CampoSud, the Summer Camp
August 27th – September 5th , Calasetta (SI) and Cagliari, Sardinia
Curated by Giulia Palomba and Maria Paola Zedda
A project by ZEIT with the MACC Museum Foundation, and the support of Fondazione di Sardegna, Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission and Cagliari Municipality. In collaboration with Sardegna Teatro and Istituto Gramsci Sardegna
Deadline July 25th, 12:59 pm CET
Deadline extended until Thursday, July 29th 23:59 CET
Selected Participants will be communicated by August 2nd
Gramsci CampoSud is pleased to share the open call for the First CampoSud Summer Camp, in Calasetta and Cagliari, the Southern Coast of Sardinia: a free school that originated from the Gramsci’s legacy in contemporary times. Praxis, the relation between art and activism, platenary ecologies, Southern question will be the research focuses for the 10 days of the Camp.
The Open call addresses an international and heterogeneous group (Max 12) of artists, curators, writers, practitioners, performers, students and scholars from multiple disciplines, with no restrictions.
The Summer Camp will be guided and tutored by the artist Beatrice Catanzaro
and Valeria Graziano, Tomislav Medak, Marcell Mars, convenors of the Pirate Care Project, with the external (confirmed) contributions by: Daniel Blanga Gubbay (Director of Kunstenfestivaldesarts), Iain Chambers (Anthropologist, Sociologist and Professor of Cultural and Media Studies and Postcolonial Studies of the Mediterranean at the Università Orientale di Napoli), Gabriella Riccio (Artist, activist and researcher, member of L’asilo, Napoli and of Institute of Radical Imagination), Habib Ayeb (Founder of the Observatoire de la Souveraineté Alimentaire et de l’Environnement OSAE), Lucrezia Cippitelli (Curator of the Lubumbashi Biennial), Marcello Cualbu (artist).
Interdisciplinary and orchestral research will be stimulated through different practices and methodologies, and each day will foresee different moments of collective research and thinking, discussion, writing, practical activities, performative moments and landscape crossing.
Originating from a reflection on the Southern Question, initiated by Antonio Gramsci during the past century, CampoSud conjugates Gramscian vision within the present, with the aim to confront contemporary issues such as new citizenships, right to education, gender politics, environmental urgency. CampoSud is an artistic and open symposium where local and international philosophers, artists, curators can work on the concept of the South as praxis, a hypothesis for revolutionary actions and thoughts, as poetic and antagonistic approaches. The Summer Camp 2021 is part of the second edition of CampoSud Symposium, which begins on Sunday August 22nd with the Preview, and continues from August 27 until September 5th between Calasetta and Cagliari with a Public Program composed by round tables, performances, screenings, concert, reading, tours and exhibitions. The final program will be published soon.
The Summer Camp
Starting from the fragments of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks and Southern Question, during the summer school in Calasetta, the participants will face different methodologies, guided by Beatrice Catanzaro and Valeria Graziano, Marcell Mars and Tomislav Medak, the initiators of Pirate Care project.
The artist Beatrice Catanzaro will guide the group through a process of unlearning, where participants are invited to reflect, embody and situate theoretical contributions into their researches and praxis through a series of dialogical and imaginal processes.
Building on the experience and the technological framework of the Pirate Care Syllabus – the project in which they have explored the disobedient organising of care emerging in response to the neoliberal austerity and criminalisation of care – Valeria, Marcell and Tomislav propose a collective process of thinking and writing toward the creation of a notebook. It will constitute an iterative experimental publication, functioning as a website changing on a daily basis and a ready-to-print pamphlet. It will document the work by gathering thoughts from discussions and contributions, as well as annotations to a selection of Gramsci’s fragments dealing with the issues of exploitation, extraction and unequal exchange.
During the last days, the artist Marcello Cualbu will coordinate a Risograph and Typo workshop, as additional tools aiming to communicate the outcomes to the local community.
The Camp foresees giving space to every contribution, artistic or in other forms, that participants might be willing to propose.
All the activities will merge into a multidisciplinary Notebook Publication, that can include text, sketches, images and sounds.
Furthermore, documentation of the processes and the research will be collected into an exhibition that will take place in Cagliari, as the final restitution of the Summer Camp.
