ACTIONCONSTRAINT II, by Andrea Cusumano & Thibault Delferiere, was performed on Saturday 28th July at the Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa in Palermo. Andrea himself somehow managed to organise the whole festival as well as making this piece with Thibault (not to mention his somewhat less challenging whistling role in my piece). The performance involved action painting, and is a progression from previous work that Thibault and Andrea have been doing together - there was a version of it performed outside the Library at Goldsmiths in London before - though this was a very different piece in many ways.
The space was laid out with a large canvas in the centre, lit from the four corners, and surrounded by three musicians. There were two smaller canvases to each side of the room. The two performers/painters worked with a dynamic of contest/opposing physical force that was productive of a common creation. This is especially fascinating to watch because Thibault's control over his movements is changed noticeably by having a physical force to work against, and his body seems constantly transformed by the interactions. The action of the piece and the interaction between the two performers slowly builds up an imprint of their actions on the central canvas.
In the end, both work together to cut out and hoist the canvas up to be seen vertically and leave the space.
(guitar and pedals Giuseppe Lomeo, violin & viola Alessandro Librio, cello Mauro Greco)