ART AS DEFENCE

an interdisciplinary project
conceived and directed by
Giuseppe L. Bonifati (I)

with
Alberto Martinez Guinaldo (E), Giuseppe L. Bonifati (I), Linda Sugataghy (HU),
and with the participation of Govind Radhakrishan (IND), Martin Nore (DK),
M.stro Claudio Passilongo and Stefano Di Buduo (I)

project coordinator
Mette Sandholt (DK)

a partnership
DOO performing art group / Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium

supported by
Kulturaftale for Midt- og Vestjylland, Kulturmødet, Holstebro Kommune,
Skive Kommune and other municipalities in the region of Jutland (DK)

“We live in a period of egoism and aggression. An increasing number of people believe that these aspects are necessary to survive: not to be subdued, to be successful, looking greater than others. This attack is continuous and every day, through newspapers, television or on Internet, we can see how the news jump from page to page, jumping even the futuristic walls that are announced to be built. Maybe to keep us away and with fear.
But ART PARTY has the solution even for his:
ART AS DEFENCE must be took literally. ART should be used by the citizens to improve their defence mechanisms so that expression of creativity and sense of aesthetic can represent the true shield against all possible attacks… “

1. POLIC-Y SCHOOL

MAYOR IN RESIDENCE, was a project was planned in details, despite the fact that Jeppe’s Danish language was very “improvised”. That’s why, the “Longest Candidate Known in History and His First Lady” can emerge now with renewed energy after the longest election campaign in Holstebro and Jutland (535 days), which many would have given up after the first month.
In this new regional project, called ART AS DEFENCE, the Chairman and the Chairwoman of ART PARTY (Giuseppe L. Bonifati, Italy and Linda Sugataghy, Hungary) together with the Defence Counsellor (Alberto Martinez Guinaldo, Spain) appeal to all Jutland municipalities!
They have already announced the upcoming “Polic-y School” for local politicians who will not result elected in the municipal and regional elections d. 21. November 2017! The first experimental school will start in Skive municipality the first weekend after the election results are known (25-26 November 2017). ART PARTY´s “International Travelling Policy School” will be active throughout Jutland in 2018 in several municipalities.

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CIAO, CIAO BAMBINI!

In the framework of the travelling “Polic-y School”, Art Party will show through a concert / show another side of politics, namely the “Nightingale Politics”: Giuseppe L. Bonifati is an exciting and charming singer and his voice has a good grip over Danish citizens. But as suggested by the Art Party’s logo (Tomato), we don’t know how the public will use it for…

a partnership with
Italian Culture Institute in Copenhagen

 

 

2. COMMAND POST

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Together with the “Defence Counselor” (Spanish actor Alberto M. Guinaldo), the ART PART found that they had to take steps to prevent the biggest problem in Jutland: the winter, which is a major danger to “The Organic Tomato”. So they found a safe place for the party totem: “Kommandopost”, an old bunker from the Cold War era in the area of ​​Døesvej in Holstebro. Here they spent most of October’s month preparing each detail of the Defence Plan. On October 28, 2016, the Art Party and the “Defence Counsellor” invited citizens in Holstebro to present the new strategy against the cold and the flourishing winter depression: “We will plant tomato fences in all Holstebro gardens.”
In Holstebro region, which has already been seduced by this philosophy, the Party has gained great popularity. But in 2018, the “Art Party” must seduce and protect more areas. Therefore, they would like to share our philosophy with other citizens from different cities in Jutland. And at the same time, there will be the special site-specific performance “Kommandopost” featuring actors Alberto M. Guinaldo (E) and Taylor Alling (UK) in various bunkers in the region.

a partnership with
Bunkers of Jutland region

 

 

 

3. THERE IS NO MORE CAKE (SO LET THEM DREAM ABOUT TOMATOES!)

Art Party’s project for Youth, with children from schools in the Jutland region, with the participation of Else Marie – Minigris Torben, storyteller; and the participants to the International Workshop at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium
concept and direction: Giuseppe L. Bonifati

We will “occupy” art museums in Jutland and sleep with many children so that younger generations can breathe and be closer to “ART”. In the meantime, there will be more moments of dance, storytelling, music and theater to work with the unconscious. We would like when they wake up that all children come to Jeppe and tell the most amazing ideas they have in mind after their dreams. We will use and include all their ideas in an “Art Party’s Manifesto for Youth”.
We also want to give a special prize: the child who comes with the best idea will be appointed “Youth Ambassador”.

in partnership with 
Art Museums in the region of Jutland

 


4. COUS-COUS WITH DANISH PASSPORT

The performance is part of the larger project ABOVE THE SKIN, held successfully by DOO performing arts group in several countries (Italy, Denmark, Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Brazil, etc.). During COUS-COUS WITH DANISH PASSPORT, Art Party will tour to Jutland’s asylum centers with its performance, which questions the themes of IDENTITY and BORDERS (both physically and mentally).
“The Master of Ceremony sits at a long table with a special dinner for selected guests, locals and foreigners, these last completely covered by a second skin, but somebody ruins the banquet. Among them he proves to be an intruder: the Different. Who, under a second skin, will reveal a third one. What will remain instead above the skin of the others?”

a partnership with
Aarhus Produktionsskole

 

 


5. PRO DOMO TUA

set design & video installation
16 march- 30 june 2018: Bomhuset – Museum for Miniature Art (Holstebro, Denmark)
concept: Giuseppe L. Bonifati / video & architectural media: by Stefano di Buduo
set design: Mette Sandholt

In 58 BC, Marco Tullio Cicerone, political man, but also orator, philosopher and literate, was sent to exile for have sentenced to death (while he was Consul in Rome) the followers of Senator Lucio Sergio Catilina. In that investigation, Cicero was accused of not respecting the constitutional procedure. It was in fact a summary trial whose condemnation of death was not confirmed by the tribesmen of the plebs. So Cicero, exiled, suffered also the confiscation of the property. On the area of ​​the sumptuous “domus” that had been built on the Palatine, was built instead a “Temple of Freedom”. Being freed in the following year, when he returned to Rome, Cicerone tried immediately to obtain further compensation from the State for the destroyed house and its rebuilding at public expenses. From that time, “De domo sua” (or “pro domo sua”) has become the flag – even in politics – for whom speaks exclusively in defence of his personal interests.

Starting from these historical premises, in the new artistic exhibition “Pro Domo Tua” we will cross the symbiosis of different politicians and leaders truly existed, creating a direct discourse with the people visiting the exhibition. We will try to overturn their expectations and own personal interests. The purpose is a pretext to come into close contact with people from different milieus and, through an artistic interaction, reflect on otherness – a condition which Holstebro shares with the rest of Europe.
The set-design will transform the oldest house and museum of Holstebro in a digital showcase of the world and its political leaders during the history, through an operation of architectural media. Inside the “domus” there will be installed multiple led panels which are able to show digital content of any kind. From the ancient Roman rhetoric to the International video-politics of today, the work will focus on the impact and influence that media may have on politics. Or viceversa.

a partnership
DOO performing arts group / AESOP Studio / Municipality of Holstebro

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Mayor in Residence – Kunstpartiets project in 2016-2017 was supported by:

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