B#SIDE WAR FESTIVAL 3rd EDITION: PRISONS, CAPTIVITY, PRISONERS # FOR A MULTI-VOCAL AND POLI-FOCAL HISTORY: ART AND COLLECTIVE WAR MEMORIES
Exactly one hundred years ago (two years after the beginning of the First World War), Europe was a kind of large prison camp in the open air, in which 15 to 20 million human beings had been detained, taken in hostage without freedom nor food, denying their identity and humanity. It is also hard to quantify the number of civilian prisoners, often forced to hard labor in prison camps or evacuation camps and, again, many were the women and families trapped in their occupied homes. At the end of the war, there were other prisons studding the soil of the continent: sanatoriums and psychiatric hospitals, whose alarming amount made clear the tragic nature of the conflict.
The prison is a constant in war, that develop in different ways according to the various conflicts (past and present): in 2016 the armed conflicts in the world are 39, and every year about 90,000 people on average are taken prisoners in armed conflicts. Imprisonment is an asymmetric situation in which it's easy to loose humanity (both for the prisoner, that loose his dignity and identity; that for the keeper, that can develop a process of de-humanisation and objectification of the prisoner). And of course, imprisonment leaves legacies and inheritances, that shape a population's culture. On the other hand, this 3rd edition wants to enlight the importance of the collective memory. Collective memory is something fluid and an issue in someway open to interpretations. The "national" memory has rather often a monolithic essence, that never changes, national memory speaks with one voice and hardly lends itself to different interpretations and facets, looking at the facts from a single point of view. Our festival, today involving contributors and partners from 39 countries, was born in a border area between three states. Since the border has been moved so many times during the world wars, it is difficult today to define what is the 'national memory' that the territory may adopt: not always the 'national memory' coincides with the collective memory of the people and families of an area. In some cases the collective, local and familiar memories can not be represented by ‘the’ national memory, and therefore become 'B series' memories: sometimes 'B series memories' are erased, put aside (unconsciously or even willfully, with deliberate actions) buried or hidden, waiting for oblivion.
For the third edition of the festival, we have prepared a program able to give visibility to works of art and artistic projects that address the delicate issue of the imprisonment as a universal experience, highlight collective and familiar memories and offering a poly-focal and multi-vocal perception of history.
EVENTS ON JANUARY 2017
VideoArtDay#War Remembrance January, Saturday 28th, 2017 – from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. / in several Italian cities and abroad: Rome, Padova, Venice, Trieste, Pordenone, Naples, Genova, Treviso, Gorizia, Milan, Piran, Izola, Huston.
Artists: Anne O’Callaghan, Vanessa Gageos, Nathalie Vanheuele, Victoria Lucas, Estabrak Al Ansari, Marina Abramovic, Arja Karkainnen
EVENTS ON FEBRUARY 2017
MEMORY AS A LIVING MATTER / The memory of war through the matter International Artists for a reinterpretation of the war object | Exhibition February 04th – March 05th 2017 / Vernissage: February, Saturday 4th, from 6:00 p.m. / at Sala Umberto Veruda, Piazza Piccola 1 – Trieste, Italy Access via Piazza Unità walking throughout the main portico The exhibition has no entry fee and is visitable for free from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.a and from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Artworks of: Man Ray, Nathalie Vanheuele, Boris Beja, Lang Ea, Cosima Montavoci, Claudio Beorchia, Luca Terenzi, Ana Mrovlje, Anitra Hamilton, Ilisie Remus
NO WORD - NO WAR / Poli-focal interactive installation by Natalia Tikhonova February 17th – March 3rd 2017 / Opening: February, Friday 17th at 06.00 p.m. – at Carinarnica – bivak urbane kulture, Erjavčeva 53, 5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Carinarnica is situated on the border between Italy and Slovenia, 15 minutes walk from Piazza Vittoria in Gorizia
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday from 02:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m
EVENTS ON MARCH 2017
Presentation of the volume DAVANTI A TRIESTE, by Mario Puccini (edited for Mursia), curated by Tancredi Artico March, Friday 3rd 2017 – 06.00 p.m., at Libreria Ubik, Trieste (Piazza della Borsa 15), Italy
PANOPTICO / Sound Art Installation, by Greta Lusoli March 25th – April 2nd 2017 / Opening: March, Saturday 25th at 11:00 a.m. / at Castello di Duino’s Bunker, Italy via Duino 32, 34011, Duino Aurisina – the partecipation to the opening is by resevation only (via mail or through the B#Side War App). Access is subject to availability Opening hours of the installation to the public: from 09.30 a.m. to 05.30 p.m., closed on Tuesdays
B#SIDE VideoArtDay - Screening event in Toronto March 28th 2017 – 07:00 p.m. / Toronto (Canada) – 360 Geary Ave, Toronto, Ontario Shown in Toronto the B#Side War Festival videos of the artists Anne O’Callaghan, Nathalie Vanheuele, Victoria Lucas, Estabrak Al Ansari, Arja Karkkainen A suggestive scattered videoart event, in which will be projected the videos of the B#Side War Festival artists in Toronto (Canada), by the University and in many screens spread around the city and in its cultural centres. The projection’s events could be seen live in Italy and abroad directly from our mobile App B#Side War.
