Silver Lion 2015 - Venice Biennale

Silver Lion 2015
Venice Biennale


Premiered on 21.02.2009 at Festival VEO, Valencia.

Artifact brings up a reflection on the dramatic essence of the connection between the cultural creation –ephemeral, fleeting, fragile– and the action of nature –infinite, perennial, omnipresent–; between the vulnerable and futile quality of the human condition and the ubiquity of nature taken as a whole.

The dramaturgy of Artifact is structurated from a sequence of actions based on the manipulation of objects and props. These actions, carried out by two performers, are captured by a camera, processed by video effects in real time and projected on three large screens sorrounding the space. In Artifact, the usual separation between stage and stalls disappears to create a hybrid space, midway between the art installation and a chill out. The audience is stretched on the floor or sitting on chairs and cushions, watching those actions carried out by the performers and, at the same time, the enlarged projections of these actions on the walls of the space. In this way, they are participants in a double narrative: the one with the performing actions and the one of its filming transcription.Two dramaturgical planes overlapped to articulate a beautician performance of strong conceptual content and intense poetry. Artifact is a fruit of the same creative process than Contra.Natura.


Original idea and development: Àlex Serrano, Martí Sánchez-Fibla and Pau Palacios / Direction: Alex Serrano / Dramaturgy: Pau Palacios and Alex Serrano / Performers and Creation Collaborators: Ester Forment and Diego Anido / Choregraphy: Ester Forment / Assistant Director – Production: Barbara Bloin / Lighting Design – Costumes: Isabel Franco / Interactive Video Application: Martí Sánchez-Fibla / Videos: Josep Maria Marimon / Music: Sebastian García Ferro / Project consultants: Víctor Molina and Roberto Fratini.

A production by

Agrupación Señor Serrano.

With the support of

Departament de Cultura i Mitjans de Comunicació de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Festival PNRM d’Olot, III Encuentros Magalia, Institut Ramon Llull and L’Estruch de Sabadell.

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