©  Julie Bena

Julie Bena © Olivia Fougeirol

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@ Skillbuilding, 28th – 29th – 30th July 2014

DRO | Centrale Fies

Si apre oggi – 1 luglio 2014 – la residenza artistica che porterà alla creazione di 9 performance per il premio Live Works – un progetto di Centrale Fies in collaborazione con Viafarini DOCVA, a cura di Barbara Boninsegna, Simone Frangi, Denis Isaia in collaborazione con Daniel Blanga-Gubbay – che si veste per questa seconda edizione dell’espressione “Performance Act Award” a riprendere e a sviluppare quell’idea di azione nella vita su cui la performance si fonda. Il premio per i 9 finalisti è la residenza di produzione a Centrale Fies, nel paesino di Dro e la presentazione all’interno del festival Drodesera.

ATPdiary inizia a presentarvi i finalisti del premio ponendo loro alcune domande: impressioni, feedback e inchieste da   ? Live Works vol. 2. 

//////////\\\\\\\\\\\ Interviste raccolte da Valeria Marchi

Live Works here again. Some questions and answers from the 9 finalists of the award of performance Live Works PERFORMANCE ACT AWARD Vol. 2. The artists will be in residency from 1st to 10th of July at Centrale Fies in Dro (Trento) for producing their works.

The performances produced will be presented during Skillbuilding – 34th edition of the Drodesera Festival of Performing Arts (28th – 29th – 30th July 2014). The finalists presentation sessions will be introduced every day by a guest performance.

Here 9 finalists among 300 candidates:










? Cian Donnelly (b. Dublin, 1974) received a BA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast 1997, an MA in European Fine Art from Winchester School of Art 2001, and completed a Fellowship in Fine Art at The British School at Rome 2007-2008. Recent exhibitions and performances include Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan, Experimentica at Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Wales, Memory Theatre, Vancouver Film School, 2013, Palace of The Biscuit Tin, CCA, Derry, 2012, Kunstfilmtag, Theatersaal des Künstlerverein Malkasten, Dusseldorf, 2012, and Cuntstone and Clown, Five Years, London, 2012.?He has received a number of awards including Bursary Awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, and an AHRC Scholarship for Postgraduate study. www.ciandonnelly.com

? Feiko Beckers is a Dutch visual artist, working with video, performance, installation and text. He graduated from Academie Minerva in Groningen in 2006 and in 2011-2012 he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2013 he was an artist in residence at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. www.feikobeckers.com

? Julie Béna (b. 1982) is an artist based in Paris, France. Julie Béna treats the exhibition space as a playground for her objects, texts, videos, photos and performances. Borrowing from the language of theater, games, and popular culture, Béna’s works interrupt the space of the exhibition and transform the mundane into the dramatic. Béna studied fine arts the Villa Arson in Nice, France.She has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Ricard, la BF15 or la Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec in France, Song Eun Art Space in Seoul, Korea, at Nettie Horn in London, Fonderie Darling in Montréal, during Performa 013, New-York, at Futura, Czech Republic and recently at Fahrenheit Los Angeles where she presented the Act 2 of Have you seen Pantopon Rose?. She was a resident at Le Pavillon at the Palais de Tokyo in 2012-2013. www. juliebena.com

? Jacopo Miliani works mostly with installation, photography and performative art. His investigation deals with a constant questioning of the role of representational systems inside cognitive and experiential process. In some of his works he reuses and modifies old photographs or images from the art world and cinema. His use of images shows a specific distortion and deception towards the practice of the viewer. For his project, he often collaborates with other professional from dance and theatre background. Recently, he has been promoting different workshops, where he shares his methodology of investigation with an active audience in order to discuss the language of performance art. In 2009 he was selected for the residence program at Platform Garanti, Istanbul. He has presented his projects in various exhibition spaces, including: Studio Dabbeni (Lugano), Frutta (Rome), MARCO (Vigo), Montehermoso (Victoria), GAM (Turin) Museo MADRE (Naples), MACRO (Rome), Form Content (London), Galeria Vermelho (San Paolo), Komplot (Bruxelles), Victoria and Albert Museum (London). He is founder and member of the  international collective OuUnPo. www.jacopomiliani.info, http://silverstammer.blogspot.com/

Cian Donnelly

Cian Donnelly

1. “A performative act is a real action that modifies the real.” What is performance and performativity for you? Do you think these concepts have any kind of boundaries or trespassings in the context of contemporary art and in the context of the real world?

