With a new project under the title CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1, the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK heads into a new direction. Founded on the principles of artistic collaboration, cooperation and temporary artistic community, CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is born to be an artistic experience of a different kind.

The concept developed out of the ART WEEK's core mission and its Educational Learning Program. The aim is to empower participating artists who are selected through an Open Call, to articulate and develop their individual praxis within an independent temporary autonomous zone of co-creation under the tuition of established performance artists.

The project is intended for those artists, performers, visionary poets, who wish to articulate and refine their skills, expand their practice, exploring new ideas and approaches, allowing their work to become more fully realised. It offers a rare opportunity to explore new territories of performance in an extended, intensive period of time outside of an academic setting. It is both a learning path and a unique occasion to work and collaborate together in the ART WEEK venue Palazzo Mora, while strengthening the creative talent and intellectual freedom of each participant.


CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 consists of:

  • 10 days of intensive co-creation workshop processes for international artists in tutor groups led by the artists Andrigo & Aliprandi (Italy), Marilyn Arsem (US) and artist duo VestAndPage (Venice/Germany). The selected artists will work in one tutor group during the entire process. Places per tutor group are limited to a maximum of 15.
  • Morning lectures by guest artists Preach R Sun (US) and Marcel Sparmann (Germany), curator Francesca Carol Rolla (Venice) and artistic director and producer Elisabetta di Mambro (Venice);
  • Theoretical discussions on specific topics structured in the form of roundtables and open dialogues.
  • Exhibition section displaying performance pedagogical material.
  • Two evenings of official, public performances on 15 and 16 December 2017 at the ART WEEK venue Palazzo Mora, Venice. The culmination of the 10 days co-creation process will be open to the audience: we will transform the venue together into a dynamic performance site through a series of collective performance operas, as well as collaborative and solo performances.










In 2011, when we conceived the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK with its Trilogy of the Body (2012-2016) and its related Educational Learning Program (since 2013), we didn't rely on arid schematisms of hypertrophic art platforms as there are so many in the world, nor common performance art festival formulas.

Since we live in a Social Age, a time that is all about human connections, social relations, changes and innovations, our urgency was to first realize a long term art project that could connect artists and people, and where the expression of human values and social concerns is not second to the artistic proposition of the project itself.

We envisioned the overall project as a moment of gathering reunion among artists of different generations and cultures; a space of encounter and dialogue where to share common interests, exchange ideas, plan future jointed activities, while spending qualitative time together, eventually a common ground and an ideal territory where ethics and aesthetics converge.

Being performance artists ourselves, we chose performance art as the content and backbone to the project, because we consider performance art's multifaceted practices the most appropriate to let emerge vitally human values and social concerns that characterize the evolutionary and devolutionary processes of human civilization.

Veritably, for us it was not enough to display selected pioneer performance documentation alongside contemporary performances in line with our curatorial focus, but to lay the foundation for establishing a recognizable place emanating intellectual freedom and a pervasive noble sense of humanity. A place of magmatic creativity not institutionalized, inspiring, and capable of attracting new audience.

After the completion of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK Trilogy of the Body (Hybrid Body – Poetic Body, 2012; Ritual Body – Political Body, 2014; Fragile Body – Material Body, 2016), and four editions of the Educational Learning Program (2013 to 2017), we now confront new challenges.

During these seven years of activity, our team has consolidated. Together we have come to the conclusion that to keep the art we love flourishing and vital, it is right to insist and give more and more importance to the investigation and development of the many creative processes that lead to performance, as the crucial questions are: How do we respond with art to a global state of emergency? And how do we perform in such a context?

At the conclusion of the first edition of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK in December 2012, Singaporean artist Lee Wen portrayed the spirit of the project with these rewarding words: 'This is not a circus, this not a show, this not a biennale, this is a meeting of artists and people who looked for the pearls in the rivers of human civilizations and came to share what they found.'

With the new format CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY, we want to continue on this same road with all respect. It remains a priority to enforce the idea of a temporary artistic community that has been the cornerstone of the ART WEEK's foundation. At the same time, the determinant for all this to happen is the exploration of performances' making processes in a context of creative sharing.


VestAndPage, August 2017




VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK – CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is a project conceived by artist duo VestAndPage and independent curator Francesca Carol Rolla, realised in cooperation with Live Arts Cultures nonprofit Cultural Association, We Exhibit, Venice Open Gates and Studio Contemporaneo nonprofit Cultural Association, and with the in-kind support by the European Cultural Centre | GAA Foundation and ConCAVe Venice.

© Venice International Performance Art Week 2012-2017

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