Manuela Mancioppi: “Temporary Relationships” in the SACI Gallery, September 8 – October 3, 2014





An installation and performance by Florentine artist, Manuela Mancioppi, will be a dynamic work-in-progress event and exhibition where the artist and the audience/viewer will interact and participate in a “relationship” through the utilization of cotton-wool “clothing” made by the artist and presented in the gallery space to be worn and stowed. Photo-drawings on the wall will serve as instructions for use.

“Relational clothes” will be available to wear and share between two-, three-, and four-person groups, creating an environment where it is inevitable to interact physically with eachother. Other “clothing” can be worn alone or with other people as temporary seating and arrangements: the dress-chair and the carpet-dress. Elastic sleeves will prohibit the free movement causing interpretations of the body’s restrictions. Camouflage clothes will hide between the soft sculptures in curious forms.

The pilot project, Temporary_Seating, was initiated in 2011 for the event at Contemporary City Ceramics station in San Giovanni Valdarno (AR) by providing temporary urban seating: temporary situations being shared in contemporary cities. The relational participation in a temporary place acts as a resting place as in a station which provides potential moments of encounter and exchange between people. The actual unfolding of the action has allowed a further study on the development of temporary situations and relational movements, even through the movement of the dancers.



Testo in Italiano.
Event invitation.

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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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