ALTOFEST was born to GIVE RISE TO a community that generates a critical thinking.
A community that is able to recognize culture as a primary good, of which feeling a daily need. We try to
insert a process athwart the several social elements of the urban fabric, putting them into dialogue. The
connection is given by the foreign, external sight, that expresses itself in the plurality of languages of the
international artists that are hosted by citizens. These semantic interferences give to the community the
occasion of speaking to each other in a new language. Giving to people new words that develops a new
point of you.
Altofest activates generative “dispositifs” of relations, thinking and knowledge, mixing public and intimacy.
It creates a space of promiscuity in which citizens, artists and audience can go beyond their roles, participating in a total experience that generates “original relationships”.
Altofest is built with the citizens who host the works of international artists in their houses and/or private
spaces (apartments, terraces, basements, courtyards, whole buildings, artisan shops...) opening afterwards to the public.
Altofest emancipates itself from the function of mere “programming” and/or “production” of shows and
artworks, as festivals are usually considered, to prefigure itself as a space for an experimental sociality. It
welcomes all the expressions of contemporary live art, hosting interdisciplinary projects, originated by the
dialogue among artists experimenting with original synergies and hybrid praxis involving the places, and
with them the system of relationships that are hosted by the places themselves.
In this way the city becomes the home for innovative and shared art practices.
Altofest is a project born in 2011 in Naples by TeatrInGestAzione, a theatre group lead by Anna Gesualdi
and Giovanni Trono.
TeatrInGestAzione conceived Altofest as an artwork writing a dramaturgy of the community space,
re-defining the concept of scene as the space of an experimental sociality.
TeatrInGestAzione focuses on the involvement of citizens in the cultural processes, inserting the artistic
action in the socio-urban and human architecture in which they act promoting creative praxis that produce new thinking, fostering the growth of the community.