About the foundation

Trasformatorio is a FOUNDATION

The Stichting Trasformatorio, a not-for-profit foundation established in the Nederlands in 2020 to associate all the participants of Trasformatorio and house their past and future projects. It is the body that will produce the LAB and participate to financing projects by applying to calls and tenders. Is in the scope of the foundation to select, write, produce and disseminate tangible results and past field work of trasformatorio.

The foundation is responsible to keep together the archive of projects and communicate about the activities of the lab, of the members and other relevant bodies involved in her activities.

The Board of the foundation is responsible by law of the correctness, coherence and ethical validation of the activities as stated by the law of the netherlands were the foundation has been incorporated.

Our board is composed by: Prof. Avv. Chiara Dona’ Delle Rose (Venice and Palermo), DR. Walther Haaswijk (Amsterdam), Prof. Marco Pasi (UVA, Amsterdam), Prof. Haytam Nawaar (AUC, Cairo), Dott. Ing. Raffaella Rovida (Copenhagen).

Trasformatorio is a NETWORK

Composed by the trasformatorio LAB participants, the institutions we partner with, the board and the active members of the LAB. We look for partnerships and offer a fair share of resources in a transparent way.

Trasformatorio is a LAB:

  • that sets up an international learning community in an area for a temporary art project
  • that fosters the production of site specific arts
  • that opens to a growing network of systems and people that whats a different type of technology that makes again nature and human care one of each other
  • that experiments different practices and cross pollinating strategies between the land, the people, the arts and the larger world

The LAB is temporary, sets himself very lightly in a space, produces artworks, research and collaboration between artists, hackers, designers, scientists and the civil society

The LAB always closes with a performance participated by artists, the inhabitants and the visiting audience.

Our methodology is inspired by performance, post-dramatic theater, agile development, permaculture, visual arts and contemporary participatory design practices.

The LAB participates in projects that aim to develop remote areas, innovate arts and science alike favoring the informed exchange between multiple languages and involving all stakeholders; restore community and environment together and form operators for common oriented projects.

How do we work

We think that art is about transformation

We think the future has to be designed by everyone through active imagination

Such process should transform exclusion into inclusion, remote areas into restorative ones, exploitation into cooperation, tourism into collaborative caring for the environment and the heritage, work into active cooperation and scale economy into a multitude of resilient and sustainable actions toward the common goods.

We do believe in imagination, and as such we use and adapt available technology to showcase, co-design and invent new tools for innovative practices.

We design, equip and realize situations were transformation can happen

We collect tactics from art, science, design practices and perform the transformations we find possible, leaving behind mutual knowledge, new bonds, stories for more positive narratives that are apt to create a nucleus for further actions of community building and social growth.

If you want to know more download the white paper “The Trasformatorio methodology”

Some Projects

Since 2013 we have developed together instruments for creation and growth of communities with technological, environemental and societal objectives:

  • Le Grand Jeu (www.legrandjeu.net), a open game that on boards to the principles of circular economy, complementary currency and imaginative resilience. Battle tested in EU project PIE-NEWS/Commonfare (www.commonfare.net)
  • Radio Antidoto (www.radioantidoto.org), a free streaming/FM radio format for community radio as an experience of community growing in time of COVID-19
  • Human Centric Bootcamp an imaginative lean cycle of boot camps were human centric values can be the focus of growing new form of enterprises in tech. This has been developed within the H2020 project LEDGER (ledgerproject.eu for NGI-Ledger)
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Relevant Projects

Huge thank you to all participants to our activities, is you that made them worth!

Le Grand Jeu Game

Le Grand Jeu

Is a future-thinking game that allows to set a situation where different conditions are simulated and concepts emerge from doing where players are peers and all languages intermix and stories do emerge

Le Grand Jeu is the name of a open source table game designed in May-July 2016 by an expert group in a 4 days workshop, held in Milan 10-14 July 2016.

Go To Site Medium Paper

Ledger Project


In 2018 our core team designed and produced the bootcamps and the Human Centric program for NGI-LEDGER H2020 Program

Go to Site Video

Trasformatorio Community Site

Trasformatorio Lab

Since 2013 we planned, developed and extended a wide variety of projects that were denominated "trasformatorio Lab". An everchanging community of practicioners, artists, permaculturist and activist merged with common citizens in local communities and remote areas.

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Radio Antidoto Community Site

Radio Antidoto

Unexpectedly when COVID-19 hit Europe we were pushed to re invent participatory community through radio. THe web site is a hub for a thriving community of radio makers and experiemntal radio related arts. Check it out!