- The Summer Camp will be mainly held in English and partially in Italian.
- We envision a 6 hours commitment from Friday 27th to September 5th, but sometimes the sessions might require longer time.
- Participant should bring a PC or an alternative device i.e. Ipad with them.
In case it’s not available, please indicate it in the application.
The Camp will take place between Calasetta and Cagliari. More details will be given by request and/or at the moment of selection.
- Camposud Summer Camp isfree of charge
- The organization cannot provide either transportation or hospitality
- The organization made two scholarships of €500,00 available.
- In case additional funds will come, the organization might be able to provide a partial reimbursement for flights and/or accommodation.
- Some meals will be covered by the organization.
- Organization might be able to cover some travel coast/logistics from and to the Cagliari Airport.
- The organization is available to help with the logistics.
How to participate
In order to participate, we ask you to send us:
- a CV/Resume
and a short presentation of yourself and your work, explaining why the camp interest you and how do you imagine to can contribute, in the form you prefer:
The application should be sent no later than midnight July 25th ECT.
The application must be sent to the following email address:
Subject: Camposud Research school
Beatrice Catanzaro is an artist, researcher and teacher. She got a Ph.D at the Oxford Brookes University with the Social Sculpture Research Unit, and she is the co-founder of the Women Centre and Social Enterprise Bait al Karama in the city of Nablus, Palestine. Catanzaro’s practice questions social hegemonic structures through collective imaginary processes, grounded in long term engagements and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Her work has been exhibited in museums and international venues such as MART Museum, Rovereto; Fundacao Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Espai d’Art Contemporani (EACC), Castellón; and Rome Quadriennale, Rome. She lives and works in Milan.
Valeria Graziano is a cultural theorist and practitioner, currently holding a Research Fellowship at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University. Her research is situated at the intersection of artistic practice, radical education and social movement organizing. She focuses on techniques, technologies and tools that can help society to refuse work and to foster instead a redistribution of the labour of social reproduction and the politicization of leisures. Valeria has lectured internationally, contributing to programmes such as MA in Gender Studies, Roma Tre; MA Curating, Aalto University; and BA Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths. As a practitioner, she developed projects for Impulse Festival; Intermediae; Manifesta 7 and Van Abbemuseum, among others.
Marcell Mars is a research fellow at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. Mars is one of the founders of Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb. His research Ruling Class Studies, started at the Jan van Eyck Academy (2011), examines state-of-the-art digital innovation, adaptation, and intelligence created by corporations such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and eBay. He is a doctoral student at Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University, writing a thesis on ‘Foreshadowed Libraries’. Together with Tomislav Medak he founded Memory of the World, for which he develops and maintains software infrastructure. He is the lead developer of the Sandpoint experimental publishing tool.
Tomislav Medak is a doctoral student at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. Medak is a member of the theory and publishing team of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb, as well as an amateur librarian for the Memory of the World project. His research focuses on the political economy of technology, planetary ecological crisis, and the postcapitalist transition. He has authored two short volumes: ‘The Hard Matter of Abstraction—A Guidebook to Domination by Abstraction’ and ‘Shit Tech for A Shitty World’. Together with Marcell Mars co-edited volumes ‘Public Library’ and ‘Guerrilla Open Access’.
Graziano, Mars and Medak are convenors of the Pirate Care project, mapping the increasingly present forms of activism at the intersection of “care” and “piracy”, which in new and interesting ways are trying to intervene in one of the most important challenges of our time, that is, the “crisis of care”. The practices of pirate care share a willingness to openly disobey laws and legal regimes, whenever these stand in the way of solidarity, and politicise that disobedience to contest the status quo. They have initiated the Pirate Care Syllabus and have developed Sandpoints experimental publishing tool for collective writing processes.
Marcello Cualbu is a teacher and freelancer that deals with the field of technologies applied to art, design and architecture. He furthered his studies in Cagliari and in Rome where he went deeper on his research about new media. In 2005 he founded Quit, a project including a studio, an exhibition space and a festival focused on new digital languages. He took part in several international residencies and performances approaching increasing levels of complex programming, hardware innovation and digital fabrication and his last research is based on AI and machine learning applied to art and typography. He’s the co-founder of Progetto Borca, a residency for artists and architects located in the Dolomites, and EIA, a science school based on AI and design.