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Considered the very core of Gilda Marconi Sancisi's practice, live performances are moments in which the artist explores with perseverance her body limits and her sensibility toward everyday little occurrences, trying to establish physical interactions between material and immaterial worlds. Performed in solitary or in front of and audience, these actions usually take place in public spaces, where possible encounter between the One/Unit and the Others can trigger new forms of energy. With durational performances (sometime they last 4-5 hours), the artist gets close to a spiritual dimension, reaching a mental and corporal synergy and becoming one with the gowns worn, the props and the surroundings. 

“à travers vos yeux" I° (2015)
live performance art
         
DURATION: 40 HOURS
 

4hours for 10 days

 

AUDIENCE: 679 people in 10 days


 

 

 

In July 2015, I accidentally found a series of books dating back to the early 20s belonging to my grandmother. In those books I reread many of the stories she used to tell me. I felt like I had recovered the roots of my memories. I decided then that this richness had to be passed on, and that what her eyes beheld, my eyes would have seen too, and so those of other people. That was when I made:

 

À travers vos yeux I° 

 

 

À travers vos yeux I° is a live 40-hour performance, made during the International Theatre Festival in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, in July 2015.

For 10 evenings, 4 hours a night, I waited for the audience on a balcony in the town centre. All my family books were laid on this balcony, and the public was invited to randomly open a manuscript, to choose a page and tear it off. I waited for each person to hand me that page and, after a first visual contact, I interpreted a phrase, a word, or the entire text.

 

What mostly interested me, throughout and after the performance, was that the words I was reading were in some way related to my personal memory, but at that very moment they acquired a shared value recognised by the audience; many people were moved by hearing phrases about universal archetypes, acknowledging in those pages past experiences and interpreting the message as a personal message.

I later read, in several scientific studies, that people rather tends to retain a semantic memory, which is inherent to the notions of the universe, and to erase episodes belonging to the private memory, and books, through the public memory, can retrieve personal memories. 

 

The gesture of tearing the books was controversial. But, in order to give new shape to the memory, I felt the need for a transformation.

The dismembered pages, which represented the persons I had met – nearly 700 in ten days –, were eventually applied to my dress. At the end of the performance, I was wearing the memory of the moment, now collective. Through a dress, what was once inside was now brought out and made wandering.

“à travers vos yeux”  Live Performance Art- Long duration work 10 days for 4 hours a day.    

 @  Festival Internazionale del Teatro 45° edizione

 

 

Nel luglio 2015 ritrovai casualmente una serie di libri degli inizi degli anni ’20 appartenuti a mia nonna, in quei libri rilessi gran parte delle storie che mi raccontava. Avverti come se avessi ri-trovato le radici dei miei ricordi. Decisi allora che quella ricchezza doveva essere tramandata e ciò che i suoi occhi avevano visto, lo avrebbero visto i miei occhi e così quelli di altre persone. Fu allora che realizzai:

 

À travers vos yeux I°

 

 

À travers vos yeux I° è una live performance di 40 ore, realizzata per il Festival internazionale del Teatro a Santarcangelo di Romagna.

Per 10 sere, 4 ore a sera ho aspettato il pubblico su un balcone nel centro del paese. Su quel balcone c’erano tutti i libri della mia famiglia e il pubblico era invitato ad aprire casualmente un manoscritto scegliere una pagina e strapparla. Io attendevo che ogni persona mi porgesse la pagina strappata e dopo un primo contatto visivo, in cui si instaurava un’esperienza empatica, interpretavo una frase, una parola o l’intero testo.  

 

Ciò che mi impressionò, durante e dopo la performance, era il fatto che le parole che leggevo riguardavano in qualche modo la mia memoria privata, ma in quel momento acquisivano un valore condiviso e riconosciuto dall’audience; molte persone si emozionarono sentendo frasi riguardanti archetipi universali, riconoscendo in quelle pagine esperienze vissute e interpretando il messaggio come un segno profetico.

Durante la performance incontrai quasi 700 persone, il gesto di strappare i libri fu controverso ma sentivo la necessità di una trasformazione per dare nuova forma al ricordo.

Le pagine strappate furono applicate al mio abito e al termine delle performance indossavo la memoria del momento divenuta collettiva ,ciò che era dentro veniva portato fuori e reso errante tramite un abito.

 

DAY: 2
 
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DAY: 5
 

“à travers vos yeux”  Live Performance Art- Long duration work 10 days for 4 hours a day.    

 @  Festival Internazionale del Teatro 45° edizione 10/19 july Santarcangelo di Romagna

 

 

 

DAY: 8
 

“à travers vos yeux”  Live Performance Art- Long duration work 10 days for 4 hours a day.    @  Festival Internazionale del  Teatro 45° edizione 10/19 july Santarcangelo di Romagna

 

 

 

DAY: 10
 
à travers vos yeux #2 ( 2016 )
live performance art
            
 

“à travers vos yeux II°  Live Performance.    @  Acqua Alta library, Venice. IT

 

 

 

 

The performance À travers vos yeux I° in Santarcangelo was the first step of a research, which developed into a second stage on September 3rd, 2016 ACQUA ALTA bookstore in Venice, (which is considered by The Guardian and BBC the second most fascinating library in the world) I have created À travers vos yeux II°. Therefore, I have submitted the performance of Santarcangelo one more time but, in this occasion, I have selected some of the library’s texts. The torn off and read pages, have been later offered to the audience, so that part of the memories related to the location could be distributed. 

 

 

a performance À travers vos yeux I°a Santarcangelo è  stato il primo step di una ricerca che ha visto il 3-09-2016 una seconda fase, infatti all’interno della libreria ACQUA ALTA di Venezia, (considerata dal The Guardian e BBC la seconda libreria più suggestiva al mondo), ho realizzato À travers vos yeux II°. Ho riproposto così la performance di Santarcangelo ma scegliendo alcuni testi della libreria, e  le pagine strappate e lette sono state donate questa volta all’audience, così da distribuire parte della memoria di quel luogo.

 

 

 

DAY: 9