Porticello Artist Residencies existed in the years 2014 – 2016.
Grzegorz Laszuk, artistic director of the theatre Komuna // Warszawa came to work on a new play. The subject of the play is the Polish fascist Roman Dmowski. “Everything about this man is boring,” Grzegorz said, “How can I write a play about that person?”
Grzegorz had a steady routine linked to a fixed route from his apartment to his desk and back again. When the sun started to shine really hard, the desk moved with the shadow of the olive tree, and thus became a sun dial.
He succeeded in the end to find a frame from where he could develop the play. Reading Hannah Arendt and reading Roman Dmowski in Calabria eventually helped him in the process.
Geert Jan Hobijn knew il Porticello from earlier visits. He noticed the huge amount of waste plastic on the beaches. This gave him the idea to construct a floating musical instrument. It should be entirely made from the found plastic and played by the waves of the sea..
During his residency Geert Jan did research on how to use the plastic materials. He built a proto-type of the floating instrument which was tested in the sea: plastic souls.
Geert Jan Hobijn’s stay was made possible with the kind support of Mondriaan Fonds
Michal Libera and Michal Growochiak are at Porticello Artist Residency for the third time together to finish their excursions and research on the unfinished structures in the Calabrian Landscape. This work will be presented in the form of a book and an exhibition, called: Nuova Europa.
Still from a video, walking backward
Early summer brought three guests to Porticello, here in Calabria.
Melanie Velarde continued her work on landscape and sound, which resulted in compositions for volcanos, megaphones and tapes, a work she called Polytope Aeolia. Inspired by Iannis Xenaxis’ piece “Polytope Mycenae” she aims to stage and document site specific compositions within the Aeolian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.
Michal Libera (essay) and Michal Grochowiak (pictures) continued their work on Nuevo Europa. They went on long daytrips to document the unfinished structures in Calabria, but also to study the phenomenon and talk with architects and politicians.
A third visit in December is scheduled to round off the project.