Executioner / A brief concert for graffiti, voice and synthesizers

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ph: Fromajari

he board of scoundrels
do not pull the belt pull the molotov

This interpretative exercise of spray vocabulary from the early twentieth century up to today is yet another point of view to observe our part of the world, to come across intrusions and collapsing meanings. These slogans are short and immediate pieces of context that can amuse, irritate, mark one’s distance or lead to shared insights encounters. We can position them in the practice of the revolt, they are thoughts in their germinal form.

Boia was originally designed for the event Bologna on the wall, a day of artistic and musical events held in september 2011, organized by Facchinx2 (Elastico and Serendipity), and inspired in various ways to the wall writings collected in a web archive. The idea of the project was inspired by the hundreds of wall writings photographed and collected in the last four years on the walls of the city of Bologna.

On the occasion of this day-long event Facchinx2 asked Fiorenza Menni to prepare a performative intervention based on the archive material. Thus was born, in a small tent placed in a corner of Via Facchini, the first poem that Fiorenza composed and interpreted by voice and sounds: Boia. The following year, this poem was developed in the first chapter of the URBAN SPRAY LEXICON PROJECT: Executioner-A brief concert for graffiti, voice and synthesisers.

URBAN SPRAY LEXICON PROJECT is a dramaturgical and performative research of the writings that appear and disappear from the city walls. . It consists of Executioner-A brief concert for graffiti, voice and synthesisers (2011-2012),  If you want my skin (2013) and the lesson-performance Freedom has many forms. Notes and news from graffiti writings (2013).

With URBAN SPRAY LEXICON PROJECT Ateliersi collects the writings from today annotating and photographing them, and rescues those from the past digging them up in books, reviews and private collections. From the collected material Ateliersi composes a new dramaturgy, storing them in the poems becomes a way of preserving the ephemeral. To these small units of text, on the scene are given cries and whispers: visual signs are transformed into performative gestures. It is an artistic operation where theatrical language operates in straight contact with visual arts and sound design, where the dynamics of an urban landscape become a scenic material. Ateliersi is interested in the street, inhabited by anonymous individuals, where the limit between public and private is mobile and undefined.


with and by:

Fiorenza Menni

technical direction:
Giovanni Brunetto

administration and organization:
Elisa Marchese

project and communication management:
Tihana Maravić


USLP on stage

30.06.2017 Autobahn – William Willhelm Caffee – Dallas, Rosazza |29.04.2017 Arts Printing House, Vilnius, Lituania | 04.02.2017  Istituto Enrico Mattei, San Lazzaro (Bologna) | 2.12.2016 Hors Lits  Venezia | 19.12.2016 Centro per la Cultura, Merano | 18.11.2016 Macello, Bolzano | 23.09.2016 Isola Kult Festival Milano | 13.05.2016 Are we human Verona |3.05.2016 Università di Urbino | 16.01.2016 Casa Gemini Rimini | 27.12.2015 Casa Motus Rimini | 21.12.2015 Casa Mazza-Quijada Genova | 17.12.2015 Lamia Carovigno (BR) | 15.12.2015 Casa Austerity Torino | 12.12.2015 Ex Albergo Pagani Cesa Belluno | 5-6.12.2015 L’appartamento e Il Vivaio del Malcantone Firenze | 26.11.2015 S.aL.E. Docks Venezia | 21-22.11. 2015 Hohm Street Yoga Milano |11-14.2.2015 Pelanda Factory e Angelo Mai Roma | 27-29.11 2014 Atelier Sì Bologna | 6.09.2014 BLITZ Festival Rovigno (Croazia) | 26.07.2014  Teatro a Corte Torino | 14-20.7.2014 Santarcangelo dei Teatri Festival Santarcangelo di Romagna| 17-19.07.2014 Per Aspera Drammaturgie Possibili Festival Bologna | 16-21.06.2014 Festival Crack Roma | 14.06.2014. BLITZ Festival Teatar &TD Zagabria (Croazia) | 8.05.2014 Angelo Mai Roma| 1.11-2.11.2013 Gender Bender Festival Nosadella.due – Bologna | 31.10-2.11.2013 Gender Bender Festival MAMbo Bologna | 26.09.2013 Default 13 Off Manifatture Knos Lecce | 14.08.2013 Casola è una favola Casola Valsenio (RA) | 01.06.2013 Ravenna viso-in-aria Lido Adriano (Ravenna) | 11.1.2013. SetSuspendState Angelo Mai Roma | 13.12.2012 SetSuspendState Sì Bologna | 08.12.2012. Festival Attraversamenti Multipli Roma | 25-26.07.2012 Fienile Fluò Bologna | 22.06.2012 Festival perAspera Bologna | 30.05.2012. Lifelong Burning Festival Teatro Marinoni Venezia | 10.09.2011. Bologna al muro Bologna

USLP press release

dicembre, 2023