THIRD REBIRTH FORUM:
GEOGRAFÍAS DE LA TRANSFORMACIÓN


Havana, 22 - 24 November 2016





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2nd REBIRTH FORUM:
THE APPLE MADE WHOLE AGAIN



Milan, March 17-19, 2016
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, via San Vittore 21



Key words:
trinamics - sustainability - transformation - development - research - innovation profit - free - equilibrium - culture - nutrition - education - integration - spirituality - art.



The First Paradise is the natural one, from the time when we were inside the apple. Taking a bite out of the apple, we left nature and created the artificial paradise: the second paradise, which is currently devouring the apple. We are now entering the Third Paradise, integrating artificial life fully into natural life. It is the planetwide work of which we are all the authors.

Michelangelo Pistoletto


Michelangelo Pistoletto’s giant Apple Made Whole Again was installed at the center of Piazza del Duomo in Milan for the opening of the EXPO in May 2015. The work was dedicated by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) to the fifth year of celebration of the VIA LATTEA, the “Milky Way” that comprises the entire agricultural hinterland of the Lombard capital, the largest in Italy.



The steel structure of the Apple Made Whole Again was covered entirely with (natural) turf. Around it a large symbol of the Third Paradise was outlined with bales of straw, laid out during a performance by 300 people. Authorities of the UN, the city of Milan and the FAI took part in the opening ceremony. An agreement has been reached between Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cittadellarte, the FAI and representatives of the municipality of Milan for the donation of the Apple Made Whole Again to the city of Milan. Piazza Duca d’Aosta, in front of the Stazione Centrale, has been chosen as the appropriate location for its permanent installation. At the end of May, while waiting for its definitive location to be ready, the work was moved from Piazza del Duomo to the Parco Sempione and covered temporarily with textile material. Now that the technical and administrative procedures have reached their conclusion, we are coming to the moment of the installation of the Apple Made Whole Again in Piazza Duca d’Aosta. The sculpture will be officially unveiled on March 21, 2016, following a month of work in which the metal structure of the Apple will be reassembled and then covered with a layer of clay that will give it the appearance of marble.

In relation to the artistic and social significance of this work, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto will organize, on the two days preceding the unveiling of the sculpture, a forum entitled "2nd Rebirth Forum - The Apple Made Whole Again" that will be held on the premises of the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan.
Along with some Italian ambassadors of the Third Paradise-Rebirth, the participants in the forum will include representatives of public institutions, university professors and researchers, teachers and members of civil society associations and other entities engaged in practices of responsible and sustainable innovation in a range of spheres, from agriculture to health, from technology to economics, from manufacturing to politics, from architecture to fashion.
The forum will mark the beginning of a series of activities in Milan that are going to last for a year. Their objective is to draw attention to the meanings of the Apple Made Whole Again and, in relation to them, contribute to the further development of practices aimed at bringing about change in society that are already under way in the region: this will be done in conjunction with the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci and the activities that Cittadellarte, with Rebirth and its embassies, is carrying out in the world, in cooperation with the United Nations.

The Milan Forum - The Apple Made Whole Again follows the “1st Rebirth Forum - Geografías de la transformación”, that was held in November 2015 in Havana, Cuba, where the local Rebirth Embassy - Galleria Continua is coordinating a series of activities corresponding to the ones that will be carried out in Milan.


2nd REBIRTH FORUM - THE APPLE MADE WHOLE AGAIN


At a cardinal point of the city, the square in front of the Stazione Centrale, Milan is hosting The Apple Made Whole Again, a work of art symbolic of an evolutionary transition that involves the whole of human society.
Since this is not self-referential art, it is necessary to explain the meaning of this emblematic object that will greet people arriving in Milan and salute those leaving. It is a symbolic work that opens up to the world, just as the railroad station opens the city to the world, on a symbolic level as well.
The purpose of the second Rebirth Forum is to convey to people a deep understanding of the symbolic message of this work and to get them to apply it in their everyday lives. The forum aims to spark off an active engagement of all sectors of society in the city of Milan in an effort to develop the concept of The Apple Made Whole Again and put it into effect.
At the forum, therefore, the objectives proposed by this work will be discussed, questions will be raised on how to achieve them and activities will be suggested aimed at bringing about a real process of sustainable change in society.
“The symbol of the apple runs through the whole of our history, starting out from the bite, which represents the detachment of the human race from nature and the origin of the artificial world. The Apple Made Whole Again represents the entry into a new era, in which artificial world and natural world are reunited, producing a balance in society that can be extended to a planetary dimension.” The symbol of the The Apple Made Whole Again represents the reassembling of opposing elements: nature and artifice. The apple signifies nature; the bite of the apple signifies artifice, just as we see it utilized in a world famous computer brand that has become an emblem of the way technology is taking over completely from nature. With the The Apple Made Whole Again artifice takes on the task of reinstating the part removed by the bite and reuniting humanity with nature, instead of continuing to widen the gulf between them.

