Fluxfood Concert in Venice. A multitasking performance

by Gianni-Emilio Simonetti / Palazzo Mora, Venice / December 13, 2014


The second edition of Venice International Performance Art Week was opened by the Gianni-Emilio Simonetti's action "Fluxfood Concert in Venice".

Orchestrated by the artist, some young performers move within a squared space, with three sides defined by some tables on which are disposed foods, drinks and various objects: mixers, burners and ovens, old typewriters and piano toys.
At the centre, laid on the floor, one British Virgin Islands reproduction on canvas is dominating. In evidence, there is the little Ginger Island, where the utopian project of George Maciunas places the Fluxus artists' community.
Closing the square, one audio and video mixer, and five people sat on the floor with laptops.

The action starts from the central map on which it's built a ream of rusty cans and eggshells: a little wreck on Ginger Island.
Immediately after, the metronome's rhythmic cadence launches the concert.
Performances of historical scores by John Cage and George Maciunas are flowing, while web connection makes possible the instrumental participation of other personalities from all over the world.
On the walls there are videos and images contrapuntal projections, related to the actions happening in the real space.
From this melting pot of sound compositions by different medias and various dimensions, gastronomical compositions are growing. They're offered to the public inside elegant and surprising packages with Fluxus accessories projected by Simonetti especially for the occasion.
The concert is inter-media: producing food and creating sounds, music is articulated by musical instruments, common objects and cooking tools at the same time, following the Fluxus idea.

The importance of the event is declared by artist's words.
At the end of the concert, Gianni-Emilio Simonetti declares that effectively it's his last performance of this kind: because of sound digitization and instruments transformation, recreating this sound experience is no longer possible.

During the concert, the artist realized three recipes included in "A little Fluxus cookbook", published by Fondazione Bonotto.


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