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The invisible qualities of objects

On the occasion of the 12th edition of the Festival to be held at the end of September, Video Sound Art launches a new open call for artists and performers.

Starting from the research conducted by the festival’s curatorial department on the invisible qualities of matter and the functions that objects around us assume in relation to history, identity and social relations, the open call will focus on the possibilities of performative language.

Performance is the change of form, the time for reciprocity, the space for negotiation.
How do things work when they no longer occupy a position? When they cannot be touched, felt and are boundless? What do objects do when they are not used, when they do not interact with people? How do the invisible relationships of matter manifest themselves?
The call for artists evaluates works that each participant can decline through the lens of performance in its sentimental, political, economic, social and environmental meanings, with the particular accents of their own research.

Francesca Colasante, president of the jury.

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Antonio Perticara, with the lecture performance Drilling down

The lecture-performance Drilling down by Antonio Perticara rereads the history of an ordinary object from the Neolithic to the present day, highlighting how its practice of use in relation to the body is instrumental to an ideological vision, determining the perception of identities and shared values of certain social groups.
The jury wishes to reward an original, personal and developing project and to support its performative potential. During the residency, together with a staff of curators and technicians, the artist will be able to concentrate on structuring a scenic dramaturgy that relates to one of his areas of interest: suggestion as a form of communication linked to the senses.
Francesca Colasante,  president of the jury

Residency period and contribution

The prize for the winner is 1,000 euros. An additional contribution of 1,000 euro is foreseen to cover the production costs of the work (technical and installation materials) and the costs of the residency. The Festival staff will provide technical assistance, ensure the communication of the project and offer curatorial support in the planning (in residence) and realisation (at Teatro Carcano) phases. 

This year, the artistic residency was held at Villa Santa Giulia in Piombino (LI), in collaboration with the Amici di Duccio Association.
Formed as an association in 2018, the historical group of Duccio’s friends is committed to supporting medical-scientific research in the field of leukaemia treatment in children and adolescents, promoting the creative activity of young artists and intellectuals, engaged in modern and contemporary arts and culture.

Villa Santa Giulia, venue of the artistic residency


Francesca Colasante
Art historian and curator, jury president

Jacopo Miliani
Artist and lecturer in performance practices at the Accademia Ligustica in Genoa and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Verona

Piersandra di Matteo
Researcher, dramaturg and curator in the field of performing arts, artistic director of Short Theatre, Rome

Annalisa Sacchi
Regular Professor of Theatre Aesthetics and Director of the Degree Course in Theatre and Performing Arts at Iuav, Venice

Video Sound Art
Laura Lamonea – artistic direction, Lino Palena, production direction

Open Call 2022

Opening of Open Call:
20 June – 30 July 2022

Residency and rehearsal period:
1 – 21 settembre 2022

Thanks to:
Teatro Carcano in Milan
Associazione Amici di Duccio