Co.R – Community of Research
Curated by Loretta Mesiti


The Research Community (Co.R), embodied in Altofest, is a permanent space for reflection and interdisciplinary research. This space includes researchers and scholars, conveyors of multiple perspectives and knowledge, who are invited to develop aesthetic, poetic and political queries raised by the fest. These experts collaborate in the creation of spaces for debate and reflective practices, through which the outline of a choral discourse takes shape and evolves along with Altofest.

The path inaugurated by the Co.R falls into various activities and practices that not only involve the community of the fest but also aim at preserving the memory of the relationships, the experiences and the processes to which Altofest gives rise.

Co.R Tools


The Journal: curated by Silvia Mei is published every Thursday. It outlines an aesthetic-theoretical guide for the community of the fest. The Journal contains contributions from the members of the Co.R and excerpts from the sources, which altogether offer different approaches to the theme “Inhabiting Future”.

The Agorà: curated by Loretta Mesiti and introduced by a guest look from the Co.R, is an open assembly that takes place every week on Thursday evening. An opportunity to gather for hosts and artists in residence, who are coming from two different geographical areas involved in the project. The theme of the assembly is the sharing and analysis of the experiences lived during the residency, interpreted in the light of the theme “Inhabiting Future”.

Voice Over: curated by Rosa Coppola; radio conversations with the artists held every Sunday morning. The artists in the program analyze their performances in dialogue with a guest member of the Co.R. The conversation is open to anyone to join in and broadcasted via web radio.

The Co.R of Altofest Matera-Basilicata 2019 is composed by:

Loretta Mesiti
Loretta Mesiti is a writer and dramaturg. She curates collaborative writing processes and formats of discussion, exploring the thoughts aroused by artistic creation processes and embraces them when they become voice, word, text, plot. Her interventions accompany interdisciplinary and collective processes in dialogue with visual and performative works while generating further places of reception. Her research focuses on issues related to the reformulation of spatial categories and the concept of identity from a philosophical-political and aesthetic-poetic point of view. In the frame of the long-standing dialogue with TeatrInGestAzione since 2007, she took part in the development of numerous performance and Alto Fest –  International Contemporary Live Arts; Alto Fragile-Corpi Esposti all’Opera (exhibit bodies at work-researching space to share the genetic moment of artistic creation); avVento – a platform for the artistic exploration of contemporary founding myths; DE RI VA, a group of permanent research starting from the text La Société du Spectacle by Guy Debord. With La Sindrome di Elettra she won the Scriptwriting-Award Oltreparola – as best author under 30 in 2009. Among her projects as dramaturg, we find the performance Blickakte. Betrachtungen aus der Ferne, directed by Daniel Schauf, won the jury prize Was heisst hier fremd” (What is here stranger) at Theater Drachengasse in Vienna in 2012. Among her literary works, the poetic collection Geologhemi was honoured with the special mention by the jury of the Lorenzo Montano award for poetry in 2017. In 2018, together with Silvia Mei, she curated the book Displace Altofest.

Silvia Mei
Silvia Mei PhD, is Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna – Department of Arts. Previously, she has received a grant from Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice and Research Fellow at the University of Turin – Department of Humanities. She embraces a comparative and transdisciplinary perspective on the relations between 20th-century theatre and dance and contemporary live arts. Her historical research investigates theatre cultures, new pedagogies and female acting history in the first half of the 20th century. She is also Web Editor of «Culture Teatrali» and collaborates with several other journals and reviews. Main publications: Essere artista. Eleonora Duse e Yvette Guilbert: Storia di un’amicizia (2018); (ed.) La Terza avanguardia. Ortografie dell’ultima scena Italiana («Culture Teatrali», n. 14/2015); Rafael Spregelburd, Lucido (con tre scritti) (2014), Claudio Tolcachir/Timbre4. Una trilogia del living (2012).

Raffaele Marone
Raffaele Marone is a PhD architect. Since 1997 adjunct professor in Architectural and Urban Composition, he teaches at the Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. In 1994 he won the Luigi Cosenza National Architecture Award. He carried out several researches at the universities of Porto, Lausanne, Milan and taught at various universities. He is an invited professor, visiting critic and lecturer at international seminars and workshops on Architectural and Urban Design; his works have been exhibited in Italy and abroad. He has published projects, articles, essays and the books Spazi Scritti, Architecture, Continuous Pursuit / Architettura, occupazione costante, Pensare per spazi (per pensare spazi), in two volumes, and Ovunque è architettura. Fatti dello spazio che abitiamo. He writes the blogs and
His quest for architecture about contemporary living is nourished by compositional practices that explore different expressive forms, from photography to poetry and visual arts.

Vincenza Di Vita

Isabella Bordoni
Isabella Bordoni (1962) is an author, an artist and an independent curator. She began her artistic career in the second half of the 1980s within the northern European scene of performance and electronic arts. Concluding the experience with Giardini Pensili that she founded in 1985 and co-directed until 2000, with IB_Project for the Arts,  she created an international collaborative platform, focused on the relationship between art, places and archives of the contemporary. Concerned with the poetics of places and the reciprocal influence between the organization of natural, urban and residential space and the art of acting, she has turned these horizons into research materials by being a curator, a lecturer and through various artistic projects. Interested in the “document” as a device of narrative construction and deconstruction, her practice includes performances, installations, radio. Involved in the field of public arts and relations with wide-ranging projects introduces the terms poetry.scapes and poetic citizenship to describe the procedural context that they implement. She is the artistic director of the Associazione IMAGONIRMIA of Elena Mantoni and of the prize «Spostamento Variabile », art residency and publishing project.

Dario Gentili
Dario Gentili (Napoli, 1975) is Associate Professor in Moral Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, University of Roma Tre. He has a PhD in Ethics and Political-Legal Philosophy from the University of Salerno. He did his post-doctorate research in Philosophy and the History of Ideas at the Sum (Italian Institute of Human Sciences), Florence, and received a DAAD post-doctorate grant to work at the Walter Benjamin Archive in Berlin. He became a Research Fellow at the Sum (Italian Institute of Human Sciences) and in Autumn 2014 he was Visiting Researcher at Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf. Research Interests: Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Italian Political Philosophy, Marxism, Political Theology (Messianism), Architecture, Urban Theory, Biopolitics, Neoliberalism, Theory of Crisis. His essays are translated into English and other languages. Monographs: Il tempo della storia. Le tesi “sul concetto di storia” di Walter Benjamin, Guida, Napoli 2002; Topografie politiche. Spazio urbano, cittadinanza, confini in Walter Benjamin e Jacques Derrida, Quodlibet, Macerata 2009; Italian Theory. Dall’operaismo alla biopolitica, Il Mulino, Bologna 2012; Crisi come arte di governo, Quodlibet, Macerata 2018.

Rosa Coppola
Chiara Rizzi