VANIA ROVISCO & MARIA F. SCARONI
Vania Rovisco and Maria F. Scaroni are performers, dancers and activists from Berlin's AADK (Aktuelle Architektur der Kultur) art network.
The State of Things is a project that aims to include individuals into a live art process. It is not based on firmly set pre-defined concept, but attempts to make use of the situation and conditions in any given moment. The artists are blurring the line between visual art and dance; their starting point is the so-called Visual Art Performance. The project was implemented for the first time in Berlin in 2010 as a 12-hour live process, in cooperation with the Slovene artist Metka Pretnar. Other international artists, working in Berlin, were also invited to participate in it (musicians, actors, performers, photographers…).
Wishing to continue their artistic process with participation of different artists, Vania and Maria chose this as a starting point of their work in Maribor. At different locations in the city (the Glavni trg square, a gallery, the window of a shop, a bar) the artists and their invited guests performed a series of events, in which the artistic performance was used as a promotional tool for »exchange« on different levels. Local artists, as well as inhabitants of the city, were invited to actively participate in the creative process, and in conversation. This way every current situation creates an original dramaturgy for the body and the space, the boundaries between genres are blurred, and the body is the main medium. Such live events oppose traditional presentational forms and their commandments, they are thought provoking, and encourage a different way of looking, experiencing and reacting from the audience. Each event opens up new possibilities, and each one develops in a different direction - depending on the people participating, and the environment, in which it takes place. The audience member can take on a role of the witness, the participant, the voyeur, or a mere observer. Connecting people from different enviroments, people with different cultural or political backgrounds, enriches the project on many levels, and gives it added value. That is, at the same time, also one of the leading principles of the AADK network.
The State of Things: Performance Procedures Propaganda events and locations in Maribor:
Cocktail Performing Party at the Vetrinj mansion;
Exercising Propaganda, Glavni trg square – by The Plague Memorial;
Peep show, Boutique Lenka, Slomškov trg 14;
The State of Things, GuestRoomMaribor Gallery, Koroška cesta 18;
Surface, closing event with James Fortune / Kavarna Royal Coffehouse, Glavni trg 1.
»Morning walks by the Drava river, meeting warm people, enjoying the rhythms of the city, a different, but a unique frequency… Our month in Maribor was a time of connecting with creative people, and these connections will definitely not be broken as we leave. The GuestRoomMaribor team gave us the feeling that all of our ideas can be tried out and realized, so we can say that the creative atmosphere was exceptional. «
Text: Maja Pardeilhan