On August 3rd 2019, the mail art congress snap+share hosted by The Sticker Dude, John Held and others, will take place at San Francisco MOMA from 1:00 to 5:00 pm local time. On the same day, photos were taken first thing in the morning in the star shaped city of Palmanova (Italy) as a wave of good wish from Laura Cristin Sheren. The original portrait of Joel Cohen, made in 2016 as a memory of a jointed performance in Coney Island in 2012, was installed in the central niche of the square, just below a pennon flagging the Italian flag and on a water well that reminds the Ocean. Since the nine hours of time difference (Europe is farther ahead than California in this field!) the action is meant as a preview. Other correspondances will follow in coincidence with the Congress.
City Lit in London celebrates its centenary this year and I am honoured to have my story – related to Midsummer term 1976-77– hosted in the blog at https://www.citylit.ac.uk/blog/city-lit-stories-laura-cristin?fbclid=IwAR0tnnjBSGaYzb8AWcr3YTB0t8WQKEnLlFI6Gt87dmKla7jHO_775tQwwqU
My story was added around the solstice of June, while I was in Berlin for the performance at the Brandenburger Tor, that was a success for the inter-action with people, history and the site. Here are some photos, full report was made in the fb album A MARE in Berlin for the 30 years from the Fall of the Wall. Shortly I will post a specific project in this website.
On the 3rd and /or 5th May, Sheren will be in Milan, for a impromptu in Piazza Duomo and/or in a shared garden of Isola, for a wave of good luck at the marriage of Kika and Antonello.
Saturday, May 11th , in Venice, on the occasion of the Biennale # 58 opening, at 1:00 pm Sheren will be with Peter Kuestermann along the Adria-side in front of Giardini, to re-create an a-mare to which to entrust our hopes and fears, and those of the refugees who have eventfully crossed the Mediterranean. From 16:00, the action will move to the 7th sestiere of Mestre, in via Cavallotti 83/B for “Checkpoint”, a parallel event of the Venice Biennale curated by Giancarlo and Giulia Da Lio.
The performances of Laura Cristin Sheren are also part of London Biennale 2019.
Life and love are multi-faceted diamonds where good and evil and a thousand other shades form a single pearl. The world of the Sirens, with its aquatic and earthly contradictions, bears witness to this. Sheren, who from a long time practiced that imaginary, with the arms and baggage of the art/life, in 2019 is particularly inspired, 200 years after its writing, by “e il naufragar m’è dolce in questo mare”, which concludes, with admirable and fluctuating opening, “L’Infinito” by Giacomo Leopardi.
That verse seems all right to be re-lived with engaging waves embracing memories, dreams and fears, personal and collective.
Full text/proposal. The first performance on the theme will be in MILAN, on the 3rd and/or 5th May (piazza Duomo and/or shared garden of Isola) for the marriage of Kika and Antonello, with the unfolding of an auspicious free wave that will flag and wrap without forcing.
The following Saturday, which is May 11th and coincides with the Biennale #58 opening, Sheren will decline Leopardi’s verse in VENICE: at 13:00, along the Adria-side in front of Giardini. Then the action will move to “Checkpoint”, parallel event of 7° sestiere, care of Giancarlo and Giulia Da Lio, in Mestre, via Cavallotti 83/B, from 16:00. Together with Peter Kuestermann and the (mail) artists or passers by wishing to participate, a bridge will be created , with the hopes and fears of those who eventfully have crossed the Mediterranean. It will give the chance to recite a ‘de profundis’ of the value of the Western civilization (?) buried in the sea-cemetery together with the castaways who did not make it, but also a small attempt to restore a bit of humanity in consciences.
Peter Kuestermann will bring the messages-in-the-bottles entrusted to him by refugees in Germany who have managed to save (at least physically) their lives and now wishing to leave their thoughts to the big sea of love that has not swallowed them.
In the re-created waves, everyone can immerse themselves, reflect and deliver to the sea, even only a yearning for hope. For those who prefer the ancient art of writing, Sheren will provide ‘blank messages’ to be completed and put into bottles collected around the world, which will be returned in the five continents.
P.S. The performance of Laura Cristin Sheren are also part of London Biennale 2019.
