October 31, 2010

The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)

For the sixth event, AND AND AND* has invited the Italian artist collective composed of Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese and Cesare Pietroiusti. For the AND AND AND series, the artists - in collaboration with Luigi Presicce - propose to turn the November 2 traditional celebration of the Dead, into a new holiday: 'La Festa dei Vivi (che riflettono sulla more)', 'The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)'. For this celebration, the artists want to invite those who are interested to be part of a pilgrimage, probably the shortest and slowest in the world, that will depart from its destination (rather than arriving to it), Lu Cafausu in San Cesario di Lecce.

Lu Cafausu is a mysterious small building, an architectural remnant that the artists have elected as a source of metaphors and narratives. It is 'an imaginary place that really exists' around which the presence of death is floating. Any day, the small building can in fact be demolished to accommodate more parking space for cars, or can also fall apart due to its precariousness. It could also be turned and frozen into a monument. Because of this feeling of the presence of death, Lu Cafausu is an ideal place for a new celebration. 'La Festa dei Vivi' is for those who, in order to give sense to life, reflect upon death; their own, 'first and foremost.'

Time: Tuesday November 2, 2010 - 10 am
Country: Italy
City: San Cesario di Lecce
Location: 40°18'1"N 18°9'43"E
Address: via C.F. Barbieri, 52

www.lucafausu.tk | www.documenta.de

*AND AND AND is an artist run initiative, which will use the time between now and dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012 to consider with individuals and groups across the world the role art and culture can play today and the constituent publics or communities, which could be addressed. The series of interventions, situations, and occurrences entitled AND AND AND are part of dOCUMENTA (13) and will compose a map of emergent positions, concerns, and possible points of solidarity.


October 21, 2010


In spite of the dictionary definition of Barbarism, "lack of culture and civilization", I like to think of this term as a neologism that arises in pursuit of a certain "bar" aesthetic, namely of those places that, by nature, are offered as spaces of everyday survival, socializing, connections, even reflection and study (in the cafes of Central Europe). Precisely the opposite of a lack of civilization and culture. At times I have decided to do a performance, at exhibitions where I’d been invited to participate, of my Bar Bello, an economical, portable bar that functions as a catalyst for contacts, a space of relaxing communication.

In this case I have decided to show a collection of images of bars somewhat cut off from time. Some are too big, others a big chaotic, undisciplined, certainly anti-functional, in which objects or persons seem to magnetically arrange themselves, according to mysterious designs. Barbarisms, we might call them.

at Club21, London

CLUB 21 – Remaking the scene

Experimental artists from around the world will come together to reinvent the art-club scene in Club 21: Remaking the Scene at One Marylebone, London, October 13-23. The venue will become an exciting non-commercial centre of creativity with free entry on the fringes of the Frieze Art Fair. Club 21 will be a crucible of works in progress, where sound art and performance are presented alongside installations, inviting interaction between artists and audience.

It was the widely perceived lack of a “scene” today that prompted the curator Oxana Maleeva (Art Apart), in partnership with gallerist Natasha Akhmerova (Barbarian Art Gallery), to conceive Club 21 – Remaking the Scene. Sound and performance will be developed by one of the protagonists of the New York underground scene in the 1980s, the internationally renowned musician and sound artist Steve Piccolo, co-founder of the Lounge Lizards. The project has been organised with Mudam Museum of Luxembourg and Victoria – the Art of Being Contemporary foundation (Moscow).

At One Marylebone the scene will be set as soon as visitors walk through the door into what looks like a vintage nightclub lobby, reminiscent of art scenes such as New York in the 1980s, Perestroika-era Russia, and the English and California punk scenes and artist-run occupied spaces in Milan. The main hall will be the backdrop for sound events and performances, as well as large sculptures and installations. Sound art curator Steve Piccolo has invited a number of outstanding composers and sound experimenters to contribute recorded pieces that play with the idea of the “conversation”.

The artists of A Constructed World will invite people to contribute to a paper room with drawings and texts; Evgeny Yufit will present performances based on those of the experimental NecroRealists during the Perestroika era in St Petersburg; the Italo-Russian artist Marc Vincent Kalinka will pose as a security guard outside One Marylebone in a live performance of his original video Still (Nothing).

The list of participating artists includes Jota Castro, Roberto Cuoghi, Bert Theis, Adrian Paci, Steve Piccolo, Kawarga Dmitriy, A Constructed World, Ramuntcho Matta, James Nares, Amos Poe, Alexander Ponomarev, Marc Vincent Kalinka, Stephen Torton, Piotr Belyi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Mariette Schiltz, Evgeny Yufit, Giancarlo Norese, Edo Bertoglio, Stina Fisch and Steve C. Harvey, Filip Markiewicz, Luca Pancrazzi, and Klara Palotai.

CLUB 21: Remaking The Scene
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