Public days: 3 - 5 November 2023

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Artissima and Combo, an innovative hospitality concept and “cultural assemblage” open to experimentation, have organized an inedited traveling educational project, the Artissima Experimental Academy. Through a series of creative co-designed workshops, based on a format of co-habitation and experimental teaching methods, the fair offers young arts-lovers and professionals a unique opportunity for growth. Enjoy the previous episodes of the project, while waiting for the next one.




The first episode of Artissima Experimental Academy, the project DAF Struttura, premiers during the Fair from 1—4 November 2018. DAF Struttura was composed by Jan St. Werner in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, where he teaches Interactive Media/Dynamic Acoustic Research (DAF). St. Werner was accompanied by two guest lecturers, Yael Solomonowitz and Marc Matter. There were additional robotic and light installations by Moritz Simon Geist and Matthias Singer, where the robots and lights work as musical instruments.
A four-day experience. An invitation to build and inhabit an experimental free school in Turin. A stage, a workspace, a thinking place, an archive, a radio station, a recording studio, and an art space. Composed by Jan St. Werner, its coordination is based on collective learning and self-organization, open to participants of all ages and from all countries.



Artissima Experimental Academy second episode takes place against the backdrop of the 58th Venice Art Biennale.
From 12 to 18 May the spaces of Combo Venezia hosted FIGHT (Temple Door), an experimental workshop conducted by the American artist of German origin Dara Friedman, whose research focuses on the body and performance, through the preferred medium of video.
The candidates selected to work with the artist (actors, performers, musicians, dancers, activists, filmmakers, artists), have had a chance to live together for one week and to directly take part in the production of a work of art. The results of the workshop and the performances produced during the course of FIGHT (Temple Door) will become the initial material for a new work by Dara Friedman, to be presented in November 2019 in a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof.



The third episode, titled Eyes, come back!, has been conducted by the Iranian artist Setareh Shahbazi (Tehran, 1978) and took place from 28 October to 3 November 2019 in the spaces of Combo in Turin, with the support of Alserkal, Dubai. The workshop, open to twelve international students, featured a hands-on and cross-disciplinary experience, oriented towards a practical approach in which participants were engaged in the design and making of a series of fictional worlds. These scenarios – based on the imaginary liked to the figure of the “trickster” (typical of folklore and mythology) – were the stage on which the selected young participants moved to explore multiple viewpoints narrating the uncertainty and entropy of contemporary society. The participants in Eyes, Come Back!  experienced a change of perspective, attempting to observe the world through the eyes of another, evaluating its opportunities and unknowns.
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