TOUCHLESS (2014)

Just a few days at the end of the fundraising campaign for the project “About Equality.” It is an expensive project, and this time we decided to integrate crowdfunding to the usual self-production practice. The units start at $ 10 (€ 7). With large shares you can receive some exclusive. We invite you to contribute and share the link. You will be mentioned in all project communication as “supporters.” So support us! Thank you!https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dell-uguaglianza-about-equality

Just a few days at the end of the fundraising campaign for the project “About Equality.” It is an expensive project, and this time we decided to integrate crowdfunding to the usual self-production practice. The units start at $ 10 (€ 7). With large shares you can receive some exclusive. We invite you to contribute and share the link. You will be mentioned in all project communication as “supporters.” So support us! Thank you!
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dell-uguaglianza-about-equality

PUBLIC ART SCREENS From April 2 to April 30 2014, i / o / lab - Center of Future Arts in Stavanger, Norway, will show a selection of my latest videos. The exhibition, which includes “White Noise”, “Fair and Lost,” “Liszt”, “wombs” and “PIG # 1”, is curated by Hege Tapio, founder of i / o / lab - Center of Future Arts and director of Article Biennale, promoting electronic arts in Norway since 2001.Public Art Screens presents contemporary video art and animation. The Public Art Screens are custom made to public and private rooms, terminals, schools, foyers and meeting areas. Public Art Screens creates a new venue for people to experience art directly in public space.http://www.publicscreens.no/index.php?option=com_publicscreens&view=artist&id=207&lang=en

PUBLIC ART SCREENS 

From April 2 to April 30 2014, i / o / lab - Center of Future Arts in Stavanger, Norway, will show a selection of my latest videos. The exhibition, which includes “White Noise”, “Fair and Lost,” “Liszt”, “wombs” and “PIG # 1”, is curated by Hege Tapio, founder of i / o / lab - Center of Future Arts and director of Article Biennale, promoting electronic arts in Norway since 2001.

Public Art Screens presents contemporary video art and animation. The Public Art Screens are custom made to public and private rooms, terminals, schools, foyers and meeting areas. Public Art Screens creates a new venue for people to experience art directly in public space.

http://www.publicscreens.no/index.php?option=com_publicscreens&view=artist&id=207&lang=en

Performing in Kolkata, India, for “Ghosts of Shakespeare” Performance Art Festival

From April 22 to May 5 2014, I will be in Kolkata, India, with my interactive performance The Shadow, invited by the Festival Ghosts of Shakespeare, organized by The Arshinagar Project.

Ghosts of Shakespeare is an annual festival that is meant to confront the world of Shakespeare from the vantage of Indian performance idioms and aesthetics, as well as contemporary subjectivities and lived experience. It is meant to exist, both physically and metaphorically, in marginal spaces. This means that it intends to explore non-traditional venues, including open and public spaces, as well as reach out to genres other than traditional theatre, such as dance, performance art, street theatre and other forms of theatre activism, and genres which defy any easy categorization. It looks at Shakespeare not as an icon of elitism, but a living talisman of protest and humanistic articulation, and hence embraces artistic actions that articulate disturbing and perhaps unpopular truths about the world and times we inhabit.

THE SHADOW (2010)
"To be, or not to be" The question is made by remixing the words of Sir Laurence Olivier in his Hamlet. The question is always the same, eternal, but here gains new meaning. Being or not being here means to decide to exist in the real or virtual.
In the performance the most vulgar tools at the base of interaction design and digital entertainment are incorporated within a traditional aesthetic vision that gives them absolutely new and unifying meaning.

Technically the performance was designed to use a webcam connected to a real-time software that tracks my movements by associating them with sounds and turning my body into a synthesizer. At the same time my image, projected live on screen behind me, interacts with 3D graphics in order to obtain a kind of augmented reality. The concept behind the performance is the desire of melting togheter two very distant languages: Shakespeare and a video game. So, the onanism of playstation becomes public spectacle, while the aesthetics of ritual theater decomposes in the psychedelia of a videogame.

http://www.gamescenes.org/2011/01/game-art-francesca-finis-the-shadow-2010.html

The Italian Art magazine Inside Art just published a nice article about the project "Dell’Uguaglianza / About Equality". Check it out!

http://www.insideart.eu/2014/03/17/laquila-o-delluguaglianza/

The Italian Art magazine Inside Art just published a nice article about the project "Dell’Uguaglianza / About Equality". Check it out!

http://www.insideart.eu/2014/03/17/laquila-o-delluguaglianza/

NEW PERFORMANCE ART PROJECT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

About Equality
by Francesca Fini, Pelin Santilli and Daniele Sirotti

Script and direction: Francesca Fini
"Flow" sculpture design by Francesca Fini, engineering by Fabio Notarantonio and Alessandro Ferretti.
Scenography: Pelin Santilli
Costumes: ARTTIRE
Narrator: Daniele Sirotti
Duration: 60 minutes
Premiere: July 2014, Italy

The Project

Dell’Uguaglianza / About Equality is a 60-minute new performance art project that will premiere in Italy in July 2014. The work combines and integrates experimental theatre, visual arts, interactive design technology and video art, according to the concept of an all-embracing art form or total artwork (Gesamtkunstwerk).

The concept of total artwork is the cornerstone of our collective Pig Art (www.pig-art.com), which proposes experimental formats between the visual arts, live art, new media, live cinema and theatre: an endless contamination of languages and genres, suggestions and prerogatives.

