Video Sound Art takes on a mission that coincides with increasing the quality of its artistic proposal: to approach and make a wide audience active, without leaving out the experimental practices that characterize contemporary language. Against art as a collective experience, the echo of the decadent end of the nineteenth century resonates in the words of Oscar Wilde “Those who perceive beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultured” (note 1) to which is added the critique of the 80s of the sociologist Bourdieu (note 2), who conceives culture as a tool, consciously used to mark class differences and safeguard them. Most studies on public participation confirm the elitism of the arts. “However, the parameters related to education are more decisive on the choice of consumption than factors such as social background and economic well-being.” A part of the literature, therefore, seems to agree on the fact that the elitism of the cultural public is only apparent, and that through appropriate education and mediation actions, a wider audience than the one usually involved in cultural activities can be reached. The Association, with the Kunsthalle for music project – mediation for contemporary art and music, proposes actions aimed at favoring the development of the public and the involvement of diverse user profiles and, at the same time, structures an artistic proposal entirely dedicated to the voices of contemporary art and music, research and debate tools.
1 The portrait of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, 1890
2 The distinction. Social criticism of taste, Pierre Bourdieu, 1983, Il Mulino.
In these first 2 years have been involved: the Liceo Umberto I in Palermo, the Liceo Volta and the Liceo Carducci in Milan. The training projects, completed and ongoing, have constituted a central part of the Kunsthalle for music project: mediation for contemporary art and music, the winner of the Cariplo Foundation’s Quality Culture open call.
Introduction – Tommaso Santagostino
“An important part in the realization of Video Sound Art Festival is played by mediation, that is the relationship endangered when in an exhibition the viewer enters in dialogue with the work he is observing through a third element, a mediator. It is precisely this role that the seven students of the Liceo Classico Carducci in Milan took on, realizing the podcasts we are about to hear. They attempted to portray the relationship between spectators and works by building bridges and highlighting connections, using as starting point the works and poetics of Giulio Frigo, the artist to whom the second part of the 2020 edition of the Festival was dedicated. This mediation, however, necessarily had to transform because it could not take place, as expected, in the evocative setting of the Cozzi Pool in Milan. For this reason, we must deeply thank these young mediators: for having accepted and taken up the invitation to manage this transformation and for having ventured for the first time with audio and with the production of a podcast. In order of listening, here are their names: Sofia Vicentini, Giorgia Spina, Sasha Basta, Sara Surace, Sofia Trabucco, Sara Mazzarisi and Maddalena Ciampoli. Their voices have created a rich and dense story that springs from the insights, from the sharing and from the special working conditions in which they acted. Let’s get started and good listening!”
Real and virtual. Confrontation in the times of the pandemic – Sofia Vicentini
To be, to want to be, to appear – Giorgia Spina
Fides Oculata – Sasha Basta
Between uncertainty and amazement. My journey with VSA – Sara Surace
New waters – Sofia Trabucco
Mater a primitive Goddess – Sara Mazzarisi
In search of the imperceptible – Maddalena Ciampoli
Education meets our city’s heritage
The EDUCATION MEETS OUR CITY’S HERITAGE project was created with the aim of combining the rediscovery of places belonging to cultural heritage with in-depth studies of an artistic and cultural nature.