Live Arts Week VII

Julian Weber, HighWay, P420
Courtesy LiveArtsWeek


Xing hosted the seventh edition of Live Arts Week, which has taken place in Bologna from the 18th to the 21st April 2018. Live Arts Week VII returned to the spaces of the Ex GAM, the former historic Gallery of Modern Art in Bologna, the central hub of this new Performance Week which also involved an ever-widening group of spaces, organizations and institutions active in the field of contemporary arts. The 2018 program was shaped on volumes of varying density and character, playing on different gradients and conditions of experience. An intense aesthetic and ecstatic crossing, a liberating flight from and of the body, following an artistic research that moved between obstinacy and displacement. Unique in Italy, this event dedicated to live arts, has hosted a blend of new productions, revolving around the presence, performance and perceptual experience of sounds and visions, with a program that included performances, environments, concerts, expanded cinema with unique dates, productions and previews presented by important personalities in the international and contemporary research scene.


NO-PA PA-ON, Luciano Maggiore and Louie Rice, Unrewarding task based actions
LOCALEDUE, CAR DRDE, Courtesy LiveArtsWeek


Gianni Peng, a name that accompanied the festival in its organic growth, indicated 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. In the field of potential opened up by Live Arts Week 2018, Krõõt Juurak’s Bad Mood, a performative condition permeated the staff of MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, to Goodiepal & Pals who transformed the Le Corbusier’s Esprit Nouveau pavilion into a living museum, a magic crypt—the crypt of the fading composer—where he presented the most esoteric sound art in between live concerts and other daily actions. NO-PA PA-ON, the radical project by Luciano Maggiore and Louie Rice was re-combining material of Fluxus origins, expanded concretism and minimalist behaviourism in Unrewarding task based actions. Mette Edvardsen, explorer of performative practices, presented oslo, a performance on language and its topological characteristics, between presence and absence, enunciation and memory. Antonia Baehr and Latifa Laabissi in Consul & Meshie have deconstructed and disturbed the codes of dance, with an anthropological, cross-gender and queer approach. Paolo Bufalini and Filippo Cecconi, founders of the TRIPLA artist-run-space, performed the nature of the exhibition space and of the outside/inside relation with the spectator, with Ù. In Orphic Exuberance versus Solar Capitalism. Transambient Cryptolombra, Leandro Nerefuh/Libidiunga Cardoso/Caetano/Cecilia Lisa Elicechesplit their identity among the different roles of artist, anthropologist, political activist and ‘native’ South American, taking avatar form by means of costumes inspired by Brazilian folk tradition.


Leandro Nerefuh, Libidiunga Cardoso, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Caetano
Orphic Exuberance versus Solar Capitalism. Transambient Cryptolombra, at Ex Gam. Courtesy LiveArtsWeek


Mark Fell, versatile artist, champion of the English musical activism of the new millennium and a leading figure in the field of algorithm-based music, presented an original performative environment interpreted by Justin F. Kennedy, and performed his new composition INTRA, with the Drumming percussion quartet. Julian Weber presented HighWay, a restless living sculpture, in which bodies are transformed in the collision with space. For Liliana Moro’s Buongiorno, sounds, words, object and performance composed a world in which a crude reality takes the stage, through reduction to the essential. Rodrigo Sobarzo, with A P N E A, involves the audience in a visual and audial introspection, depriving the human of its central place in performance art. The explosive dance of David Wampach’s ENDO hides an intricate web of cultural references that narrate the difficult relation between body and expression in the techno-society of control. Rian Treanor re-imagined the intersection of computer music and experimental art, presenting a series of interludes from an insightful musical world of fractured and interlocking components. The digital work of Marxist-millennial Hannah Sawtell is haunted by a uniquely 21st century sort of loneliness; this multidisciplinary artist presented COMMONEXTRACT, a cascade of techno-not-techno granules of sound and light.


Mark Fell and Justin Kennedy, Parallelling vuota
Courtesy LiveArtsWeek


Live Arts Week was conceived and created by Xing, a cultural organization based in Bologna, with the purpose of planning, supporting and promoting products and events characterized by an interdisciplinary approach toward the issues of contemporary culture.