MARIA ROSA JIJON was born in Quito in 1968. She has carried out her studies at the faculty of Art of the “Universidad Central de Ecuador” and has completed a specialization course at the “Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana” in Cuba and has a master degree by the “Kungliga Konsthogskolan” in Stockholm, Sweden. Furthermore she is member of the network G2, second generation of immigrants in Italy and of the research group “FLASCO (Facultad latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Latin-American Faculty of Social Sciences)” working with youth street gangs in Ecuador, where she coordinates the audiovisual part. The main topics of her work deal with human mobility in migration contexts and the work with grass root organizations. She is representative of SENAMI; the Ecuadorian Ministerial for Migrations in Rome.
Her artworks have been displayed at the: X Biennial of La Habana 2009; 11th Freewaves Festival, L.A. 2008; Loop Festival Barcelona, 2008, V Biennale La Paz, Bolivia 2007;  Artbus, Fiera ARCO 07, Madrid; 10th Freewaves Festival L.A. 2006; III Biennial Latin-American of Video Arte, Washington, 2006;  Prague Biennial 2, 2005;  I Poligraphic Triennial of San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2004;  FotoGrafia, I and II  International Festival of Rome;( ).

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Alma Khasawnih has an M.A. in Community Arts Education from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. Her long-term research is art and artist process as tools for social change. She collects and writes short love stories.



Urban design/space making

Architect. He has worked in Barcelona and in 2008 he was among the designers who participated in Torino geodesign. In 2009 he participated at the IABR, international architecture Biennal of Rotterdam, with RIKEA project  that received an honourable mention in the squat city section. In 2009 he also participated to the festival of creativity on Florence and to topografia del trauma a workshop focusing on the belice 40 years after the earthquake. he collaborates to education at politecnico di milano, escola superior de arquitectura (UIC University, Barcelona). He studied at Politecnico di Milano and at the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluña, in September 2010 he will start an MRes at the centre for research architecture, the Goldsmiths, London. In Snark he is responsible for space issues, from territorial to architectural design as well as socio/spatial devices.

Thomas LEGL

EURO TC, Kur u. Gesundheitszentrum Knappenhof


Born 18/6/1959 in Vienna. Studies of Psychology, University in Vienna. Specialised in Treatment of Addiction and Psychosomatic diseases. Therapist  in Anton Proksch Institut, Grüner  Kreis(director of treatment). Since 2004 Executive Director Kur-und  Gesundheitszentrum Knappenhof.
International: former chairman of Vienna Ngo Committee on Narcotic  Drugs , recent President of EURO TC(European Treatment Centres for Drug addiction), board member of ICAA(International Council on Alcohol and  Drugs), member of the  Civil Society Forum of the European Commission.
Specialising in development of specific, flexible treatment programmes, focus on adventure pedagogies, nature experience, creative methods, holistic  approach.


Love Difference

Half German, half Spanish she defines herself from Barcelona. She comes
from Political Sciences with a specialization in International Studies and
has a Master Degree in Intermediterranean Mediation. Fluent in five
languages, she has lived in several places such as London, Madrid or
Berlin until she arrived at Love Difference in 2007 where she works as a
communication coordinator. She likes to discover, learn, listen and


artway of thinking

Stefania Mantovani with Federica Thiene

*We have imagined an artist that operates together with other professionals in the development of the contemporary society. A professional whose plus-value is to bring creative thought in the planning, has the courage to imagine in the conformism and brings innovation in the production. In accord with Michelangelo Pistoletto when he says: “The artist must be everywhere, not only in galleries and museums; he must participate in every possible activity. The artist must be the sponsor of thought in the different human enterprises, on all levels, from execution to decision-making.”
*With this image of the artist, the question that has addressed our research has been: How? How can an artist bring creativeness in the social responsible transformation?