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The Board

Chiara Dona' Dalle Rose

Chiara Dona' Dalle Rose

Lawyer, curator, patron, artist herself and patroness of the arts, she founded and directs BIAS, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the religions of humanity. Venetian, she studied in France and Italy. She is the president of WISH, World International Sicilian Heritage, a foundation active in the protection of the artistic and architectural heritage of Sicily and southern Italy, President of the Donà dalle Rose Foundation with the same name with six hundred years of patronage and good governance in the Serenissima Republic of Venice. She has been a lecturer at the II level Masters in law and art at Sapienza and at the San Raffaele University in Rome. He often collaborates with the Venice Biennale as Project Legal manager and curator of official National pavilions in art editions.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Faculty of Architecture of Venice IUAV and collaborates with the Polytechnic of Turin for which he conceived the recovery project of the municipality of Salemi and numerous other recovery projects and social incursion in Italy and the Middle East.

In addition to international and community law, she specializes in environmental and biodiversity law, landscape protection and cultural heritage in the promotion of visual arts, architecture and interdisciplinary projects. Assiduous frequenter of cenacles of architecture and art, tireless in her civic and professional support for the enhancement of culture, she recently obtained the Green Urbanism Specialization Master at the Italian Design Institute in Milan.


Walther Haaswijk

Walther Haaswijk

Walther Haaswijk was born and raised in Suriname. He was trained in the Netherlands as a tax lawyer at the University of Amsterdam. He also has a great deal of knowledge in the field of administrative law, labor law and social security law. He has worked as a lawyer for a number of large clients such as the municipality of Amsterdam, the UWV, the Dutch Healthcare Authority.

Since 1997 he has had his own practice as a tax advisor and mentor for independent entrepreneurs. He has a lot of experience in negotiating for clients with the tax authorities and the UWV. He lives and works in Amsterdam but carries out assignments throughout the Netherlands.

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Federico Bonelli


Federico Bonelli

Federico is an independent researcher and an artist. Has a university degree in philosophy of science, has studied history of mathematics and arts. Lives in the netherlands since 2002

Is an explorer of aesthetic forms and an empirical researcher. His artistic background has prematurely met technological applications and information technology, open source and in the daily practice of the original hacking culture.

In his art related activities we count an important experiment in generative digital painting, lighting and installation, non linear storytelling, formats for mixed media and performance.

Bonelli sees his production as "a poetic of transformation", an expression of time and the philosophical unity of the whole. His methodology of Trasformation and laboratory practice found fields of application in the ideation and exploration for technologies of social innovation.

Participated as researcher and coordinator for dyne.org in EU founded projects DECODE, PIE/COMMONFARE and LEDGER.

Since 2012 directs the international site-specific laboratory "Trasformatorio" he has founded and is the actual foundation director.

Raffaella Rovida

Raffaella Rovida

Raffaella has a background in engineering and a PhD in Sustainability and land management. 15+ yrs of experience in European funding and project management. Leader of the research department of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design for the last 4 yrs she is now moving to Panama looking for the next adventure.

She got involved with Trasformatorio in the co-design of Le Grand Jeu bringing her angle on circular economy and she keeps on collaborating with the foundation delivering expertise in European funding, project management and sustainability issues.

Raffaella Rovida Website

Marco Pasi

Marco Pasi

Associate Professor in History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents

University of Amsterdam

Marco Pasi is an Associate Professor in History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents. He holds a Laurea degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan, and a DEA and a PhD in Religious Studies from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris). He Has focused his research on the relationship between modern esotericism and politics, esotericism and modern art, the history of the idea of magic, and on methodological issues related to the study of western esotericism. He is the editor in chief of the Aries Book Series (Brill), board member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), co-chair of the Western Esotericism Group at the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Since 2014 he is the General Secretary of the European Association for the Study of Religions (Easr).

He is the author of Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (Acumen Publishing), Kabbalah and Modernity: Interpretation, Transformations, Adaptations, edited by Boaz Huss, Marco Pasi, and Kocku von Stuckrad, and Peintures Inconnues d'Aleister Crowley (La Collection de Palermo , Milan, Archè, 2008).

University of Amsterdam

Haytham Nawar

Haytham Nawar

Haytham Nawar is a practicing artist and designer, as well as a scholar in the fields of art and design.

Nawar’s extensive experience spans continents as he worked at the Ionian Centre for Art and Culture in Kefalonia, Greece, and taught at the School of Design in Hong Kong, in the Department of Communication Design, Polytechnic University. In 2014, he pursued his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Design at the American University in Cairo (AUC) before holding the post of Chair of the Department of the Arts at AUC since 2019.

Nawar is a two-time Fulbright Grantee. He was a Fulbright Visiting Artist at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, USA, in the academic year 2011-2012. Later, in the academic year 2017-2018, he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar conducting post-doctorate research at the ArtSci Center of UCLA, LA, USA.

Nawar is the founding director of Cairotronica, Cairo International Electronic and New Media Arts Festival, Egypt. Cairotronica is a biannual festival that takes place in Cairo since 2016.



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