Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st May 2023

Outdoor, meeting point at Sala Ex Società Operaia – Ameno (NO)

Pleasure Rocks – Workshop

Barbara Stimoli and Titta C. Raccagni (IT)


20.05.2023 | from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.

21.05.2023 | from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2 days

Free entry, reservation required | 3518081786

Max 15 participants

Pleasure Rocks is a workshop that explores the material relationship between human and non-human bodies. A play on words that suggests the importance of finding new meaning to pleasure. The rock from object becomes subject, body, companion of exploration: just as with animals and vegetables, with minerals and the conformation of territories we need to rethink our being. Through various somatic practices, readings and comparisons, the group is accompanied to enter into a relationship with the rock: a gradual path, in a dilated time. An act of surrender, but also a game that explores new and different forms of pleasure: a queer trans/intimacy (K. Barad). During the workshop, moments of somatic experience will take place alternating with moments of readings, comparisons and visions.

A cooperation between ultimabaret (Titta C. Raccagni e Barbara Stimoli) and the visual artist Alessia Bernardini. 

Titta C. Raccagni is a documentary maker, filmmaker and director, Barbara Stimoli a dancer, choreographer and performer: the two different backgrounds and multiple languages, eclecticism and experience of activism and political investigation are continuously mixed in their productions. In 2015, during an artistic residency in San Francisco at Djerassi Program – the idea for Pornopoetics, a rewriting of pornography, an investigation of imaginaries related to sexuality, was born. The project takes off thanks to the support of the Associazione Culturale dello Scompiglio, with which they create the first performance Pornopoetica. The same year they make the work Diario blu(E) on the theme of identity, which is presented in the filmic version at, among others, Torino Film Festival 2016, Festival Filmmaker 2016 and Visions du réel 2017 and in the installation version at Pergine Spettacolo Aperto 2017. Since 2018 they are mainly dedicated to Pleasure rocks research collaborating with visual artist Alessia Bernardini. Together they produced two artist publications, a photographic exhibition, a workshop, a video, and a performative installation (work in progress) that they present, as per the nature of the project, in very different cultural spaces and festivals. Since 2022 they have been associate artists of Nexus Factory.