CONTEXT is a visual and performative project that investigates the idea of context (from the Latin con-texere = weaving together, intertwining) as the set of circumstances that define an event: a reflection on the continuous relationship of the elements that constitute it, in a continuous adaptation of the founding principles and the conditions that generated it. Intended as a fabric, or a non-random aggregate, the context is understood as a structured organism of simple elements interacting with each other. The artist imagines it not as a rigid grid but as a “mesh”, a mobile space of interconnection in which infinite relationships and infinitesimal differences between the elements make continuous ramifications emerge; a fabric without a center or border, a space of semi-organized anarchy, a tangle of irregular density made of textures in which spaces and neighborhoods alternate.
Starting from these assumptions, the need emerges for the artist to activate a visual and performative research process on the relationship between primary structures and complexity.
The starting point is the geometric figure of the triangle, which is used as a primary unit to divide the stage space into geometric and regular cells: a modular structure composed by a series wooden triangles positioned in the space and/or manipulated by performers. These triangular units form a network that becomes a narrative, aesthetic and performative model that invites the contemplation of seriality, rhythm, incompleteness.
The artist’s intent is to operate a geometric and discrete approximation of space that allows us to observe the triangle at the same time as a unit and as whole – both reductive and expansive.
To create his work the artist uses triangles, ‘two’-dimensional objects whose two faces are respectively black and white. Like a “bit”, to which it can be associated with two values 0/1, the triangle becomes a module, a small unit of information. If repeated in space, in their different white or black positions, the triangles become strings of binary code which, like inside a matrix, are configured as synecdoche: a minimal constructive unit that refers to the whole.
The work is constructed in a total executive cleanliness, through a modular geometric structure composed of a series of black and white triangles, manipulated and recombined by the performers in a series of variations within a system of combinatorial and movement rules that determine their execution. What derives from this, is a matrix made up of space-time points, a visual and performative texture where the performers are intended as manufacturing bodies, capable of being vehicles of variable and discontinuous energies and of combinations and permutations of the context.
In CONTEXT, everything is interconnected and, to quote Timothy Morton, “every entity seems strange. Nothing exists completely by itself, and so nothing is fully itself ”.
Project, choreography and visuals | Alessandro Carboni
Performer | Ana Luisa Novais Gomes, Sara Capanna, Loredana Tarnovschi
Research contribution | Lucia Guarino, Francesca Ruggerini, Gianmaria Borzillo, Ana Luisa Novais Gomes, Sara Capanna, Masako Matsushita, Loredana Tarnovschi
Original Music | Danilo Casti
Costume | Eva Di Franco
Light and technical assistance | Maria Virzì
Organization | Debora Ercoli
Production | Formati Sensibili 2019-2021
Co-Production | CapoTrave/Kilowatt in the frame of SpectACTive with the supporti Creative Europe SpectACTive in the program of European Union; TIR Danza. With the support | L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale ::: Centro di Residenza Emilia-Romagna; 369gradi; h(abita)t – Rete di Spazi per la Danza / QB/ Sementerie Artistiche, Regione Emilia Romagna.
Alessandro Carboni is a visual artist whose practice is situated within the performing arts field as a choreographer and performer. After several years of training in the field of visual arts, creative media and performance art practice, he has developed an interdisciplinary practice focused on the production of performative and installation projects involving and collaborating with professionals from different disciplines. Not limited to the confines of the theatre, museum and gallery, his practice engages the public through interdisciplinary projects, interventions in civic space and arts education. He presents his works internationally in museums, art galleries, contemporary dance and theater festivals, as well as in non-conventional spaces.
As a committed teacher, he has been lecturing about his findings at numerous distinguished academic and nonacademic institutions. He was recently selected for Aerowaves Twenty20 Artists
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