Christina MEDINA


Contemporary dance

Christina Medina’s unique choreographic voice is an intriguing blend of influences from three continents. The sensual and intricate movements in the choreographies are deeply rooted in her Philippine heritage. This is balanced by an embodiment of the vastness experienced in the Canadian Prairie landscapes with their endless horizons and extreme weather. The European influences add to this fusion by addressing speed, attitude and the intimacy of spatial relations.
Christina Medina and Thomas Melde started their artistic collaboration in 2003 upon moving to Europe (Graz, Austria) from Canada. The underlying foundation of their work is rooted in their curiosity of the physical body and the capacity to articulate concepts and ideas through the language of movement. The choreographies of @tendance/C.Medina encompass solo and ensemble works and have been performed in Germany, Austria, Canada and Lithuania. Prior to developing @tendance, Medina was a company dancer with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers Company.
Medina’s teaching experience encompasses many levels. As a guest faculty member of School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program (affiliated with University of Winnipeg), Medina continues her association as a teacher and choreographer. Other endeavors included guest teacher at Anton Bruckner Universität, Liz King’s D.ID, University of Calgary Dance Program, Royal Winnipeg Ballet – Professional Division, Int. Bühnenwerkstatt (Graz), 4. Front@ Contemporary Arts Festival in Slovenia and Oesterreich Tanzt 2010 Festival.


Nova Civitas


Emanuele Bottigella and Tiziana Monterisi, architects and heads of the Architecture Office, born within Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation in 2007, work with responsible and sustainable bio- or natural-architecture.
Within N.O.V.A. Civitas their missions is to design and realize new living structures based on responsibility and the sustainability of the relationship between man and environment. What N.O.V.A. Civitas does and proposes is a possible alternative to the use of chemical materials in Architecture with selling directly eco-sustainable products. These materials are essential for building an Architecture which is ethically, culturally, technically and deeply involved in changing the landscape, the city and houses into a new living organism as a part of an ecological system focused in a natural balance.
Natural architecture is not just a formal discipline but also a technological one, an integration to the architectural form that along with progress addresses the theme in a structural and rational way.


Camden Town and Primrose Hill, Homes and Housing Strategy

Art/access/economy/politics – cultural policy and management

I have worked across fields of art, access, economy and politics including

·         Creating the Almeida Theatre

·         Making a contemporary programme at Charleston, the former artists home

·         Inventing new projects for young homeless and young offenders

·         Directing a community foundation robbing from the rich and giving to the poor

·         Leading engage, promoting access and education in museums and galleries

·         Running a council department providing housing for 50,000 people



I graduated at the “Università degli Studi” of Turin in Philosophy with a thesis about Cultural Anthropology in the course of Social Anthropology studies.  In Mexico I  carried everal ethnographic researchs out, first at two Maya communities in Yucatán in 1998 (from where I collected the input to develop my thesis) and then at the mountains of Sierra Mazateca, state of Oaxaca during the whole year of 2002. In 2003 I started to work with the migratory phenomenon in Biella (Italy). Currently I collaborate with the Museum of the Territory in Biella carrying out the project “Intrecci. Antichi Luoghi e Nuovi Cittadini (Weaves, Ancient Places and New Citizens)”. Contemporaneously I work cataloguing a private collection of African art, which belongs to the Chale Island Resort in Kenia.

