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Anibal Lopez, Soldado, 2014. Photo: Andrea Pizzalis. Courtesy of Centrale Fies. © Andrea Pizzalis.

Live Works Performance Act Award Vol.3

Deadline: 12 May 2015

Curated by Barbara Boninsegna, Simone Frangi, Denis Isaia, Daniel Blanga-Gubbay

A performative act is a real action that modifies the real.

Live Works is a platform dedicated to live contemporary practices that contribute to deepening and broadening the idea of performance, following the current evolution of performance and its styles. This platform aims to measure the concreteness of performance art in the real world, investigating the double of nature of live—in person and alivehighlighting those moments in which performance integrates with the dynamics of life.

Created by Centrale Fies, in collaboration with Viafarini, the Live Works platform includes Live Works Performance Act Award, The Free School of Performance, Centrale Fies Performance Art Collection.

Call for application
The prize Live Works Performance Act Award includes a creative residency period, for nine selected projects. Live Works sees performance as a work spaceand as an instrument and cultural exercise. 

The prize is unique in its particular attention to hybrid research, underlining the openness and fluidity of performance, its social and political implications and its level of public understandability. 

The competition is open to a wide range of emerging performative actions, including media arts, lecture performances, task performances, text-based performances and multimedia storytelling, relational practices and workshop-based projects, flash mobs, politically engaged and activist project, experience design, fashion design and relational urbanism.

Artists and professionals from any geographic location can enter the competition, as individuals or in groups, with a single project. The competition only accepts unpublished or long-term projects that need to be developed and/or concluded, for which participation would represent a continuing or final chapter.

The nine projects selected by Live Works will be invited to participate in a production residency at Centrale Fies from 1 to 10 July 2015, during which they will  be awarded a budget of 800,00 euro to produce their performance. The production of the performance projects during the residency will be supported by diverse types of curatorship, from theoretical to technical development.

During the residency phase, Centrale Fies will provide a technician and a production manager to assist the artists as they develop the selected projects. The residency phase is an essential part of the development of the competition and the selected projects.

In the event that the residency cannot be carried out in the period indicated in the competition announcement, it is possible to organize alternative forms of residency.

The proposal for an alternative residency must be justified by the typology and characteristics of the projects presented. 

The performances produced will be presented during the 35th edition of the Drodesera Festival of Performing Arts from 26 July to 2 August. On this occasion, the nine finalists will be evaluated by a jury who will select the winner. 

The winning artist will be offered the possibility of an additional residency phase at Centrale Fies and a 1,000 euro prize (net).

The Live Works Performance Act Award Vol.3 jury is composed of:
Michelangelo Pistoletto (President of the jury; artist; founder of Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella);Danjel Andersson (writer, editor, curator; Director of MDT, Stoccolma)Marwa Arsanios (artist; co-founder of 98Weeks, Beirut); Dora García (artist; co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers)Nico Vascellari (artist; founder of Codalunga, Vittorio Veneto).

The jury has the discretion to not announce one or more finalists or the final winner. 
A tie for final place will not be admitted. 

The finalists will be notified via the Centrale Fies and Viafarini websites:  

Press conference 
On 11 April at 11:30am, the third edition of Live Works Performance Act Award will be presented during a press conference at DOCVA – Documentation Center of Visual Arts (Fabbrica del Vapore, Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini 4 – Milan) in the frame of The Spring Awakening program of Miart 2015.

For further information on the competition and application form, click here.

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