Live Arts Week / Gianni Peng IX
Bologna 18>23 September 2020
a project by Xing
(documentary on the 9th edition)
Live Arts Week is a project by Xing that takes place in Bologna once a year. It does not put art before the artists, but exposes to forms of sensitivity and ideas, welcomes hybrid and polyglot works, hosts creative singularity, weaving a sort of counter-design of use.
YEAH YOU were announced among the guests of Live Arts Week IX, together with Geumhyung Jeong, Katerina Andreou, Mette Edvardsen and Matteo Fargion, Cristina Kristal Rizzo and Charlie Laban Trier, Riccardo Benassi, Onyx Ashanti, Graham Lambkin, Canedicoda, Yasmine Hugonnet, an edition that could not keep its promise of meeting for the dates scheduled from 26 March to 4 April 2020, and which tried to reconfigure itself in September 2020. YEAH YOU were the only artists that Live Arts Week was able to host for the 2020 edition.
YEAH YOU (Gustav Thomas and Elvin Brandhi) is an artistic formation composed of father and daughter. Originally from Wales, they move on an ever-changing logistic, making improvised musical and geographical excursions on board of their car: that’s the base of their “Kh-art’ (Car-art)”. In Bologna the duo created a two-day urban sound performance, “THIS INSTEAD”, happening on a car in different areas of the city. As an accompaniment to their live project, Live Arts Week IX presented at LOCALEDUE art gallery the in-car video” K(h)ar-t- from Khot to Krutch to Vhod. I’m not, I’m knot”, a concert recorded during their drive from Utrecht to Amsterdam.
“THIS INSTEAD is a possible dismantling of the family/reality construct, reflecting on the meaning of social drive, and the interdependence of the individualist driven driver. The nuclear family Car become a futurist unused found object, taken as a facilitator of music production and critical reflexivity in the public space. The basic method of THIS INSTEAD implies that the implications of any basic situation you have before you may be infinitely re-interpreted.”
video by: Lele Marcojanni