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Insight into Mpasturavacche

A glimpse of the one-to-one performance Mpasturavacche by Jatun Risba presented on the 5th of July 2019 at the Artperforming festival at Palazzo di Lorenzo in Galatina (LE), Italy. The work has been realized during the art residency of the author at Steam Atelier in Lecce.

Watch a teaser video of the performance here.

Credits: Giada Totaro (co-production, interaction design), Elisa Melodia (coding), Stefano Averono Seven (wearable) and Mattia D. Miscia (video).

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On the 5th of July 2019,  Jatun Risba is going to do the first presentation of the one-to-one performance “Mpasturavacche” at the Artperforming festival in Galatina (LE). The work has been realized during the art residency of the author at Steam Atelier in Lecce (Salento, Italy).

Credits: Giada Totaro (coproduction, interaction design), Elisa Melodia (coding), Stefano Averono Seven (wearable) and Mattia D. Miscia (video).


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A summer in movement…

We are glad to announce that Jatun Risba will spend their summer in S of italy, doing a 2-months artist-in-residence program at STEAM Atelier in Lecce (LE) under the title: “The care of self and dancing comunities in the contemporary, technological world”. During this period, the artist will develop, in coproduction with the hosting organization, two new intermedia works: Mpasturavacche and Heallo.

The immersive one-to-one performance Mpasturavacche will be first presented at the Artperforming festival at Galatina (LE) on the 5th of July and then again, in the first days of August, at the artist-run festival OutsideininsideoutinsideoutoutsideiN on the border between Germany and Czech Republic.

the prototype developed during the first working session on the project Mpasturavacche

Risba will take part also in the Artperforming festival in Napoli. Starting on the 27th July morning, the artist will enact the work Excercises in Dying for 24-hrs, in a different set-up and agenda than in the year 2017.

The intermedia work Heallo, which takes the form of a technology and sensory augmented happening, will be developed throughout the whole period of the residence at STEAM  Atelier in collaboration with a number of professionals working in different fields and launched at the art festival Pixxelpoint 2019 on the 21st of November in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. In parallel to the work on Heallo, Risba will use their residency in Salento (Apuglia) to do a field study of the ancient dance ritual of “Tarantismo, a social and anthropological phenomena that is now celebrated, through spectacularization, at “La notte della Taranta” festival.

Finally, in the last days of August, Risba will travel to Strasbourg to attend the ladiyFEST #2, the festival ki* attended already last year with the actio, installation and workshop Not an Adolescent Girl. This year, the artist will enact the intermedia performance Mpasturavacche and facilitate a somatic workshop “Possession dance. In, out and beyond self”.

*Jatun Risba uses the pronoun ki, to set an impartial tone where the existence of all living beings within an animate is acknowledged and praised.

Jatun Risba – Artist in residence at STEAM Atelier

Jatun Risba was invited for a two months art residency at STEAM Atelier in Lecce, Salento (ITA) under te title “Cura del sé e comunità danzanti” (Care of self and dancing crowds). During the residence, Risba will develop two new intermedia works: “Heallo. Rave in a casino” and “Mpasturavvache”.

To follow the public events and presentation organized during the residence follow:


Dancing Crowds: Mania, Ecstasy, Collectivity

On 14th of June, Jatun Risba participated at the roundtable discussion Dancing Crowds: Mania, Ecstasy, Collectivity at F°LAB – Festival for Performing Arts in Frankfurt. 

The roundtable Dancing crowds explored what it means to be a body in revolt, dancing. From the neo-shamanistic traditions in contemporary choreography to radical self-healing, and from choreographic politics of care to urgent and unrelenting dance parties, bodies in motion signal restlessness and a vibrant potential for transformation.