Rebirth places the faculty of creation peculiar to art at the disposal of this enterprise, fulcrum of a process that affects the whole of society; art, in fact, is at the root of every artifact, as the Latin term arti-ficium, something made from art, tells us. This is why the artist, with this symbol, assumes a fundamental responsibility in human society.
Rebirth springs from Michelangelo Pistoletto’s two-decade-long experience with the Cittadellarte workshop of art and society, which combines the creative powers of art with science, technology, economics and politics and brings them to bear on every sector of our lives.
At this workshop, Pistoletto has developed a formula of creation. This consists in the principle enunciated with the Theorem of Trinamics, which defines the very phenomenon of creation through the symbol of the triple circle. The triple circle also represents the synthesis between thesis and antithesis, and thus the equilibrium (the central circle) that emerges from the interaction of opposing forces (the two outer circles).
Rebirth is the dynamics of the number three. It is the combination of two units that gives rise to a third distinct and new unit. The triple circle is a symbol of birth or rebirth, which takes place through the fortuitous or deliberate combination of two subjects, objects or concepts, like the positive and negative poles that produce electricity, like the male and female that generate a new person, like the fusion of oxygen and hydrogen that produce water and like the totalitarianism and anarchy between which democracy has developed.


2nd REBIRTH FORUM - THE APPLE MADE WHOLE AGAIN, MILAN
THEMES AND METHOD


The 2nd Rebirth Forum has been organized by Cittadellarte with the participation of the Rebirth – Third Paradise Embassies and the public and private institutions that have been invited to join the initiative.
The forum is being held under the auspices of the United Nations. The program consists of an initial exposition of the Rebirth project, followed by the intervention of the participants in sessions of debate and exchange of ideas. The agendas of the 17 Development Goals of the United Nations and The Milan Charter form the main plank of the subjects that will be tackled in the discussion of the Seven Themes of Cittadellarte, to be regarded as the basis for a commitment to future development on the part of the participants. The work of the forum will be carried out utilizing the Trinamics method of research and application, which will be presented by Michelangelo Pistoletto and some members of Cittadellarte. The aim is: to bring about a genuine rebirth in the country through an assumption of responsibility for ourselves and for the world. This responsibility is founded on the search for a new cultural, political, economic and social equilibrium. In order to achieve this goal it will be necessary to start out from culture, and specifically from art understood as creative faculty.

The Seven Themes of Cittadellarte

1. Education
Application of Trinamics
2. Nature and Culture
Development of society between natural and artificial
3. Economics and Government
Relationship between profit and what is free of charge
4. Anthropology and Sociology of the Contemporary World
Relationship between individualism and the demands of collectivity
5. Spirituality
Art between religion and politics
6. City Planning
Integration of town and country
7. Manufacturing activity
Production and social responsibility

The themes cross interdisciplinary boundaries and cover a wide variety of sectors of interest, including: nutrition — genetics — medicine — education — philosophy — technology — scientific research — architecture — design — fashion — economics — politics — environment, landscape and agronomy — energy — entrepreneurship and handicrafts — art — religion.

This second forum will mark the beginning in Milan of a Permanent Workshop on Art and Society, consisting of a series of activities that will involve the region, its associations, educational facilities, including schools and universities, public institutions, artists and ordinary citizens. As was the case in Cuba, it will be a workshop that, starting out from specific local characteristics and needs, will lead the various conflicting tendencies to find resolution in an effective equilibrium that society requires on a global scale.


THE PROGRAM


The 2nd Rebirth Forum - The Apple Made Whole Again will be held over two days at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, from 2:30 pm on Thursday March 17 to 6:30 pm on Friday March 18.

The program will begin with an official presentation, followed by an explanation by Michelangelo Pistoletto of the meaning and objectives of the Rebirth Forum - The Apple Made Whole Again. The forum will continue with sessions of discussion and exchange of ideas in thematic groups formed by all the participants. The document listing the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and the Milan Charter, along with the Seven Themes proposed by Cittadellarte, constitute the main plank of the subjects that will be explored at the meeting.

