Workshop for Literary Social Media Content Creators for Contemporary Art Museums

Workshop for Literary Social Media Content Creators for Contemporary Art Museums


December 9 – 13, 2019

Application deadline: November 24, 2019


December 9 to 13, 2019, the CRRI Castello di Rivoli Research Institute, in collaboration with Nextatlas, holds the workshop dedicated to Social Media for Contemporary Art Museums. Turin author Gianluigi Ricuperati and the team at Nextatlas, pioneering consulting agency in deciphering web trends, will coordinate the workshop.

It is aimed at people aged between 22 and 38 who have graduated in the Humanities and have a strong literary vocation.

The workshop will take place at the Castello di Rivoli Library and will be held mainly by writers. The workshop is an experiment based on the principle of putting Italian and international poets and writers at the helm of the social media content of an art museum.One of the critical points of the presence of social media in our public and private life is the simplification and sometimes the corruption of verbal language, which more and more often sinks into clichés or into a ‘neolanguage’ which is not able to accurately represent the contents. And yet the brevity of social messages can at first sight recall the essential nature of poetry, and the possibilities offered by the multiple codes of the interconnected digital environment can be used for a new verbal-visual creativity capable of enhancing art. In this sense, a museum of contemporary art – which has in experimentation one of its most profound strings – can indicate a possible way to a regenerated use of words.

Several international and Italian prose and poetry writers, including Antonella Anedda, Maria Grazia CalandroneHeidi JulavitsBhanu Kapil, Valerio Magrelli, Luc Sante, Himali Singh Soin, will be invited, together with the participants, to rethink the direction to be given to the museum’s social media.

To apply, please send a resume along with a brief review on an art exhibition of your choice or your own literary writing – prose or poetry – (max 2000 characters) to by November 24, 2019.Experiences in the field of social media, art criticism, poetry and / or literary prose will be positively evaluated. An excellent knowledge of Italian and English languages is required, both written and spoken.

Up to 15 candidates will be selected by a commission including Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev,Luca Morena (Nextatlas), Gianluigi Ricuperati, Andrea Viliani.

The workshop is free.



Poet, university professor, literary critic, Antonella Anedda has always cultivated in her lyrical research a special relationship with the visual arts, which led her to publish a volume of prose dedicated to the practice of ekphrasis from famous paintings, entitled La vita dei dettagli (Donzelli Editore, 2009). She has published the poetry collections Residenze invernali (1992), Notti di pace occidentale (1999), Il catalogo della gioia (2003), but also collections of essays and lyrical prose: Cosa sono gli anni (Fazi Editore, 1997), La luce delle cose. Immagini e parole nella notte (Feltrinelli, 2000), Tre stazioni (LietoColle, 2003), Dal balcone del corpo(Mondadori, 2007)



Poet, teacher, visual artist and radio presenter of poetry programs for Rai Radio3, Maria Grazia Calandrone is one of the most prestigious emerging voices in the landscape of literary production in verse in Italy. Her latest anthology, published in Lo specchio series by Mondadori, is entitled Giardino della Gioia (2019). Among her collections, Pietra di paragone (Tracce, 1998 – Nuove Scrittrici edition-prize), La scimmia randagia (Crocetti, 2003 – Pasolini Opera Prima prize), Come per mezzo di una briglia ardente (Atelier, 2005), La macchina responsabile (Crocetti, 2007), Sulla bocca di tutti (Crocetti, 2010 – Napoli prize), Atto di vita nascente (LietoColle, 2010).


Writer, founder of the legendary literary magazine The Believer, poet, cultural journalist, Heidi Julavits is one of the most critically successful American authors of her generation. Her books have been translated into more than ten languages, and the latest, The Folded Clock, was named by the New York Times as ‘notable book of the year’ in 2016. With Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, she edited the bestseller Women in Clothes(Blue Rider, 2014). She is the author of four novels, among which The Vanishers (Doubleday, 2012), winner of the PEN New England Fiction Award. Her first novel, The Mineral Palace, was shortlisted at the Young Lions Literary Award. Some of her works were published on Harper’s, McSweeney’s, New York Magazine, The New York TimesShe teaches creative writing at Columbia University, New York.


Poet, artist, performer, Bhanu Kapilis a unique voice in the panorama of contemporary poetry and performing arts, with a particular emphasis on the ritual function and on action linked to the poetic word. Kapil lives in Colorado where she teaches at Naropa University. She has published many poetry/prose works, including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene (Nightboat, 2011), and Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat, 2015).



Translated in many European and non-European countries, Valerio Magrelli is considered one of the most important living poets in Italy.
A scholar of French literature, translator and teacher, Magrelli has published Ora serrata retinae (Feltrinelli, 1980), Nature e venature (Mondadori, 1987), Esercizi di tipologia (Mondadori, 1992). The three collections were then merged into the volume Poesie (1980-1992) and other poems (Einaudi, 1996).
Einaudi also published Didascalie per la lettura di un giornale (1999), Disturbi del sistema binario (2006) and Il commissario Magrelli (2018). His critical works include Profilo del dada (Lucarini 1990, Laterza 2006), La casa del pensiero. Introduzione all’opera di Joseph Joubert (Pacini 1995, 2006), Vedersi vedersi. Modelli e circuiti visivi nell’opera di Paul Valéry (Einaudi 2002, L’Harmattan 2005) and Nero sonetto solubile. Dieci autori riscrivono una poesia di Baudelaire (Laterza 2010).

Poet, philosopher and visual artist, Eugénie Paultre lives and works in Paris. For her, poetry and painting are a means to escape the rationality of philosophy. Her output is dominated by a vibrant abstraction, composed of vertical stripes, influenced by the works of Vincent van Gogh, Nicolas de Staël and Yves Klein. Through her art she seeks to grasp the spiritual, mysterious element of life. A pupil of the Lebanese artist Etel Adnan, Paultre works with small formats. Her works are icons, in which reality is not represented but transfigured.


Writer, critic, poet, artist, in the last thirty years Luc Sante has emerged as a beacon in the panorama of innovative English-language literature. Born in Belgium and emigrated with his parents in the United States, he has published books and unique editorial projects, as well as having collaborated from an early age to the most prestigious literary magazine of America, The New York Review of Books. He has collaborated with artists such as Richard Prince and directors such as Jim Jarmusch. His books, translated into several languages, include Low Life (1991), which was of inspiration to Martin Scorsese and earned him a consultancy to the Gangs of New York script, but also The Factory of Facts (1998), Kill All Your Darlings (2007) and The Other Paris (2015). He teaches history of photography at Bard College.

Himali Singh Soin is a multidisciplinary artist and poet who lives between London and Delhi. In 2019 she won the Frieze Artist Award and, in the same year, she participated in The Deep Listener, at the Serpentine Gallery, London. She describes herself on the first page of her website as follows: “She uses metaphors from outer space and the natural environment to build imaginary cosmologies of interference, entanglement, deep emptiness, debris, delay, alienation, distance and intimacy.” Her works have been exhibited at the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco and at Pi Artworks in London.



The selected to participate are  :

Gaia Badioni, Alessandro Burbank, Luigi De Rosa, Margherita Ferrario, Giulia Fiumara, Giulia Francini, Lucia Rosanna Gambuzzi, Elisa Ingrosso, Daniele Licata, Martina Motta, Roberta Palma, Giulia Pardini, Lavinia Raccanello, Margherita Regis, Valerio Veneruso


The workshop is organized in collaboration with Nextatlas.






The workshop, sponsored by Compagnia di San Paolo, is part of CRRI Castello di Rivoli Research Institute, supported by Regione Piemonte and Compagnia di San Paolo.