Michelangelo PISTOLETTO

Cittadellarte- Fonadazione Pistoletto

Art and spirituality

Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. He began to exhibit his work in 1955 and in 1960 he had his first solo show at Galleria Galatea in Turin. An inquiry into self-portraiture characterizes his early work. In the two-year period 1961-1962 made the first Mirror Paintings, which directly include the viewer and real time in the work, and open up perspective, reversing the Renaissance perspective that had been closed by the twentieth-century avant-gardes. These works quickly brought Pistoletto international acclaim, leading, in the sixties, to one-man shows in important galleries and museums in Europe and the United States. The Mirror Paintings are the foundation of his subsequent artistic output and theoretical thought.
In 1965 and 1966 he produced a set of works entitled Minus Objects, considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera, an art movement of which Pistoletto was an animating force and a protagonist. In 1967 he began to work outside traditional exhibition spaces, with the first instances of that “creative collaboration” he developed over the following decades by bringing together artists from different disciplines and diverse sectors of society. In 1975-76 he presented a cycle of twelve consecutive exhibitions, Le Stanze, at Galleria Stein in Turin. This was the first of a series of complex, year-long works called “time continents”. Others are White Year (1989) and Happy Turtle (1992).
In 1978, in a show at Galleria Persano in Turin, Pistoletto defined two main directions his future artwork would take: Division and Multiplication of the Mirror and Art Takes On Religion. In the early eighties he made a series of sculptures in rigid polyurethane, translated into marble for his solo show in 1984 at Forte di Belvedere in Florence. From 1985 to 1989 he created the series of “dark” volumes called Art of Squalor. During the nineties, with Project Art and with the creation in Biella of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto and the University of Ideas, he brought art into active relation with diverse spheres of society with the aim of inspiring and producing responsible social change. In 2003 he won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifelong Achievement. In 2004 the University of Turin awarded him a laurea honoris causa in Political Science. On that occasion the artist announced what has become the most recent phase of his work, Third Paradise. In 2007, in Jerusalem, he received the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, “for his constantly inventive career as an artist, educator and activist whose restless intelligence has created prescient forms of art that contribute to fresh understanding of the world”. In 2008, Pistoletto – Cittadellarte was awarded  the Special Prize City of Sasso Marconi, for innovative languages of communication. Preparing for 2010 the retrospective at the Contemporary Art Museum, Philadelphia.

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Scottish/Spanish Artist.
Since 2004 UNIDEE in Residence she has collaborated with Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto on various long-term projects including the conception, development and realisation of the Habituszegna installation in Trivero for Ermenegildo Zegna. She has also been involved in design projects such as Cubes in Motion, and development of merchandise for the Chianti Classico consortium. Participated in art workshops for Cittadellarte in Biella, Trieste, Udine, Venice and Brussels. In tandem she regularly collaborates on art projects as well as some commercial graphics for the clothing and textile firm Ermenegildo Zegna.
Current long term project: developing and organising creative laboratories for orphaned children in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India, also involved in various commissioned and solo film and photographic projects and is also an occasional tutor in the Fine Art Department of Edinburgh College of Art. Websites:

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Diego Segatto is an architect that specializes in participative planning. Since 2000, he has been working in visual communication, and collective creative processes for cultural development, collaborating with artists, professionals and cultural associations, specifically in the fields of brand and product design, interactive graphics, exhibition and interior architecture. In 2009, Segatto started OpenQuadra Design, a practice based in Bologna.
Actually collaborating with: artway of thinking, Decolonizing Architecture, Teatrino Clandestino, Viabizzuno, Paradoxa Project, NosadellaDue, neon>campobase.


Open Knowledge /Enterprise 2.0


Emanuele Quintarelli is Partner and Enterprise 2.0 Strategist in Open Knowledge. Prior to joining Open Knowledge he was the Web 2.0 Research and Development Director in Reed Business Information (Reed Elsevier) and Senior Consultant in Accenture. Emanuele is a lead researcher, analyst and blogger on the adoption of collaborative approaches by large organizations in order to increase their productivity, efficiency, reactivity to the market and innovative potential. Often invited as a speaker at international events, in 2007 he co-authored the book “Web 2.0. Internet has changed” for Il Sole 24 Ore and since 2005 he organized some of the most successful European conferences about social media and user experience like the Information Architecture Summit, Beyond Web 2.0 and the International Forum on Enterprise 2.0. He blogs about Enterprise 2.0 at



I am an American born in New York City. Jazz music was my greatest childhood influence and I learned to play the saxophone when I was thirteen. I worked as a jazz musician and singer in New York until the late eighties. I went to university at Stanford in Northern California where I studied human biology and history, and spent one year overseas in Firenze.
I left the music business and began studying chiropractic in 1987. I was unsatisfied with my education so I decided to do a-parallel studies in orthopedics, the manual medicine of the Prague school, and unconventional approaches to energy medicine. Its hard to say how i practice now but I still think of myself as a chiropractor. Then I am not working I read philosophy or dance tango.
I like to watch people walk. I have lived in Europe for the last seven years and I intend to stay.

