Alzheimer Cafè II

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Performance for five dancers and five visitors

( + ten headphones, a file audio)

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Video environment

(video full hd colour sound 11 min loop; projection + wireless headphones )

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⟨ video documentation ⟩

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Alzheimer Café ( 2014- on going) is a body of works dedicated to ‘musical memories’, those that incredibly resist to the neurological degeneration caused by the disease, and that have been inspiring the entire cycle.

All the works from the series Alzheimer Café include musical fragments sung or hummed by people affected by neurological disorders of memory. Since 2014, Vetturi has been working in collaboration with health and medical centres, their staff, and their patients.

Despite that, the work deliberately avoids the documentary format. The artist assembles the voices into a musical fabric with the aim of creating a non-conventional listening space in which flimsy personal memories take up a public dimension.

Up to now, the series is also composed by: Alzheimer Café I (enviroment, Kunsthalle Goeppingen, 2014); Alzheimer Café Trivero (quadriphonic sound piece, 2017); Alzheimer Café Umea ( sound intervention, NoorlandsOperan, Umea, Sweden 2018).

 

Alzheimer Café II (2014-15) was produced by MAXXI – Museo delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma, in 2014 and presented in the frame of  Open Museum Open City curated by Hou Hanru.

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Alzheimer Café II is a performance built dialoguing with the space of the gallery 5 of MAXXI.

Alzheimer Café II is a cloud of the future to preserve musical memories, a performative and imaginary monument.

The gallery of the museum is white, empty and overexposed . Ten people inhabit Alzheimer Café each time, all wearing headphones: five are guides, five are visitors.

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Alzheimer Café II  was made possible by the collaboration with MACRO-Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, as part of its Artists in Residence programme.

Performer: Camilla Carè, Stefania Carvisiglia, Diana Magri, Valerio Sirna, Cinzia Sità 

Camera: Gianfranco Fortuna

Sound Design + editing: Valentina Vetturi e Roberto Matarrese  

Assistente di produzione: Laura Estrada Prada

Thanks to: all the people who have lent their voice to this work, Luigia Leonardelli, Rossana Miele, Associazione Alzheimer Uniti Roma ONLUS e Fondazione Roma – Sanità; Centro Anziani Villaggio Olimpico; Centro Diurno Alzheimer “Arcobaleno&sole-luna”; Centro Diurno Alzheimer “Parco di Vejo” ASL RME; Roma Capitale-Dipartimento Politiche Sociali, Sussidiarietà e Salute.

 

 

To deepen:

ALZHEIMER CAFÉ: Alexandru Polgár in Conversation with Valentina Vetturi, IDEA#19