Open Call for Artists: Venice International Performance Art Week 2017 "CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1"

Open Call for Artists: Venice International Performance Art Week 2017 "CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1"

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Dec. 07, 2017
Deadline Oct. 30, 2017
Schools & Classes, Residency, Exhibition, Grant, Biennial/Festival, Other
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Open Call for Artists: Venice International Performance Art Week 2017 "CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1"



Palazzo Mora & Palazzo Michiel, Venice (IT)

December 7 - 16, 2017

(Open to the public on the days 15 - 16 December 2017)



Founded on the principles of artistic collaboration, cooperation and temporary artistic community, CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is born to be an artistic experience of a different kind:

The concept developed out of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK's core mission and its Educational Learning Program. The aim is to empower participating artists who are selected through an Open Call, to articulate and develop their individual praxis within an independent temporary autonomous zone of co-creation under the tuition of established performance artists. 

The project is intended for those artists, performers, visionary poets, who wish to articulate and refine their skills, expand their practice, exploring new ideas and approaches, allowing their work to become more fully realised. It offers a rare opportunity to explore new territories of performance in an extended, intensive period of time outside of an academic setting. It is both a learning path and a unique occasion to work and collaborate together in the ART WEEK venue Palazzo Mora in Venice, while strengthening the creative talent and intellectual freedom of each participant.

CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 consists of:

● 10 days of intensive co-creation workshop processes for international artists in tutor groups led by the artists Andrigo & Aliprandi (Italy), Marilyn Arsem (US) and artist duo VestAndPage (Venice/Germany). The selected artists will work in one tutor group during the entire process. Places per tutor group are limited to a maximum of 15.

● Morning lectures by guest artists Preach R Sun (US) and Marcel Sparmann (Germany), curator Francesca Carol Rolla (Venice), and artistic director and producer Elisabetta di Mambro (Venice);

● Theoretical discussions on specific topics structured in the form of roundtables and open dialogues.

● Exhibition section displaying performance pedagogical material.

● Two evenings of official, public performances on December 15 and 16, 2017 at the ART WEEK venue Palazzo Mora, Venice. The culmination of the 10 days co-creation process will be open to the audience: we will transform the venue together into a dynamic performance site through a series of collective performance operas, as well as collaborative and solo performances.

Fee: 600,- €

The fee includes (during the period of the project): 

- Tuition, lectures and talks;

- Accommodation in shared rooms in 3*** or 4**** hotels or shared apartments in Venice-Mestre;

- 3 meals a day;

- Venice City tourist tax;

- Local transport from the accommodation to Piazzale Roma, which is just 10 minutes away from the venue on foot.


To apply, please fill in the online form on, and choose your tutor group according to your preference. (Extensive information on the artists and workshops on

The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK provides letters of support to selected participants to request grants or support from institutions of reference in order to sustain travel costs and/or fees.

The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK and its tutors will award three tuition-free places to selected participants.


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Selected artists will work in one tutor group for the entire project period.



• ANDRIGO & ALIPRANDI (IT) | Perception of Self

Andrigo & Aliprandi’s multidisciplinary collaborative practice focuses on the perception of the Self to favour shifting from comfort zones to places unknown yet— those invisible places where the performer needs to stand on the alert to trigger the creative act. There where perceptual stimuli and physical activity lead to space transformation, to tune the body and its movement to sounds, so that it may generate actions, which in turn give rise to meaningful evocative images. The body is a sparkling matter always ready to get through and react, sourcing from its biomechanical energy. The mind is the observer that interprets. The emotion is a vehicle of intuition. In the dialectic between strength and lightness, consumption and recovery, surface and depth, synthesis and abundance, limit and possibility, the open invitation of Andrigo & Aliprandi is to dive into visions and dreams, letting the body re-emerge as their signifier. We will share knowledges and experiences through physical and concrete practices to recognize together the infinite ways to read origins and destinations that turn a gesture into poetic acts. We will be dedicated to repetition, durability and real-time composition. We will accept the lightness and extravagance of the act so as not to fall into self-referentiality. We will allow intuition as a result of a receptive capacity facing outward.

Italian dancer and performer Marianna Andrigo and multimedia artist and sound performer Aldo Aliprandi have been collaborating since 2009. Their oeuvre and artistic research intertwine various performative languages, deepening the relationship between body movement and sound-motion. Andrigo & Aliprandi’s live performances are mainly conceived site-specific, often in places characterised by the full verticality and the consequent shiver of vertigo that it produces. 

