La Dolce Vita is no more and maybe never has been. The Italian saying was popularized by Federico Fellinis cult film ‘La Dolce Vita’ from 1960. But even in its most famous depiction Fellini uses La Dolce Vita with a certain degree of irony. This sought-after sweet life has never truly been reality. In fact it only ever existed as a melancholic desire coming to life in those moments that are exactly not the sweet life one craves for. La Dolce Vita is long dead – buried somewhere in the past together with its beloved toys: a red scooter, the glowing sun, an endless beach day, pistachio ice cream, bottomless pasta, two kilos of sunscreen, five liters of the finest espresso and nowhere to be at. La Dolce Vita ceased to exist and never has existed. But still nice to think of it from time to time. Sit down and look outside.
Edgar Lessig is at home in art, but also leaves for a stroll from time to time. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Arts Linz and currently works on his thesis on ‘Art and Chaos’ in Applied Studies of Culture and Art there. At the moment he completes a dance program in contemporary dance at Tanzfabrik, Berlin.
Julia Witas is an audiovisual artist currently studying Time-Based Media (MA) at the University of Arts Linz. Through media such as photography, film, sound and voice, she creates atmospheric visual and sonic worlds that are characterized by poetic fragility and raw immediacy.