Research Community 2023

About the Research Community – Co.R

The Research Community (Co.R) is a space for ongoing interdisciplinary reflection and research.  Here, the aesthetic, poetic and political questions raised by Altofest are collected and elaborated.

Within the framework of the Co.R, authors, researchers, bearers of multiple perspectives and competences, are invited to share thinking practices and to animate spaces of discussion. The Co.R activities experiment with possible grafts between artistic creation and theoretical knowledge, generating opportunities for collaboration and discussion between artists and researchers.

The practices of the Co.R engage with the communicative and linguistic breach that opens up through the encounter between the languages of specialists and the questions raised by the heterogeneous communities of citizens and artists gathered by Altofest. At Altofest, thinking is always embodied. It is open to encounters and contamination, and is situated in a community.

The paths and activities of the Co.R settle in different formats, producing multiple literary, discursive, visual traces.Thus the path of a choral discourse emerges and evolves together with Altofest.

The Co.R is coordinated by Loretta Mesiti, dramaturg of Altofest.


The Journal

The Journal, created by Silvia Mei and curated by Loretta Mesiti and Silvia Mei, outlines an aesthetic-theoretical guide for the Community of the Fest. The Journal accompanies the journey through Altofest, soliciting multiple reading and reflection paths.

Edition 2023

Previous editions:

Voice Over

The Voice Overs takes place during lunchtime, along with the picnic. It is a daily symposium that brings together the Altofest community to discuss with the artists and the cultural workers about the aesthetic issues raised by the scheduled performances.

The conversations are open and broadcast on Radio Leib.

In this 2023 edition, the Voice Over scheduled on June 15 will focus on the source that inspired the artists for the creation of the performances in the program. They shared short extracts from relevant texts that we will read together during this first Voice Over. 

The selected excerpts can be viewed Here.

From the 16th to the 18th the Voice Over talks will welcome the mutual gaze of the artists, who were invited to ask each other questions on their fest’s performances.


The Agora is an open assembly that brings together the artists in residence and the citizens who host them, the space donors, who are invited to discuss and reflect on the experience of “living together” shared during the residency and to consider the political dimension of their participation in Altofest. The concept of Poetical Citizenship will be the leitmotif of this year’s edition. How, where, when do we need poetry to disrupt the everyday, to subvert it and create new spaces to act in the city? How does each of us as citizens feel called to exercise both a ‘poetic’ and ‘political’ presence within our communities? And where do conflicts arise? 

These questions will form the basis of the working tables curated and coordinated by Vicky Solli and Ilaria Garzillo.

The Agora is an open meeting and will be broadcast on Radio Leib.


In grammar, a conjunction is an invariable part of speech used to connect two or more elements within a proposition; in astronomy, a conjunction indicates the position of two stars having the same longitude with respect to another star at a given time; in mathematics, in set theory, it is also called as conjunction an intersection or a logical product. In Altofest, this noun inaugurates a new practice, addressed to those artists who over the years have taken part in its programmes. They are invited to ‘reunite’ in a collective creation residency and to build a dialogue with a scholar, a critic, a theoretician, in order to investigate a structural, poetic or political question, which is characteristic of the Altofest device. 

In the context of the Altofest Community, the aim is to inaugurate a germinal dialogue, to open up an unprecedented space, a new threshold of interaction, a liminal territory. Here, the creative perspective is reversed, since the artistic production becomes a function of critical production. 
The current edition brings together Claudia Fabris and Maurizio Alampi in a ‘joint’ research project: The Economies of Altofest. Claudia Fabris’s practices of poetic re-signification and comparative etymology intersects the numerous traditions of “undisciplined” economics explored by Maurizio Alampi, in order to reframe and challenge the very ground of our notions of gift, trade, exchange, community, sharing, generation.

Excerpts from the ongoing research

Members 2023

Rosa Coppola

Rosa Coppola: studied German and Slavic studies in Naples, Hamburg, Berlin and Tomsk; In 2019 she holded a DAAD-scholarship at the Institute for Theater Studies at the FU Berlin; In 2020 she obtained her PhD at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” with the dissertation Der Elefant im Raum. Kathrin Rögglas Prosawerk im Spannungsfeld zwischen Engagement und Performanz ; currently she is post-doctoral fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation at the LMU (Munich) with the research project Hybride Verfasser des künstlichen Dichtens: Eine Studie zur stochastischen Lyrik von Max Bense . Her research interests include: Forms of linguistic Sprachskepsis und Sprachkritik, representation and conceptualization of artificiality, configurations of the lyric addressee in the context of late modern and contemporary German-language literature.

Maria Francesca De Tullio

Maria Francesca De Tullio is post doc researcher in Constitutional Law (Federico II University of Naples). She also worked at University of Antwerp as a post-doc, within the project Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities ( She authored a book on Substantial Equality and New Dimensions of Political Participation and one on Rights, Budget Constraints, Economic Recovery between Mirage and Reality and a member of the research group “Constitutions in the Internet Age” of the International Association of Constitutional Law (I.A.C.L.), the editorial board of the blog Lecostituzionaliste, and the RICDP – Red Internacional de Cátedras, Instituciones y Personalidades sobre el Estudio de la Deuda Pública.. Other main areas of research are: counter-terrorism and states of emergency, competition law on the Internet, the collective dimension of privacy in the age of big data. Finally, she is active in the Feministisation of Politics Collective ( and in co-research processes with Italian and European commons movements.

