ANTICIPATION OF THE NIGHT
Punctuated by listening and vocal turns, this event re-examines that long year of 1968 in order to reignite from a present day perspective the questions that exploded then: the urgency of the struggle, the processes of subjectification, the construction of communities, relational ecosystems, the performance as a product of many people. This conversation will be fed by the elements within On Fire itself. Performance in the Space of Struggles [1967-1979], is the first collective volume produced by the INCOMMON project, and can be seen as a polyphonic object, one that aggregates temporality, writing and image: the Sixties and Seventies meshed with the present.
Funded by the European Research Council in 2016, the INCOMMON project is based at the IUAV University of Venice. Officially titled In praise of community. Shared creativity in arts and politics in Italy (1959-1979) its brief is to analyse experimental theatre in Italy over the 1960s and the 1970s in an attempt to let emerge relational, affective and collaborative patterns present across this period’s protagonists, theatre practises and new political forms expressed through struggle and activism. INCOMMON is also creating an innovative digital archive that rethinks the structure of the ordinary catalogue-container and instead proposes an archive that can be explored in different ways. It focuses on events’ geography and temporality, and it also addresses the constellation of relational and emotive confluences found in networks of communities, artists, curators, critics and stage photographers.
I. CALEO, P. DI MATTEO, A. SACCHI, G. CIPOLLONE (a cura di), In fiamme. La performance nello spazio delle lotte (1967-1979), b-r-u-n-o editore, Venezia 2021.