B#SIDE WAR is an artistic and cultural scattered festival which permeates the Italian and Slovenian territories extending up from the Adriatic Sea to the Julian Alps, with art exhibitions, installations, performances, talks, conferences, researches, publications and special events in Canada, United States, Australia, Belgium, France, England and soon also in Africa and South East Asia.
With a strong international component, the festival involves contributors coming from 39 countries worldwide in order to promote an across-the-board combined reflection on the communal past of the 20th century conflicts.
Born with the aim of investigating the endowments and legacies of the World Wars and of the XX century’ wars, the festival wants to contribute to reinstate that nexuses that got weakened between the first global conflict and our daily lives, as a means to inspect the bond existing within our war’s past and the way we nowadays perceive the world.
B#SIDE WAR represents a unique case in the international scenery: artistic and experimental interventions operating on remembrance and history, aimed to incentivize the approaching of the people to our shared bellicose past, focusing on bringing back a reflection to the nowadays world through the investigation on the heritages and legacies bounded to the wars that through the century have hit the world.
The festival is attended by researchers, curators, museums and cultural institutions (just at the second edition 68 contemporary artists coming from 35 different countries joined it). The festival involves a network of 64 international, national and local partners.
The events organized are multiples, and mostly concern on:
contemporary art exhibitions – collectives and individuals – of artists that faced the topic of the First World War contemporary legacies, and talks with artists and curators
site-specific artistic interventions, as installations, in various places of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, significant for the story of the first global conflict
presentations of researches and publications
conferences on museology, curatorship and exhibition practices related to the Great War and to the 20th century conflicts
special video art and sound art events, performances
The themes of the third edition of the Festival (inaugurated in Venice by the half of October, which will last until 2017 early Summer) will be captivity, the multivocal and polyfocal history’s output.
During the previous two editions the themes faced were:
- second edition, 2015/2016: the war diaries. Investigate the experience of the world conflicts through the eyes of the human beings (both civilian and soldiers) who directly witnessed the tragic event of war
- first edition, 2014/2015: the borders and the cube, the unifying element in the forms language