Simone Forti

Bio

A seminal figure in the history of dance, performance, and body-based practices, Simone Forti (b. 1935 Florence, Italy) has been at the forefront of artistic investigations relating to movement improvisation. Developed in the mid-1980s, Forti’s News Animation Improvisations encompass the translation of the imagery and language of newspaper reports and newscasts into movement compositions. In these works she explores the relationship between world events, language, and the body. Listening to the news and reading news reports in the months leading up to Made in L.A., Forti produced the series of drawings on view in this installation. She is translating these drawings into collaborative improvisational performances throughout the duration of the exhibition at all three venues. Documentation of these performances is added in an accumulative fashion to the monitor in the installation, creating a conversation between Forti’s drawings and performances. Accompanying these elements, the installation also features another series of drawings and writings that inform earlier iterations of this ongoing work. A sound recording of Forti reading her journals is also included, allowing viewers to experience the intricate dynamics between voice, language, and movement that she has pioneered for more than four decades.

Mohn Award Finalist

Gallery

Simone Forti

Simone Forti. Writing Warm-Up for Performance, 2004. Ink pen on notebook. 11 x 8 ½ x 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 x 1.3 cm) overall. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Brian Forrest.

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Simone Forti. Documentation of Open Form, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, March 25, 2008 (collaboration with Jeremiah Day). Courtesy Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

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Simone Forti. Documentation of Open Form, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, March 25, 2008 (collaboration with Jeremiah Day). Courtesy the artist. Photo by Brian Forrest.

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Simone Forti. News Animations Sketches, 1986. Graphite on paper. 5 x 7 in. (12.7 x 17.8 cm) each. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Brian Forrest.

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Works by Simone Forti. Installation view at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, June 2, 2012-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

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Simone Forti. News Animation Drawings, 2012. Made in L.A.Installation view at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, June 2, 2012-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.