The breach

The breach featured as part of 'Scenarios', a performance thread of Manifesta7. Curated by Ant Hampton, and situated within the Austrian fortress of Fortezza, it featured works by 10 writers, poets and philosophers from around the world. Shahid Amin, Hélène Binet, Brave New Alps, Adriana Cavarero, Mladen Dolar, Harun Farocki, Karø Goldt, Larry Gottheim, Renée Green, Timo Kahlen, Karl Kels, Thomas Meinecke, Glen Neath, Margareth Obexer, Philippe Rahm, Arundhati Roy, Saskia Sassen, Michael Snow and Saadi Youse  contributed texts developed for an 'immaterial' exhibition that attempted to shift the site of the exhibition to the imagination of the listening visitor. As voice recordings, the texts were installed as sound works in the interior spaces of the fortress.


Manifesta is one of the most important European Biennials of Contemporary Art and it takes place every two years in different cities. Being itinerant is its peculiarity, and as Documenta Kassel and the International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, it is one of the highlights for international contemporary art. In the past years Manifesta has been hosted in Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Liubljana, Frankfurt and San Sebastian.


Manifesta7 was hosted by the Trentino - South Tyrol Region from July 19 to November 2, 2008.


For the first time it took place in Italy and stretched across an entire regional territory - one hundred and fifty kilometres of crossroads, of different cultures and of intersecting traditions, rich in historical monuments and in sites of industrial archeology.


It involved 188 artists showing work across four cities which together created a single connecting route along the Brenner axis between the north and south of Europe: Fortezza (Bressanone), the ex-Alumix factory in Bolzano, the Palazzo delle Poste in Trento, Manifattura Tabacchi and the ex-Peterlini factory in Rovereto.


The breach was performed by SIMON KANE (in English), TOBIAS LANGE (in German) and RICCARDO MAGHERINI (in Italian)




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