VISIONINTOART is a multimedia production company directed by Paola Prestini that creates interdisciplinary works stemming from new music. VIA believes that collaboration sustains artistic innovation. Since Prestini co-founded the company in 1999 at the Julliard School, VIA has created and performed over fifty original works. VIA’s works have been seen at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, and the Whitney Museum. VIA’s works have toured to colleges and universities in the US, and to international festivals such as Apertif in Concerto at Teatro Manzoni, Etna Fest in Italy, and BEMUS in Belgrade, Serbia. Support for VIA comes from the Cary Trust for New Music, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, American Music Center, ASCAP, the BMI Fund, the Kenan Institute, Nathan Cummings Foundation, National Video Resources, and the Council on Foundations and individual donors. Please visit: www.visionintoart.com for more information.
I have learned a few things since founding my company: Collaboration is an art in and of itself that can only be learned by doing it, making the necessary mistakes. My role in the process is my love of bringing disparate voices together, and seeing what emerges from the synergy. I continue to evolve because I see how different people ingest these new experiences-their rawness to the experience often enlightening certain parts of the collaborative process that were not clear to me before. Each artist’s passion for their ideas reminds me that redefining the boundaries in collaboration is a lifelong process and is absolutely connected to the project at hand, and that even in the hardest collaborative processes, ones identity is not lost, only rediscovered and reaffirmed.