The idea for this new performance Dell’Uguaglianza / About Equality came from the discovery of a book. The book was a very old copy of The “Me-ti”, by Bertolt Brecht, that Pelin Santilli, the painter of the crew, found after the terrible earthquake that in 2009 destroyed his hometown, the Italian historical city of L’Aquila.
The idea of the performance originates - as in a fairy tale - from the mysterious finding of this book, while the narration and visual structure is inspired by the devastated landscapes of this incredible city and by the courage of its inhabitants.
We are planning to premiere the performance in Aquila itself, next July 2014.

We launched this campaign to cover the costs for the production of the performance and for the video documentation of the premiere. In return for supporting this project you will receive some interesting rewards, including signed limited edition DVDs of the video of the performance and original drawings and paintings.

The “Me-ti”

The “Me-ti” was composed by Brecht between 1934 and 1937 and has very little to do with his works for the theatre. It is in fact an irreverent political metaphor composed in the style of the famous “Red Book” written by Mao Tse-Tung and inhabited - or haunted - by a series of characters with exotic names that conceal iconic figures of European culture and politics of those times - and perhaps of all time. And so we find that Engels is the Master Eh-fu, that Hegel is the Master Hu-jeh, Marx is Ka-meh, Lenin is Mi-en-leh, Anatole France is Fan-tse, and that Brecht himself hides under the name of Kin-jeh.

The “Me-ti” is a little gem of a book that evokes upheavals, reversals, and sudden changes, in turbulent movements concerning the eternal debate regarding the governing of Humanity, Society and Morals; during an historical period characterized by high hopes and ferments. At the same time the narrative is pleasantly abstract and unfolds in a linear fashion propped on small paintings that depart philosophically from the miserable details of human existence in order to obtain the highest universal principles.

“There are few occupations”, said Me-ti, which may damage the morals of a man as much as dealing with morality. I hear people say: You have to love the truth; we must keep our promises, you have to fight for good. But the trees do not say: You have to be green, you have to drop the fruit vertically to the ground, you have to rustle the leaves when the wind passes.”

It is a book full of irony that seems to make a mockery of the Culture and Society of the last century by means of a political metaphor in which no reference is purely coincidental, but which - amazingly - seems to talk to you about what happened at lunchtime today. It is an eternal book that moves you from one part of History to another as if you were on a raft, but lets you glimpse between the waves the light of a lighthouse tremendously close.

"There are many ways to kill. You can slip a knife into his belly, you can take away his bread, not cure a disease, give him an uninhabitable home, kill him with work, push him to suicide, send him to war. Only a few of these ways are prohibited by our State."

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Please contribute to the crowdfunding campaign of this new performance art project and - most important - spread the world!
Click here to go to Indiegogo campaign!

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The Ghost Town

Pelin Santilli is from L’Aquila. Perhaps it is no coincidence that it was he who pulled out the “Me- ti”. A lost book that suddenly reappeared, “When I rearranged my things after the earthquake.” What today seems essential to all three of us, in a book “sprung” from the earthquake, is to strive to offer our performance in this city abandoned by God. For two days we walked around in the rubble of the old town, listening to the echo of our footsteps in squares and streets that before “were always full of people.” 

A ghost town abandoned even by the dogs and where time had stopped. A city with the doors wide open, the windows smashed, a mattress resting on a coffin in the old funeral home, newspapers on the ground reporting that fateful date when people ran away that night and never came back. A city still prey to the jackals, with unique forms of life prowling at night, all held together by a forest of scaffolding. “They’ve all gone away  especially young people and those who were responsible for culture; it would be nice to get back and do something here.”

The Sculpture

The fulcrum of the performance will be “Flow”, a dress/sculpture that consists of a modular exo-skeleton and elastic fabric. The modular web serves to divide the spherical volume into smaller flat surfaces to be video-mapped, while at the same time giving the performer, enclosed within, a kind of large and schematic “keyboard” where each diamond of the structure is a sensitive area that can be activated with a simple infrared light. From a perceptual point of view, the structure was designed specifically to evoke the scaffolding and dense web of support that still fills the historic center, a shell that imprisons and at the same time protects, hides and reveals, thanks to a game of intricate shadow puppetry and interactive projections.

A mysterious and chameleon cloak is characterized by a continuous dialogue between inside and outside, light and shadow. An anthropocentric sculpture changes color, shape and size, in its dual analog and digital nature, because it consists of a system of mechanical prostheses and video mapping

The dress/sculpture “Flow” in the center of the scene becomes the heart of the performance and at the same time its essential portable scenography. On its lively and changing mechanical surfaces will be projected dreamlike images inspired by the text, in a continuous play of references from History to the present time, thanks to the magical lowbrow Art by Pelin Santilli and the surrealistic videos and performance by Francesca Fini.

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The Movie

The entire performance will be documented by a crew of professional filmmakers, directed by new media artist Francesca Fini. The crew will also film all the backstage and many original scenes that will be set in stunning natural surroundings. All the material will be used to produce an art movie that will be printed on limited edition DVDs (available among the rewards provided). If you want to see more of Francesca Fini’s video work, please visit her Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/francescafini70/videos.

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Please contribute to the crowdfunding campaign of this new performance art project and - most important - spread the world!
Click here to go to Indiegogo campaign!

 

LO SGUARDO SOSPESO CA’ FOSCARI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, VENEZIAvideoart showcase curated by Elisabetta Di Sopra 

LO SGUARDO SOSPESO 
CA’ FOSCARI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, VENEZIA
videoart showcase curated by Elisabetta Di Sopra 

Reportage from the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition @ Georgia Tech Atlanta

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