Visual Arts – Performing Rome

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Discover the secrets of performance art, in collaboration with Maxxi Museum

PERFORMING ROME is a visual art course to practice performance art immersed in the city of Rome, its history and present, religious, secular, and contemporary art and architecture. You will be visiting and interpreting the city physically and conceptually, through its tales, myths, and monuments.
This intensive workshop focuses on individual performance art practice with the backdrop of the Eternal City: the call is to embark on a journey to re-perform Caravaggio, Bernini, and Zaha Hadid.

You will practice physical and mental exercises to learn how to hold the space, including some derived from yoga, several trust exercises, endurance exercises, and meditation techniques.
The course includes special visits and a unique guided tour Museo Maxxi where you will have the chance to do your own performance in front of the audience at the museum.
This workshop welcomes performance artists, visual artists exploring this territory, as well as filmmakers and photographers developing their own reportage about contemporary art.

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    Course type: group – in-person
    Participants: Min. 8, Max. 15 | The program is open to college, university and fine arts students as well as adult learners across disciplines (visual arts, photography, and cinema).
    Attendance: From Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm
    Duration: 3 – 7 July 2023 – 5 days
    Cost: 680,00 € – All materials and tickets are provided by the Academy and included in the cost of the course.
    Requirements/supporting materials: No entry requirements. All materials are provided by the Academy and included in the cost of the course.
    Language: English | Participants are required to be fluent in English.
    Lecturer: Marta Jovanovic
    Location: RUFA – Via Degli Ausoni 7/A – Rome + Different visits around the city.
    Certificate: At the end of the course, a certificate of attendance will be issued, based on attendance at least 4 of the 5 days, which corresponds to 2 ECTS.

    Day 1
    Introduction and schedule of the course.
    A lecture on history of performance art from Futurism and DADA to the present times: the ways in which it has evolved in different parts of the world. The works of some of the most important artists of performance art such as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Vito Acconci, and others will be analyzed and discussed, as well as the relationship between performance art and the contemporary art scene, the connection with museums and commercial galleries, and the key role of performance art in major art events.
    Individual and group exercises.
    Visit to the Vatican Museums

    Day 2
    Performing the Vatican – individual or group student performances
    A path throughout the heart of Rome. Visit to Saint Louis of the French (The Calling of Saint Matthew, The Inspiration of Saint Matthew, and The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew by Caravaggio), the Pantheon, Barberini Palace, Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome (The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila by Bernini).

    Day 3
    Performing Caravaggio and Bernini – individual or group student performances in the streets of Rome.

    Day 4
    Guided tour of the MAXXI Museum, focusing on architecture. Preparation for the performances that will take place on the afternoon in the courtyard of the Museum.

    Day 5
    Discussion and review of the performance concepts, rehearsal, and final performances at RUFA Space at Pastificio Cerere.

    Marta Jovanović
    Marta Jovanović is a performance artist and educator with a mission to promote and facilitate further progress of the discipline. Founder of the Performance Art Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, artist in residency at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 2017, Jovanović is also the subject of the multiple award-winning documentary “Born Just Now”, by the American director Robert Adanto. Her works, among which the most notable ones are “Pionirka”, “It is My Body”, “Love”, and “Motherhood”, are in important private and museum collections. The performance “BelgradeMermaid” opened the Belgrade Biennale in 2018, while its continuation “Mermaid’s Tale” became a performance in Virtual Reality the following year. Curator Kathy Battista wrote a survey of the artist’s early works titled “Marta Jovanovic: Performing the Self”, which was published by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center of City University of New York, while in the book New York New Wave, Battista positions Jovanović among the most urgent New York City contemporary feminist artists.

    MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity.
    Since December 2013 Hou Hanru has been the Artistic Director of the museum, which includes MAXXI Architettura, directed by Margherita Guccione, and MAXXI Arte, directed by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi.

    RUFA students and Alumni: 10%
    University students: 5% (upon presentation of the university registration booklet)

    If the student, after having attended the workshop, enrolls in a BA or MA program at RUFA, a 10% reduction will be applied to the annual tuition fee for the first year.

    RUFA has entered into several agreements with facilities that provide housing services.