VIDEO.it 2009 26.03.2009 | 28.03.2009

A BRIDGE OVER THE MEDITERRANEAN
FESTIVAL OF ARTISTS’ VIDEOS AND CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Curators: Francesco Poli, Francesco Bernardelli, Mario Gorni, Paola Nicita, Cristiana Perella

Artegiovane is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its festival devoted to audiovisual creation by young artists (under 35). Several novelties are present this year: the festival will be held at Fondazione Merz in Torino and its program has been completely revamped, so that it now offers a series of sections devoted to countries in the Mediterranean area and encounters with the international curators who have been invited to participate. Also new is the fact that the rich selection of events will be presented to the public on three successive evenings. It is in no small part thanks to the important role played in recent years by the Biennale of Young European and Mediterranean Artists (BJCEM), which has made possible and stimulated contact and cultural exchange, that the theme chosen for this edition of the festival is meant to encourage reflection starting from the idea of “A Bridge Over the Mediterranean” – understood as a link between migrant and resident peoples and conjunction between artistic culture and society.
Planned to be held twice – both this year and next – the festival will focus attention on two groups of countries in the Mediterranean area, identified following exploratory criteria dedicated to the many different facets of art practice.
The countries invited to participate in 2009 are Italy, France, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, Israel and Palestine.
Continuing the interdisciplinary approach developed over the years, the evenings of video screenings will include two dance performances, planned in collaboration with Natalia Casorati’s Mosaico Danza Cultural Association: EX by Giuliana Urciuoli (finalist in Regione Veneto’s “Giovane Danza d’Autore” – GD’A –  competition), to be presented on March 25, and The Fish_Ricerca Sorgente by Erika Di Crescenzo (also selected for inclusion in Regione Piemonte’s festival “Spaces for Contemporary Dance”), to be presented on March 27. In each of these performances, there is interaction between dancers and video.