Being in here, in what will not longer be – Guest at The Balinese Dance Platform – Santarcangelo Festival

Being in here, in what will no longer be – Guest at The Balinese Dance Platform – July 18th – 17.00 – 19.00 – Room of the City Council Santarcangelo 15 . Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza

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In response to the invitation of The Balinese Dance Platform, I propose the performance “Being here in what will not longer be”. The performance is a series of actions I selected from the situations I have been mapping in Hong Kong during the clashes and protests happened in Mong Kok in November 2014. These situations have been captured, embodied and extracted in Hong Kong with my body on site. The project attempt to rethink the body as mapping tool able to physically engage with situations that occur in urban space and reconfigure them with a choreographic thinking.

The Balinese Dance Platform is a temporary project in Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza curated by Michele Di Stefano, Fabrizio Favale and Cristina Rizzo
http://santarcangelofestival.com/sa15/en/2015/06/16/e_piattaforma_sab12_17/

Always Becoming – Case study#3 Malmo

From end of May to September 2015, I will explore the city of Malmö through performative practices of urban mapping. I will be artist-in-residence in the Living Archives project, at the University of Malmo.

The Always Becoming project applies artistic practice  to the research and development of the Em:toolkit –  tools for urban mapping and performance practices. As a performance artist, I have been always been interested to explorein exploring the complex relationships between body and space. My performances are mappings that represent places that I reshape and weave according to the different stages stimulated by  specific urban environments such as urban rivers, old villages, local communities,  The materials and collected data, produced during the long periods of exploration in selected urban areas, are accumulated in an archive that is transformed into visual works and body performances. The basis  of this research refers on one hand to my experiences as an artist, on the other hand to theoretical studies and materials investigated during the development of this project. The intention is to combine both in a syncretic and extended theoretical and practical project. The basis  of this research refers on one hand to my experiences as an artist, on the other hand to theoretical studies and materials investigated during the development of this project. The intention is to combine both in a syncretic and extended theoretical and practical project. In Malmö I will explore some areas of the city; mapping the urban space with my body by applying the Em:toolkit, a system that aims to encourage to encourage people to observe and interpret ’events’ that happen in real­time in the urban space. The toolkit enables ‘map­-makers’  to reveal those ‘events’ already exist in the urban space, but which we are not fully aware of because they are at the periphery of our attention. The toolkit, suggests that they these ‘events’ are just waiting to be discovered and therefore the work of the mapping process, is to reveal them and activate what would otherwise be latent. The toolkit proposes a series of steps, that include observation, analysis, and extraction to embody those events and perform them as body­a​ction. I consider it as map. By collecting ‘events’ – that is, situations and rhythms of the city of Malmö,,  – my body becomes a ‘sampler’ able to record and play my actions and experiences in the urban space. The aim of the mapping practice as an embodiment process, is to create a series of body­-action , as urban interventions, and reenact them as performative scores. The performance, as cartography process, will be a display: a kind of embodied map,  – the subjective map of the urban space. The body-action are documented and presented in the form of video and live performance.

Activities:
Research – M​ay to September 2015 Urban mappings and research around Malmö.

Performance – 5 ​June 2015 ‘Being in here, in what will no longer be’, at the From Soil to Structure event, Malmö.

Talk and discussion – 8​ June 2015 (10–12 AM at K3) An introduction to my recent investigations in urban mapping, the body, critical cartography and complexity. The presentation is an opportunity to meet practitioners, people and researchers, to share ideas and open a discussion on the body and urban mapping practices, cartography and creative processes.

Workshop – September 2015 (2–6 PM at K3) Em:toolkit: tools for urban mapping and performance practices. The aim of the workshop is to explore the city of Malmö with alternative performative practices of urban mapping.

Always Becoming – Case study#2 Hong Kong.

A collaborative research platform with performers and researchers to test and apply Em:toolkit – urban mapping tool for performance practice. The project is developed within a collaborative platform, in which researchers and performers, share research materials, ideas work around practices of mapping, cartography and performance with the goal to create mappings and performances between theory and practice. The project is part of FUSE:: artist-in-residence program @ Videotage – in collaboration with School of Creative Media, Hong Kong – April 2015

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Extreme Environment Project: Vietnam-Tu Lan Caves Expedition

In few days I will fly to Vietnam. For a week, I will be part of Extreme Environment Project: Vietnam Tu Lan Caves Expedition. We will bring a small group of student from School of Creative Media to explore and collect data of the most spectacular nature of jungle, caves, waterfalls and dark tunnels in Vietnam. Along 35 km journey, I will apply em:toolkit -mapping tool for performance –  to extract environmental data using embodiment performance practices, underwater field-recording, and GPS tracking. The project is presented by School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Stay tuned!

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Always Becoming – Case study#1 Aarhus

em:toolkit – urban mapping and performance practice tool – Case Study#1 in Aarhus! As part of the ongoing my PhD research project ‘Performing Urban Complexity’, in November 2014, I conducted a workshop with 10 participants in Aarhus, Denmark. The workshop has been conducted as a collaborative platform in which participants have contributed actively both in theory and practice to the general discussion, feedback and development of the toolkit. The workshop took place at Kunsthal., with the support of Participatory IT/Department of Aesthetic of Communication at the University of Aarhus. The results of the workshop, were presented in form of talk and performance at the Media Architecture Biennale in Aarhus at the end of November. More info on my PhD’s blog: https://spaceasprocess.wordpress.com

keep moving!

It is morning somewhere! After almost two weeks in Hong Kong, I am heading back to Aarhus. During the next weeks, I will be focus on em:toolkit workshop and the performance+lecture at Media Biennale of Architecture in Aarhus. Stay Tuned!

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