Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Augusto Corrieri and Vincent Gambini combine art and magic
Gambini's deconstructed magic show 'was still mystifying while it was being demystified'
This article is from 2014.
Rhubaba Gallery and Studios have invited artist Augusto Corrieri and magician Vincent Gambini to participate in their programme for the Edinburgh Art Festival this year. Both artist and magician critically explore performance and the structures of theatre through their work.
Corrieri’s 2013 film Diorama will be exhibited in Rhubaba’s gallery space throughout August. Like with sleight of hand magic, the film is about how gestures are (re)framed by the performance context and the way the stage influences the way gestures are read and understood.
Gambini experiments with the misdirection of magic and performance, but despite his heavily deconstructed shows the intrigue in his work remains intact. After watching a performance, Rhubaba co-director Siân Robinson Davies said: 'the magic was still mystifying while it was being demystified.'
As in Corrieri’s film, Gambini will be crafting his own performative deceptions using apparatuses of theatre and public performance. During the art festival he will work in-residence at Rhubaba, developing the new performance piece This is not a magic show! The final performance of the work at St Pilrig’s Church will take place on Sat 30 Aug.
Rhubaba, 2–31 August, free.