? Cian Donnelly: She lifted her wrist and showed me where it was broken?“They put the pins in there” she said, pointing to a hole. She blew on it, making a sound like a flute?“I fell out my back door, right onto a bed of nails I was making”?The car pulls into the drive, the blue clothes basket hisses as we go by?”Just a few things”, a stern voice?”the toasters not working, and you need to dress accordingly. There’s the phone

? Feiko Beckers: When Dutch artist Job Koelewijn was struggling to lift a certain object during one of his performances, his father -who was in the audience- stepped up to help. Clearly embarrassed, Koelewijn told his father: “Daddy, I’m doing a performance!”

? Julie Béna: The definition of performance and the relationship between performer and viewer have evolved enormously since the 1960s. A very interesting text regarding this has just been published in Mousse magazine. This conversation between Marie de Brugerolle, Marie Canet and Catherine Wood stretches the definition of “performance” – what means performance today. Consequently it brings up a new term: the post-performance. The development of our society, economical context and massive information and image spread through internet caused that we cannot think of art and performance in the same way as 40 years ago. Performance is one of the artistic mediums which interacts the most with its environment. It’s impossible to think about this medium without its very contextualisation, performance is entirely linked to life.

? Jacopo Miliani: The definition of performance is constantly questioned in my practice and the reply is subjected to change and transformation. I consider the importance of performativity connected with the present moment, the event and the experience as knowledge. Definitely ‘performance and performativity’ are connected with the definition of real, which for me it something impossible to define. ‘Real’ could be a category that guzzles the personal into the common. The language plays a fundamental role in the definition of real, in fact we use categories/words/codes in order to communicate between people, but than the experience bring back to the individual thinking, whose translation seems to be never possible.

2. Could you tell me something about your project for Live Works?

? Cian Donnelly: You came into my bedroom, and squatted over my face. I watched your arsehole slowly swell and tremble, producing a massive strawberry. It toppled out, and hung there, danging on a silver thread. Then another, and another. A necklace of strawberries. You reached back and forced them into my mouth. With each I experienced an incredible vision, with each I experienced the memory of love. 

? Feiko Beckers: For Live Works I will present a new performance in which I will incorporate one or more songs I wrote together with the French musician Julien Perez. The performance will revolve around questioning things that I always -without any hesitation- believed to be true.

? Julie Béna: The project in Live works will be a novel, based on my performance ‘Have you seen Pantopon Rose?’. It will be played by a famous italian actress: Emanuela Villagrossi.

? Jacopo Miliani: I can’t tell you so much, because I am planning to work on it during the residency at Centrale Fies. I can give you some words. Difference and repetition, desire, imagination, it could happen or not.

3. Few words to describe your artistic research: please give me a sort of index or some key-words. Use metaphorical, poetical, concrete, abstract words or any kind you want.

? Cian Donnelly: A man made of unremarkable piano notes, rubbing his finger over the door frame of his burnt-out car.?He looks at his father-in-law:?”Fuckin’ fine piece of work. Faiynnnn. Quali-tee !”?Exercise (choose from answers below)?Q:?What did the fire damaged door say ??A:?Electricity leg?It changes the way you reach for things?Have you ever masturbated thinking about me ??Fuck off and die you cunt.

? Feiko Beckers: deadpan, disco, mother.

? Julie Béna: cocktail, fictions, passage, playground, objects, theater, potential.

? Jacopo Miliani: Language, Sturtevant, Dario Argento, Carmelo Bene, Dancers, Spectators, Pop-conceptual.

Jacopo Miliani,   Stage Fright,   2013 Performance at Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle Photo by Daisy Loewl

Jacopo Miliani, Stage Fright, 2013 Performance at Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle Photo by Daisy Loewl

Feiko Beckers,   Slow and Gradual,   Video Installartion,   2011

Feiko Beckers, Slow and Gradual, Video Installartion, 2011