(who reflect upon death), 4th edition. A project by Emilio Fantin, Giancarlo Norese, Luigi Negro, Cesare Pietroiusti. The automobile, a central symbol of the procession, is both essential to life in Phoenix and at the same time is a leading cause of death.
A project by Emilio Fantin, Giancarlo Norese, Luigi Negro, Cesare Pietroiusti curated by Gordon Knox, Greg Esser, and Julio Cesar Morales.
Produced by the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency at Combine Studios.
The ASU Art Museum’s International Artist Residency Program is pleased to announce “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death), 4th edition,” a free public procession in downtown Phoenix including other artists, performers and the public on November 2, 2013.
The free participatory event will be planned and developed by Lu Cafausu, a collaborative art project by the Italian artists Fantin, Norese, Negro and Pietroiusti, during their residency for the fall semester at Arizona State University. Planning for the event will take place at the world headquarters, located inside the storefront gallery at Combine Studios, 821 North Garfield Street in downtown Phoenix. The public is invited to stop by between September 27 and October 31 to help shape and plan the event; some weekly appointments will be organized during those days.
The automobile, a central symbol of the procession, is both essential to life in Phoenix and at the same time is a leading cause of death. This procession by foot will contemplate Phoenix's connection with the car and examine the relationship between the living and the dead from different cultural perspectives.
The concept for "The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)" in Phoenix takes inspiration from the other projects they made in Italy, as the one which was organized in 2010, and included into the And And And events as part of dOCUMENTA (13): a procession based on a symbolic icon, a boat, that was pushed by the participants along the streets of the village of San Cesario di Lecce, in Apulia, Southern Italy.
In similar tradition to “Day of the Dead”, “The Celebration of the Living”, or “La Festa dei vivi” in Italian, “is for those who, in order to give sense to life, reflect upon death”.
The procession and the activities leading up to it are grounded in traditions of literature and philosophy as well as visual art and socially-engaged art practice. The artists will be in residence at Combine Studio from September 24, through November 7, 2013.
The Bad Cactus Brass Band
Kristina Lee Podesva
Shawn Van Sluys
School of Non-Profit Management
School of Art, Gregory Sale and students
School of Film, Theater and Dance, Elizabeth Johnson
This project is supported in part by the Windgate Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
ASU Art Museum Combine Studios
821 North Third Street - Phoenix