Open Call: LIVE WORKS | Performance Act Award vol. 4, deadline: March 7, 2016


Open Call presented by Centrale Fies: 

LIVE WORKS | Performance Act Award vol. 4

RESIDENCY: July 1-10, 2016
FESTIVAL: July 25-27, 2016

Curated by: Barbara Boninsegna (artistic director of Centrale Fies, Dro), Simone Frangi (artistic director of Viafarini, Milan), Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (founder of Aleppo, Brussels), Denis Isaia (curator at MART, Rovereto).

Created in 2013 by Centrale Fies, in collaboration with Viafarini and now in its fourth edition, LIVE WORKS is a platform dedicated to live contemporary practices that contribute to deepening and broadening the idea of performance, following the current evolution of performance and its styles. This platform aims to measure the concreteness of performance art in the real world, investigating the double nature of LIVE – in person and alive – highlighting those moments in which performance integrates with the dynamics of life.

The award LIVE WORKS includes a creative residency period, for nine selected projects. LIVE WORKS sees performance as a work space, and as an instrument and cultural exercise. The prize is unique in its particular attention to hybrid research, underlining the openness and fluidity of performance, its social and political implications and its level of public understandability. The competition is open to a wide range of emerging performative actions, including: media arts, lecture performances, task performances, text-based performances and multimedia storytelling, relational practices and workshop-based projects, flash mobs, politically engaged and activist project, experience design, fashion design and relational urbanism. Artists and professionals from any geographic location can enter the competition, as individuals or in groups, with a single project. The competition only accepts unpublished or long-term projects that need to be developed and/or concluded, for which participation would represent a continuing or final chapter.

The nine projects selected by LIVE WORKS will be invited to participate in a production residency at Centrale Fies from 1st to the 10th July 2016, during which they will be awarded with a budget of €800 to produce their performance. The production of the performance projects during the residency will be supported by diverse types of curatorship, from theoretical to technical development. During the residency phase, Centrale Fies will provide a technician and a production manager to assist the artists as they develop the selected projects. The residency phase is an essential part of the development of the competition and the selected projects.

In the event that the residency cannot be carried out in the period indicated in the competition announcement, it is possible to organize alternative forms of residency. The proposal for an alternative residency must be justified by the typology and characteristics of the projects presented.

The performances produced will be presented during the 36th edition of the Drodesera Festival of Performing Arts. On this occasion, the nine finalists will be evaluated by a jury who will select the winner.

The winning artist will be offered the possibility of an additional residency phase at Centrale Fies and a €1000 prize (net).

The Jury of LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award Vol.4 is composed by:

Aaron Cezar | Director of Delfina Foundation (London)
Beatrice Merz | Director of Fondazione Merz (Turin)
Charles Aubin | Associate Curator at Performa (New York) and Fondation Galeries Lafayette (Paris)
Lorenzo Benedetti | Indipendent curator (Amsterdam, Paris)
Marwa Arsanios | Artist, Co-founder of 98Weeks (Beirut)


Centrale FIes
Località Fies 1
38074 Dro (TN) – ITALY

Contact: Andrea Pizzalis
Phone: +39 0464 504700
Fax: +39 0464 504733

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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