“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
―Edgar Allan Poe
We are a cultural association, founded in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) in 1991, that aims in developing social health of people through urban art, design, architecture, philosophy, permaculture and urban regeneration.
Greener European Cities - CERV Network of Towns
We are partners with other seven countries (Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Ireland, Slovenia and Croatia) in a European project which aims to emphasize the youth role in the green transition and to promote green jobs for greener cities.
The Italian city that will host the final event of GREEN IT YOUR WORK is Cordovado (PN), a beautiful medieval historical center in the countryside of Friuli Venezia Giulia region: this area has an important history behind it, but also the desire to be part of the future of its young people.
“Being greener” is an abstract concept, and probably we, as adults, may decline it and envision it in a very different way than the youngsters. The great goal of this project will be to prototype what being greener and get greener jobs means for all the components of the society, so that, in the green transition, the actions of the younger generations are integrated, seen, listened, empowered by the other generations which well nonetheless fell equally valued by the community.
The collaborative platform gluo.org is the sharing economy applied to the voluntary sector through which associations and volunteers can exchange spaces, equipment, training courses and professional advice with each other for free. This is a virtuous circle that uses resources in a sustainable way and multiplies their positive impact on the community. In Gluo’s world one is not worth one, if shared it is worth 10! And it can also be worth 100 or 1000, it just depends on how many times something is shared!
Ubik Art and its urban art project won the SIAaround Award in 2015, the Milano EXPO special edition of this award dedicated to the different languages of art and culture for social innovation.
#VolontariDigitali by CeSVoP is our favorite project in Gluo.org. The idea is simple: improving digital skills in volunteers with an online monthly lesson, making participants also able to transfer these competences to other people. During Covid 19 pandemic the project became successful among youngsters who had the chance to feel really useful in their communities even if stucked at home. From Sicily it became a national project able to engage citizens from all ages and backgrounds!
#VolontariDigitali is an experience that can be replicated elsewhere, also with different goals, because it’s an effective method to involve young generations in active life.
“Process to create, create to process: becoming a team even if we are strangers.”
We support Future Young Talent - FYT project by the artist Francesca Martini (aka MateteMartini). FYT is a workshop program with an attention to painting, abstraction, design, and architecture. This project tries to give youngsters notions to understand, with a critic focus, art design and architecture but also a method to design: this is a tool for art, work and every day life.
Through Future Young Talent method it's possible to envision future scenarios and give to our dreams the chance to be prototyped. But most of all it's an injection of self esteem in the participants which understand how they can create something, from scratch to design. It's the first brick of every revolutionary change.
Experience D for Design Lab by FYT, hosted by Italian Pavillion at EXPO DUBAI 2020: watch the recorded activity sessions!
Urban art is not only and aesthetic element that enhances the places of a city and generates new points of tourist, cultural and social interest but it is, above all, a tool for social aggregation and integration if carried out as a shared planning with citizenship.
Our projects till nowadays were able to involve also elderly people and youth making them feel active and important parts of the community.
Connecting Nature is a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Innovation Action Program. It has the aim to position Europe as a global leader in the innovation and implementation of nature based solutions. We had the chance to facilitate via live scribing the interaction with the public to present the project also in Pordenone in April 2022. We were hosted at the Mobile Green Living Room, a showcase displaying how biodiverse greening options can tackle multiple urban challenges. This showcase travelled from city to city and each one used this opportunity to achieve different goals in connection with local actions.
Support Sustainable Tourism, urban REgeneration and Arts promotion in Mountain areas - ITAT 2024
UBIK ART was partner in S.T.RE.A.M. Interreg which aimed at sustainable and inclusive development of cross-border regions, enhancing sites of cultural interest and creating innovative products that increase the usability of cultural heritage and its potential in terms of tourist attractiveness.
The project involved: Municipality of Sarmede, Municipality of Tramonti di Sotto, Fondazione Centro Studi Tiziano e Cadore, Regional Management Karnten:mitte, UNPLI Treviso Provincial Committee and Kulturinitiative Gmund.
Project financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V-A Italy-Austria Cooperation Program 2014-2020
Dordolla, a village of 50 souls, recently became well known as a model of degrowth, resilience, art, sustainable agriculture and slow tourism. One of the promoters is Kaspar Nickles, the 45-year-old who, together with his wife Marina, manages Tiere Viere - AgriKulturAlpina, an avant-garde company in the agritourism sector, also awarded by Legambiente for the action of protection and revitalization of the naturalistic and architectural contests (e.g. the disused buildings have now become cozy apartments). His dynamism has led other people to implement similar actions, triggering a virtuous circle that revitalized the entire area.
“You got to be serious, but you don’t have to say it nor even seem it”― Pier Paolo Pasolini
This artistical and musical project - recorded at Artesuono (Udine) and TheBubble (Berlin), mixed at TheBubble (Berlin), mastered at Trixx Tonstudio (Berlin) - was inspired both by Pasolini’s lyrics and movie dialogues and his interviews from the ‘60s and ‘70s and it’s trying to bring his message also via pop music. This album was performed live in Casarsa and Sacile in 2022 thanks to Fondazione Friuli.
“What is the most important thing you could be working on in the world right now? …And if you’re not working on that, why aren’t you?”― Aaron Swartz
For two years, before Covid 19 pandemia, we shared our head office with some citizens who were seeking for cultural inputs, and since they couldn’t find any, they decided to bring by themselves in town what they were needing. They were able to organize concerts, screenings, conferences and courses only by crowdfunding their initiatives as Swartz Studio collective. It was a very fertile season that lead others to do the same in other places, such as Il ballo della scrivania in Pordenone, which later became B-The Bunker a place for indie/d.i.y. arts.