Live Arts Week, Bologna
Xing presents Live Arts Week, a new project born out the fusion of the experiences of the two Bologna festivals (2000>2011): Netmage – International Live Media Festival and F.I.S.Co. – Festival Internazionale sullo Spettacolo Contemporaneo.
The event takes place in Bologna, from april 24 to 29, 2012, and is developed throughout one week in six different locations and settings in the historical centre of the town. Live Arts Week intensifies a weave between disciplines and forms of expression, and cohabitation between artists and audiences from different backgrounds. Focused on live arts, it offers a program that reflects an idea of art as experience made of temporalities, postures and the imaginaries. The decision to launch the new event as ‘week-long’ is an attempt to break away from the concept of a festival as a consumer point in the cultural life of a city.
The program allows the visitor to cross a number of world-spaces created by important personalities in international and contemporary research. Thirty artists in all are grouped into ‘scenes’ and ‘companion species’. The set-up suggests a city-wide event, divided into a schedule of events, performances, shows, concerts and live media with unique dates, productions and premieres, building a space/time polyhedral sinusoid. The series offers a coherent and fragmented vision, to be appreciated by the audience both as a whole and in its components, offering the chance to ‘attend’ projects and follow their evolution: enter/exit, return/leave, insist/ignore, isolate oneself/participate.
A distinctive feature is the variation in lengths and densities of the events, with some very drawn-out in long and slow succession, and others a quick snap of the whip. Places and situations characterized by productions that are open and in progress, hybrid formulas that lie between scientific conference and action, research Salons, and hyper-footage of images and sounds.
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.
Live Arts Week
April 24-29, 2012
Above – Ben Rivers, Slow Action, 2010