Drawing(a)live is the wandering Festival about live drawing & avant-garde performing arts.

↑ screening: "Once", Danijel Zezelj (painting), Jessica Lurie (composition, saxophone, accordion, voice), Marjan Stanic (drums), multimedia performance, Pisa, 2010



Curated by Erika Gabbani





Live drawing, concerts, performances, theatre, dance, architecture, workshops, screenings


MEX 2012
Mexico City & Oaxaca
Thanks to Vertigo Galeria MEX

ITA 2011
Thanks to Laboratorio 21 ITA


↑ poster design by Dr. Alderete ARG, preview

MEX 2012

Mexico City & Oaxaca
Thanks to Vertigo Galeria MEX


México DF del 29 AGO al 1 SEPT 2012
Oaxaca del 5 al 7 SEPT 2012

Sedes: Vértigo Galería, Museo de Arte Moderno, Centro Cultural de España en Mexico, Centro diseño cine television, Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca, ...

Artists / live: Gary Panter USA, Fupete ITA, Manuel Monroy MEX, Alejandro Magallanes MEX, Carmen Segovia ESP, Elisa Malo MEX, Dulce Chacon MEX, ...

Artists / screenings: Danijel Zezelj HRV, António Jorge Gonçalves PT, Shobo Shobo FRA, Ilan Katin AUT, ...

Bands: Sonido Gallo Negro MEX, Twin Tones MEX, ...



live performances: OMA International AUT filmed by Studio Sumatra and "Foco Theory" A/V concert by Fupete & Pentolino's Orchestra ITA

↑ logo design courtesy LLdesign ITA

ITA 2011

Thanks to Laboratorio 21 ITA

Old website...

Indie Festival at Laboratorio 21 (Viareggio): 2 premiere audio-visual concerts, 6 live performances, 30 videos, 20 artists, 11 countries

Artists / live: Gianluca Costantini ITA, OMA International AUT, Fupete ITA, ...

Artists / screenings: Danijel Zezelj HRV, Shantell Martin GB, Jon Burgerman GB, Shobo Shobo FRA, Davide Toffolo ITA, ...

Bands: Cabiria ITA, Pentolino's Orchestra ITA, ...

Special A/V concerts: (a) "Foco Theory" by Fupete & Pentolino's Orchestra ITA at Teatro di Lari (Lari, Pisa) and GLUE Alternative Concept Space (Firenze); (b) Dr. Alderete ARG and Sonido Gallo Negro MEX at Cantiere San Bernardo (Pisa)



The idea.

Doing vanguard, pioneering, means to explore an unknown space, potentially in infinite directions.

It happens rarely that some artists from different countries choose simultaneously to look into the same direction, unaware of each other. In our view these "common directions of research" define what is the contemporary in the art field. Doing art curatorship means to be aware of these common visions and work to let them emerge.

As a studio, Nasonero, we've been working on the link between drawing and performing art for a while. We feel that something still needs to be discovered, something that is worth telling, and we are not alone in seeking, as you can notice from the artists we've involved.

Drawing(a)live is our contribution to this research: the first Festival about live drawing as a performative act. About drawing and avant-garde performing arts. A wandering Festival. Hand-made by artists.

1st edition in Viareggio (Italy) 2011 in partnership with Laboratorio 21. Quickly followed by a couple of international special A/V concerts in Pisa and Firenze. Upcoming second edition in Mexico City and Oaxaca (Mexico) thanks to Vertigo Galeria and Clarisa Moura. Already scheduled the third one in Barcelona (Spain) early 2013 in partnership with Mitte.

Do you remember Fry, the main character in Futurama, playing the Holophonor?

It is a musical instrument of the 31st Century, best described as a combination of an Oboe and a Holographic Projector. (source) The holophoner creates the music of an orchestra and also a visual story.

That's what we are talking about: creating and drawing live visual narratives; the courage of the artist to put his own extemporaneous presence on the stage.

Live drawing meant as a performative act and linked to performance arts, such as theatre, music and dance. Live drawing on huge architectural dimensions or as theatre live sets and light projections.

Using futuristic tools as the Holophonor («... very few people who know how to play in the Universe, and are certainly not that great.») or simple ideas such as filming drawing hands, using the awesome Tagtool for live drawing projections, or other kind of old/not yet invented tools or, why not, directly the body.

We live in the era of live mixed media: mixed arts, visions and impressions meet each other to create new horizons, to investigate new tools to work with, the work in progress as the show...

Let's enjoy!


Erika Gabbani, curator < erika@drawingalive.net >


Curated by Erika Gabbani
Lovely supported by ROJO BRA y Tagtool AUT
Thanks to all the artists involved, what life without them would be. Thanks for the kind support to Robert Rebotti, LL design, Carlo & Giovanni Galli, Gaia Querci, Lucia Catellani
* for the credits of each edition refer to its website
Erika Gabbani © 2011-2012 all rights reserved