The Narrative Impulse workshop with Salvatore Vitale

A workshop with Salvatore Vitale

Salvatore Vitale Workshop
Salvatore Vitale Workshop
Salvatore Vitale Workshop
Salvatore Vitale Workshop
Salvatore Vitale Workshop
Salvatore Vitale Workshop

The Narrative Impulse - A Workshop on Transmedial Storytelling with Salvatore Vitale

When: 22, 23 and 24 September 2022
From: 10 am to 3 pm everyday
Where: Bologna, Italy

Standard fee: €350 (book before 21 Sept)
20% discount for Bologna Card Cultura holders: €280 (book before 21 Sept)

Language: English/Italian
Available seats: 12

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The workshop with Salvatore Vitale is aimed at photographers and artists who want to experiment with the expressive potential of photography in dialogue with different media. In an era characterised by an increasingly interconnected digital communication, visual artists need to deal on a daily basis with languages and media that constantly influence and shape the production of content and narrative projects.

During the workshop, participants will be invited to produce a narrative project that will be developed by adopting different communication strategies. The final objective will be the creation of a transmedia narrative project involving the use of photography in association with other media such as sound, archive images, social platforms, video, text.

Participants are asked to identify a guiding theme for their project and conduct preliminary research on the chosen theme before the workshop. The material collected will be preparatory to the work carried out during the workshop days. There are no limits in the choice of topics: from a social or contemporary context to pure fantasy stories.


Should I prepare a portfolio or how should I share my preliminary research?

Workshop participants are asked to prepare a portfolio including a work in development or research on a project they want to start developing. A presentation supported by visual material will be requested at the beginning of the workshop.

Although I am interested in it, I have never dealt with other types of media, is it the right workshop for me?

Absolutely. The main focus is on the medium of photography. During the workshop there will be the opportunity to experiment with other media including, for example, text, sound, video. The different narrative choices will be consequential to the nature of the work and research presented during the workshop.

More specifically, what is the final output of the workshop?

During the workshop there will be a practical part of work on project ideas. The final output of the workshop will therefore be related to the development of a strategy for the continuation and finalisation of the work. Based on the ideas presented, participants will also be able to realise images and multimedia content.

How can I apply for the scholarship?

You should apply no later than 31 August, taking care of sending a motivational paragraph that addresses why you would benefit from attending the workshop. We will evaluate your reasons and background.

Mentor's bio:

Salvatore Vitale (1986, Palermo, Italy) is a Swiss-based visual artist, editor and educator. In his multi-layered artistic practice and research, Vitale’s artistic research focuses on the representation of a contemporary reality shaped by power structures, political cosmologies, and technological mediation. His practice incorporates photography, video, sound, installations, writing, and oral discourse in a continuous interest for transmedia visual strategies. He communicates his research-based experiments through books, talks, editorial contexts, teaching, and exhibition design. His work has been awarded internationally, including the the PhMuseum Award (2017), the Swiss Design Awards (2018), the Foam Talent (2018), the Punctum Award (2018), the Pro Helvetia Shanghai Research Grant (2019-2020), the Bally Artist of the Year Award (2021). Vitale’s work has been exhibited widely in museums and at photo festivals, with solo shows at FMAV –Fondazione Modena Arti Visive (2022), Musée des beaux-arts Le Locle (2022), Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia (2021), OGR Officine Grandi Riparazioni (2021), MASI Lugano (2021), Fotomuseum Winterthur (2020), Fotogalleriet Oslo (2020), the Swiss Foundation for Photography Winterthur (2018), MOCAK –Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (2018), Hamburg Triennale of Photography (2018) and the Photoforum Pasquart Biel/Bienne (2017). Other shows include the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation (2021), Ci.Clo Bienal Porto (2021), Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam (2019), Kibla Contemporary Art Maribor (2019), Lianzhou Foto Festival (2018), OCAT Shenzhen (2018), OCAT Shanghai (2017). Vitale is a lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) where he leads the Transmedia Storytelling program. He has led workshops worldwide and is a visiting lecturer at several academies. Vitale is also the Artistic Director of Futures Photography Platform and the co-founder and editor-in-chief of YET magazine. Vitale has contributed to and edited several publications, including Nummer: Post–Photography (2020) and HYBRIDS. Forging New Realities as Counter-Narratives (2021).

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