Installation and Performance Art guest speakers at SACI Feburary 26, 1:30pm

Ruben Montini / Alexander Pohnert, "Can you please hug me", 2014

Ruben Montini / Alexander Pohnert, “Can you please hug me”, 2014

On Wednesday, Feburary 26 at 1:30 pm, SACI’s Installation and Performance Art instructor Pietro Gaglianò is presenting special guests artists Ruben Montini and Alexander Pohnert to talk about their artistic research in the field of the performance. The talk is open to all SACI students.

February 26 at 1.30 pm
Presentation by Ruben Montini and Alexander Pohnert
SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni – Installation and Performance Art Studio

That same evening at  9 pm, Ruben Montini and Alexander Pohnert present can you please hug me, a performance conceived and realized expressly for PIECE, a project curated by Pietro Gaglianò at Teatro Studio in Scandicci, (Florence). The action is based on the investigation of resistance, confidence, and mutual comprehension, where the artists are involved in a physical trial, sensual and exhausting.The body becomes everything: its weight, structure, and ability to be a measure, a vehicle, or an obstacle are elements of a dialogue which aim at a continuous, but always dissatisfied, search for definition. On the same occasion, videos will be presented concerning Montini’s previous work, and the opening debut of the video “Erdbeeren und Himbeeren” (2014) by Montini and Pohnert.

PIECE: Routes of Performance

February-June 2014
Artistic direction  Giancarlo Cauteruccio
Curated by Pietro Gaglianò

Ruben Montini and Alexander Pohnert
can you please hug me
February 26 at 9 pm

PIECE is the action, the performance conceived and realized within the variations of the context of the audience, of the performers, and of the authors. The ‘piece’ is fundamentally conditioned by the physical body, it is central to aesthetics and pushes toward unrealized tensions and declining new meanings. PIECE proposes the work of six artists belonging to the recent generation of authors in original aesthetics who have made definitive contributions to the canon of Italian performance.

Francesca Grilli, Luigi Presicce, Ruben Montini, Alexander Pohnert, Mauro Stagi, and Virginia Zanetti have been chosen for their extensive relevant research in the area, developing in forms and processes where the performance remains central to expression, rather than utilized secondarily or artificially. An educational project is complementary to the scheduled events. Fifteen “under thirty” young artists and students from Florentine academies of fine arts have been selected to participate in a program of meetings with the artists and seminars with scholars. In June, the young artists will present their own performance (elaborated along PIECE) culminating in a final event to be named “pieces”.

FULL PROGRAM – all performances will start at  9 pm – Free entrance

February 26
Ruben Montini e Alexander Pohnert – can you please hug me

March 26
Mauro Stagi – Share

April 2
Virgina Zanetti – Il corpo chiede

May 21
Luigi Presicce – Allegoria astratta dell’atelier del pittore all’inferno tra le punte gemelle

May 28
Francesca Grilli – Arriverà e ci coglierà di sorpresa

June  (to be confirmed)

Teatro Studio Krypton

Teatro Studio

Via Donizetti 58, Scandicci (Florence)
T 055 7591591 –

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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