HPSCHD 1969>2015 - Bologna Live Arts Week 21st -26th April



Auto Italia will be presenting a new moving image work as part of our ongoing project On Coping for HPSCHD 1969>2015, an opera by John Cage staged as part of Live Arts Week at MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna on April 21st – April 26th 2015.

On Coping, is an ongoing project initiated as a space for thinking through strategies available to artists within increasingly difficult economic working conditions with this research manifested through image production and performance. Previous iterations have taken place at Primary, Nottingham and Ithuba Arts, Johannesburg.

This new material produced for HPSCHD 1969>2015 looks at creative agency in relation to magic, forecasts and predictions. Experimenting with different strategies for decision making, the piece investigates tropes found within consumerism, lifestyle environments and urban development agendas.

First performed in 1969, the opera is rooted in Cage’s interest in the computer as a tool for creating an abundance of sonic and visual material, bringing technology and performance together in an anarchic and chaotic way. For this staging of the work, the core elements of Cage’s musical score will be performed alongside a series of new commissions engaging with digital technologies and the circulation of images. 

Other artists presenting work are: Seth Price, Ben Vickers, Holly White, Yuri Pattison, Carola Spadoni, Jennifer Chan, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Ognio Knauss, Riccardo Benassi, Andrea Magnani, Anne de Vries, Harm van Den Dorpel, David Horvitz, Andrew Norman Wilson, Martin Kohout, Roberto Fassone, Alessandro di Pietro and Ilja Karilampi.