Amor Proprio, 2017, Centrale Montemartini, Rome
Amor proprio is a sequence of gestures, sounds and actions developed by several performers with different tasks and attitudes. It is the research of a silent and powerless language, detached from history and far from discourses. The performers struggle, attempt, contemplate. Some impossibility emerges, transforming the actions into a language with which to interact, to communicate or perhaps to dominate.
The performance’s score is constructed through the juxtaposition of actions belonging to my painting process with elements coming from an on-going research into Korean cosmetic routine, Zen, glossolalia and multilingual writings by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Korean American seminal artist.
The title of the piece evokes J.J.Rousseau’s concept of Amour Propre, or Self-love, depicted as the drive of overcoming the other in order to fulfill one owns desire for recognition.
The performers receive a series of instructions and are asked to reinterpret them according to their attitudes, imagination and physical capabilities.
The length of the piece oscillates between 20 minutes and 2 hours according to the location and to the number of performers involved.
Project Mix-Mapping the Town
curated by Claudio Libero Pisano and Orlando Edizioni
Performers: Marta Montevecchi, Seung-Hee Yeom, Johan Kistemann, Lalage Loepp, Giuseppe Vincent Giampino, Eleonora Minna, Valeria
Gristina, Marco Solari, Alessandra Vanzi, Jorma Giannoccaro, Simona Rossi, Valerio Malorni, Nicola Campiotti, Adele Tulli
Sound: Andrea Koch
Performing camera: Caterina Silva