In three writing sessions during the &Now Festival, Guido Ignatti will compose a text about contemporary art. He’ll be alone in a room on the CalArts campus with only a typewriter, some paper, and a pencil. The scene will be streamed on a website announced on a placard to &Now participants. After the third writing session, on the final day of the festival, Ignatti will frame the typescript and hang it next to the placard.
Ignatti’s performance makes visible the struggle to conceive ideas and put thoughts to paper while isolated from many of the apparatuses and functions that determine writing today. He’ll go without the Internet, his computer, and Control+Z. Since this will be the first time that he’ll use a typewriter, the performance may be as much about his physical interaction with the device as it is about his intellectual work. Writing about the present using a device from another era, Ignatti’s site-specific performance evokes CalArts’ long history of fostering experimental artistic and literary practices.
The performance can be seen during the listed times on www.guidoignatti.com.ar