The International Prize for Live Art will be awarded for the first time during ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Kuopio in September 2014. The six nominees for the award have now been announced: Franko B (UK/IT), Heather Cassils (CA/US), Frog King/Kwok Mang-ho (HK), May Say production (FI), Gwendoline Robin (BE) and Joshua Sofaer (UK).
The artistic directors of ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan, say:
"A total of 40 artist nominations were put forward by 10 trusted colleagues working across Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Asia and Australia. The process of reading each nomination, and hearing many of the artists' work for the first time, was an absolutely fascinating and exciting process, highlighting the variety of mediums, forms and methods of artists working under the umbrella of Live Art. After some weeks of research and discussion, we have narrowed down the long list of 40 artists to a short-list of six exceptional artists whose work is outstanding in its investigation of art and the everyday, collaboration and encounter and the body, endurance and sociability."
The winner of the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art will be chosen by three judges: artist Anssi Kasitonni (FI), architect Juhani Pallasmaa (FI) and director Ruth Mackenzie(UK) as the chair. This judging panel, comprising three top specialists, provides a wide view of contemporary art's diversity and its current manifestations.
The world's first ever International Prize for Live Art will be presented at the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Kuopio in September 2014. The prize is 30,000 euros, with the winning artist receiving a cash prize of 15,000 euros and the same amount in the form of a production grant for bringing their new work to the ANTI Festival in 2015. The prize is funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation.
DEAR friends , as BECAUSE OF LOVE VOLUME ONE performance tour is coming to a closure [ last performance will be in Munster ,Germany on the 7 and 8 of November 2014 . more info near the time . but now this is MOTHER FUCKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE AGAINST OPPRESSION a project that i started early this year ( 2014 ) and really it come from my collaboration that i started around 4 years a go with drummer Jacob Cob under the name AT NIGHT WE CRY . ( then a student of mine at the academia of visual arts in Macerata , Marche , Italy, where i teach in the school of sculpture )
Now I'm looking forward to develop MFOTWU [ against oppression ] not just as a band but as a visual and sound performance work and to take it to visual art and performance spaces around the world and not exclusively to music only venues
if you are interested in any way and want to know more about this development in my practice ask to be come friend with mfotwu here on face book and we will keep you informed with what we are doing . https://www.facebook.com/mfotwu.mfotwu