mixed feelings | Saverio & Rita Mazza

With Saverio, Rita Mazza, and Mixed Feelings

TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE HERE: https://pad.systemli.org/p/r.776da0e1c1d8e7d50a72ac90f19d44f0

mixed feelings is a radio show exploring accessibility in the arts from the experience and practices of disabled artists worldwide. In this episode, saverio meets Rita Mazza, Deaf artist, visual sign performer, dancer, and choreographer. Rita introduces their concept of visual sound, and expands on their creative process from the earliest works to the last performance that premiered at Uferstudios in Berlin in May 2023.

This episode is visual only (no sound), in DGS with English subtitles and a transcript available here.

With a commitment to practices that explore sounds in all forms, mixed feelings show is co-curated by Saverio Cantoni, and Dana Cermane, in spoken language (mainly English) and signing language (mainly International Sign Language). Screenreader-accessible transcripts accompany each episode. Accessibility is an empowering creative territory. How would the radio be if it were accessible to Deaf folks? Are we willing to give space to the Deaf community in the conventionally hearing-only territory? mixed feelings merge conversation and sound art, music, and experimental practices transforming our present. This fluid format evolves over time because accessibility is still a very speculative practice, and the folks involved in this project will shape it merging individual experiences and communal thinking.

DGS Interpretation: Corinna Brenner; Camera and editing: Daniele Lucchini; The illustrations are by Cooper Lovano.

A special thanks to Florian Köhler, Frances Breden; and Refuge Worldwide fam Gaby, George, Graeme, Leona, Oscar, and Richard.

mixed feelings is part of the initiative DRAUSSENSTADT, funded by the Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis and the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaflichen Zusammenhalt.