May 13 - November 26, 2017
Part 1: Scene Change
Artist: Grisha Bruskin
Co-Curators: Giuseppe Barbieri, Silvia Burini
Grisha Bruskin’s installation Scene Change, is as implacably regulated as the wheels of a universal clock mechanism where two periods, remote from one another, Antiquity and Modernity, meet and clash in a series of eloquent images according to the ancient rules of the «art of memory». This uncanny landscape, marked by tens and tens of figures, represents the contradictory nature of power, incarnated by a mechanised hybrid: the two-headed bird. Dolls, dummies, hybrids and androids give shape to the threat of international terrorism, while soldiers with binoculars, drones and archaic idols equipped with antennae and radars pursue the idea of a «transparent» world where they can monitor and spy on the human masses. From the ancient «art of memory» — a process through the millenia, of the organisation of different languages, Bruskin conceived the ambition to create a Magnum Opus, to melt down our contemporary age in the crucible of a timeless alchemist.
Part 2: Blocked Content
Artists: Recycle Group
Co-Curator: Ekaterina Shcherbakova
In Blocked Content, Recycle Group create an absurdist image of artificial intelligence as an authority on ethical standards playing with the phenomenon of virtual reality and social media. In an exploration of immortality in contemporary society, ‘saints’ of the web are granted eternal life and ‘sinners’ — including spammers, virus retailers and fake-celebrities — are punished. An epiphany about life and death in the virtual realm, the installation takes inspiration from Dante’s 9th Circle of Hell. Featuring scenes of Hell, the installation shows profiles frozen in a vacuum, without likes and reposts and unable to return to life, only fully visible through a virtual reality app that will be downloaded to visitors’ mobile devices.
Part 3: Garden
Artist: Sasha Pirogova
Video artist Pirogova focuses on motion and its capacities by exploring the territory between theatre, ritual, performance and dance to transform rational movements into metaphors. Garden is a performance video telling a story of eternal life, death and immortality expressed through notions of darkness and light. Darkness is not a horrifying thing, but as a lack of light, which in turn means it has the potential to be enlightened and the human being is a source of light.
Sound Pavilion: Commedia delle arti
Composer: Dmitri Kourliandski
Commedia delle arti is a new work from contemporary composer Kourliandski consisting of an interactive and performative sound installation. From the façade of the building Commedia dell’ascolto plays recorded by leading Russian musicians. At the entrance to the Pavilion, visitors can pick-up ‘score-instructions’ that can be followed to create a dialogue between the artist, visitor and outside world.
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