They repeat themselves constantly, but do not create a sense of habit

Civitella Ranieri Foundation is pleased to present the third edition of Casting the Castle, curated by Saverio Verini, to be held on September 10th, 2022. As the name suggests, Casting the Castle aims to reveal an unexpected image of Civitella Ranieri, by opening it up to the public and unveiling its spaces, in the interest of strong visitor engagement.

After two years, Casting the Castle returns this year with a particularly rich program. We’ve involved nine artists for the occasion, who will present interventions of various natures – performance, video, installations, and sound – scattered throughout the spaces of the Civitella Ranieri Castle. The exhibition runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Due to the limited amount of space, Filippo Berta and Sissi’s performances are open to a group of up to fifty people: please RSVP in order to ensure access to the event.

The subtitle, They Repeat Themselves Constantly, but Do Not Create a Sense of Habit, is from a text written in 2011 by a past Civitella Ranieri Fellow, the visual artist Riccardo Benassi, dedicated to the sounds he heard from his studio window during his residency: a polyphony tied to the different proposals for Casting the Castle, which at the same time references the concept of repetition, another theme of this year’s event. All the works and interventions are in fact united by the reiteration of gestures, images, and voices,suggesting in some cases the idea of an actual loop, an incessant and circular energy that is unleashed in the spaces of Civitella Ranieri, something between entropy and expansion. A “performative” exhibition, where movement is always present, both live and in the works installed in the various rooms of the Castle. In this sense, even the duration of the exhibition (a single day, in the space of a few hours) aims to underline the temporal and ephemeral dimension of this third edition of Casting the Castle.


Greig Burgoyne

Burgoyne will focus on the area in front of the Castle: a decidedly extended surface the artist contends with through a series of paradoxical and extenuating actions, in line with his own poetics. 

Giorgia Accorsi & Fabio Giorgi Alberti 

For Sparacadute/Parashoot, the two artists will move through the corridor on the top floor of the castle: armed with a slingshot, they will from time to time launch small parachutes, which will gently glide to the ground. 

Kae Tempest (CRF 2017)

The evocative space of the chapel will be occupied by Tempest’s voice, reading lines drawn from their book Let Them Eat Chaos (2016), which signaled the artist as one of the most internationally significant voices in contemporary poetry. 

Filippo Berta

Berta will present, for the first time, a performance that finds its ideal habitat in the Castle library: dozens of people will be involved in a collective action based on the gesture of browsing through books.
Please follow this link to reserve your spot for this performance.
Please note that we will only accept reservations made via Eventbrite.

Sissi (CRF 2009)

Sissi presents a performance titled Circonvolare: the artist will move through the room with roller-skates on her feet, tracing in the space unpredictable trajectories that will also determine and guide the position of the audience inside the room.
Please follow this link to reserve your spot for this performance.
Please note that we will only accept reservations made via Eventbrite.

Nadah El Shazly (CRF 2022)

The composer, currently in residence at Civitella Ranieri, has put together an installation that stems from the Castle’s sounds. 

Paolo Bufalini 

His installation Untitled consists of ten white cushions on the floor: seemingly inert, the cushions gradually reveal some movement which lends these objects an aura that is enigmatic, disturbing, and, at the same time, full of lyricism.  

Guido van der Werve

The video The day I didn’t turn with the world (2007) shows the artist at the culmination of a trip to the Geographic North Pole, where he stands for twenty-four hours, turning clockwise, while the earth beneath him turns counterclockwise.

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Performances from 5:30 to 7:30pm
Please RSVP here.

RSVP here for Filippo Berta’s performance. 

RSVP here for Sissi’s performance.