In their reference landscape, they move between philosophy, theatre, sound and movement experimentation by investigating an aesthetic that falls in love with detail and silence, as well with an entropic dynamic energy moved by emotions as enlightenment in the creative process. They are the directors of C32 performing artwork space at Forte Marghera, Venice, where the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK Educational Learning Program has been taking place since 2013, and of which they are co-organizers. |

CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is for those who dedicate themselves to silence and slowly wait until the body adheres to the present. For those who indulge in the space where movement is a source that charges, preserves, and set yourself free. - Andrigo & Aliprandi



• MARILYN ARSEM (US) | Considering Time

Our lives are ruled by time's inevitable, relentless passage. Always we have less of it than we had a moment ago. How do we move through time? How does time move through us? What is its effect on the actions and body of the artist? What is its impact on the audience? How might we more consciously use time as an element in performance? Nothing exists outside of time. Time operates on multiple scales simultaneously, and is revealed through different manifestations. Everything around us has a life of its own, sometimes considerably shorter than ours, and sometimes much longer. The presence of time becomes apparent through material and physical processes.   What happens when we allow processes to unfold in the time that they need?  What occurs when we impose different time frames on them? Is it possible to control time? This workshop examines the significance of time in live performance. We will explore a variety of ways in which we can use time as an active element in our work. Working with time, against time and through time, we will investigate how actions, sites, objects and ourselves are impacted and altered. Serving as witnesses to each other’s work, we will also delve into the effects that playing with time has not only on ourselves as performers but on viewers as well. We ask audiences to spend their time with us. What allows them to feel that it was worth giving a portion of their lives to the experience of the work? It is important to know why you want the presence of a witness when you perform, and what you want from them. What do you offer in return? A significant component of the workshop will be private reflection and writing, as well as group discussions on questions related to the topic of time, not just in the context of creating performances but in our everyday lives as well. We cannot separate our performance art from our daily life. Our lives continue to proceed even as our performances unfold through time.

Boston-based artist Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, from solo gallery performances to large-scale, site-specific works at festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, galleries, museums and universities worldwide. Most recently she has focused on creating site-specific performances that are not planned in advance, but made in response to a location that is selected on arrival. She is a member and founder of Mobius, Inc., a Boston-based collaborative of interdisciplinary artists. She taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 27 years, establishing one of the most extensive programs internationally in visually based performance art.

CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1. It is less (that we are) teaching, but rather offering some propositions to explore with a group of artists. - Marilyn Arsem



• VESTANDPAGE (DE/IT) | Poetics of Relations

For us, to perform through a 'Poetics of Relations' is a matter of existence. Our conceptual, situation-responsive and collaborative body-based performances are in the light of the creation of universal meanings and new imagery.  Our laboratorial process revolves around a range of techniques reflecting our backgrounds along the interface of visual arts, performing arts, experimental and Social Theatre and creative writings. VestAndPage’s approach to performance matters aims to empower emotional intelligence, readiness, responsiveness, empathy, awareness, notions of critical, creative and divergent thinking, including mindful risk assessment. We will work on the body as a poetic and imaginary landscape, using the three bodies (physical, mental and spiritual) as primary artistic tools. Notions of temporalities, memory strata, failure and fragility of the individual and the collective within social and environmental spheres serve to approach themes such as: trust in change, endurance, union, pain sublimation and risk-taking, in a poetic bodily approach to art practice with a focus on universal human experiences. Verbal and nonverbal communication, the personal inner archive, emotional drive, ecological intelligence and the study of the archetypes are to enforce endurance, presence, condition, the Self, independence, and trust. Insight into more practical subjects include the art of sustaining a life as an artist, and how to build temporary artistic communities to find innovative approaches for new modes of existence and art making. Be open, blind, silent, loud, quick, light, slow, humble, determined, collective, to inspire yourself and the others.

Since 2006, German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together as VestAndPage, generating art in the mediums of live performance, filmmaking, writing and as independent curators. Their collaborative practice has roots in contemporary visual and conceptual art, classical, oriental and social theatre, martial arts, philosophy, anthropology, anthropoetics, political science, the study of rites, myths, religions, particularly Sufism, alchemy and iconology. Animated by a nomadic, confrontational spirit, they apply the themes of acceptance, resistance, endurance and union with a poetic bodily approach to art practice, examining notions of fragility, vulnerability and failure of the individual and the collective within different social and environmental spheres. Exploring what, as human beings, we still have to offer, VestAndPage question the boundaries between the interior and exterior aspects of our existence. They are the conceivers and the independent curatorial force behind projects such as the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK.

CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is for those who trust in change. For those that go to spaces of hidden beauty and scan into the flesh of dream matter — visionary poets, artists and performers pushed by an urgency. - VestAndPage




VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK | CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is a project conceived by artist duo VestAndPage and independent curator Francesca Carol Rolla, realised in cooperation with Live Arts Cultures nonprofit Cultural Association, We Exhibit, Venice Open Gates and Studio Contemporaneo nonprofit Cultural Association, and with the in-kind support by the European Cultural Centre | GAA Foundation and ConCAVe Venice.


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