WORKSHOP | The Alternative Atelier – Driant Zeneli

Recontemporary / Salotto

19 June — 23 June 2023

11-14 years old students

19 June, 10am-1pm: start of laboratory activities
20 June, 10am-1pm: laboratory activities
21 June, 10am-1pm3: laboratory activities
22 June, 10am-1pm: laboratory activities
23 June, 4-6.30pm: end of the workshop and exposure of the project to the public and parents

100 €/a student inclusive of insurance and materials.
Free and free access is guaranteed for people with disabilities and their companions.


The workshop is organized in collaboration with FabLab Torino and Arduino.

In today’s world, due to the continuous stimuli provided by technology, it becomes increasingly difficult for the new generations to imagine, build stories and develop manual skills.

Art can be a tool capable of reawakening the ability to create in children: it can become a powerful means of stimulating the mind to develop storytelling processes, to make them concrete in a practical way and can encourage the development of collaborative and proactive human relationships .

The workshop hosted by the Recontemporary, entitled The Alternative Atelier, was conceived by Driant Zeneli and Eni Dare Zeneli, combining pedagogical studies and art.

It is mainly based on two elements: the environment and ecology.
Starting from the direct dialogue with a biologist and a robotics expert, the artist Driant Zeneli works with the participants of the workshop on the conception and creation of robot and fantastic animals.

Using the practice of storytelling, the robot character is created, defining its characteristics. The second step is the graphic representation through drawings and preparatory sketches, on the basis of which a first prototype made of plasticine is modeled. Finally, we move on to the technical realization using recycled materials. The laboratory encourages environmental sustainability through the practice of recycling materials, such as plastic and papier-mâché, which will be the basis for the creation of the animals.

Among the objectives of Recontemporary there has always been the intention to develop critical skills in the younger generations through an analysis of the contemporary in all its forms.
The decision to carry out this workshop was born with the desire to help young people know how to read images, interpret narrative processes and reflect more broadly on contemporary information methods, learning to distinguish reality from fake news.

Recontemporary has always been attentive to sustainability, recycling and reuse of materials. For this reason, it was decided to use used plastics and recycled materials throughout the duration of the workshop.

We try to host interactive, immersive and contemporary workshops with the aim of developing:

• History of contemporary art
• Analysis of multimedia languages
• Understanding of the means and technologies used
• Development of artistic skills and creativity
• Raising awareness of the art world
• Image education
• Raising awareness of the environment and ecology

• Comparison and relationship
• Autonomy in work
• Ability to work in a team
• Critical skills development
• Learn to develop design vision

Recontemporary will provide the necessary resources to carry out the activities, the staff will ensure their presence for supervision during the course of the laboratory.

Author biography

Born in 1983 in Shkoder, Albania, he currently lives between Milan and Tirana. Driant Zeneli’s works challenge physical and intellectual limits by staging ironic and dreamlike situations, sometimes absurd. His latest research has a performative approach – involving both himself and others – through a process that senses time, identifies with dreams, plays with reason and at the same time finds a response from the entire audience. At the heart of Zeneli’s performative works, as well as in other projects that use a media narrative, there is the redefinition of the idea of ​​failure, utopia and dream, considered elements capable of opening up possible alternatives. In 2011 he represented Albania at the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 2008 he won the Onofri International Prize for Contemporary Art in Tirana and in 2009 the Trieste Contemporary Prize for a young European artist. His exhibitions have taken place at: 58th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale, 2019; Prometheus Gallery, 2019; GAMEC – Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bergamo, 2019; Passerelle Center d’Art Contemporain, Brest, 2018; Mostyn Gallery, Wales, UK, 2017; MuCEM, Marseilles, 2016; Academie de France in Rome, 2016; Center Pompidou, Paris, 2016; Prometeogallery by Ida Pisani in Milan (2015; 2010); IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo in Chile (2015); Viafarini in Milan (2014); GAM, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Turin (2013); White House Biennale in Athens (2013); KCCC, Klaipeda in Lithuania (2013); ZKM in Karlsruhe (2012); MUSAC in Castilla León, Spain (2012); TICA in Tirana (2012); Fifth Prague Biennial (2011); 98 weeks Project Space in Beirut (2011); Trongate 103 in Glasgow (2011); National Gallery of Kosove in Pristina (2010); Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art in Genoa (2009); Studio Tommaseo in Trieste (2009); National Gallery of Tirana (2008).
In 2017 he was appointed artistic director of the Biennale of young artists MEDITERRANEA 18 in Tirana.