Exactly one month before Christmas a group of friends-artists-and-not wishing to share their humanity and their art/life, met in Laura Cristin’s studio in Bagnaria Arsa, not far from the star shaped city of Palmanova. Early in the afternoon “LaCura”was performed, in the homonymous track composed by Dario Della Rossa for “Healing in London” at the Kingsley Hall (9th September 2017 for Loonies Fest).
“LaCura” is dedicated to Franco Basaglia, Letizia Comba, Angela Fumis and Tiziana Baracchi and to the many who passed away/were not physically present but are still in our heART. Their presence was tangible in the gratitude of the ones who have had the privilege to share part of their journay in life with them.
Video by Maurizio Follin.
On Sunday 25th November 2018, from 11:00 am till 6:00 pm, Laura Cristin, in collaboration with Giancarlo Da Lio, will open her house/studio (gARTen included) in Bagnaria Arsa, not far from the star shaped city of Palmanova.
It’s all about joy and urgency of a meeting, mostly LIVE, where friends-artists-and-not can share their experiences and humanity. As for art, there will be an hour or more early in the afternoon, devoted to that. Laura Cristin as the host will start with “LaCura” from the homonymous track composed by Dario Della Rossa for “Healing in London” (Kingsley Hall 2017). It’s the chance to be in a participatory performance, fully immersed in the enchantment of Sheren and to practice the different WAVes of Love. Maurizio Follin will continue tracing one of his Way (Via). Whoever wishing so, will be able to contribute.
The spirit and encouragment of the passed-away listed below, with whom we had the privilege to share part of our journay in life, will be the heART of the party.
“incontriAMOci” (Let’s meet at Sheren’s) is dedicated to: Franco Basaglia, Letizia Comba, Angela Fumis and Tiziana Baracchi.
List of participants (in progress): Laura Cristin, Enzo Paviotti, Giancarlo Da Lio, Terry Cazzaro, Levis Cortese, Maurizio Follin, Gabriella Gallo, Maria Teresa Fernandez, Patrizia, Mariangela, Anna, Alessandro, Francesca and more.
THE TAROT ROOM. A selection of Tarot ensigns manufactured since 2004, will be exhibited. These are painted on (disposable) blue textile, with the primal intent to fix the emotions felt during the performances as Sheren. Similar to the scroll paintings of the Tibetan tangka, in the end, they have turned to be mostly, pages from a diary of my art/life. With the attempt to give a temporary order to the turmoil of the soul, each of the Arcana has been re-invented with free spirit and a pinch of irreverence. In handmaking them, never I felt obliged to start from the Tarot # 1, nor to plan to complete the series of 22. The whole path of ensigns/standars so far produced, appear to me as a sort of roadmap to enlightment. The selection chosen for Verbania reveals neverending transformations from chrysalis to butterfly (VI “LoveS”, IX, XV and XVIII of the Irish triptych, in particular). It recalls sea voyages among the dolphins and the velelle velelle coming from the Ocean to the Mediterranean. If beached, the latter – aka “By the Wind Sailors” – dye the shores in blue. A velella – recreated in white organza – rests on Standard XII, renamed “(la) vie”, which is the remake of an optical color changer used during the Great War to communicate in Morse, where there was no electricity.These revisited Arcana speak of the attitude of “looking at the sky, feet on the ground”, reminding of journeys in the past times, that the full immersion in the dimension of heART makes us feel still close.
TALK-PARTICIPATORY-PERFORMANCE. On the occasion of the interactive meeting of Thursday, April 12 (17-18 pm), the Tarot ensigns of Room 12 will be temporarly moved in the hall of the reception. Before any talk about them, the Standards will be re-lived, re-animated and re-discovered with those who will like to take part. An original karaoke with the Music composed by Dario Della Rossa will occur. Guest of honor: the original DIARY “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-16”. My grandmother wrote it in “… Intra e Pallanza due belle cittadelle… ” as a refugee from Staranzano, North East of Italy. Soon the original diary will be donated to Archivio Diaristico Nazionale of Pieve Santo Stefano (AR).
Beside, some significative and inspirational objects met along the Tarot way – such as the rain stick or the EVA Mariposa butterfly – will attend the meeting.
Books of “Memorie di Fumis Angela” will also be available (transcribed and printed in 2016, online edition http://memoriediangela.alicepaviotti.com), as well as some artist books “ST”, featuring my diary/memoir 2017 about the Tarots as STandards and ways of tran-s-formation.
… and the story goes on