WBNR: WHAT BURNS NEVER RETURNS BY ALESSANDRO CARBONI & RICCARDO MANTELLI

9 04 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 9 PM @ DOX

GPS-driven dance performance

WBNR – What Burns Never Returns is a performance and research project exploring in particular the mediated relationship between the body and the urban environment. It has three main interrelated objects of research and it is developed through a creative dialogue between the relative practices: choreography, urban geography-visual art and communication technologies intertwined in an emergent disciplinary field dealing with the human body, the city and the generative code. In order to analyze these trajectories, Alessandro Carboni has started the research in Asia, were urban transformation are more visible: the region of Guangdong called “the Pearl Delta River” as Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzen and also the regions of Guangxi, Sichuan, Henan,Tibet and the city of Beijing. The journey was focused on the exploration and study of the process of landscape transformation called: “high-speed urbanization” and on the most disarticulated forms of urban density. After the Chinese experience, he has involved in this project, through the creation of Platforms of research in Europe, a wide range of contributors, enriching his basic artistic and technical competencies with such figures as urban researchers, media artists and theorists and software programmers, in order to lead a both a performance production and a theoretical contribution.

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The performance presented in Prague, is a development of a performative act between a steady cognitive practice exploring specific urban environments and choreography. On the one hand, the dance oriented practice is an investigation of the human body and its gesture facing the intense, dense and over-stimulated urban environment: a practice of exploration of a performance and choreography methodology, capturing gestures, tics and idiosyncrasy of modern metropolitan life as sign of deeper pressures and thrusts influencing everyday life behavior in public. On the other hand, an inquiry on specific urban environments using spatial assessments, GPS technology, drifts, aimed at developing a context-based knowledge of the densely built environment producing the emergent character of the city of Prague.

WBNR is the second phase of a three-year research project “From quad to zero”. a large crossing media research that includes social, anthropological, mathematical, geographical issues between tradition and heterodoxy. A project concentrated on the study of an original method of choreographic composition on the basis of mathematics and systems theory that the author has developed during years 2006-2008 through different journeys and residences in India, China, Iran and Europe. Each of them represents a geographic movement of the Zero from the east to the West. Following this trajectory in the contemporary east, the travel becomes an original modality of research and creation. A moment of self verification, a moment of re-discussion of our practice in order to construct new paths, new processes of creation and choreographic ideas. Part of the project has been already developed in India in 2006 and China 2007.

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Credits: Concept, choreography and interpretation: Alessandro Carboni, Production: OOFFOURO/N.P.A Officina Ouroboros 09, Co-production: Moving_Movimento 08 – Fabbrica Europa – Ente promozione danza, (Italy); Festival Santarcangelo dei Teatri, Santarcangelo, (Italy); Giardino Chiuso / Teatro dei Leggieri, San Gimignano, (Italy); Officina Giovani / Cantieri Culturali ex Macelli, Prato, (Italy); Assessorato alla Cultura e alle Politiche Giovanili del Comune di Prato, (Italy). Support: Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Festival; Riccardo Mantelli/NewbleepMediaLab; Festival Contemporanea 08 in collaboration with Guangdong Xinghai Performing Arts Group, China; XtendedLab/Master D3D _NABA – Milan (Italy); Central Saint Martin, University of Art London; LaDU, (Italy)

Alessandro Carboni is a multidisciplinary artist. He divides his practices in the exploration and the study of the body movement and the relation of it to the space. For several years, he has been working on the creation of a method for dance: VCCT, considering the relation with choreography, mathematics, generative code and system theory. Added to this, he is expanding his research coordinating the activities of “LaDU” MultimediaLABoratory of Urban Density” at the University of Architecture in Cagliari. He also teach “Methodology and Performance Practice” at the MA “Scenography for Performance”, Central Saint Martin’s in London; and “Digital Perfomance” at Master of Digital Environment Design at NABA in Milan. He performed in Europe as weel as China and India. He is choreographer and dancer with his group OOFFOURO resident in Sardinia, Italy.

