Trasformatorio #1 dates!
20 April to 4 May 2014
La prima edizione di Trasformatorio , Trasformatorio#0, si e’ svolta dall’ 1 al 14 Aprile 2013.
Professionisti e studenti provenienti da vari paesi hanno partecipato ad una settimana di workshop e ad una di residenza.
Partecipanti: 14 Italiani, di cui 7 Siciliani, 3 residenti in Olanda e 1 residente in UK, dall’Austria (4), dall’Olanda (4), Inghilterra (1), Bulgaria (1) e Slovenia (2).
Le attività svolte durante le due settimane hanno visto e prodotto:
Workshops e laboratori:
Sviluppo e applicazione del lavoro site-specific. Questa ricerca e’ risultata in un prodotto ad hoc, sviluppato in base alle esigenze del luogo, delle persone, e dell’ambiente (inteso come spazio antropologico) di Montalbano Elicona.
La ricerca si è sviluppata intorno al concetto dell’ eco-sostenibilità, attraverso l’esplorazione degli strumenti tecnici, trovando una trasformazione degli stessi per arrivare ad un impatto ambientale il più possibile vicino allo 0.
Presentazioni, conferenze, dibattiti, spettacoli e installazioni:
Le esplorazioni artistiche dei vari partecipanti sono state presentate in diversi modi ad un pubblico variegato, tenendo conto del contesto e dello stato di avanzamento dei vari progetti.
Raccolta di cibo e materiali necessari alla permanenza nel luogo di lavoro e laboratori sul cibo:
Questa attività si è rivelata collante tra Traformatorio e la comunità locale, creando una rete di collaborazione con gli abitanti di Montalbano Elicona.
The first edition of Trasformatorio, Trasformatorio#0, took place , took place from 1st till 14th April 2013.
Practitioners and art students from various countries participated to one week of workshops and one week of residency.
Participants were coming from Italy (14; of whom 7 Sicilians, 3 residents in the Netherlands and 1 resident in UK), from Austria (4), from the Netherlands (4), UK (1), Bulgaria (1) and Slovenia (2).
The activities in those two weeks contained:
Workshops and laboratories:
Application and development of personal skills on site-specific performance . This is a research was conducted with the ethic of exchange, responding to the specific environment (= people, history, space) of Montalbano Elicona.
Technical research on sustainability; an exploration of tools that can be used for site-specific performances, helping to create a theatrical transformation with the most limited damages to the environment.
Research presentations, discussions, speeches, performances and installations:
The practitioners’ explorations were presented to different audiences, in multiple ways, according to the content, character and state of development of ideas and performance material.
Establishing the basics, gathering food and all other material necessities:
On the locations where Trasformatorio was working and living. This very basic practical activity was considered and worked out as one of the means of ‘mapping’ the place. It worked as a key aspect for integrating with the local community and as a simple social glue between participants.
… something about trasformatorio…
from casa faranda
to the castle
meet il maestro
and greet la signora in nero
touch to get in touch
and don’t miss argimusco
… qualcosa sul trasformatorio…
da casa faranda
incontra il maestro
e saluta la signora in nero
tocca per conoscere
e non perderti l’argimusco
Trasformatorio is about settling and developing an annual laboratory for performative arts in a remote community in Sicily: Montelbano Elicona (province Messina). This laboratory focuses on development of innovative site-specific performances and theatrical installations, in close connection with the landscape, the history and the traditions of the people of Montalbano.
A group of international artists, from various disciplines is invited and selected to participate in workshops and initiate projects within the community and its surrounding landscape.
Main challenge to the artists is to go ‘back’ to the basic questions of performative arts in this specific place: ‘what can we be aware of here and transform into a vital work; a work that shares/communicates a pure reflection on what is present for us here?’
The topic of sustainability, both of natural landscape and cultural life, follows directly and organically on these basic questions. Awareness of the place and local culture is artistic starting point for the practice. The ‘transformations’ that we seek, are meant to enrich the cultural exchange of both the local people and the visiting artists. Artistically ‘reading‘ a place means in our project: taking care of the place. Therefore we explicitly connect research of sustainability in site-specific performative arts to the more general ways of artistic research.
The Lab is co-produced by an open group of artists, committing their thoughts and actions to having quality time for the development of their researches in this context.
OUR WEB SITE: WWW.TRASFORMATORIO.NET
Trasformatorio #1 will take place again from 20 April to 4 May 2014 in Montalbano Elicona (ME), a medieval village in the Sicilian region of Nebrodi mountains, 900 meters above sea level, a little known area rich of history and natural beauty. The laboratory is held in the premises of the old town, and is supported by the City of Montalbano Elicona and the University Consortium Federico II.
The research focus of Trasformatorio #1 will be the use of the perceptive plateau in performance design. As during Trasformatorio #0 focused on the perception of invisible, we envision a sort of informed progression of our research by exploring questions as:
What kind of sound you would compose for a forest to mix with the night sounds?
How would you amplify it?
How to control effectively cues in a wireless mode, powering light and sound with alternative sources?
What lighting design to envision if the key-light is the moon?
What kind of interaction within the performer , our technical infrastructure and the situation around we should design?
A second focus for the participating artists should be on XXIst century storytelling preactices.
All participants will be encouraged to share their methodology and knowledge in the first week of Trasformatorio #1, as well as to engage in field research and other common activities. The program for the activities will be outlined beforehand also with participants contribution taking in account their objectives, motivations and competences.
The second week is devoted to each practitioner’s research: all participants will have the possibility to use the facilities and the village for research, development and presentation of projects that were either planned in advance or emerged during the first week of research. There will be no obligation to present but Trasformatorio will help every artist to realize and document their work.
Trasformatorio welcomes both professional and studentsu in a variety of disciplines.
Writing, Sound and Music, Performance and Dance, Visual and Light, Media and Video Art, Design, Architecture, Set Design and Costume, Photography, and other Applied Arts, as well as Hacking, NB. The maximum number of participants for #1 is 30.
As Trasformatorio’s languages are English and Italian, we recommend a good knowledge of one of those two, or both.
The Residency is offered to selected artists at cost price.
200 Euro p/p (**) for both weeks and includes:
- Accommodation: 13 nights in cottages in the village “Medieval Resort”.
(Each cottage is ready to host two people, and it is equipped with private bathroom and kitchen).
- Board: Half Board: breakfast and dinner in the town hall canteen, wine excluded. (Lunch and all the extras are paid by the participants).
- Membership, that allows unlimited admission to all events organised during the week. (workshops, readings, lectures, installations, exhibitions, etc …).
(**) Trasformatorio is produced by the participants also as an experiment in sustainable production and lifestyle. We might consider the possibility of alternatives to currency as an exchange for full participation. Talk to us first and propose us your idea of exchange.
PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE
for information on how to get there, state of research and an impression on the place and the activities of previous edition.
Deadline: January 11, 2013, but send anyway your proposal ASAP!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with:
Motivation Letter/description of the research
Filled in Application Form <<< Download here!!!
CV – Portfolio/ links to examples of work
Participants will be notified of the selection before the end of January 2013. The selection is final and is at the discretion of Trasformatorio Committee.