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Alessandro Fonte, Shawnette Poe

Fonte&Poe

http://fontepoe.tumblr.com/

***********, Italy
Alessandro Fonte (Polistena, 1984) studied at the Unical of Arcavacata and at the Estav of Barcelona, Shawnette Poe (Warsaw, 1980) at the University of Arts Bremen. They live and work between Italy and Germany. Their works have been shown in Europe, Africa and America, selected by institutions such as Fondazione Pino Pascali, MAXXI Museum Rome, 24th Biennial of Design Ljubljana, the 54th Biennial of Venice, Bramante Cloister Rome, Museo Civico Castelbuono, National Gallery of Macedonia.

Architecture as collective Rituality


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Architecture as collective Rituality


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Contemporary collective rituals as a tool to (re-)define mental and physical architectures
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With growing isolation of the individual, the importance of collective gatherings and places increases. The existing options however are mostly connected to consumption while poverty expands.
Collective structures (metaphorical, spiritual, ideological, physical) we inherited from the past have survived as mere shells, folklore, emptied of their original meaning.

Through our research we reread the cultural, historical, traditional, political, religious/magical, urban or scenic characteristics of specific realities working directly with local communities and involving them in collective actions.

We compose abstract ceremonies and their elements, investigating the possibility of a new contemporary rituality and reflecting on the rituals' legitimacy and potentials in our present.

Contemporary art becomes thus a tool to construct collective rituals which may indicate, inspire, claim, resist, declare, interfere with or redefine both mental and physical architectures of the future.



CLAIM_The action investigates the question of the southern identity through the stereotype of a picturesque rurality. The choir’s claim oscillates between the evocation of lightness and the attempt to connect with the landscape and the once sacred place, turning the ruins inside out. In the classical symbology the cicadas represent the ambiguous balance between serenity and recklessness. They are the attribute of Apollo. Their uninterrupted mantra turns them often into a symbol of immortality.

REVERSE_realized during the performance festival VIVA

LA GIOSTRA DELL’ AVVICINAMENTO [ THE CAROUSEL OF APPROACHMENT ]
RITUAL FOR 8 PEOPLE AND 8 TAXIDERMIED BIRDS OF PREY_collective action developed during an art residency in Castelbuono (Sicily)

DRY OR DROWN_collective action realized during the art residency Témenos in Sibari (Italy)

Architecture as collective Rituality


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Architecture as collective Rituality


-
Contemporary collective rituals as a tool to (re-)define mental and physical architectures
File under

With growing isolation of the individual, the importance of collective gatherings and places increases. The existing options however are mostly connected to consumption while poverty expands.
Collective structures (metaphorical, spiritual, ideological, physical) we inherited from the past have survived as mere shells, folklore, emptied of their original meaning.

Through our research we reread the cultural, historical, traditional, political, religious/magical, urban or scenic characteristics of specific realities working directly with local communities and involving them in collective actions.

We compose abstract ceremonies and their elements, investigating the possibility of a new contemporary rituality and reflecting on the rituals' legitimacy and potentials in our present.

Contemporary art becomes thus a tool to construct collective rituals which may indicate, inspire, claim, resist, declare, interfere with or redefine both mental and physical architectures of the future.



CLAIM_The action investigates the question of the southern identity through the stereotype of a picturesque rurality. The choir’s claim oscillates between the evocation of lightness and the attempt to connect with the landscape and the once sacred place, turning the ruins inside out. In the classical symbology the cicadas represent the ambiguous balance between serenity and recklessness. They are the attribute of Apollo. Their uninterrupted mantra turns them often into a symbol of immortality.

REVERSE_realized during the performance festival VIVA

LA GIOSTRA DELL’ AVVICINAMENTO [ THE CAROUSEL OF APPROACHMENT ]
RITUAL FOR 8 PEOPLE AND 8 TAXIDERMIED BIRDS OF PREY_collective action developed during an art residency in Castelbuono (Sicily)

DRY OR DROWN_collective action realized during the art residency Témenos in Sibari (Italy)


Idea by

Alessandro Fonte, Shawnette Poe
Fonte&Poe
***********
Italy
Alessandro Fonte (Polistena, 1984) studied at the Unical of Arcavacata and at the Estav of Barcelona, Shawnette Poe (Warsaw, 1980) at the University of Arts Bremen. They live and work between Italy and Germany. Their works have been shown in Europe, Africa and America, selected by institutions such as Fondazione Pino Pascali, MAXXI Museum Rome, 24th Biennial of Design Ljubljana, the 54th Biennial of Venice, Bramante Cloister Rome, Museo Civico Castelbuono, National Gallery of Macedonia.