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Giustino Caposciutti                        Participatory Art

"Participatory art is an approach to making art in which the audience is engaged directly in the creative process, allowing them to become co-authors, editors, and observers of the work. Therefore,this type of art is incomplete without the viewers physical interaction. Its intent is to challenge the dominant form of making art in the West, in which a small class of professional artists make the art while the public takes on the role of passive observer or consumer "
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... Caposciutti is considered the founder of this movement, one of the most representative of the art of the last decades.
 Over the years he has developed different ways of involving the public in the realization of works such as with

 FiloArX and TEssere...


FiloArX for the first time in history, reverses the artist / audience relationship.
It was founded on September 24, 1993 at 6.00 pm for the inauguration of the Arx Gallery in Piazza Savoia 4 in Turin.
The intent was to bring the public closer to art and to the gallery in a simple, funny and fun way.
To all the guests, a postcard had been sent with a jute thread, inviting them to paint it, to elaborate it to their liking, to sign it and to bring it back to the Gallery. The threads processed by the guests were woven to form a large canvas symbolizing the will, energy, the desire to collaborate, to communicate, to integrate with others.
The success was really extraordinary enough to attract thousands of enthusiastic people and make sure that the event had a following.
In the following months and years (up to now) FiloArX was repeated on hundreds of occasions reaching about 16,000 people

Opera FiloArX - Turin 2005 - cm.80x80 realized by 250 people

Weaving X Peace - Mazara del Vallo 2011


In 2008 TEssere was born... The opportunity arose when the municipality of Chieri (Turin) where Caposciutti had already realized FiloArX events, several exhibitions and participations in the Biennale of Fiber Art "Trame d'Autore", asked him a new project that could involve the Associations.

This is how the TESSERECHIERI event took shape, centered around the recovery of one of the prizes of the Chierese textile industry, Bandera canvas. Within a year it involved hundreds of people in the creation of painted, engraved stripes, elaborated with the most different techniques, in construction of colorful costumes until the final moment, July 1, 2008 when, following a parade through the streets of the historic center, the strips were woven, to the sound of music, with the Living Loom, thus creating a large painting representative of a historical moment in the city.

Living Loom

Subsequently, other similar events were held, TEsserePace in Rome 2008 in the San Lorenzo district, in Turin and Venaria, TESSEREXESSERE in 2009, in Poggio Mirteto and Moncalieri 2010, in Mazara del Vallo 2011, in Reggio Emilia, Arezzo and Cortona in 2013 during Special Olympics games and for the closing ceremony.

To crown more than 40 years of commitment by artist / educator Caposciutti in 2012 he creates in Turin TESSEREXESSERE:The Redemtion where an artist has been "woven" into a work created by 100 disabled artists in a public show in costume and with the Living Frame. The event represents the overthrow, the redemption precisely of what was done in 1972 at the Venice Biennale when an artist G.De Dominicis exposed a down person, sitting for hours as the object of his work.

Subsequently, the modality of "weaving" people inside a work will be resumed in different events, in Mazara del Vallo 2014, in Arezzo 2016, in Cambiano 2016 and 2017 ...

TESSEREXESSERE:the Redemtion - Turin 2012

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