KITE, a video-audio performance by Masbedo at Teatro Garibaldi on 25 October

The artistic duo MASBEDO are back in Palermo for their third and final performance specially devised for Manifesta 12. The video-audio performance entitled KITE, in partnership with Davide Tomat and G.u.p. Alcaro, will be staged on Thursday 25th October at Teatro Garibaldi in Palermo.

The video-audio performance KITE is the third part of a trilogy of performances based on the project, Videomobile, exhibited in Palazzo Costantino through to 4th November.

KITE is freely adapted from a subject for a film written by Michelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra entitled L’Aquilone (Kite) that was devised in the 1980s but never actually made. MASBEDO bought the exclusive rights to turn it into an artist’s video or film.

The protagonist of the first chapter of the script is a tremendous storm that suddenly breaks out in some unspecified almost metaphysical place, violently overwhelming a group of children who, at that moment, happen to be playing with brightly coloured kites.
In the setting of Teatro Garibaldi, Manifesta 12 head quarter, MASBEDO have recreated the feeling of the storm in several dimensions, thanks to interaction between atmospheric music specially composed by Davide Tomat and GUP Alcaro (musicians from Turin and the founding members of SuperBudda), some gripping video footages shot by the artists near Mount Etna, and physical perception rendered through the energy of two extremely large fans designed for the film industry placed on stage as if they were sculptures that move in unison with the sounds and images.
MASBEDO’s video-audio performance turns the storm into a modern-day metaphor, getting the audience involved in a dreamlike story of great physical and emotional impact.

The performance trilogy that concludes with KITE and Videomobile consist of works commissioned by Manifesta 12 for Il Giardino Planetario. Coltivare la Coesistenza and produced by Beatrice Bulgari for In Between Art Film.