Curating the darkness for politics, fiction and radical imagination in theater
Reading the blackout triggered by Veem's 100 Day House as a political (re)action.
Together with the Veem House team (2017-2018) I researched by collecting qualitative and quantitative data on how it politically reacted to exogenous factors such as the cut in the structural funding plan. By introducing fairer practices in the system, such as a code and label to be held in practice by arts institutions, policy makers and professionals, meant to be the reaction by the art institute to this crucial episode.
I am interested in the space released by the darkness as an idea that provides the conditions to restructure organizational visions for the future, in between politics and fiction; to empower imagination as a tool for reactionary emancipation by the cultural sector. My research questions how to outperform darkness in the realms of curatorial strategy, fundraising, marketing & communication, management and project development, teamwork.
This research keeps going on, especially during this pandemic crisis, which, more than ever, pushes us in the cultural sector to temporarily shut down spaces, to reframe visions and operations, and to embrace this spread over darkness. These times point out how precarity is shifting us to digitally capitalize what can’t otherwise happen live. All of a sudden, all creative organizations are in different degrees enduring this action to turn their lights off due to a virus interfering with the system from the inside.
My thoughts move in parallel on what can be the strategies to still sustainably and creatively produce under this current enforced scenario. To give agency to a research that gathers around the creative industries that have demanded to still present new formats, which clearly go against the public spectatorship rules and deny co-producing experiences in physical time and space.
Deepening my works by exploring a research-based practice.
This research synergizes with the works led by Curate Fabrica throughout the years in finding out strategies, formats and concepts proposed in order to help organizations and their publics among the politics and events happening in our contemporary world.
It consists of my Research Master thesis, which I presented at Bocconi University (Italy) in 2019 with the supervision by prof. Silvia Bottiroli and prof. Ilaria Morganti, and other ongoing forms of publications. They keep searching for other frameworks in order to be developed more into long-term projects at university, research centres or artistic and creative agencies.
A manual for the public: on how to stay with the trouble darkness and other instructions
Here you can find the beginning of a process published by Veem in 2019 as an extract, sent out to the public while the theater kept its doors closed as a period of non-program.
The text has been conceived as a manual under an ongoing development to pass over concrete or just imaginative instructions on how to move, act and experience differently among uncommon (and unfamiliar) settings.Read the text here