Launched by Michelangelo Pistoletto in 1999, UNIDEE - University of Ideas is the higher educational programme for art and social change of Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto. Weaving together moments of interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing and practical activities, the objective of the programme is to provide the participants with inspiration, motivation and instruments to activate or develop artistic initiatives based on the engagement of local ecologies. UNIDEE started as a four-month international residency programme (1999-2013), to enhance its model in 2015 by focusing on annual themes and developing three formats: UNIDEE Modules, UNIDEE AIR - Emerging Geographies and the UNIDEE Connective Residency.
Cittadellarte Instituted in 1998 by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto as a concrete development of his Progetto Arte Manifesto — a direct call to artists to initiate social changes in their own contexts —, Cittadellarte aims at inspiring and producing responsible changes in society through ideas and creative projects. Pistoletto has translated the Foundation’s mission into the symbol of the Third Paradise: in his words “a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity sign, made of three consecutive circles. The two external circles represent all the diversities and antinomies, among which nature and artifice. The central one is given by the compenetration of the opposite circles and represents the generative womb of a new humanity”. Since then, Cittadellarte has built a network of autonomous and connected "ambassadors of the Third Paradise," a group of agents that represent initiatives of social and political transformation worldwide. These ambassadors follow the practices of Demopraxia.
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