Simone Forti: News Animations – Performance and conversation

Publication Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Developed in the mid-1980s, Simone Forti’s News Animations encompasses the translation of the imagery and language of newspaper reports and newscasts into improvised movement compositions. Forti’s News Animations addresses what is going on in the world and how it can animate art, civic space, and lived experience. In News Animations the news becomes the choreographer, determining Forti’s movements and speech. In the artist’s words: “This seemingly infinite series of performances started as an attempt to fully comprehend the news through improvisations. Moving and speaking became a method of inquiry and social commentary, implementing all words that come to mind. These words arise from questions, feelings and speculations about the world brought to us by the news.” Also incorporated in Forti’s drawings, the artist has found a way to practice improvisation in two-dimensions as well. Thought becomes movement becomes line becomes word.

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