From 4 pm to 6 pm the proceedings and conclusions of the forum will be presented jointly at the fair of conscious consumption and sustainable lifestyles entitled “Fa’ la cosa giusta”, FieraMilanoCity, pavilions 3 and 4, gate 4.

At the conclusion of the forum a document will be drawn up that will constitute the draft of the work program for the Rebirth Permanent Workshop, Milan.
It is planned to follow up this meeting in Milan, after a after a year has passed, with a another forum to see what has come out of the workshop.

At 2:30 pm on 21 March the official unveiling of The Apple Made Whole Again will take place in Piazza Duca d’Aosta.

CONTEXT

Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto is a workshop on a grand scale, a generator of creative energy that develops processes of responsible change in the sectors of culture, manufacturing, economics and politics. The activities of Cittadellarte pursue the basic objective of bringing artistic intervention on a practical level into every sector of civil society in order to contribute in a responsible and effective way to dealing with the profound upheavals of our time. Cittadellarte works for a Responsible Transformation of Society. Pistoletto (Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 50th Venice Biennale and an honorary degree in Political Sciences from the University of Turin) founded Cittadellarte to place art at the center of human activities — economics, politics, culture, fashion, education — and to propose an environmentally sustainable development through an artistic approach.
www.cittadellarte.it

The symbol of the Third Paradise / REBIRTH, widely used in various contexts and numerous installations all over the world, represents the “rebirth” of society, a new world in which the “human community” is united, in which a dialogue between opposites is promoted in a quest for balance and harmony.
Rebirth-day was founded on 21 December 2012 as a day on which to celebrate all over the world the symbol of the Third Paradise, conceived as a sign of the rebirth of human society.
Rebirth is used as a term to indicate the activities and events that are organized under the sign of the Third Paradise.

The Geographies of Transformation trace a new map of places driven by a commitment to responsible change in social systems. It is a cultural as well as physical geography, a network of networks of practices that have a great impact on all the different fields and disciplines. The Geographies of Transformation project maps this contemporary global movement in an archive that aims to be all-inclusive as far as the different disciplines are concerned. It is of primary importance to collect and classify the information obtained through such projects on the basis of particular criteria, in order to highlight its quantity and substance. The Geographies of Transformation also sets out to connect up the agents of this change through an online platform.
www.geographiesofchange.net

 

 



1st REBIRTH FORUM: GEOGRAFÍAS DE LA TRANSFORMACIÓN




The activities during the Forum







1st REBIRTH FORUM - THE MISSION

On December 16, 2014, the symbol of Rebirth was outlined on the sea off Cuba.
The following day, December 17, the agreement between President Barak Obama of the United States and President Raul Castro of Cuba on a resumption of the relations between the two countries was announced.
The conjunction of these events makes clear the congruence between the Symbol of Rebirth and the emergence of new geopolitical scenarios, which affect not only the two countries directly involved but the rest of the world too.
For sixty years Cuba has been at the centre of the world’s attention as a focal point and mirror of the social, economic, political and cultural conflict that divided the world into the two camps of the Cold War. Throughout that time the world has been in the grip of opposing forces, and we are well aware that the underlying reasons for that conflict have not yet been resolved.
At a moment in which we are seeing a resumption of relations with the United States, Cuba assumes a crucial position in the world on account of the direction that this evolution might take. Today there is an urgent need to develop a new balance to take the place of the previous conflict.
Rebirth puts the creative faculty proper to art at the disposal of this great enterprise, which sees Cuba as the epicentre of a process that affects the whole of society, with all the tensions and problems that pervade the spheres of culture, economics, politics, religion, science and technology and the ecosystem as a whole.

Rebirth brings two essential elements together: art as creative faculty and politics as the art of government that involves all sectors of social life.

At this moment of momentous change in society worldwide, an activity in which art and politics work together has become essential in order to develop a prospect of sustainability on a global scale. Art and politics are, in fact, two elements that can be united to produce a third element, one that constitutes a completely new reality for which the whole world is waiting.

In particular, this new meeting between the United States and Cuba could set the two countries, consistent with what has been said above, on the path toward innovative and balanced solutions that will spread beyond all borders to inspire sustainable and evolutionary practices.

This process cannot be entrusted solely to politics, but has to be generated by culture and therefore by the creative faculty of art.

Rebirth actively assumes this responsibility and makes it its own raison d’être.

Rebirth is based on the principle enunciated by Michelangelo Pistoletto in the Theorem of Trinamics, which defines the phenomenon of creation through the formula symbolized by the triple circle. The triple circle represents the generation of a new equilibrium (the central circle) that emerges from the interaction of opposing forces (the two outer circles).

