Created in 2013 by Centrale Fies, in collaboration with Viafarini, 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 in the real world, investigating the double of 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. Starting from the notion of performance in the visual art practice, 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: Performances, sound and new media arts, text-based performances, lecture performances, multimedia storytelling, choreographic practices, relational and workshop-based projects, and other projects questioning the idea of performativity beyond the body.
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 The competition only accepts unpublished or long-term projects that need to be developed and/or concluded, for which participation would represent an evolution of the project or it’s final chapter.
The nine projects selected by LIVE WORKS will be invited to participate in a production residency at Centrale Fies from the 10th to the 20th July 2017, during which each project will have a budget of € 1000,00 to contribute to the production of the 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 of 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 37th editionof theDrodesera Festival of Performing Arts (21st, 22nd, 23rd July 2017).
On this occasion, the nine winning projects will be seen and discussed by a board of international professionals, working for festival, institutions residency and production programs that sustain and produce research in performance. The board will be actively involved in public and private meetings with the nine artists.
For Live Works vol. 5 the board is composed by:
Lorenzo Benedetti (Director of Kunstmuseum St. Gallen);
Vincent Honoré (Chief curator at David Roberts Art Foundation, London and curator of the XIII Baltic Triennale);
Eva Neklyaeva (Director of Santarcangelo Festival);
Manuel Segade (Director of Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid and curator of Spanish Pavillion at 57th Venice Biennale);
Christine Tohmé (Director of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut and curator of Sharjah Biennial 13).
The nine selected projects can benefit of a further 10-day residency at Centrale Fies in a period between the 1st August and the 31st December 2017.