Valentina G. Levy
Il-logicality of existence. Una serata organizzata nel teatro occupato per riflettere e dibattere sul "tragico" stato dell'arte contemporanea. In programma una serie di proiezione video di Zimmerfrei, Francis Alys, Giovanni Ozzola e altri ancora.
curated by Elena Abbiatici and Valentina G. Levy
"The fabric of the world is a mixture of chance and necessity.
Between these two extremes lies the reason of man"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Could destiny be seen in spatial terms? Couldn’t it be considered a sort of no-place halfway between the exact point where the law of causality reveals its effects, and the countless ways of possible open themselves to the future, pushing to new and minimally predictable events?
In reading Reason and Existence by Karl Jaspers, we started a reflection on the relationship between rationality and the interpretive skills going beyond the intellect, the existence - if one wishes - in its entirety, in which the element of chance, the un-premeditated, the incalculable play an essential role.
Modern philosophy (from Hume to Russell, not excluding its contemporaries - Deleuze, for instance) tends to consider human existence as a logical sequence of actions whose effects, intersecting themselves at different levels, trigger other events, which in turn will cause new consequences. Nevertheless, main belief rooted in consciences is the concept of a hidden power - called it Fate or just international politics’ establishment - which acts in a coercive and unpredictable way, influencing men’s life, such as in classical Greek tragedy.
Teatro Valle’s occupation becomes an occasion to deepen the debate.
For one evening, focus shifts from political problems, so sadly common in Italy, related to economic culture management, to the re-thinking of contemporary man’s "tragic" state, torn between contrastive and incomprehensible forces dominating and subverting him. Fate and free will, chance and computability, individual inaction and political strategies of the government: these are the themes which will recur in space-time stage of occupied Teatro Valle, in a meta-representation of reality, fiction in fiction, that won’t throw warnings, but simply re-launch questions.
Lecture of STEPHANE MALLARME, Un coup de dés n'abolira jamais le Hasard
Performer by RICCARDO RUSSO
«Spielplatz», Video, 2011
Superficiale «Under my skin», Video, 2009
«Panorama_Roma», Video, 2004
«Six Apartments», Double video-projection, 2007
«The overlooking eye», Video, 2010
«The dreamcatcher», Double video-projection, 2010
«Visionaires et voyeurs I», Video, 2007
«Troika», Video, 2010
«Sometimes making something leads to nothing»
Video-performance in Mexico City, 1997
«The feast of the living (who reflect on death)
Video-performance in San Cesario di Lecce, 2011
«Lou», Video animation, 2010
«Play Peace», Performance live, 2011
PIETRO MONTANI, Professor of Aesthetics and
VALENTINA VALENTINI, Professor of Performing arts
at "La Sapienza" – University of Rome.
via del Teatro Valle, 21 - Roma