Endless Residency
co-curated by Giulio Verago and Silvia Conta

Endless Residency is an observatory and platform born to foster cultural debate around artistic mobility and to reflect on residency experiences and best practice in Italy and abroad. 

Endless Residency was created to collect and present different experiences of dislocation and relocation of artistic practice, inviting to a dialog artists and all the figures involved in these processes. Through sharing and thematic focuses, a participatory reflection is initiated on key aspects of residency, its forms and contradictions, n the light of the impact of the changes underway on artistic mobility. Endless Residency is a member of Res Artis, a global network of artistic residencies with over 550 members in 75 countries.

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Endless Residency stems from the experience gained by Giulio Verago curator of Viafarini's residency programme and the dialog initiated with independent critic Silvia Conta, as part of her curatorial residency at Viafarini in 2019.

Endless Residency is recipient of the Research Grant of the X edition of Italian Council, International Call promoted by DG Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture, to support Italian contemporary creativity.

Endless Residency is member of Res Artis - global network for mobility, collaborates wiith the Department of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Bergamo and operates under the patronage of ICOM Italia.

Public Program July 2021

Throughout the month of July 2021, the project will bring together some of the leading voices in artistic mobility in Italy through a calendar of conversations and lectures via Zoom.

Among the realities involved through their spokesmen: Archivio Atelier Pharaildis Van den Broeck (Milan), Chiara Brambilla for Dipartimento di Scienze Umane e Sociali of the University of Bergamo, CARS (Omegna), Casa degli Artisti (Milan), CASTRO (Rome), Civitella Ranieri (Umbertide, PG), Cripta 747 (Turin), Fare (Milan), Il Crepaccio (Instagram), In-Ruins Residency (Calabria), Lateral Geographies (online residency), Luigi Galimberti per Res Artis (worldwide network of arts residencies), Todd Lanier Lester (artist, writer and cultural producer), Museo Carlo Zauli (Faenza), Visualcontainer (Milan).

Tuesday July 6th | LINK -> Fare e AIR Artist in residence: esperienze di residenza e networking with Beatrice Oleari e Barbara Oteri (Fare - AIR-artinresidence)

Wednesday July 7th | 
LINK -> CARS, Mastronauta e MARS: Residenze e artist-run space, un ecosistema di esperienze in sinergiawith Lorenza Boisi (MARS, CARS), Andrea Ruschetti (Mastronauta), Yari Miele e Fabio Carnaghi (MARS)

Friday July 9th  | 
LINK -> In Ruins: esperienze di residenza in contesti storico archeologici
with Maria Luigia GioffrèNicola Guastamacchia e Nicola Nitido (In-Ruins)

Monday July 12th  | 
LINK -> CASTRO: un progetto per la formazione sperimentale a Roma
with the team of CASTRO, Contemporary Art STudio ROma

Tuesaday July 13th  | 
LINK -> Cripta747 da spazio progetto a residenza internazionale 
with the team of Cripta 747, Torino

Thursday July 15th | 
LINK -> Le residenze di produzione in Italia: Museo Carlo Zauli
with Cristina Casadei (Studio senzatitolo) and Matteo Zauli (Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza)

Saturday July 17th | 
LINK -> Can Art Residency be activist? - Todd Lanier Lester (artista e produttore culturale) in conversazione con Giulio Verago.

Monday July 19th | 
LINK -> Mobilità artistica dopo il COVID-19: prospettive alla luce dello studio condotto da Res Artis e University College London, with Luigi Galimberti, Board Member Res Artis

Tuesaday July 20th | 
LINK -> Tra antropologia e arte: riflessioni su mobilità e residenzialità
with PhD Chiara Brambilla, antropologist (Università di Bergamo)

Wednesday July 21st 
LINK -> Mobilità online: pratica artistica e media digitali
with Enrico Boccioletti (visual artist), Caroline Corbetta (il Crepaccio Instagram Show) and Jacopo Nuvolari (Lateral Geographies)

Visits are also planned for on-site conversations with Barbara Garatti for Archivio Atelier Pharaildis Van den Broeck (Milan), Giulia Restifo and Susanna Ravelli for Casa degli Artisti (Milan), Dana Prescott and Diego Mencaroni for Civitella Ranieri (Umbertide, PG).

