Lola Arias was born in Buenos Aires in 1976, where she currently works and resides. She is a writer and theater director, and her projects include the visual arts, music and cinema in collaboration with other artists. Her work explores the boundary between fiction and reality. Her texts have been translated into more than seven languages and have been featured at festivals such as the Festival d’Avignon, the Theater Spektakel, the Spielart Festival, the Alkantara Festival and at venues such as Under the Radar, the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago and the Royal Court of London.
She wrote and directed Mi vida después, Familienbande, That Enemy Within, El año en que nací; Melancolía y manifestaciones and El arte de hacer dinero. She collaborated with Stefan Kaegi to direct Chácara paraíso and Airport Kids. Together, they also curated Ciudades paralelas, a public space intervention festival that takes place in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Varsovia, Zurich and Copenhagen. She also created Campo Minado, Atlas des Kommunismus and Doble de riesgo. She has published poetry, theater and fiction works including Mi vida después y otros textos, Los posnucleares, Trilogía, Poses para dormir, La escuálida familia and Las impúdicas en el paraíso. Along with Ulises Conti, she composes and makes live presentations; together they have released two albums: El amor es un francotirador and Los que no duermen.
How is one to represent large, massive demonstrations? The rebellion of a people, the fall of a regime, the end of a border? What is left in our memory years later? A picture, a gesture, a slogan? If you could go back in time, what would you like to be? A face in the crowd, a politician giving a speech, a police officer fighting off the multitude?
By publishing an ad in the paper and other mass media, this performance will gather all those willing to participate in the massive reenactment of a demonstration from the past. In a kind of mix between American Idol and a political recruitment center, a jury of artists will hold interviews and make the masses act in private. Each of the participants will be faced to their own ideas, memories and imagination of this event: where was I when it all happened? Was I there, did I see it on TV, was I told about it? What images remain in me? How would I react in a scenario like this? How far am I willing to go?
This performance takes on the form of an audition: spontaneous actors will confront the camera without any previous rehearsal; the text will be written as the protagonists speak, and the audience will be made up of the protagonist and the spectator at the same time. The piece explores collective memory, the mediatization of politics and the relationship between fiction and history.
After being held in Berlin, Prague and Athens, this Buenos Aires version will call for open auditions to recreate the events of December 2001.
Concept and direction by: Lola Arias
Production and Investigation: Lucila Piffer
Invited artist: Julián D´Angiolillo
Archive: Lucía Ulanovsky
Technical director: David Seldes
Video by: Marcos Medici
Costumes: strong>Candela Rosito p>
Advisor: María Moreno
Production Support: strong>Silvina Bernabé Flores p>
Costume assistance: strong>Laura García Bustos p>
Technical director assistance: Facundo David
Special thanks: Biblioteca Nacional Mariano Moreno, Agencia Télam, El Ojo Obrero, Radio Nacional, Damián Neustadt, Dionisio Dennis, Daniel Caceres, Gonzalo Martínez, Alfredo Srur y Bernardino Ávila.