Arshake is devoting this special section to BACKSTAGE / ONSTAGE, a project that took 24 of the best students from the Rome Fine Arts Academy backstage during DIGITALIVE – a new format dedicated to digital art, curated by Federica Patti and part of the Romaeuropa Festival. Moving from backstage to front stage, in a Festival edition completely dedicated to performance and live events, students were involved in all the preparatory stages, from which they obtained material to be reassembled for an editorial project made in collaboration with Arshake.
DIGITALIVE involved the students in the preparation of the event: from the communication phase to the entrance on stage of the eleven artists invited to take part. This online addition, combining textual and graphic elements developed by the students – including a logo and banner – is the most extensive and detailed part of the story. It follows from the more ‘condensed’ experience of the first stage, told through social media as ‘live’ testimony. Recounting both the works and artists involved leaves a trace of the ‘energetic’ moments of these performative works, but also documents their authors’ profiles. This represents the memory of the privileged gaze of those who managed to experience first-hand the creation of each work and the organisation of the event, thanks to the generosity shown by the Romaeuropa Festival which shared the work carried out during each phase with the students, recounted by the various professionals engaged and ranging from the communication phase to the actual staging. BACKSTAGE / ONSTAGE is a project that grew out of Maria Cristina Reggio and Valeriana Berchicci’s common interest in research and their commitment to team work, studying and producing art with students. It is the outcome of the synergy between the Rome Fine Arts Academy and the Romaeuropa Festival with the added participation of Arshake.
The articles, published weekly, build a memory of the works and artists present at the event, capturing highlights from the ‘energetic’ performance works and also their protagonists. The content structure has been inspired by Antoni Muntadas’ Methodology of The Project, as suggested by Valeriana Berchicci.