Trinamics is the dynamics of the number three. It is the combination of two units that gives rise to a third new and distinct unit. The triple circle is a symbol of birth and rebirth, which takes place through the fortuitous or deliberate combination of two subjects, objects or concepts, like the positive and negative poles that produce electricity, like the male and female that come together to generate a new person, like the fusion of oxygen and hydrogen to produce water and like the extremes of totalitarianism and anarchy between which democracy has developed.

In the trinamic symbol the central circle is the procreative womb of the new society.

This symbol, in Cuba, makes the country a cradle of rebirth.




With this Forum Rebirth is opening a workshop of art and politics in Havana that, starting out from specific local characteristics and needs, will push the different tensions and conflicts toward potential resolution via a practical balancing act.

The symbol of the triple circle has been taken up and reinterpreted in many areas of the world, where Embassies of Rebirth have been set up. All these undertakings have come together in the Rebirth symbol formed with stones from every member country of the United Nations that is being permanently installed at the UN Offices in Geneva and was inaugurated on October 24, 2015, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

Exactly one month later, on November 24, 2015, the 1st Rebirth Forum opens in Cuba.

This Forum marks the beginning of a permanent workshop of art and politics in Cuba developed in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals declared by the UN.

The workshop, which aims to involve the whole of Cuban society, was preceded by the work carried out by the Rebirth Embassy in Havana in 2014, in an effort to involve schools, universities, artists, public institutions and ordinary citizens. This led to the performance - carried out by fishermen - of outlining the symbol of Rebirth in the sea off the Malecón, Havana’s esplanade.


1st REBIRTH FORUM - AIMS, PARTICIPANTS AND PROGRAM



The forum brings together faculty members of Cuban universities (teachers and researchers), representatives of national and local public institutions (government, parliament, municipality) and members of Cittadellarte.

The forum is being held under the auspices of the United Nations. The program consists of an initial exposition of the Rebirth project followed by speeches from the participants and will continue with sessions of discussion and exchange of ideas.

READ ABOUT THE FORUM FROM THE NACIONES UNIDAS EN CUBA


The United Nations list of Sustainable Development Goals forms the main plank of the subjects that will be tackled and will be considered as the basis for a possible commitment to development in the future through a collaboration between the Rebirth Embassy and the government and citizens of Cuba.

The work of the forum will be carried out applying the trinamic method of research, which will be explained by Michelangelo Pistoletto himself and members of Cittadellarte.

The objective is to bring about a genuine rebirth in the country through a new assumption of responsibility with regard to itself and to the world. This responsibility is founded on a system that produces a new cultural, political, economic and social balance.

In order to attain this objective the participants will start out from culture, and specifically from art understood as creative faculty.

The Rebirth Permanent Workshop of Art and Politics in Cuba will maintain a connection and cooperation with university and government institutions and a constant interaction with the University of Ideas at Cittadellarte, promoting collaborations with Cuban and foreign artists on the island.

In conclusion a statement will be drawn up that will serve as the draft for the work program for the Rebirth Permanent Workshop of Cuba.


The conclusion of the Forum


A second meeting of the forum is planned for the fall of 2016 in order to compare notes on the progress of the Workshop and to update the program, in connection with the network of other Rebirth Embassies in the world.


Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto is a great laboratory, a generator of creative energy that triggers unprecedented processes of development in diverse fields of culture, production, economics and politics. The activities of Cittadellarte pursue a basic objective: to take artistic interventions on a practical level into every sector of civil society in order to make responsible and fruitful contribution to addressing the profound changes of our age. Cittadellarte is working toward a responsible transformation of society.

Michelangelo Pistoletto (Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 50th Venice Biennale and honorary degree in Political Sciences from Turin University) founded Cittadellarte with the aim of placing art at the center of human activities - economics, politics, culture, education - and promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable development through an artistic approach.
www.cittadellarte.it

The symbol of the REBIRTH / Third Paradise, widely used in different contexts and in many installations around the world, represents the “rebirth” of society, a new world in which the “human community” unites and where dialogue between opposites is encouraged, thus achieving balance and harmony.

Geographies of Change is an ongoing project undertaken by Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto as a repository online that draws a new map of places whose spirit is focused on bringing about responsible change in social systems. It is a network of powerful practices from all the different fields and disciplines. The project Geographies of Change is mapping this contemporary global movement with the aim of forming an archive that will encompass all disciplines. In addition, Geographies of Change sets out to connect the agents of this change through a web-based network.
www.geographiesofchange.net