A PROJECT BY
Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona
IN THE CONTEXT OF
Linea Terra Acqua I edizione
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF
Comune di Verona, Provincia di Verona, Comune di Lazise
September 23, 2017
Strada del Roccolino
Località Fossalta, Lazise
Conceived as the final performance of the first edition of Linea Terra Acqua, a choral adaptation of the performance URSONATE by Kurt Schwitters was realized with the students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona and directed by John Duncan.
John Duncan can be considered the cross-media artist par excellence: he deals with performance, conceptual installations, sound noise and video art, and does so within a synthesis between art and socio-anthropological research.
During his years in Los Angeles he played a central role in the development of experimentation in the performing arts; while in Tokyo, as a member of the LAFMS, he became a leading innovator in the performing and musical arts. His art is experimental, shows many twists and turns and addresses different themes, delving into questions of opportunity, choice, change and construction, with a focus on the ambiguity of reality, continually surprising expectations and showing the subtle balances of art, but also of life.
His artistic and musical performances have been presented all over the world, in the most important museums as well as in the most important experimental music events: from Los Angeles (The Getty Centre, The Bocx and MOCA) to Tokyo (the Museum of Contemporary Art), from Bologna (the Narkissos Contemporary Art Gallery) to the Second Göteborg Biennale. He directed and took part in the Ensemble Phoenix (in Basel and Bern, as well as for the AngelicA Festival in Bologna), the Musica Nova Ensemble in Tel Aviv, the Zeitkratzer in Berlin and the Coro Arcanto for AngelicA in Bologna.
In his work, the audience plays a central role: it is led to understand art and to reconsider it each time from a different point of view, with experiments that are never taken for granted but go to the limits of what one expects to see, hear, experience.