For the 5th year in a row, Florence celebrates all night long for the annual Notte Bianca festival on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. What happens during the white night? First of all, one must understand what a white night is in Italian. This expression refers to when you don’t sleep most of the night! Spring has already sprung, so its time to celebrate with special festivities, free concerts in the streets and piazzas, dancing and performances, museums open late, art installations, projections, and shops and restaurants tempting you into the wee hours of the night.
This year’s program is symbolically inspired by Florence as a city without boundaries. The 2014 edition is a loose reinterpretation of the vision of the avant-garde group called Architetti Radicali active in Florence in the late ’60s that marked a significant page of the culture of the twentieth century. For a full program calendar and map of locations, see the Notte Bianca Firenze official website.
This year, some SACI faculty and students are involved in related events of the evening. SACI Painting and Post-Bac instructor, Lorenzo Pezzatini will be performing live as Artist in Presence on the street around Sensus contemporary art gallery, in an event related to his current exhibition, VENI VIDI FILO, at the same location, SENSUS Luoghi per l’Arte Contemporanea from 7pm to midnight, Viale Gramschi 42, Florence.
Continuing in the spirit of integrating Sensus with the fabric of the city, during an opening to the public of the gallery’s collection, a colorful and monumental intervention by Pezzatini will give flavor to the actual architectural of the building where the gallery is located. A 30-meter long banner, 50 cm wide, will represent the artist’s icon, filo, released from the 7th floor of the building that houses the Foundation Sensus in Viale Gramsci in Florence. The action will ideally connect the city with the spirit of the gallery and a vision of contemporary life.
The long vertical filo creates an energetic statement and a shared communication between what belongs to the ground, with the meanings that we assimilate the concept of what is “down” with the most pure and ethereal part, that we imagine is relevant to the heavens, or what is in opposition, above. The work of Pezzatini belongs to the city, if only for a few hours, and is the subject of the comments of the illustrious men, in the fresco paintings of 1486 by Cosimo Rosselli in the church of St. Ambrogio , whose square is visible from the soaring filo tape, with similarities to the famous Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale, once planted is growing dramatically beyond the clouds to remain suspended from the sky.
Another performance happening the same evening will include some of SACI’s MFA students. Gwynneth Alldis, Emily Blasier, and Jessica Daynes will be performing in Filippo Berta’s Allumettes, at 9pm and 10pm, curated by SACI’s Installation and Performance Instructor, Pietro Gaglianò.
Spazio SUC – Le Murate: Progetti Arte Contemporanea – Piazza delle Murate, Florence – ITALY
INVENTING THE MEMORABLE
Curated by Pietro Gaglianò
8pm Pantani Surace > The other party (who’s next, dovrebbe piovere su di voi e non su di me)
9pm/10pm Filippo Berta > Allumettes