DEED & FLIRTATION / Riccardo Ambìveri / Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August 2016 from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m.


Riccardo Ambìveri

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August 2016 from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m. (free entry)

The public is kindly invited to take part in the performances of the artist RICCARDO AMBÌVERI (1993) on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August 2016.

The Leitmotiv that runs through Ambìveri’s performances is a comparative dialogue between the artist and his audience, since the artist is not only the author of his actions with the audience, but also plays the leading role in them. The performer uses his physical presence and bodily interaction to build his rapport with those others who also take part in his action, since the body is treated as a vehicle for expressing and feeling the spirit that is housed within it: to measure up physically to somebody else means to act on his constituent equilibrium, on the Id and on the Ego of the Other.

We often fail to stop and ponder our decisions to a sufficient extent… and the effects they may have on those around us – and, indirectly, on ourselves. Slowing down, observing, joining in and taking part, feeling and reacting, so as to remember that every one of our actions has its implications.

DEED, 2015 is a long durational performance lasting about four hours that relies on audience participation, making it interactive: it is due to take place on Saturday 13 August from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m..

The action in DEED – whose English-language title intentionally implies an act, an action or a gesture, but it may also mean a legal document of the kind used to transfer the ownership of a piece of land or to create an obligation or a contract, a term that is often juxtaposed with the action of saying something without actually tackling the concomitant facts, as in “between words and deeds” – takes place at the moment when the performer allows the participant to enter into a restricted space that is reserved for the two of them alone. The invitation is not verbal: the artist waits until his eyes meet those of the participant and he makes a sign to invite him/her to approach. The participant receives a list of adjectives that the performer has to interpret and act out when they are read out loud. Each thing that is said and completed has a consequence of its own and, although it is the performer who stages the action consequent on the adjective, the participant  is also involved in the evolution of the action, becoming directly responsible for what is happening. The performance comes to an end when the participant leaves the restricted space.

FLIRTATION, 2016, is another interactive long durational performance, which will be taking place on Sunday 14 August from 2.0 p.m. to 6.00 p.m..

This performance takes the form of two people meeting while seated at a table – the performer is already sitting there, waiting for a participant, who is informed by word of mouth about what the action consists of: sucking a finger or holding each other close with the respective arms of the hand indicated, until the performer decides to put an end to the action.

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