Singolar Tenzone

Day 1

2019, Performance (45 min each), two sessions over two days, Kunstram Bacchanal,  Kunstraum, London, UK

Singolar tenzone (XV century Italian expression) means planned consensual duel between two men of the same social class, equally armed to defend their honour.

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Video Documentation (1:00 min)

The contenders insult each other using archaic expressions from their mother tongue: Italian and Portuguese . They intimidate the enemy while not getting in physical contact.

Day 2

The duel took place over two days, two sessions of 45 minutes each.

The only weapons available were a megaphone and an hairy whistle for each contender.

Final confrontation

The contenders extract the whistle from their underwear.

As a final confrontation and in extreme proximity they whistle in the opponent’s face until exhaustion.

Despite a great effort no one of the presents understood who won the duel.

The Contenders (versions on paper)

Instation view: Collective Ending, Absinthe§2, London, UK

Red Contender (Anger Sun), 2019, Watercolour, acrylic, pen and pencil on paper in glass & hand-made mdf frame, 20×68 cm.

Blue Contender (Flirt Moon), 2019, Watercolour, acrylic, pen and pencil on paper in glass & hand-made mdf frame, 20×68 cm.

Curated by Thomas Cuckle and Hannah Conroy.

with: Hugo Lami. Photography: Mark Benedict Cheong, Nat Urazmetova, Collective Ending.

 

© Luca Bosani