Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
12. 05 2014
Open call: A Natural Oasis – A Project for the 17th Biennial of Young Artists

A Natural Oasis - Summer School

Provoc’arte 1991, a hypothesis for an archive

A Project for the 17th Biennial of Young Artists


Open Call – deadline 30 May 2014, at 1 p.m.


15 places available for young artists (born on or after 1 January 1980)

Visual Arts, Design, Literature, Experimental Music, New Media – Digital Experiences, Performances and Cultural Research


The Ministry for Education and Culture and the Ministry for Tourism and Youth Policies of the Republic of San Marino promote an exceptional opportunity for young artists, A Natural Oasis, a project developed and conducted by the San Marino Office of Social and Cultural Activities in collaboration with the Ufficio Creatività Giovanile e Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, with the San Marino Little Constellation Network and the Organization for the Promotion of Contemporary Arts, Documentation Centre on Visual Arts, Viafarini DOCVA in Milano, which announce a competition aimed at young people under 34 years of age. From 13 to 19 July 2014, 15 artists and researchers (aged 18 to 34 years old) selected in the following areas: visual arts, design, literature, experimental music, new media – digital experiences, performances and cultural research coming from the countries partners of the BJCEM (Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean), the Small States of Europe and the geo-cultural micro-areas of the Little Constellation Network will have the opportunity to attend a Summer School and to be hosted in the Municipality of Montegiardino in the Republic of San Marino. The selected young artists, supported by a team of visiting professors and tutors, curators and artists, scholars of European Universities and Academies, will have the opportunity to be involved in a cultural exchange program between different cultures for the production of new works and projects on contemporary arts which, starting from a relationship, travelling and research itinerary in stages passing through the Small States and microareas, will end with the 17th edition of the Biennial of Young Artists.


The School is directed by Simone Frangi, Professor of “Theory of Contemporary Arts” at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Grenoble-Valence (FR), Artistic Director of Viafarini DOCVA (Milan) and coeditor of Live Works – Performance Act Award, and by Alessandro Castiglioni, responsible for research activities at MA*GA (Art Museum of Gallarate), teacher of Art and Design History at the School of Design of the Marangoni Institute in Milan and curator of Little Constelation and Errors Allowed Mediterranea 16,  the latest Biennial of Young Artists.


Three more visiting professors will collaborate and participate in A Natural Oasis: Nina Danino, an artist, filmmaker and professor of Visual Arts at Goldsmith University in London; Ingibjorg Magnadottir, an artist, performer and Visiting Professor at the Icelandic Academy of Arts of Reykjavik and Gino Gianuizzi, a professor of “Urban and Territorial Intervention Design” at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.


The purpose of study will be the documentary and archival investigations on the works of Provoc’Arte, Provo Carte, Provocar’te ARTEGIOVANE 4th Edition, an avant-garde artistic event created in San Marino in 1991. The results of this event, which are still present such as the work of Maurizio Cattelan inside the former Railway Tunnel Il Montale. A Natural Oasis is dedicated to Roberto Daolio, the contemporary art critic, teacher and supervisor of Provoc’arte, who recently passed away.


To apply for the announcement, the candidates shall fill out the registration form downloadable from the website: and send it along with an application letter and a dossier to the following e-mail address: info.uasc @, no later than Friday, 30 May, 2014, at 1 p.m.


A meeting to discuss and interact with the curators, Simone Frangi and Alessandro Castiglioni, open to all young people interested is scheduled for Saturday, 17 May, 2014 at 2.30 p.m. at the former School of Montegiardino.


For further information, please contact the Office for Social and Cultural Activities – BJCEM Board – at the following telephone numbers: + 378 0549 882453 – 52, +39 335 6509052