Iterations #1: Trasformatorio Call

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International (hack)lab for experimental and site-specific arts

April 20th to May 1st, 2018
Scaletta Zanclea (ME) and the City of Scaletta Zanclea we are proud to announce the fourth edition of Trasformatorio in Sicily.

CALL OPEN UNTIL 11 February 2018

What it is?

Trasformatorio is an international laboratory focusing on practices related to site-specific performance.

Born in 2013 as a laboratory for performance art and hacking, Trasformatorio is part of the experimental research methodology of, an international no-profit foundation and think tank based in Amsterdam.

Trasformatorio intends to develop original research, to produce and distribute innovative technical and artistic contents, to improve and invent new ways of establishing contact with social and environmental discourses.

Trasformatorio is aimed to inclusion, respect of the environment and of human and animal elements that interact with it. The laboratory is held within the territory that explores and uses transformation as a paradigm for work.

Trasformatorio is interested in working with forms of spectacles that can be prepared and delivered in any context, of the theatre and electricity grids. Spectacles that reflect on the microculture of the places they are developed in and from.

Trasformatorio is proposed to professionals: actors, musicians, designers, architects, set designers, video/filmmakers, dancers and performers, photographers, hackers, students of applied arts, theatre studies and fine arts, independent researchers and academics alike. An equal number of spaces are reserved for artists from Sicily and genders are balanced.

This edition will be held for the second year in Scaletta Zanclea, using the “borgo”, the mountain and the sea and the surroundings of the Castle “Rufo Ruffo” as basic materials for the artists work.

the cave

2018 What is going to happen?

This is a research that has to be conducted within an ethic exchange, responding to the specific environment (= people, history, space, nature) of Scaletta Zanclea.

The Location

Scaletta Zanclea (38°02′41″N 15°27′46″E) is a small municipality in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily about 15 kilometres (9 mi) southwest of Messina. Can be reached easily from Catania International airport with the train. The comune suffered heavily in the mudslides which devastated the area in 2009.[2]

The splendid site, close to the sea of the Messina’s Strait and surrounded by the Mountains is rich in historically and ethnographic connections that will inspire the artists in their transformations: as an example the medieval feminist story of Macalda di Zanclea, the game of chess, the story of Morgana the Fairy, myth and landscape as you can find hinted into the history of Macalda di Zanclea…

The 2018 Lab

Trasformatorio has been in Scaletta for the first contact in April 2017 so you would join a process in the making in its second iteration with some new artists and various platforms to experiment with.
Our eyes are on some of the following keywords:
Things that talk, animals that tell a story, radio-waves, walks, layers, movement, electroacoustic sounds, the poetry of objects, happy ghosts, dance with the wind, the music of hands-on rough surfaces…

see the shared map here:

Open Knowledge

The research performed by the Trasformatorio will be documented online and distributed on open licences.
Trasformatorio favours open hardware and software development, freedom of thought and open circulation of ideas. Eventual collaboration works born in Trasformatorio are only required to keep this open access policy and quote Trasformatorio in their communication.

Workshops and laboratories:

Application and development of personal skills on site-specific performance.
Trasformatorio ethics is that participants share and co-develop their skills into new ones. So all participants are therefore considered co-producers of Trasformatorio.


Trasformatorio 2018 will hold also the first iteration of the projectITERATIONS (
Iterations consist of a series of artist residencies, exhibitions, reflection meetings and exchanges, that take place between 2017 and 2020. Artists and cultural practitioners are welcomed in situations to experiment with and reflect on what the future of collectivity, sharing and working together in digital and networked contexts can look like.

The project is initiated by four organisations who have a clear affinity with open approaches towards art, technology and society, and who feel a shared necessity to research the conditions in which artists who use technology work.
These organisations are Constant (Brussel), Hangar (Barcellona), Esc (Gratz) and (Amsterdam).

BIAS 2018

Trasformatorio 2018 will trigger as well a collaboration with WISH – World International Sicilian Heritage that will be part of BIAS 2018 in Palermo. BIAS is the acronym of International Biennial Contemporary Art Exhibition of the Religions of Humanity and is a transnational exhibition of contemporary art organized in the historic centre of Palermo and in locations around Sicily. For BIAS theme we will select if there will be, projects in the theme of this year, that could develop further and become part of the 2018 exhibition. The theme of this year is: “The doorstep is the longest part of the journey”.