Denise ROCCA

University of Arts London

Arts management

Denise Rocca is a Researcher and Project Manager with international experience in the arts. Her research interests comprise creativity, arts education, organizational development and marketing for the arts. She has made it a point in her career to achieve linguistic and cross-cultural fluency and has studied and worked in Germany, France, Italy and the UK. She holds an MA in European Cultures and an MA in Arts Management. Denise has joined the University of the Arts London on the Creativity Matters project which investigates creativity and the impact of creative professionals within an Early Years environment. Most recently, Denise has been appointed as lead consultant in the development of an evaluation framework to measure the outcomes of “Freefalling” a project for young people who may be at risk of social exclusion aimed to enhance participants’ confidence, teamwork, and speaking and listening skills through drama-based activities.

Grazia, Jacopo and Maurizio ROSSI

Osteria la Villetta


My family has been running the Osteria della Villetta since four generations. Since mid 1800 they owned an inn in the district of Calci in Palazzolo sull’Oglio. In 1900 my grandparents Giacomo and Margherita Rossi built up the “Osteria della Villetta con alloggio” (with lodging), in the nearby of the train station Milan-Venice. It is in the original liberty building and in the same atmosphere where my wife and I now propose the recipes of the family tradition of this area of Brescia.
The inn is for us the way to keep alive and pass on the history of cooking, of socializing and of a familiarity.
We consider an important heritage of knowledge and experience which is risking to disappear. The inn was during the whole 1900 one of the main and privileged occasions of encounter among communities, a point of reference for people and cultures. In our experience of today we keep alive this spirit, this energy that for more than 100 years has gone along with the history of the “osteria”.


Lago spa

Industry/Lean production-Kaizen

My experience as a management consultant has enhanced my competency in operations, project management, organisation and ICT areas. These skills have been further strengthened by my involvement in Italian companies. MBA was a very useful opportunity for the consolidation of this experience. Thanks to which, I now have a wide and detailed vision regarding business administration.

Alessio SCIURPA / Michelle NEBIOLO


Social and environmental communication


Environmental communicator and entertainer. He has worked in the field of communication and entertainment methods applied to the tertiary industry, to education, to audio-visual production and to web communication strategies. Expert in content management and social media strategy.

Michelle NEBIOLO

Publishing freelance, in the past few years she has focused on translations and magazine coordination, as managing editor for Codice Edizioni’s “Oxygen” and Edizioni Esav’s “Estetica USA”.

Federica THIENE

artway of thinking

Federica Thiene with Stefania Mantovani

Today, after a living experience, we can affirm that making art for us is in primis the natural way with which we create relationships with the world and in where we build life experiences. Being artists is expression of the soul that takes form in the job and in the daily life. We firmly believe that the responsibility of artist is to act with awareness in order to produce and to inspire responsible changes in him/herself, in the personal relationships and in the society; we have experienced that we cannot bring to the world what we did not digested and metabolized in ourselves.
We have recognized the value of operating in group (create together and interdisciplinarily), of this value we have made our principal act, activating collective creative process in social and public environments; always, with total attention to revile the subtended dynamics, with the intention to harmonize and speed the processes of personal and collective change and growth.



Art and social transformation

Lives, studies Philosophy and works as a free-lance translator in Antwerp. Involved in the promotion of socially committed art projects, she created “KunstDoel”, along with some like-minded friends and artists.

“KunstDoel” is a young organisation that has its roots in an artistic campaign to save the polder village of Doel as a village of Arts. Doel is threatened with demolition since 2009 due to expansion plans of the Antwerp Port Authority. For its projects in Doel, “KunstDoel” has garnered the spontaneous support of many socially committed artists, writers, performers, musicians and cultural operators.

In the longer term, “KunstDoel” seeks to further extend this network with a view to constituting a vast base of artists and creative people who can be mobilised on a voluntary basis whenever the wellbeing or lawful socio-political, cultural, ecological or spiritual interests of a local community, minority or sociological group are being ignored or trampled on by political or industrial authorities or by any other powerful lobbying groups.

Daniel URREA

Medellín Digital (City of Medellín Programme)

Social development / digital inclusion

Currently placed in Envigado, a medium town near Medellín, which is actually my beloved city.  Passionate about using means communication tools to allow people to find a welfare (rather than developed) situation, especially in Colombia. Deeply interested on digital issues, Twitter addict, free culture, digital arts and social transformation by means of culture.
Obstinately optimistic, smiley and impatient. My ambitions are to discover new cities, cultures, people, music, and food.


