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Formal Interference

Florence Florence, Italy

Formal Interference - A CAAPO Public Art Project in Florence - May 2014


In May 2014, CAAPO will coordinate an ambitious public art project in Florence City Centre: Featuring 8 interventions over 8 days – including new works by 7 separate artists or collaborations; exploring themes of appropriation, contamination and corruption. In association with the public works, we will curate an additional programme of events at Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea (http://www.lemurate.comune.fi.it/lemurate/), which will attempt to further develop the themes and concepts behind the project with a local and international audience.

The project will climax with a 2 week exhibition held at Le Murate - hosting documentation from the various public works and materials produced during the Associated Events Programme.

Please see attached for a printable project guide, the participating artist's profiles and other press documents.
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Project Background:

Formal Interference is a CAAPO Project built in association with Spazi Docili (Italian Public Art Organisation - www.spazidocili.org) & the Curators of Wolstenholme Projects (John O’Hare & Gordon Culshaw - Liverpool Gallery 2006-2010).

This project is supported and funded by Wales Arts International, Florence Department of Culture, Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea, British Council and the City of Florence.

Project Concept:

This project aims to resist and challenge the legitimacy of an aestheticizing rhetoric that can be insidiously authoritative. Commercial and news media aestheticize messages from all spheres of the public domain. Events are relayed equally regardless of their substance; the recipient is distanced from the real impact of the information and in effect disempowered.

Disempowerment increases as personal, public, virtual, textual and narrative spaces are transformed into aesthetic spaces. In order to undo and undermine such techniques of control it is necessary for the artist to reclaim aesthetic language from unfavourable associations with commercialism and escapism.

Critical attention to the subtleties of form can expose how the aggressive transmission of information elicits certain behaviours and responses: It is through intervention and the introduction of disruptive elements that the fiction of authenticity can be exposed and overthrown.




Intervention 1 – Thursday 1st May 2014 (onwards): Steal, Beg or Borrow - Brychan Tudor

@ Various locations around the City Centre

Intervention 2 – Wednesday 7th May 2014 (onwards): Formal Interference - Spazi Docili

@ Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea

Intervention 3 – Thursday 8th May 2014: The Centameron - Lee Campbell

@ Various locations around the City Centre

Intervention 4 – Friday 9th May 2014: The Bicycle Thief - Jamie Davies

@ Various locations around the City Centre

Intervention 5 – Saturday 10th May 2014: Like Lipstick for Statues - John O’Hare @ TBC

Intervention 6 – Sunday 11th May 2014: Il Triumvirato – CAAPO

@ Various locations around the City Centre

Intervention 7 – Monday 12th May 2014: A Lament for Johanna - Kathryn Ashill @ TBC

Intervention 8 – Tuesday 13th May 2014: Formal Interference Collaborative Work

@ Various locations around the City Centre

Associated Events Programme
Dialogue Events/Workshops/Film Screenings/Artists Talks @ Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea:

A Formal Interference Film Screening; Curated by CAAPO
- Date: Weds 7th May

- Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Content: A collection of short films from UK based film-makers, curated around the concept of Formal Interference.

Workshop with Lee Campbell
- Date: Fri 9th May

- Time: 15:00 – 18:00

- Venue: Le Murate

Content: A Workshop Event – 3 Hr Duration

‘Street Critique #1’

Practical workshop based on the subjective creation of board games and various structures of success & failure (see project proposal).

Artists Talk with John O’Hare
- Date: Tues 13th May

- Time: 18:00 – 19:00

Venue: Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea

Content: An artist’s talk with John O’Hare....

'Art and Intervention in Different Environments'

Workshop with Kathryn Ashill
- Date: Weds 14th May

- Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea

Content: Workshop Event – 2 Hr Duration

Intervention Related Participatory Workshop

Room For Discussion: Formal Interference
- Date: Thurs 15th May

- Time: 18:00 – 19:30

Venue: Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea

Content: A recorded public discussion led by Brychan Tudor (CAAPO Director), Christian Costa and Fabrizio Ajello (Spazi Docili) & John O’Hare (Former Director @ Wolstenholme Projects & writer of the initial project concept for Formal Interference).

Formal Interference Exhibition Opening

- Date: Fri 16th May

- Time: 17:30 – 20:00

Venue: Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea

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