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THE SUNSHINE VINEYARD (OUR IDEAL REVOLUTIONARY STORM)
2012, performance and 2 HD video - 8 mins and 17 mins, color, sound
"Deutsche Börse Residency Program, Frankfurter Kunstverein"
Performance by Francesca Banchelli, guest of "Deutsche Börse Residency Program", Frankfurter Kunstverein, D
Directed by Francesca Banchelli
Live set: Emiliano Zelada
Camera: Bernd Thiele, Sound Engineer: Ralph Mann
With: Francesca Banchelli, Beniamino Brogi, Letizia Calori, Aline Fieker, Marlene Friese, Violette Maillard, Xue Motov, Yuki Kishino, Kath Wit
"The Sunshine Vineyard (our ideal revolutionary storm)", 2012, F. Banchelli, Produced by Deutsche Börse Residency Program from Francesca Banchelli on Vimeo.
The Sunshine Vineyard (Our Ideal Revolutionary Storm) is a performance that turns into a cinematographic set. It is performed by a group of students from the Städelschule of Frankfurt and it wants to recall a manifestation addressed towards the “Big Unknowns”, symbolically represented by the “Sunset”, waving big flags made by satin of the colours of the sunset. The battle against the Sunset reflects on the reality of a strategy adopted to investigate on how masses can be exploited as a resource, once potentially directing them towards it (The Strategy of Unknown). The whole group will exploit this theory, used to create ignorance, as an act of awareness. Performing impact actions, resembling a warʼs paradigm of chaotic-calm, they turn their gestures into personal dances, reaching a choral action of which they are authors. The Sun would respond to the battle, by illuminating their bodies until leaving them in the darkness, disappearing behind the Frankfurt skyscrapers. The action was shot both by the inside of the action and from the outside, resulting in two video, which have been shown several times inside an installation constituted by a curtain - which is the screen of the video taken from the outside, a bench with an iPad with headphones - supporting the video taken from the inside, and the flags which have been used for the performance.
During her stay in Frankfurt in conjunction with the Deutsche Börse Residency Program, the artist Francesca Banchelli is realizing a work titled THE SUNSHINE VINEYARD (OUR IDEAL REVOLUTIONARY STORM), which has been conceived as a work in progress.
The project arises from the question as to why a group or a community is formed, how it is nurtured, and how it interacts with given realities. During her time in Frankfurt Francesca Banchelli has been talking with people from different backgrounds, introducing her project to them, discussing with them, and asking them to take part in a “collective action on the bank of the river. Banchelli’s exploration of the city of Frankfurt corresponds to the exponential increase in the number of dialogues on varying themes that she conducted over this time, and this has increasingly become the purpose of her presence in the city throughout her residency. Her work has gradually taken shape over time.
Her approach to research as “an experiment in an open field” is the “first dimension of democratic debate” with people that Banchelli has met in Frankfurt. This process demonstrates two elements of the work, which are very relevant at this time. First, Banchelli observes the practices of “angry citizens”, which agitate public opinion and have occupied different public spaces in order to protest the situations that have defined the economic crisis. Second, the artist draws on the limits of practices of political and relational art that have developed over the past ten years reflecting on artists’ attempts to “rediscover reality” or “save the world.” Banchelli probes the boundaries of the demands made by individual and points to the possibilities that individuals or groups have—as active participants or observers—in contemporary media society. She explores the current role of cultural dialogue and the “art community” and the role both could play in the future.
Why is this action being carried out? Is it an act of protest or a work of art? Why should we allow ourselves to become involved in all of this? These questions form the basis of the discussion among members of a “group that is a momentary and constantly shifting formation;” they also define two key elements of the project. One is Banchelli’s artist talk on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in the Frankfurter Kunstverein, which will focus on her work and the presentation of the new project. The other is the day of “collective action” on Friday, September 7, 2012 on the bank of the Main. Incorporating the successive stages of this process-based work, a video work will be created about the action and will show all the tensions that surfaced in the dialogue between group members and the opposition expressed towards the concept.