LIUBA – The Slowly Project Take your Time, New York – 19:36, 2011


The Slowly Project – Take Your Time – New York

Performances: New York City Center: 2005 – 2006 – 2011 The 2011 performance was promoted by the 5th International Day of Slow Living, NYC
video: 2005 – 2011, Usa, colours, 19’36”

This work comes from a series of performances in the streets of Manhattan between 2005 and 2011.

The itinerary of each performance was carefully chosen, with the intention of going into the most nevralgic, symbolic and chaotic areas of the city, such as Wall Street, Staten Island Ferry in the early morning, World Trade Center, Grand Central Station, Times Square, Union Square, Metropolitan Museum, West4th.

“I consider my performances and the following videos as portraits of a specific society, city, country because everything that happens reflects the identity of the place. Each video is completely different from the other, even when it is made from the same performance in different locations.

The Slowly Project is composed of the same performance in different cities and contexts. The differences in the videos reveal a way to investigate the differences of the places.

The reactions, the noises, the buildings, the people in New York were very special and specific. The video is like a ‘story’ of that place.

I use only original shootings taken during my performances. No studio shootings or actor interactions are used to edit my videos. What is shown is part of what ‘really’ happened and chance becomes one of the main heroes of the work.

I would like viewers to reflect upon how difficult is to perform perfectly in ‘slow motion’, controlling each muscle movement not to go faster, for hours and hours in the day.

I consider “taking our time” in life and society as difficult as this performance but, nevertheless, necessary “


LIUBA (Italy)
I am a performance artist, video artist and site-specific interactive projects artist living at the moment in Milan and Rimini. I have been lived in New York and in Berlin as well, now I am back to Italy and I am a new mum! But I am and will be always a great traveller!

My work is concerned with social, anthropological, geographical, philosophical issues, human behaviour, interactivity and chance. My research is based on the analysis of contemporary society, investigating contradictions and social problems of daily life, with often an ironic approach.

My practice consists of site-specific actions that burst provocatively into daily life and of video works that assemble the performance, the reactions of people and the identities of the involved places. I am interested also in creating participative projects where the public takes directly part to the performance. I have been shown and have performed internationally, including at the Venice Biennial, The Armory Show New York, PAC Milan, Art Basel, Scope London, Artissima Tourin, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, The Native Museum, Mashteuiasth and Canada. My work has been reviewed by Artnet Magazine, Flash Art International Magazine, IkonoTV, Artribune and others.

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