Where Via Trento, on the riverbanks of the Isarco River

Time from 11 am to 8 pm / from 5 am to 6 pm

Concerts, performances and installations by

Futurefarmers con Amedeo Bonini, Christian Faubel, Riccardo Favaro, Margareth Kaserer, Lia Mazzari + Caroline Profanter, Tobias Tavella

“A Meander” is a multi-year project by the artist collective Futurefarmers, with the aim of creating a permanent artistic installation along the two rivers Talvera and Isarco in Bolzano. “A Meander” puts people in new relationships with the diverse phenomena of the flowing water we call “river”: Stories, imaginations, ebb and flow, shorelines, fictions, sedimentations, life forms, fossils, seeds and the potential of its power. Drawing on the human (and very local) history of extracting kinetic energy from moving bodies of water, the past is reconsidered through artistic investigation and action. Sound becomes a unifying element and an impulse to reflect on how we live together with the “river” (and all its inhabitants) – how we have shaped it and, more importantly, how it has shaped and continuously shapes us.

Act 1: A Meander with River Friends

In May 2022 Futurefarmers explore different places along the rivers in Bolzano and transform them into an open sound space. In this first act, the artists move up and down the river with a few requisites and a small group of “river friends” – local sound artists, musicians and people working with electric circuits.

 

Futurefarmers build a series of small, mobile water wheels enabling the contact with the river; one is a large backpack with piano strings on its back and another is a long wheelbarrow with a gramophone. Each ” requisite” is animated by the flow of the river, creating a score for the scenographies encountered along the riverbank. Provisional in design but charismatic as an image, these “relational objects” attract curious passing-by and open a space of questioning and shared dialogue. Ideas emerge about the power of the river, its ecosystem, its history and a shared interest in using sound as a medium to enhance engagement with the river and the city’s inhabitants.

Act 2: (Com)positions with the river

In the second act of “A Meander”, Futurefarmers delve into the transformative power of sound to make visible the dense interconnections of the river. They invite a group of sound artists to explore the river as an interface between humans, water and the environment: Passers-by, birdsong, trains, life in the water and the unexpected. The second act is a 2-day programme consisting of concerts, performances, workshops, sculptures and experiencing the sunrise together – actions that overlap and merge into each other. They invite to enter a sensitive, auditory dialogue with the river to revitalise our relationship with it and the city it nourishes. A brunch on Saturday morning, invites to reflect upon future scenarios for the rivers in the city of Bolzano.

Saturday, 1 October 2022

11 am – 1 pm: Discursive Brunch
5 – 5.30 pm: Presentation of the program and introduction to the water wheel by Futurefarmers
5.30 – 6 pm: Margareth Kaserer
6.30 – 7 pm: Tobias Tavella
7 – 7.30 pm: Lia Mazzari & Caroline Profanter
8 – 9 pm: Amedeo Bonini

Sunday, 2 October 2022

5 – 7 am: Tobias Tavella / Futurefarmers
3 pm: Tobias Tavella / Amedeo Bonini
3.30 pm: Riccardo Favaro
4 pm: Margareth Kaserer
5 – 6 pm: Christian Faubel
6 – 7 pm: Closing event by Futurefarmers

An event in the context of

FLUX – River interventions and explorations

Curation

Angelika Burtscher, Daniele Lupo