by Alessandro Carboni
Alessandro Carboni: concept, research and performance
Production: Formati Sensibili (2011)
Partners: Nanihin Art Centre, Foshan; Kaitat River Project; 1a Space Art Gallery Hong Kong; Switch On, Kuala Lumpur; HanoiSoundstuff Festival, Hanoi
Asia tour management: NoiseAsia, Hong Kong
Support: Focus on Art and Science in the  Performing Arts, with the support of the Cultural Program of the European Commission;
Assistant and visual documentation: Dickson Dee, Kembo
Media Partner: Abitare
Website: http://learningcurvesasia.wordpress.com/

The research has been produced in the frame of ”Focus on Art and Science in the Performing Arts” with the support of the Cultural Program of the European Commission and Nao – Nuovi Autori Oggi. The trip, which lasted six months, reached some urban areas of the city of Singapore, Foshan, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City.  During the trip, Alessandro Carboni has used an interdisciplinary methodology of mapping and analysis of urban space, which he invented, which runs through the visual arts, performance, architecture, urban sociology, cognitive science and new technologies. A “haptic topography” which has shifted from time to time, in various procedural stages, in the specific urban contingencies. The materials, text, urban actions, images, video interviews and reports, produced and collected during the periods of residence in urban areas, have been collected within an archive and published, as reportage, during the journey in the architecture magazine Abitare.

Foshan – 23 ° 2′N 113 ° 43′E

Hanoi: 21°2′N 105°51′E

Ho Chi Minh City: 10°46′10″N 106°40′55″E

Singapore 1°17′N 103°50′E

Kuala Lumpur: 3°8′00″N 101°42′00″E

After the research period, Alessandro, taking inspiration by the collected materials, produced the work Lau Nay: a performance in collaboration with the Japanese performer Sayaka Kaiwa. The work has been presented in festivals and contemporary art museums. A 45 minutes video documentary was also created, already presented at cinema reviews and video documentaries. A laboratory and a number of conferences presenting the project have already been presented at various universities in Italy and abroad. The results of the first stage of research have opened up new questions about the role of artistic practice as the production of thought not only aesthetic, or assumptions related to usability, but as an agent capable to reflect and also to create changes, transformations and mutations of everyday urban space.


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