EVENTS ON APRIL 2017
EMBODIED MEMORY / The memory of war through the matter April 1st – 30th 2017 / Vernissage: April, Saturday 1st at 05:00 p.m. / Villa Manin di Passariano, Italy The exhibition is visitable in the exedra in Piazza Manin 10, Codroipo. The exhibition has no entry fee and is visitable for free from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. – 07:30 p.m.a and from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m Artworks of: Nathalie Vanheuele, Boris Beja, Lang Ea, Cosima Montavoci, Claudio Beorchia, Luca Terenzi, Ana Mrovlje, Anitra Hamilton, Ilisie Remus, Ting Bao, Victoria Lucas, Vanessa Gageos, Anne O’ Callaghan, Mario Lo Prete, Nicolas Vamvouklis.
PRISONERS / Public art scattered installation, by Joshua Cesa April 6 – 9th 2017 / Opening: April, Friday 7th at 06.00 p.m., at Loggia del Lionello in Udine, Italy For the occasion, a small talk with the artists. The installation is accesible in the historic downtown of Udine, in the circumscribed area between Piazza Venerio, Piazza Matteotti and Via Manin, from 05:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m.
PANOPTICO / Sound Art Installation, by Greta Lusoli April 6 – 9th 2017 / Opening: April, Friday 7th at 06.00 p.m., at Loggia del Lionello in Udine, Italy. For the occasion, a small talk with the artists. The installation is accessible in the Rifugio antiaereo (Air-raid Shelter) of Piazza I Maggio (from 05:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m.)
PRISONERS / Public art scattered installation, by Joshua Cesa April 20 – 23th 2017 / Opening: April, Thursday 20th – 06:00 p.m. at Comune di Gradisca d’Isonzo, via Marziano Ciotti 49, Italy For the occasion, a small talk with the artists. The installation is accessible in the historic down-town of Gradisca d’Isonzo (GO), in the circumscribed area between Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, Via della Serenissima and Viale donatori di sangue, from 04:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
PANOPTICO / Sound Art Installation by Greta Lusoli April 20 – 23th 2017 / Opening: April, Thursday 20th – 06:00 p.m. at Comune di Gradisca d’Isonzo, via Marziano Ciotti 49, Italy For the occasion, a small talk with the artists. The installation is accessible in the Torrione San Giorgio (indications at the entrance of Largo Porta Nuova), from 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.
EVENTS ON MAY 2017
PRISONERS / Public art scattered installation, by Joshua Cesa May 4 – 7th 2017 / Opening: May, Friday 5th at 06:00 p.m. in the small court antecedent Casa Museo Tartini (Kajuhova 12, 6330, Piran, Slovenija) The installation is accessible from 06:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in the area between Piazza Tartini, Strada Adamiceva and Strada Bolniska.
PRISONERS / Public art scattered installation, by Joshua Cesa May 11 – 14th 2017 / Opening: May, Thursday 11th, 06:00 p.m., at Feellove (Stradone Sant’Agostino 17, 16123, Genova, Italy) The installation is accessible from 06:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in the area between Stradone Sant’Agostino and vico Amandorla.
EVENTS ON JUNE 2017
PRISONERS / Public art scattered installation, by Joshua Cesa The installation is accessible from 06:00 to 10:00 p.m. in all the locations around the city where it is placed. June 8 – 11th 2017 / The installation is accessible at the ex Manicomio Santa Maria della Pietà, into the park, Rome – Italy June 17th 2017 / The installation is accessible at MAAM – Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove (via Prenestina 913, 00155 Rome, Italy) June 22nd – 23rd 2017 / The installation is accessible at Piazza San Silvestro (00187, Rome, Italy) June 24 – 25th 2017 / The installation is accessible at Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere (00153, Rome, Italy) June 30th – July 2nd 2017 / The installation is accessible at Ex Dogana, via delle Scalo San Lorenzo 10 (00185, Rome, Italy)
INSIGHT / Sound Art Installation by Joshua Cesa June 15th – July 15th 2017 / Opening of the installation sonora Insight, at NAGN – National Art Gallery of Namibia, Corner of Robert Mugabe Avenue and John Meinert Street, Windhoek (Namibia) The installation will become part of the permanent collection of the museum..
ORGANIC MEMORY / EXHIBITION AT CA’ DEI RICCHI (Treviso) June 29th – July 5th 2017 / Vernissage: June, Thursday 29th at 07:00 p.m. / at the exhibition area TRA, by Ca’ Dei Ricchi, via Barberia 25 (Treviso, Italy) The exhibition has no entry fee and is accessible for free from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. and from 03:30 p.m. to 07:30 p.m.
EVENTS ON JULY 2017
INSIGHT / Sound Art Installation by Joshua Cesa July 1st 2017 / Opening of the installation sonora Insight, at Mosede Fort & Museum, Mosede Strandvej 87A, 2670, Greve (Denmark) The installation will become part of the permanent collection of the museum, which is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
PANOPTICO / Sound Art Installation by Greta Lusoli July 21-23th 2017 / The installation is accessible at Forte Lago Predil – Italy, from 04:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
PRISONERS / Public art scattered installation, by Joshua Cesa July 29th 2017 / Opening of the installation: July, Saturday 29th, 05:00 p.m., at Fortezza di Chiusaforte, Italy The installation is accessible at Fortezza di Chiusaforte, from 03:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.