Hoffman Institute

Psychology and personal development

Degree in psychology and master in psychotherapy of the systemic approach since 1990, scientific director of the Hoffman Institute and supervising teacher of the method. Facilitating transformative processes in various contests. My passion is the human being and all its potentialities.


Cuisine provencale


Erick Vedel was born and raised in Arles. Impassioned by the richness of his region, Chef Vedel has devoted himself to bringing the forgotten delicacies of his native cuisine to light. In the last 20 years his research has gathered him over 1000 dishes ranging from those favored by the ancient Romans, to the specialties of the 19th Century. Chef Vedel has been teaching his recipes and his culinary know-how since 1995, first through videos, then in his own kitchen in Arles, and in others abroad. He delights in sharing his know-how with many an amateur chef. He and his former wife Madeleine were featured presenters at the yearly meetings of the International Association of Culinary Professionals in Rhode Island, spring of 2000, a group they’ve been active professional members of since 1999.

Michael WENGER

Hoffman Institute

Human potential movement, exploring consciousness/spirituality

After having been a professional “flower-child” in the seventies, I made a career in vanguard theatre in Paris and New York, since 1990 founder and president of the Hoffman Institute and supervising teacher of the method. Since 2000 executive director of the Hoffman Institute Itnl. Facilitating transformative processes in various contests. Understanding how the human being and the society works and transforms itself is the focus of my interest since over 30 years.




In 2008 I obtained a MASTER Degree in Production and Design of Visual Arts in the IUAV Faculty of Art and Design in Venice and in 2005 I obtained my degree at Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice. Since 2004 I have been actively working in the field of public art- and community-based art with team projects. My research is developed through a practice of the territory that stimulates continuous questioning of the boundaries that identify public-private space and community-individual, with the use of photography as the first investigative tool. Among my recent professional experience: Rifiuto Con Affetto, RCA. Venice – “Un record per Pellestrina” in collaboration with the Fondazione Pistoletto – Cittadellarte -RESIDE.NTS Visualising the Transformation, New-Belgrade, Serbia.


Università di Pavia


Luigi Zanzi (Varese 1938) is a lecturer in Theory and History of Historiography at the University of Pavia. Primarily he has worked on epistemology and on the methodology of historical science elaborating in several essays the “operational” concept of logic in historiography (within the perspective of scientific historiography). Furthermore he has carried out several researches in history of historiographical thinking.

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Born at Algiers in 1983, Amina ZOUBIR graduated in Master Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art and New Media at the University Paris 8, and Graphic Design at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Algiers in 2006.
She continued her studies in PH.D Aesthetic Science and Technology, specializing in Contemporary Art and Photography at the University Paris 8.Since 2005, her participation in workshops with photographers Andreas Thomas and HARTWELL ROST, offers her the opportunity to experiment the photography.
In 2006, she discovered the video at the Bledi in progress, a workshop with Katia KAMELI, Myriam AYÇAGUER and Stephane BROC. She directed her first short film “Khod E’Trolli wa Choffe” which means Take the bus and watch. The screening of “Khode E’Trolli wa Choffe” in Marché du court at Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, and its programming at Cinema Lux event at Transat video in Caen, encouraged the young artist to pursue other videos around a reflection of the burgeoning relationship between art and its perception by the society. On the other hand, the questions that concern about the status of women in Algeria, earned her a contribution to “Algiers the capital of the Arab world”, a partnership with the Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), in the exhibition entitled Views of Arab photographers at MAMA, Museum of Modern Art in Algiers (ALGERIA).
In 2008, her collaboration in workshops “Art for Social Transformation” in the Foundation Mickelangelo PISTOLETTO, enable her to meet young and mediterranean artists, and to be invited to the XIII Biennal of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM) in Bari, Italy. It was at the XXXth Pontevedra Biennal in Spain, dealing a reflection entitled “Without Borders: Hispano-Maghreb artistic convergences”, her artistic cooperation alongside artists such as Kader Attia, Mounir Fatmi, Carlos Rodriguez MENDEZ and many others, attribute to her now a place in the new generation of Algerian artists promising.

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