Word for Word/ Parola per Parola
Production: Centrale Fies (Dro, TN) for Live Works_Performance Art Award, curated by Barbara Boninsegna, Simone Frangi and Denis Isaia
Pre-document: video 8’00, copies of the contract. Sound: Mark Cetilia
Live performance: during the session of the jury with Luigi Zambelli for Studio ACTA, Rovereto
Acts: 11 sheets, 28x40cm, handmade paper produced from infamous books with stenographic record of the deliberations of the jury of Live Works_Performance Art Award
Activating a process of reverse publishing, during the Live Works residency at Centrale Fies, the artists used the flow of the river Sarca and a library of infamous books to give life to an attempt at transparency and accountability. The pages of the infamous books, were smoothed by the river for several days, then pulped and transformed into new blank paper to be used during the live performance.
The video precedes the performance, introducing details and aspects, and elliptically interweaving visual and textual narration: the journey to the river, the points of the contract, the negotiation of the project, and the illusions created by the authors of the injurious books.
The process ignited during the residency at Centrale Fies for Live Works took form in a request for accountability during the evening of the Award. Infiltrating the mesh of the jury, the artists contracted a stenographer to be present and transcribe the proceedings of the final session of the jury. Using the language of stenographic signs, the record is written on the paper produced by the artists through a process of soaking and pulping infamous books along the shores of the river Sarca. The same river that fed the Centrale Fies in its previous life as a hydroelectric power plant.
As agreed in the contract, “the stenographer is committed to deliver stenographic documentation on the paper produced by the artists following a process of smoothing and pulping of infamous books completed during the period of residency (…). The stenographer is committed to utilize the paper delivered by the artists, regardless of its condition or suitability for the purpose, rendering the highest possible technical results.” – from the contractual agreement between the artists, Centrale Fies and the stenographer