Panellists Kélina Gotman (theater and dance scholar, UK), Hamish McPherson (choreographer and dance scholar, UK), Bogomir Doringer (film-maker and curator, Netherlands / Austria), Jatun Risba (performance artist, Slovenia / UK) and Audrey Gary (director and choreographer, France) discussed: what is a body in protest? How have artists and thinkers imagined alternative collectivities and the vital possibilities of self-organisation for reappropriating the gestures and practices of love and insurgency? In doing so, the panel aimed to relate the protesting body in art to the body functioning in the social community and ask how alternative forms of embodiment allow us to reimagine the ‘body politic’.

The following day, on 15th of June, Jatun Risba facilitated the workshop  “Possession dance: an immersion in, out and beyond self” for MA students of theatre and performance at the  Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

Both events were organized as part of the Friedrich-Hölderlin Guest Professorship for General and Comparative Dramaturgy at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

Augmented Attention Lab at Sensorium Festival

In June Jatun Risba participated at the Augmented Attention Lab (AAL) at the Sensorium Festival in Bratislava. The LAB generated an impressive gathering of artists, scholars, researchers and beautiful human beings who share a common interest in sensory and bodily expansion throught the use of (interactive) technologies. The LAB was organized by artists and researchers Jonathan Reus and Sissel Marie Tonn.

During the workshop week Risba joined forces with artist Kazue Monno and developed a wearable prototype Snake’s Umwelt (on the picture below).

Mother (Mati)

“There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe…”
(Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching, Chapter 25,translated by Stephen Mitchell)

Mother is a site-specific installation that consists of a triangular spacial intervention made with orange marking tape. A wooden lounge chair of the same colour is placed in the middle of the triangle and offers a spot for chilling, connecting with nature and rebooting. Instructions for hypnotic relaxation are provided. Mother was realized by Jatun Risba with the help of many others, including Adrijan Bandelj, Mimica Bandelj, Matjaž Vodeb, Lea Jazbec, Miha Godec … in May 2019 at LIVADA Urban Living Lab (ULL) — an outdoor teaching laboratory in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The artwork is 100% biodegradable and is going to decompose naturally within few weeks and months. Her emptiness will persist.

More pics and videos of the work are available here.


Performance lecture Trance in Art

On the 18th of March, Jatun Risba held a performance lecture “Trance in Art” at the University of Strasbourg. 

The lecture was part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar “Choremanies: gestural, emotional and sonic contagions” that looked at  the dance epidemic of 1518 from different angles and accross disciplines (history, history of medicine, studies of emotions, neuroscience, history of dance and performative practices). Through a series of professional guest interventions, the seminar allowed first-year Master of Arts students to question the discourses, norms and social practices that are emerging through this historical episode.

Choremanies Seminar Organizers: Janig Bégoc, Johanna Renard and Guillaume Sintès.

Self-hypnosis demonstration during the performance lecture by Jatun Risba


“Not an Adolescent Girl” in Milan

Jatun Risba’s work Not an adolescent girl was on display, from 23rd February to 12th March, at  Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan as part of the international art exhibition Stand for Girls, curated by Elisabetta Longari. The exhibition was promoted by the project Indifesa –  Art against gender violence.

Participating artists: Eleonora Antonioni, Guia Besana, Marco Delogu, Paola Di Bello, Sarah Dubois, Anna Ginsburg, Barbara Giorgis, Claudia Giraudo, Meri Gorni, Marianne Heier, Maria Jannelli, Tatiana Kocmur, Hyun-Jin Kwak, Paola Mattioli, Silvia Pastoricchio, Giuseppe Renda, Jatun Risba, Sabrina Rocca, Sabina Sala, Gregg Segal, Anna Skoromnaya, Laura Trentin, Silvia Truppi, Giovanna Villani, Lucrezia Zaffarano.

Not an Adolescent Girl installation

Jatun Risba showcased the actio Not an adolescent girl, as an after event of the exhibit, on the 28th March 2019.

Not an Adolescent Girl actio



Join the first course of Hypnotic Dance in the lovely city of Strasbourg, France on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of March. The course will be held – same schedule and costs – the coming weekend (30th & 31st of March) in Milan. Reserve your place at jatun.risba@gmail.com.