Arshake is devoting this special section to BACKSTAGE / ONSTAGE, a project that took about twenty of the best students from the Rome Fine Arts Academy backstage during Digitalive– a new format, part of the Romaeuropa Festival, dedicated to algorithmic performative art, curated by Federica Patti, this year at its second edition. Moving from backstage to front stage, students are involved in all the preparatory stages, engaged in translating the live experience into an editorial multimedia project. This online addition, combining textual and graphic, photographic, and video 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 and by Federica Patti 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. While the students at work will open some windows on Digitalive 2019 on the social channels, wainting for the editorial project to be published on Arshake (starting by the end of October), we leave you browsing the work realised last year, on the occasion of the first edition Digitalive 2018.


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