The practitioners’ explorations will be presented at the end to different audiences, in multiple ways, according to the content, character and state of development of ideas and performance material, without any obligation for the participants to show their work. The documentation will be shared from Trasformatorio site.

How to apply

Fill in the form and send your application, with the supporting material (you can also upload on this site with the tool offered in the form) and a letter of motivation at

Do it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and anyway before 11th February 2017

NB There are only 20 places available.

The candidatures will be chosen by Trasformatorio to fill the available places within an open internal process of selection.

What do we offer

The micro economy of the Trasformatorio requires involvement, elasticity and patience. Is also an experiment, a precious one in itself.

  • All activities and workshops on site will be free of charge for participating artists.
  • The city will offer free lodging
  • will take care of food expenses with a soul kitchen curated by Siddarthe and us
  • small budget for equipment and materials
  • all the rest will be for your own expenses

NB: This year we have some budget as a contribution to transportation as part of the “Iterations” Creative Europe project. It will be dealt with in an open process by the community to be sure all selected artists can participate. In any case, Trasformatorio will issue letters of invitation for the selected participants willing to apply for travel grants.


Trasformatorio 2018 is co-funded through a Creative Europe subsidy of the European Commission.


Photo by Guido Gaudioso

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1.2. Iterations Workshop

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Start: 10/24/2017, 10:00; End: 10/25/2017, 17:00
Place: Hangar, Barcelona

At the beginning of the Iterations project, we organise a seminar with the objective to create a framework of common ethics for the project. For doing so we will work together with practitioners working in the field of culture and economy of the commons, and open knowledge and cultural production. We will take as a starting point the three axes of the so-called triangle of the commons : good-community-governance.

Some of the questions that will be addressed during the seminar are : How are the iterations and the artworks will be documented ? Which kind of licenses we will use ? Who are going to be the people that we want to involve in the project ? How are the different people involved in the project going to interact/contaminate each other ? Which work methodologies (online and offline) will be used during the project for communication, documentation, management, decision making, etc ; How are the artists participating in the project going to be chosen ? Are we going to collectively manage the budget ? if yes, how ? How are we going to regulate the relation with the artists ?

Attendance by invitation only.


Hangar in Barcelona organiseert dit seminarie als de eerste activiteit van het Europese project Iteraties (2017-2020).

Het doel van het seminarie is om een gemeenschappelijk ethisch raamwerk op te zetten voor het project. We werken samen met mensen die actief zijn op het gebied van culturen en economieën van de commons, open knowledge en culturele productie. Als startpunt nemen we de drie assen van de zogenaamde driehoek van de commons: goederen, gemeenschap, beheer.

Het seminarie besteedt aandacht aan onder andere volgende vragen: hoe worden de activiteiten en kunstwerken van Iteraties gedocumenteerd ? Welke licenties worden gebruikt? Wie zijn de mensen die we willen betrekken in het project ? Hoe vinden interactie en uitwisseling plaats ? Welke (online en offline) methodes gebruiken we voor communicatie, documentatie, management, besluitvorming enz. Hoe worden kunstenaars gekozen die deelnemen aan het project ? Kunnen we collectief budgetten beheren? Hoe bouwen we relaties met de kunstenaars uit? En met een publiek?

Aanwezigheid enkel op uitnodiging.


Ce séminaire est la première activité du projet européen Iterations (2017 - 2020). Il est organisé par Hangar à Barcelone.

L’objectif du séminaire est de créer un cadre d’éthique commune pour le projet Iterations. Pour ce faire, nous travaillerons ensemble avec des praticiens du domaine de la culture et de l’économie des biens communs, de la culture libre et de la production culturelle. Nous prendrons comme point de départ les trois axes du soi-disant triangle des biens communs : biens - communautés - gouvernance.

Certaines des questions qui seront abordées lors du séminaire sont les suivantes : Comment les itérations et les œuvres seront-elles documentées ? Quel genre de licences utiliserons-nous ? Quelles personnes voulons-nous impliquer dans le projet ? Comment les différentes personnes impliquées dans le projet vont-elles interagir / se contaminer ? Quelles méthodes de travail (en ligne et hors ligne) seront utilisées pendant le projet pour la communication, la documentation, la gestion, la prise de décision, etc. Comment les artistes participant au projet vont-ils être choisis ? Allons-nous gérer collectivement le budget ? si oui, comment ? Comment allons-nous réglementer la relation avec les artistes ?

Présence sur invitation seulement.