Endless Residency | Fare e AIR Artist in residence: esperienze di residenza e networking
6 July 2021
Endless Residency | Residenze e artist-run space, un ecosistema di esperienze in sinergia
7 July 2021
Endless Residency | In Ruins: esperienze di residenza in contesti storico archeologici
9 July 2021
Endless Residency | Castro: un progetto per la formazione sperimentale a Roma
12 July 2021
Endless Residency - Cripta747 da spazio progetto a residenza internazionale
13 July 2021
Endless Residency | Le residenze di produzione in Italia: Museo Carlo Zauli
15 July 2021
Endless Residency | Can Art Residency be activist? Conversation with Todd Lanier Lester
17 July 2021
Endless Residency | Mobilità artistica post COVID-19 alla luce dello studio di Res Artis-UCL London
19 July 2021
Endless Residency | Tra antropologia e arte: riflessioni su mobilità e residenzialità
21 July 2021
Endless Residency | Mobilità online: pratica artistica e media digitali
22 July 2021
Endless Residency | Musei e mobilità - Presentazione del questionario e scenari di indagine
11 dicembre 2021

The residency has shifted from being an occasion for episodic and alternative growth to be an indispensable part of the art system. Each residency provides a safe context in which to experiment, reflect, receive constructive criticism from colleagues and professionals, and in which is allowed the luxury of error.

Endless Residency offers an opportunity to think about how residency can change the artistic research itself, dislocating it from a point of view that is not only geographical. Every residency is a paradoxical context that generates permanently ephemeral communities. Endless Residency takes into account this contrast between continuity in discontinuity and suggests a comparison between different experiences and interventions. During the residency the artist is confronted with a cultural and social elsewhere, ending up enriching the artistic scene with an original and often unexpected contribution. Choosing to tell different experiences Endless Residency investigates the plurality of different models of residence: between escapism from everyday life and total immersion in an ideal context.

Why? Endless Residency wants to respond to a need felt by artists: to present the results of the residency (works, research, projects and interventions) that often don’t find restitution beyond the Open Studio, and enhance the narration of the experience by those who have lived it personally. Endless Residency is, after all, an opportunity to further investigate the reasons for its own success and the evolution of the role it plays today in the art system.

To whom is it addressed? The Endless Residency takes different forms:
An anonymous questionnaire is aimed to collect quantitative and qualitative information about residency experiences conducted by artists and curators, in Italy and abroad.
An Instagram account that introduces to the residencies, their researches hosted, short interviews with artist and art professionals.
Endless Residency is addressed to all Italian or foreign artists and curators based in Italy who have lived a residency experience or those who are considering applying.

Visual identity by Atelier Doodle

Visual identity by Atelier Doodle

Why Viafarini? Viafarini, founded in Milan in 1991, started its residency program in 2008 and since 2017 has extended its know-how also in the spaces that host the Archive at Fabbrica del Vapore recognized of historical interest by the MIBACT Ministry. Viafarini was one of the pioneers of the artist residency in Italy and continues its commitment as a point of reference for the international network of mobility of artists and curators. Viafarini offers information on mobility, also through the Artbox section of Viafarini website.

Endless Residency | video screening | July 1st 8.00 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.

curated by Visualcontainer Italian Videoart Platform, with works from:

Matteo Pasin, Jean Michel Rolland, Barbara Brugola, Elena Arzuffi, Alessandra Caccia, Marcia Beatriz Granero, Cristina Ohlmer con Stefan Reisinger.

Matteo Pasin, Call of the void, 5:30, 2017
Jean Michel RollandTrace: Birds, 1:00, 2018
Barbara Brugola, There is a house, 5:00, 2020
Elena ArzuffiSwing, 2:11, 2020
Alessandra Caccia, Dreammachine, 05:16, 2015
Marcia Beatriz GraneroTrip Paulista, 5:45, 2012
Cristina Ohlmer/Stefan Reisinger-Art vs FilmAstroblack, 17:00, 2019

Visualcontainer Italian Videoart Platform was created in order to promote and disseminate the video art through various cultural projects organized within a single research center that includes:

Visualcontainer distributor, the first Italian distributor of video art with an archive of more than 70  artists and 200 videos available on line and for hiring;

VisualcontainerTV – International Video Art webchannel, the TV channel on the web whose programming includes exhibitions, monographs, interviews dedicated to video art, artists and festivals.

[. BOX] video art project space, the space exhibition center in Milan that hosted the most interesting research in video art, thanks to the collaboration with curators and institutions.