a natural oasis?

a transnational research program
summer school
from july 16th to 21th – 2016

montegiardino municipality
republic of san marino

A Natural Oasis? A Transnational Research Program Summer School
Montegiardino Municipality
Republic of San Marino
from July 16th to 21th – 2016

curated by:
Alessandro Castiglioni, Simone Frangi
visiting lecturers:
Svetlana Racanovic, Flaka Haliti, Pier Paolo Coro
Chiara Cartuccia,1984 (Italia, Regno Unito, Germania) Lenka Dorojevic, 1982 (Montenegro, Slovenia)
Giulia Gregnanin, 1990 (San Marino, Italia)
Sergey Kantsedal, 1989 (Ucraina)
Eremire Krasniqi, 1985 (Kosovo, Albania)
Rachel Pafe, 1990 (Stati Uniti, Paesi Bassi)
Maya Tounta, 1990 (Grecia, Lituania)
Valerie Visanich, 1982 (Malta)

A long term training and research program aiming at the realization of a special project for MEDITERRANEA 18, Young Artists Biennale 2017, open to curators, art writers and cultural researchers, under 34

A Natural Oasis? is a two years nomadic free school dedicated to the development of new curatorial research paths in the field of contemporary visual and performing arts starting from the geopolitical peculiarities of the artistic scenes of San Marino, Montenegro, Kosovo and Malta.

The purpose of this project is to build a transnational cultural platform able to critically question the ideas of territorial remoteness/marginality/smallness through the lenses of artistic research, triggering a reflection on the fictional procedures that empowered the idea of Europe in its geopolitical and cultural immunity via the exclusion or the vampirization of its “provinces”.

The project aims to develop radical curatorial and artistic discourses assuming geo-cultural areas as polemical fields in which a precise ecology of fluxes describe their cultural, economical and political morphology. More over, this project focuses on the controversial shortage of cultural professionals in “peripheral” cultural and artistic systems in relationship with ongoing processes of educational centralization and with the concentration of artistic legitimation processes in big European “centres”.

A Natural oasis? is a transnational research training based on the tools that social sciences provide to contemporary cultural practices and develops specific context-aware professional figures in the frame of a global contemporary artistic scene. The aim of the project is the development of what we can call situated practices in the context of a specific locality but with a transnational perspective.

A Natural Oasis? bases its working methodology on the tactics of conversational and dialogical research and on the main strategies of oral history. In this view, work sessions, visiting professors’ lectures and seminars will be characterized by a discursive approach based on study and in-depth analysis but also on storytelling and educational settings. The project privileges an idea of knowledge production through direct rough experience and travelling experiences in the territories accompanied and tutored by local partners.

The final result of A Natural Oasis? will be a editorial object, which will include critical essays and visual researches developed by curators, visiting professors and participants during the program. The book will be presented during a performed seminar at MEDITERRANEA18 Young Artists Biennale 2017.

Natural Oasis? is dedicated to contemporary art critic and teacher Roberto Daolio who devoted himself to study the methods through which the projects of young artists and their languages could be developed.


Saturday 16 July
h. 16.00 - 20.00 Reception desk - Check in Municipality Hall - Sala del Castello, Montegiardino
h. 20.00 to 21.00 dinner time
h. 21.00 Meeting and Greetings
Aula Maestra Tonina, Montegiardino
Sunday 17 July
h. 10.30 - 12.30 Practice and Research Sharing Aula Maestra Tonina, Montegiardino
h. 12.30 to 15.30 Lunch time
h. 15.30 - 18.30 Practice and Research Sharing Aula Maestra Tonina, Montegiardino
from h. 20.00 to 24.00
Dinner of Sushi offered by
The Montegiardino Municipality
All Castle / Municipality of Montegiardino
Monday 18 July
h. 10.30 Lecture - Workshop by Svetlana Racanovic Aula Maestra Tonina, Montegiardino
h. 12.30 -14.00, Lunch time
h. 14.30 Shuttle transfer to the San Marino City
h. 15.00 - 18.30 guided visit tour to meet the Cultural Institutions and the University of San Marino, by Rita Canarezza, with the interventions of:
Dr. Claudia Gattei at the Library of Design of the University of San Marino; Ilaria Ilari, at the State Library, Serse Faetanini and Dr. Danilo Micheloni at the State Archive and Dr. Paola Bigi at the State Museum.
h. 18.30 to 20.00 Free walking in the City of San Marino to see: the Hold Towers of San Marino, The Public Palace.
h. 20.30 Dinner, Gli Antichi Orti Restaurant (by each participant about € 15)
h. 23.30 Shuttle Transfer to Montegiardino
(meeting in front of Porta di San Francesco, San Marino City)
Tuesday 19 July
h. 10.30 Lecture - Workshop by Flaka Haliti Aula Maestra Tonina, Montegiardino
h. 12.30 -14.00, Lunch Time
h 17.00 Lecture - Workshop by Pier Paolo Coro Aula Maestra Tonina, Montegiardino
h. 18.00 Shuttle transfer to the Border between Italy (Sassofeltrio) and San Marino (Montegiardino)
h. 18.30 Hike on the borderline between San Marino (Montegiardino) and Italy (Sassofeltrio)
led by the Club Alpino San Marino
At the end of the walk on the border line, a dinner with fruits, vegetables, spianata bread, and juices. Return by shuttle. Recommended: long pants, tennis shoes and a light raincoat.
In case of bad weather, the initiative could be anticipated to July 18th.
Wednesday 20th July
h. 10.30 - 13.30 Lecture - Workshop by Simone Frangi and Alessandro Castiglioni
Aula Maestra Tonina, Montegiardino
h. 13.30 - 15.00 Lunch
h. 15 -18.30 Reading groups
h. 19.00 Shuttle transfer to San Marino City h. 20.15 - 21.00 Happy Hours
Terraces of the State Museum
h. 20.30 Public Lecture
A Natural Oasis?
A Transnational Research Program
Short welcome by
Hon. Giuseppe Maria Morganti
Ministry of Education and Culture
Hon. Teodoro Lonfernini
Ministry of Tourism and Political Youth
Federica Candelaresi General Secretary of BJCEM Paolo Rondelli Director San Marino Cultural Institutes Rita Canarezza Representing BJCEM for San Marino Presentation
Alessandro Castiglioni, Simone Frangi, A Natural Oasis? Curators
Eremire Krasniqi, Valerie Visanich, Giulia Gregnanin, Lenka Dorojevic, Chiara Cartuccia, Maya Tounta, Sergey Kantsedal, Rachel Pafe.
Thursday 21st July
h. 08.00 Shuttle transfer to Rimini Train Station

Dr. Rita Canarezza, Coordinator of A Natural Oasis? 00378 0549 882453 - Ita /Eng - rita.canarezza@pa.sm portable 0039 335 6509052
Isabella Pelliccioni, Organizational Secretary
00378 0549 882452 - Ita - isabella.pelliccioni@pa.sm
Cultural Institutes, Republic of San Marino
Contrada Omerelli, 17, Città di San Marino, 47890