Cecilia Galiena

Fellowship Sponsored by Christensen Fund

Originally from Italy, Cecilia Galiena is a San Francisco-based artist with a background in psychology and journalism whose projects combine traditional knowledge, creative thinking and on-the-ground problem solving in order to advance social change. Her Fellowship proposal is focused on establishing an online hub that connects social practice artists, social justice NGOs, cultural institutions, and arts and social justice funders and includes a database of past and present social practice projects. Her initial concentration will be on Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous People and how they are seeking to make intellectual property serve a function beyond that of the appropriation of value.

Galiena co-created and ran one of the first international and multidisciplinary artist-in-residence programs in Italy, http://www.civitella.org/mission.aspx. Her main focus as an artist has been on language 360 degrees (coherent cultural knowledge, including: speech, visual, relational, environmental and textual) and she has worked and filmed early protagonist of botanical activism and social practice in Italy. Galiena's goal is to explore where the North lost sight of the South in the process of developing globally and how traditional knowledge can be part and anchor this planet’s race to the unknown.

Innovation Challenge 
Enabling and accelerating socially engaged artistic practice is of crucial importance. How can artists, funders and social justice NGOs use online tools to come together to activate social practice projects focused on social change and collect thoughtful responses to pressing global concerns? 


Cecilia Galiena Project for ZERO1 Fellowship/x
Cecilia Galiena's newly developed web platform Adaptnet connects social practice artists, scholars, social justice NGOs, cultural institutions, and arts and social justice funders. Detailed information on the aforementioned people and agencies along with easy cross-referencing is combined in an elaborate multi-tiered database to bring about relevant opportunities for collaboration.
Social practice artists remain at the center of this on-line community, while the platform functions as a bridge between diverse intellectual environments, traditional knowledge and disruptive thinking. Combine the means of financial support and a network of additional expertise within the same realms, and the platform would equally serve as a tool for assessing the value of social projects, producing valid arguments to undertake the project and facilitate buy-in from stakeholders as well as additional funding.