Claudia Fabris

Claudia Fabris was born in Padua in 1973. She approached art at the age of 16 with photography, which she would never abandon. Her eyes will always be the first to know, her mind slow to spy on them. Then came dance, theatre with Tam Teatromusica (UBU special prize 2014) for years, and the creation of clothes. In 2011 she began a personal performance journey on the word with La Cameriera di Poesia, an itinerant live headphone poetry restoration, which she took everywhere in Italy; since then she has been kindly nomadic. 

In 2013 she began writing “Parole Sotto Sale”, a small poetic vocabulary, published in 2020 by the publishing house AnimaMundi in Otranto and appearing in cities as “Our Lady of Baloons”, giving her words to those who speak to her. 

She weaves her artistic journey with increasing adhesion with Altofest in Naples from the first edition, with La Luna e i Calanchi, il festival di Aliano (MT) and Verso Sud in Corato (Bari). 

She loves the South and its light. She is convinced that Beauty and the silent amazement it generates can still lead every human being back to the intimate and sacred space of his soul where every transformation and rebirth takes origin, strength and nourishment. She believes that the most powerful technology on planet earth is language, the body as a place of revelation, and that Art should not be an event, but an integral part of everyday life. For this she works.

Silvia Mei

Silvia Mei is a lecturer at the Department of Humanistic Studies at the University of Foggia, where she teaches ‘History of Theatre’ and ‘History and Didactics of Music and Dance’. She has taught at the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna and the FISPPA of the University of Padua. She directs “Culture Teatrali”, for which she edited in 2015 the monograph La terza avanguardia. Ortografie dell’ultima scena italiana. Her historical research focuses on the history of actresses between the 19th and 20th centuries, and on the forms of “irregular” theatre in late-19th-century Paris. She also works on theatre iconography, aesthetics of the contemporary scene and photography for the theatre. Author of several essays and articles in Italian, French, English and Spanish, she has recently published Dramaturgie dello sguardo (Edizioni di Pagina, 2020). In 2018 appeared her first monograph: Essere artista. Eleonora Duse and Yvette Guilbert: storia di un’amicizia (Editoria e Spettacolo).

Loretta Mesiti

Loretta Mesiti is dramaturg, writer, curator of collaborative writing processes, based in Bruxelles. Her research explores artistic practices, capable of opening up unprecedented collaborative spaces and inaugurating ecosystemic working structures. She experiments with poetic procedures in order to free language from egotistical automatisms and convert it into a device for imaginative re-appropriation of the real. In 2022 she founded with Meike Gleim, A science of singularities ( a laboratory for art based research and democratic imagination practices. Since 2021 she co-moderates the activities of Altereurope. Futures Manufactory. Since 2011, in the frame of her long standing collaboration with Teatringestazione she is the dramaturg of Altofest and coordinates Altofest’ Research Community Co.R. Among her projects as dramaturg, 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.

Federica Terracina – incredible fox

Federica Terracina – incredible fox
is an independent artist, specialized in textile art; painter, costume designer, and trainer. “L’astrazione fenomenica” influences all of her pictorial research, she studies with the artist Michele Cossyro.The interaction in the space is the key to her research. Her work has been presented on different occasions such as Galleria291Est, Rome; Matera Basilicata 2019 European, Capiital of Culture; Lunetta Without frontiers, Mantua; Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture; Altofest International Contemporary Live Arts, Naples; Musèe en Herbe, rue Rivoli, Paris; “Factory Pd’A” Contemporary Museum Testaccio, Rome. From 2015 to 2019 she is the author of the graphic interventions of the “Fest Journal”, the aesthetic guide of Altofest, drawn up by the OCR (Critical Observatory). From 2022 she realizes the conductive Playground, e-textile fabric in Fondazione Lisio, for the multidisciplinary project: Abito Sonoro, created with G: Villani and F. Zedde.

Maurizio Alampi

He began his career at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Calabria, where he graduated and subsequently taught Public Economic Law, a subject on the border  line of two “strong” disciplines such as Economics and Law.

Attracted by contamination as a principle of fertilization of every course of study (and beyond), he participates in various researches on development differentials and on the analysis of the causes of territorial differences, with particular reference to the South of Italy.

In the bank, he experienced the concentration process of the banking system from the inside, dealing at various levels of responsibility, with the analysis of local economies and the possibilities associated with new tools of negotiated planning.

Subsequently, he also follows the evolution of “economic legislation” by collaborating with various research, and training institutes.

In recent years, not too casually, he encounters the world of art on his path and discovers further and unexpected possibilities for personal growth.

Dario Gentili

Dario Gentili teaches Moral Philosophy at the University of Roma Tre. He obtained his PhD in Ethics and Political-Judicial Philosophy at the University of Salerno; in 2009-2010 he held a post-doctoral fellowship in Philosophy and History of Ideas at Sum (Italian Institute of Human Sciences); in 2011-2012 he held a DAAD post-doctoral fellowship at the Walter Benjamin Archiv in Berlin; in 2013-2014 he was a research fellow at Sum/Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa; in 2014 he was a visiting researcher at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität-Düsseldorf. He works on contemporary Italian thought, analysis of spatial dispositifs in Western political, legal and architectural thought, and conceptions of crisis in the political and economic spheres. He is the author of essays and articles published in several languages. He has written the following monographies : Il tempo della storia. Le tesi “sul concetto di storia” di Walter Benjamin (2002; 2019); Topografie politiche. Spazio urbano, cittadinanza, confini in Walter Benjamin e Jacques Derrida (2009); Italian Theory. Dall’operaismo alla biopolitica (2012); Crisi come arte di governo, Quodlibet, Macerata 2018, II ed. 2022 (translated into German and English).