CurandiKatz at Viafarini, Milan

Do you know because I tell you so or do you know, do you know?
memories, anecdotes and superstitions

Leone Contini, Curandi-Katz, Luca De Leva, Alessandro Di Pietro, Priscila Fernandes, Andreas Gedin, Riccardo Giacconi, Grossi Maglioni, Mirko Smerdel, Giulio Squillacciotti

curated by Valerio Del Baglivo

program: July 8, 10 and 11, 2013
venue: Viafarini DOCVA, Fabbrica del Vapore, via Procaccini 4, Milan

Inspired by a famous Gertrude Stein quote, the public program Do you know Because I tell you know or do you know, do you know? will be occupying the spaces of Viafarini for five days with artworks, performances and live-events. Analyzing the aesthetic, the performative and the imaginative horizons of the written and spoken language, Do you know Because I tell you know or do you know, do you know? transforms the artistic event in a continuous mise-en-discourse: it tells popular stories, it tracks missing documents, it brings to light fragments of conversations, it rewrites famous book pages, it invokes the presence of lost characters.

After years of research and interventions in situ Leone Contini reveals the secrets of Chinese agriculture in the context of the Chinese-Tuscan diaspora, with a dinner-lecture; Curandi-Katz tells the myth of the promised land, evoking family anecdotes and drawing the boundaries of distant lands; via telephone Luca De Leva narrates of identity exchanges between strangers; Alessandro Di Pietro commemorates an important naval battle that marked the history of our seas; using colored chalks and blackboards Priscila Fernandes shows us the infallibility of every scientific theorem; Andreas Gedin transforms a silent movie into a spoken experience; Riccardo Giacconi’s radio-documentary bring us back to a Colombian Commune in the seventies; with a spiritualist device that traces the history of their performances Grossi Maglioni drives the audience through a series of paranormal events; through a series of photographic documents, Mirko Smerdel shows us the true object of worship of Lourdes pilgrimage; and finally against the backdrops of the Austrian, Turkish and Iranian landscapes Giulio Squillacciotti brings to light the story of the famous composer Aghan Sarkis.

Mixing together forgotten memories, personal anecdotes and popular superstitions Do You Know Because I Tell You So or Do You Know, Do You Know? conducts the audience in a never ending game of word of mouth where fiction and reality are inextricably interwined.

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Performance-lecture and listening program

July 8
h 7.30 pm: Grossi Maglioni, Cinque Dispositivi in Uno
h 8.30 pm: Giulio Squillacciotti, Inside Stands to Outside as One to Infinite (performance)

July 10
h 7.30: Riccardo Giacconi, Indagación sobre la forma de los milagros (listening)
h 8,30 pm: Leone Contini, Tosco-Cina (performance)

July 11
h 7.30 pm: Alessandro Di Pietro, Yuppi A.! And that’s enough!
h 8.30 pm: Curandi-Katz, Several Attempts to draw the boundaries of nations and promised lands (performance)

permanent works

Luca De Leva, ThySelf
Priscila Fernandes, In Search of the Self
Andreas Gedin, So far so good
Mirko Smerdel, Sensual Hallucinations / Lourdes 1958