Live Arts Week VI in Bologna




Maria Hassabi (Cipro/USA) · Alexandra Bachzetsis (CH) · Mette Edvardsen (N/B) · Lorenzo Senni (I) Anastasia Ax/C. Spencer Yeh (S/USA/Taiwan) · Dana Michel (CAN) · Ulrich Krieger (D/USA) Valerio Tricoli (I/D) · Antonija Livingstone/Claudia Hill (CAN/D) Nico Vascellari (I) · Prurient (USA) · Cristina Kristal Rizzo (I) · Silvia Costa (I) Mattin/Miguel Prado (Basque Country/E/GB) feat. Margherita Morgantin/Martina Raponi (I/GB) Olivier Kosta-Thèfaine (F) · Ashes Withyman Moore (CAN) · Nicolàs Lamas (Peru/B) · and more

The sixth edition of Live Arts Week, presented by Xing in Bologna, begins today with a series of events taking place in various locations around the city.
Amongst these is Norwegian artist and performer Mette Edvardsen’s on-going project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine, where the artist bringsbrings her living books to Bologna. The project, inspired by Fahrheneit 451, involved a number of people who were asked to memorize a book to make it publicly available. Born in 2010, this work has developed through various international stages, including Bologna, as part of the Live Arts Week III. Now, after years of learning and memory recall, the library of living books is coming back to paper, with a publishing house founded by the artist.  As an ongoing durational activity during the opening of Live Arts Week, at P420 art gallery Edvardsen will be writing down from memory the book she has learned by heart. While at LocaleDue there will be the printed editions from the re-writing on display together with other materials from this process of reading and writing.

Whilst, Milan-based composer and multidisciplinary artist Lorenzo Senni will present the sound perforance P3200 as an opening for the sixth edition of Live Arts Week at Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Senni who has gained widespread acclaim for his distinctive deconstructivist approach that distils the unexpected quintessence from 90s trance music returns to Bologna with a concert which embraces, and thus retraces, the presets created for the realisation of the tracks published on his records: sequences, patterns and melodies programmed to give life to different sound objects.

Live Arts Week VI will be spread across a variety of different spaces and will reactivate the Ex GAM art space for an intense performative marathon, paying homage to the seminal Settimana Internazionale della Performance, which took place in the very same venue, the historic Bologna Gallery of Modern Art, in 1977.

Running from the 26th until 29th of April, Live Arts Week VI will consist of four days differentiated by character and rhythm: an opening scattered across different galleries, non-profit spaces and the Teatro Comunale, and three daily appointments which will restore to the public – albeit for only a brief period – the spaces of the Ex GAM.

The 2017 program is marked by a range of artists’ impressions: light to forceful, dense to diffused, individual and collective. A selection of live performances which represent a multiplicity of actions, introducing us to the variegated panorama of the performativity of today, a whirlwind experience that leaves the spectator truly stunned.

This event dedicated to live arts, hosts a blend of new productions that revolve around the presence, performance and perceptual experience of sounds and visions, with a program that offers a calendar of live works (performances, environments, concerts, expanded cinema with unique dates, productions and previews) presented by important personalities in the international and contemporary research scene.

Gianni Peng, a name that will accompany the festival in its organic growth, indicates the time of these transitions. It is a phenomenon, not a person: a new identity, unlikely but real, to be treated as an abstract concept.


Ex GAM Piazza Costituzione 3
Teatro Comunale di Bologna Largo Respighi 1
P420 Via Azzo Gardino 9
LOCALEDUE Via Azzo Gardino 12/c
CAR DRDE Via Azzo Gardino 14/a
Tripla Via Indipendenza 71/f

For the full program to Live Arts Week, click here.