NowHere Active Residencies
The Open Program Of Workcenter Of Jerzy Grotowski And Thomas Richards At Macao
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This book is a collective work telling the story of NowHere Active Residencies: the artistic residency of the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Macao, a new center for arts, culture and research in Milan. Here, from October 3 to 12, 2014, for the first time in Milan, with free entrance or voluntary contribution, the Open Program mounts their shows on stage: Electric Party Songs and I Am America, dedicated to the work of Allen Ginsberg, The Hidden Sayings, and an open workshop. NowHere Active Residencies, supported by a crowdfunding campaign, is an artistic and political practice that rejects the logic of exchange based on do ut des, fostering instead, by means of residences, the production of knowledge, tools and spaces, beyond the capitalization of work and culture. An experience lived by several subjects in transit, starting from Mayday 2014, during the festival of performing art Folle agire urbano - Foolish Urban Act, at Palazzina Liberty in Milan, and in a set of locations, linked by composite artivism: the studies about Jerzy Grotowski's theatre research at Teatro Era in Pontedera, twisting with the Workcenter in the rehearsal rooms and in the houses at Le Vallicelle, the screening of their video materials at Cinema Beltrade in Milan, the exploration of the digital archives of performing arts to come at the ZKM Zentrum fur Kunst und Medien in Karlsruhe, Ceci n'est pas une table, the exhibition at the AREA - first edition of International Commons Festival in Chieri, 2015. The language could not be only one, nor could the reading sense be univocal: from the very beginning this book configured itself as a situationist notebook using various forms of writing and dialogue. Against the light, Allen Ginsberg's poems inspire incursions into the Beat Generation, opening up research and practice to complexity.