la casa cafausica

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di Lu Cafausu
la casa cafausica, ottobre 2022
Lingua: Italiano
226 pagg., b/n, brossura
12,85 x 19,84 cm
ISBN 979-8-3583-1869-4

Questo libro raccoglie in un ideale “cesto” le frasi scritte da Lu Cafausu, con il contributo di Maria Valentina Tarantino, per l’edizione 2021 de La festa dei vivi (che riflettono sulla morte), un progetto d’arte collaborativo che richiama da molti anni artisti da tutto il mondo a elaborare un pensiero, una riflessione sulla morte come trasformazione, soglia, mistero, ma anche come necessario orizzonte di senso.

Meeting Through Fasting.
A one-day meditation about some plates and A Smiling Dictatorship, Pantagruel and the Kamikaze, The Need of Incorporating Goods
by Emilio Fantin, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti
la casa cafausica, August 2021
Language: English
38 pages, 12.85 x 0.25 x 19.84 cm
ISBN 979-8-4539-0074-9

The three artists, each one in his own place and city (San Lazzaro di Savena, Novi Ligure, Rome), observed a whole day of fasting on September 26th, 2003. During breakfast, lunch and dinner time they introduced an original subject that became the plat du jour and conferred on it instead of eating. They also tried to guess what the other two were thinking about the chosen topic. 
It was an attempt to reach an indirect common thinking, neither personal nor self-referential, by collecting their considerations together with some pictures of the sites where the actions took place. 
This project was conceived and developed for the First International Lunchtime Summit. A coming together of collective initiatives and socially engaged art in 16+ cities (September 26th, 2003), organized by Sixteen Beaver Group, New York.

The Cafausica Tales
by Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce, Emilio Fantin
la casa cafausica, March 2021
Language: English
98 pages, ill., b/w, paperback pocket book
(4.25 x 6.875 in / 108 x 175 mm)
ISBN 978-1-7161-8904-3

The short stories in this book were written collectively on the occasion of exhibitions, festivals, and art projects in different contexts and at different times: A False Luke (Lu Cafausu), an exhibition curated by Marcin Ramocki for vertexList, Brooklyn, from January 26th to March 4th, 2007 (episodes 1, 2, 3); Contemporary Passages (Temporary Roots and Interweaving Paths), curated by Angela Serino for Tent, Rotterdam, from May 25th to July 1st, 2007 (episode 4); Forgotten Sculptors, a performative event produced and hosted by the Sculpture Center in the context of PERFORMA 07 in New York, with the participation of Joan Jonas and Steve Piccolo, November 3rd, 2007 (episodes 5, 6, 7, 8).
The authors have conceived the stories of episodes 1-8 in the form of email messages, each composed of a short text accompanied by an image. Episodes 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 were commissioned by Musagetes, a Canadian philanthropic arts organization, and were published on in 2016.

Invalid Poetry from Stupid Thoughts

by Shervin Kianersi Haghighi and Giancarlo Norese
Every page is the cover page
Published by Fondazione Lac o Le Mon, Italy, April 2018
Languages: English, Italian, Farsi
Edition: 50 copies, unnumbered
60+4 pages

Besides, it’s always the others who die

by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce (eds.)
Published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna,
and Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully — KMD N° 15, 2014

Language: English
Hardcover, 14×11 cm, 116 pages, ill., color and b/w
ISBN 978-3-86984-080-2

This book, whose title is the epitaph on Marcel Duchamp’s tombstone, is one of several initiatives that we have developed around the theme of death, starting from “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death).”

We have proposed turning the traditional November 2nd celebration, the “Day of the Dead,” into a new holiday. For the first edition of this celebration, in 2010, we invited those who were interested to be part of a pilgrimage, probably the shortest and slowest in the world, that departed from its destination (rather than arriving at it): Lu Cafausu in San Cesario di Lecce.

Lu Cafausu is a mysterious small building, an architectural remnant that we have elected as a source of metaphors and narratives. It is “an imaginary place that really exists.” It taught us that coincidences are meaningless if taken as mere coincidences: only when you are aware of connections can you become free to open yourself to their mystery, to their truth, or, rather, to their multiple, inextricable, and fragile truths. And then, after all, as it happens, it’s always us who die.

Including contributions by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce, Sara Alberani, Lisa Batacchi, Marco Benincasa, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Sarah Ciracì, Irene Coppola, Gianluca Marinelli, Luca Musacchio, Caterina Pecchioli, Mattia Pellegrini, Davide Ricco, Roberto Tenace, Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri, Stefan Banz, Francesca Marianna, Adrian Paci, Antonella Rizzo, Giorgio Rizzo, Franco Vaccari, Francesco Lauretta, and anonymous friends.