The second round kicked off super early, with a talk between dawn-breaker Luke Von Der Gratch and Swiss contemporary art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist
in a brand new format called Brutally Early Conversation
. Later, On
presented Gallery Run
, a guided tour of some of the most fascinating galleries of the weekend. It was still early when Eddie Vero
immersed the audience with his meditation and left us ready to go home or walk around for a while to come back around 4 pm.
By then it was time to discover StyleNotCom’s
exhibition of two tailor made and supersized posts to go viral IRL and Amesh
, who rather than presenting his new collection, gave an insight into his world and his Sri Lankan background to give visibility to the country. A new meditation prepared us for what was to follow: Jon Aro's
live performance, exclusive screenings of Nico Vascellari's
video works and Kanucia's
As if the stimulations weren't enough to keep our eyes open for two days, Insomnia
also included Added Value
, an upcycling workshop run by Live From Earth
, The Rug Riders
auction in support of the UNHRC
. In addition to The French second-hand platform Vestiaire Collective
which exhibited some its most iconic pieces, including collaborations by Louis Vuitton with Yayoi Kusama, as well as Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst. An exclusive preview of Domingo x Sita's
collaborative collection of NFTs, which continues at Reference Realities
until its official launch on 9 May.
Sure enough, the festival exercised its subjects from all perspectives, realities and the multitude of reasons for a universal discomfort. Discomfort means change. And while change is inevitable, Reference Festival points to the positive. Unsettled times stimulate creativity, giving rise to new solutions for the future.