Uno specchio per cinque (A mirror for five) — a serial story

Lu Cafausu, Italy
March 3, 2016

Read the episodes here — Episode 1: A Mirror For Five; Episode 2: Anna Variglia; and Episode 3a: The Screen Will Be White
Uno specchio per cinque (A mirror for five) is the title of a series of five episodes of a story conceived and written by the artist group Lu Cafausu as if it were the script of a film for which the five members are the collective director.

Each episode’s narrative is based on the themes of Lu Cafausu’s research: reflections on death, the relationship between the living and the soil, experimental art education, and the paradoxical nature of ordinary daily life.  The starting point of the film is an attempt by the five artists to observe their own practice and life.

In the first episode, they tell the story of how Lu Cafausu was invited to Zurich to lead the opening celebration of the Dada Centennial at the legendary Cabaret Voltaire. During the event, Lu Cafausu invited non-professional actors to participate in a performance game where they enacted the personal obsessions of the five group members, using the camera as a mirror.

Giancarlo Norese, Art is everywhere, 2008. Photo by Luigi Negro
Giancarlo Norese, Art is everywhere, 2008.
Photo by Luigi Negro

Lu Cafausu

Lu Cafausu is a collaborative art project initiated by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, and Cesare Pietroiusti in 2006, then joined by Luigi Presicce in 2010. Lu Cafausu, an old coffeehouse located in a small town in the south of Italy, has become the inspiration for stories, performances and actions in different European and American cities.

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