Remote Vision – a collective reading environment. This poetry reading performance held in German, English, French and Italian by Alessandro De Francesco with performers/readers hosted by the Kunsthalle Motto Basel bookshop is a piece where the text detaches itself from the singular subjectivity of its author and is collectively shared. Alessandro De Francesco has been developing for several years what he calls “reading environments”, i.e. installations and performances based on text and spoken voice. Differently to previous reading environments though, this piece won’t make use of digital voice processing and won’t be based on one reading voice only: rather it will feature at its core the collective human presence of the readers-performers and the simple resonation of their voices and bodies in the space of the Kunsthalle.
Rinny Biberstein, Domenico Billari, Danielle Bürgin, Alessandro De Francesco, Sophie Jung, Clare Kenny, Boah Kim, Simone Lappert, Maureen Senn-Carroll
Remote Vision – a collective reading environment inscribes itself in the series of iconoclastic acts and interventions defined by Alessandro De Francesco as “Language Art” and “poetry as artistic practice”. It is a site-specific reading environment created for the Kunsthalle Basel, co-produced by Solang Production Paris-Brussels. Remote Vision – a collective reading environment has been conceived in the occasion of the recent release of the book Remote Vision. Poetry 1999-2015 (New York: Punctum Books, 2016), gathering in a bilingual English-Italian edition the majority of Alessandro De Francesco’s poetry and conceptual writing produced so far. The texts contained in this book were also published in France in two separated volumes (Redéfinition, Paris: MIX., 2010 and La Vision à distance, ibid., 2015) and partially in Italy (Lo spostamento degli oggetti, Verona: Cierre Grafica, 2008 and Ridefinizione, Rome: La Camera Verde, 2011), as well as in journals in German (lyirkline.org; Poetenladen.de, etc.) and other languages.
Alessandro De Francesco (1981) is an Italian artist and poet living and working in Basel and Brussels.