Riccardo Mantelli is an Italian interactive media artist producing both public and private artworks for collectors, institutions and companies. His areas of expertise include: installations design, responsive environment and interaction design, crossmedia design, new media in architecture and public space. In his experimental activity, it manages to mix different languages and areas of expertise, from media communication to design, art and architecture, from Italian design and art tradition to new electronic aesthetics. Honored as the winner of Newstoday® Brand Promotion Contest (NYC) on 2002.

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WBNR_#6 (From objective map to subjective mapping) BY ALESSANDRO CARBONI

9 04 2009

Videowork inspired by the article of the geophysis John K. Wright written on 1946, “Terrae Incognitae: The Place of Imagination in Geography”. The post-modern shift towards the globalization age is producing a deep change in the way that urban space is conceived, realized and experienced. The Chinese cities are no longer the site of staying. While historically the settlement was the primary figure of the urban, the essential constitutive values of which were intimacy, appropriation, defence, circumscription and cohesion, with late modernity there has been a definitive shift towards an ontology of movement. The nature of the metropolis is defined essentially by the capacity to attract movement and to interweave trajectories. It is above all a pole, an attractor, a territory of transit and exchange. Human body in this perspective is redefined as a vector, as an entity able to operate transfer – of knowledge, goods, money, energy – as a force of mobilization necessary to the market dynamics. Fundamental aspects of the way as bodies and cities interact and reciprocally re-design themselves are the progressive fluidification and mobilization of human behaviours, the increasing mediation of interpersonal relationships through technological devices and institutional protocols, and the overwhelming prolification of images and data constituting the dominant form of production in the contemporary urban economy. A dialogue between GPS technologies and video concentrated on the exploration and study of the process of Chinese landscape transformation called: “high-speed urbanization” and on the most disarticulated forms of urban density. A research program developed during a residence of three months, were Alessandro Carboni crossed the region of Guangdong called “the Pearl Delta River” as Hong Kong, Guangzhou.

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Alessandro Carboni is a multidisciplinary artist. He divides his practices in the exploration and the study of the body movement and the relation of it to the space. For several years, he has been working on the creation of a method for dance: VCCT, considering the relation with choreography, mathematics, generative code and system theory. Added to this, he is expanding his research coordinating the activities of “LaDU” MultimediaLABoratory of Urban Density” at the University of Architecture in Cagliari. He also teach “Methodology and Performance Practice” at the MA “Scenography for Performance”, Central Saint Martin’s in London; and “Digital Perfomance” at Master of Digital Environment Design at NABA in Milan. He performed in Europe as weel as China and India. He is choreographer and dancer with his group OOFFOURO resident in Sardinia, Italy.





MIGRATORY PORTRAITS BY PAUL ZOGRAFAKIS

9 04 2009

paul1Based on ideas of classical portraiture and wildlife tracking as a conceptual point of departure, Paul Zografakis’ Migratory Portraits is a series of digital prints created through the use of GPS technology. Using participants encountered throughout his time in Prague, the subjects go throughout their daily routine for one week as the GPS records their every movement from morning to night.  Once the information is gathered, the physical cartography is extracted, leaving only an abstracted linear form of each participant’s trajectory. While the idea of portraiture may often be thought of as painting, photography, or sculpture that represents physical characteristics of a subject, in this project Zografakis suggests that the paths we travel represent an equally telling and personal story.  Similarly, wildlife tracking assesses the behaviour and health of a species through the examination of animal movement, while Migratory Portraits investigates if patterning created by human daily rituals can be related to a study of an individual or a group.

Paul Zografakis (b. 1975 St. Louis, Missouri) employs various strategies in order to investigate his visual vocabulary, often taking the form of transposition in which central aspects of image, environment, or social order are isolated, reordered or interchanged. Zografakis has created social projects, performed, exhibited, and screened his work internationally, including; Up Against the Wall at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, a recent solo show TBD, at Little Tree Gallery in San Francisco, and the 3rd Biennial of Contemporary Art in Baku, Azerbaijan. Having recently completing a US Fulbright Scholarship to Greece, Zografakis has been living and working in Athens. In 2009 he is artist-in-residence at CIANT LAB, Prague through Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes.