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Ivana Adaime Makac and Camilla Alberti in Questions on the Living / Domande sul vivente, at aA29 Project Room Milano.

Ivana Adaime Makac, The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (2016); Origine des plants cultivées (2018) and L’univers de notre jardin (2018). Different editions of the three books, Savoy cabbage, varnish, pigments, different measures.

 

Ivana Adaime Makac’s and Camilla Alberti’s works will be featured in the exhibition Domande sul vivente / Questions on the Living at aA29 Project Room Milan, from May 30th through July 27th, together with Brandon Ballengée, Tiziana Pers, Muriel Rodolosse, Matilde Sambo and SEEDS.

Domande sul vivente /Questions on the Living is a group exhibition curated by Gabriela Galati that features works by six artists and a creative collective who ask questions about the living with very different points of view and approaches, and even sometimes in contradictory contexts.

The exponential acceleration during the last century in technological developments has inevitably led to questions on the changes in the relationship between humans and technology, and, almost at the same time, on the living as a whole. Many of the researches in this regard have been proposed under the name of posthuman: a “condition” that implies an expansion in the interest towards a more complex and comprehensive vision of contemporaneity; a vision that puts all life forms on the same level taking into consideration also the relationship with the inorganic. In this sense, “living”, one of the most discussed and difficult aspects to be defined by biology, includes human and non-human animals, the vegetal world, and why not, even forms considered semi-living, such as viruses.

The exhibition intends to explore diverse visions, approaches and methodologies regarding the living in the artistic practices it presents. Its intention is not to use living beings as materials, or to create a purely aesthetic experience, but on the contrary, all these artists are interested on the living as a topic of reflection, and often of action, whatever the medium chosen to convey it. In fact some of them, like Camilla Alberti, Tiziana Pers and Muriel Rodolosse use panting, Ivana Adaime Makac and Brandon Ballengée include vegetal elements and animals in their oeuvre, and Matilde Sambo works with video and photography.

A great part of Ivana Adaime Makac’s artistic research focuses on investigating the processes of domestication and dis-domestication of living beings. Particularly, in the works in the show she used Savoy cabbage, a vegetable that was domesticated hundreds of years ago for human consumption, treated in different ways: In the books sculptures, she covered an 1867 edition of Charles Darwin’s The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication and Alphonse de Candolle’s Origine des plants cultivées (1998) with layers of cabbage treated with pigments and lacquer. In the installation that belongs to the series Jardin Transformiste, the artist used the cabbage to “dress” a stool, and remaining vegetables from other works and installations to build the garlands. The artist’s interest for life cycles and incomplete shapes is paired in all these works with new forms of domestication and reutilisation of the vegetal element.

Camilla Alberti’s paintings deal with nature as landscape: she isolates some details from a landscape, and recomposes the images creating an abstract background. In this way, the elaboration of nature is doubled: firstly when it is conceptualised as landscape, as it usually is, and a secondly through her artistic elaboration.

Brandon Ballengée is an artist and biologist who has been researching for a long time on terminal deformities in amphibian populations, and from these investigations his artistic series Malamp (1996-ongoing) stemmed. Featured in the show there is one work of his Styx series (2007-ongoing). It consists in a chemically cleared and stained tiny frog lying on an illuminated glass dish. The deformed bodies are very small, and as in the Reliquaries photographs (2001-ongoing), the artist intends to create an emotional bond with the viewer, not to present the animals as monsters. His research also includes finding what generated these deformities, and eventually killed the amphibians: the causes are often pollution of the environment and water.

Tiziana Pers research is focused on biocentrism and antiespeciesism. The painting presented in the show is part of the series Elephant Song (2016), a group of works that initially addressed the extinction of elephants, but that successively the artist extended to other species, in this case, sharks. In particular, she is interested in increasing awareness on an extremely cruel practice usual in some parts of Asia where sharks’ fins are used to make a very popular soup: sharks are caught, its fins cut while they are still alive, and then thrown back to the water, where they slowly bleed to death. Elephant Song_Shark is a call to stop these insane practices, and at the same time, an homage to all animals, like all the artist’s oeuvre is.

Muriel Rodolosse’s back paintings on Plexiglas intend to put into question common human views on nature. In the apparent delicate and dreamy quality of many of her works, a quality possibly accentuated by the milky white background, it is possible to perceive a silent struggle between architectural and natural elements. The idea of a disturbed nature is challenged by also conveying the sense of natural wilderness that predominates on the pictorial surface.

Matilde Sambo’s recent video Fairy Cage (2018) investigates the tension between human fascination with nature, more specifically with other non-human animals, and the also very human need of possessing it/them. The artist slowly unveils each image and each movement, a choice that together with the disturbing audio intensifies the feeling of uneasiness when the viewer understands that each one of the living beings in the piece is a prisoner.

The exhibition is completed with the participation of SEEDS, a collective dedicated to exploring the relations between people and plants. For the exhibition, Giada Seghers, one of SEEDS’ three founders, conceived the installation Up Above and Down Below in which plant cuttings that belonged to different people, and thus have different stories are exhibited. The work aim is twofold: on the one hand, tracing and sharing plants’ movements and stories, on the other hand, in this work the roots, which are usually hidden and untouchable acquire the same importance as the “upper green” part.

SEEDS will also present the performance The Plant Swap on June 23rd, from 4 to 8pm. It will be an event open to the public in which participants exchange plants, plant cuttings and seeds, advices on how to better take care of them, but also their stories (The Plant Story Project). SEEDS has been organising the The Plant Swap event in Bruxelles, Paris and Milan since 2015 as a way of creating a community through these cities grounded on the love of plants and their shared stories.

Thus Questions on the Living aims at making evident that, even when the angles to tackle the diverse topics and the artistic research methodologies can vary, sometime greatly, there are current artistic practices, like the presented ones, which actively engage in the necessary efforts to rethink and re-enact the co-existence between the living, the inorganic and the technological as a complex ecosystem. In this complexity, older hierarchies, especially the ones that considered “the human” on top, are put into discussion and new models of interaction and co-habitation are conceived and deployed.

 

Questions on the Living

 Ivana Adaime Makac, Camilla Alberti,

Brandon Ballengée, Tiziana Pers,

Muriel Rodolosse, Matilde Sambo,

SEEDS

curated by Gabriela Galati

Opening May 30th, 6.30pm

May 30th – July 27 2018

Wed-Fri, 2.00-7.30pm

Or by appointment

The Plant Swap by SEEDS

Saturday June 23rd, 4-8pm

aA29 Project Room Milan

Piazza Caiazzo 3

20124 Milan

www.aa29.it

info@aa29.it

Gabriela Galati interverrà nel incontro “Dal modernismo al postumano: Duchamp, le macchine e il vivente”, 2 marzo, Università di Udine.

Dal modernismo al postumano: Duchamp, le macchine e il vivente

Università degli Studi di Udine

Palazzo Antonini, Aula 2, Via Petracco, 8, Udine

venerdì 2 marzo ore 11.00

intervengono:

Gabriela Galati, NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano

Giovanni Leghissa, Università di Torino

Tiziana Pers, RAVE East Village Artist Residency

introduce:

Nunziana Mastrangelo

Partendo dalle riflessioni contenute nel recente libro di Gabriela Galati Duchamp Meets Turing: Arte, modernismo, postumano (Postmedia Books, 2017), i relatori dialogheranno sull’intreccio fra teoria dell’arte, il rapporto attuale con il vivente e la soggettivazione indotta dalle nuove tecnologie.

L’incontro è organizzato da ALL Associazione Laureati/e in Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Università degli Studi di Udine, in collaborazione con RAVE East Village Artist Residency, con il supporto della Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Gabriela Galati è docente di Teoria e Metodologia dei Mass Media presso NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, e docente di Media Art Theory presso Domus Academy. Scrive recensioni su libri per Leonardo Reviews / Leonardo Journal-MIT Press, e collabora con Noema e AdVersus. Fondatrice di ECCENTRIC Art & Research, dopo un’esperienza quindicennale come direttrice di galleria e curatore, prima a Buenos Aires, sua città natale, poi a New York e Milano, è attualmente direttrice della galleria d’arte contemporanea aA29 Project Room di Milano.

Giovanni Leghissa, membro della redazione della rivista “aut aut” e direttore della rivista online “Philosophy Kitchen”, è professore associato di Filosofia teoretica presso il Dipartimento di Filosofia dell’Università di Torino. I suoi interessi di ricerca comprendono: fenomenologia, filosofia continentale e psicoanalisi; studi culturali, di genere e postcoloniali; filosofia del postumano; epistemologia dell’economia e teoria delle organizzazioni. Tra le sue ultime pubblicazioni: Postumani per scelta. Verso un’ecosofia dei collettivi (Mimesis, 2015). The Origins of Neoliberalism (Routledge, London 2016, con Giandomenica Becchio).

Tiziana Pers, artista visiva e co-fondatrice del progetto RAVE, concentra la sua ricerca sulla questione animale e sui temi del biocentrismo. Sue opere sono state presentate in svariate istituzioni tra cui Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Parigi, Seoul Biennale of Architecture, aA Project Room, Milano, One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milano, PAV Parco Arte Vivente, Torino, Villa Manin, Passariano, MAC Milano Animal City, Castello di Rivoli, Palais De Tokyo, Parigi, e.c.53. Biennale d’Arte Venezia, Museo MADRE, Napoli, Dade Public Library Miami.

Immagine: Ivana Adaime Makac, Rééducation, 2011-ongoing. Studio work, spring 2017.

Baptiste Debombourg at Dans le cadre de 4+4, Galerie RX, Le Marais.

Baptiste Debombourg, Cesium XIII, 2017.

Baptiste Debombourg has been selected by Isabelle de Maison Rouge to take part of the show Dans le cadre de 4+4, 4 invités  + 4  Artistes at Galerie RX.

The exhibition opens on February 1st, 6p-9pm.

Four curators invite four artists:

Isabelle de Maison Rouge l Baptiste Debombourg
Florence Guionneau-Joie l Lionel Sabatté
Françoise Paviot l Alain Fleischer
Sandra Hegedüs l Julio Villani

 

For more information on the exhibition please click here.

For more information on Baptiste Debombourg please click here.

 

Jane Grant at GRANULAR colloquium and exhibition, University of Greenwich Galleries.

 

Utilising a range of formats from audio-visual performance to talks, Granular: The Material Properties of Noise event is an experiential investigation of noise as a granular entity. State changes are a central theme. Processes of disintegration and/or reintegration of material elements at a granular level are explored, both as the mode of transference between states (whether physical or digital) and the means by which a thing starts or ceases to be.

The colloquium will take place on January 26 and 27 from 10 am – 5pm at The University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street Building and is held in association with the exhibition Granular: The Material Properties of Noise. The event will be followed by a private viewing of the exhibition.

Chaired by Dr. Stephen Kennedy, University of Greenwich, Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts
(author: Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space – Bloomsbury 2015)
Keynote: Greg Hainge , University of Queensland, Associate Professor, School of Languages and Cultures
(author: Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise – Bloomsbury 2013)
Contributors include Russell Duke, Jane Grant, Antonio Roberts, Dr David Ryan, Charles Danby and Rob Smith.

For more information on the event please click here.

For more information on Jane Grant please click here.

 

Image: Jane Grant, Soft Moon (2010).

ECCENTRIC Art & Research is pleased to announce representation of Camilla Alberti.

We are delighted to announce that ECCENTRIC Art & Research now represents Camilla Alberti.

After receiving her high school diploma, Camilla Alberti (Milan, 1994) attended the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Milan for one year, at the same time that she started to get interested in contemporary art. In 2014 she leaves the studies in philosophy to enroll in NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano), where she obtained an BA and is now pursuing an MA. She also collaborates with an art critic since then. She lives and works in Milan.

For further information on Camilla Alberti please click here.

Axel Straschnoy wins the Feature Expanded 2017 SUB-TI Award

Axel Straschnoy wins the Feature Expanded 2017 SUB-TI Award

AWARDS FEATURE EXPANDED 2017

SUB-TI Award
> Axel Straschnoy
 with the film project Argentine from Helsinki,

which “addresses the issue of alienation through Horacio’s language and cultural challenges, an Argentinian who moved to Finland, who, when his existence is about to collapse, is forced to decide who he is and what he wants from life.”

Feature Expanded Distribution Award
> Janis Rafa 
with the film project Kala-a-zar 

Feature Expanded Development Award
>Assaf Gruber 
with the film project The Conspicuous Parts

ottod’Ame Film Award
> Pauline Curnier Jarden 
with the film project $eba$tiano Blu

FEATURE EXPANDED: European Art Film Strategies is a training program specifically designed to provide knowledge, methodologies and skills necessary for filmmakers with a background in visual arts to develop and produce feature films.

Feature Expanded is directed by Leonardo Bigazzi (Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival) and Professor Sarah Perks (HOME).

Feature Expanded 2017 Jury, consisting of Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten, Heinz Peter Schwerfel and Yorgos Tsourgianis, awarded 4 awards for the development, promotion and distribution of 4 film projects produced by the 12 participants in the third edition of the project training in collaboration with HOME, supported by Creative Europe Media and directed by Leonardo Bigazzi and Sarha Perks:

 

FEATURE EXPANDED 3rd edition

21 – 26 June 2017, HOME, Manchester
on-line sessions July – October
15 – 19 November 2017, Lo schermo dell’arte, Florence.

For more information on the program please click here.

For more information on Axel Straschnoy please click here.

Massimiliano Viel: “Costellazioni”, concerto per pianoforte e live electronics di presso il Goethe-Institut Tokyo.

Massimiliano Viel suonerà Costellazioni (2016), per pianoforte e live electronics, presso il Goethe-Institut di Tokyo, sabato 23 settembre .

Nonostante si tratti di una partitura notata con precisione, Costellazioni è scritto in modo tale da cambiare a seconda del tempo e del luogo di ciascuna esecuzione. Il compito di unificare il tempo di composizione del brano e il tempo dell’esecuzione è affidato alla posizione delle stelle che si trovano sopra l’orizzonte nel luogo e nell’istante del concerto, come uno sguardo che dall’alto contempli per un attimo il musicista e il pubblico prima di proseguire nella sua lenta rotazione intorno alla Terra. Durante l’esecuzione viene scelto un numero variabile di stelle che vengono connesse in nuove costellazioni, a cui il pianoforte dà voce come segnali persi nel rumore della vita. La parte elettronica ingaggia con l’interprete una lotta per il controllo, costringendolo a seguire logiche e tempi non umani e indicandogli attacchi e parametri con cui la partitura si presenta di volta in volta sempre diversa e sempre simile a sé stessa.

Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tierkreis (1975), versione per pianoforte di Massimiliano Viel

Tierkreis [Zodiaco] è una collezione di dodici piccoli brani, ognuno dedicato a un segno zodiacale, composta da Stockhausen nel 1975. La brevità (ogni brano dura circa un minuto), l’astrattezza della struttura in forma di melodia e accompagnamento e la scelta dell’organico originario, 12 carillon uno per ogni brano, ne fanno una sorta di “arte della formula”, ovvero un compendio delle tecniche con cui Stockhausen ha composto gran parte della sua musica dagli anni ’70 al Duemila. Per il compositore, una “formula” è una sorta di DNA che viene fatto proliferare musicalmente fino a realizzare un’opera compiuta che può avere la durata, come per il ciclo Licht [Luce], anche di 29 ore, ma in cui ogni elemento ha origine nel piccolo frammento originario. In Tierkreis ogni formula sviluppa il carattere di un segno zodiacale, dall’Aquario al Capricorno, attraverso il disegno della linea melodica, le variazioni melodiche e ritmiche, e le tecniche compositive utilizzate. Tierkreis è un brano “variabile”: ogni interprete ha la libertà di scegliere l’organico (il compositore ne ha realizzato anche delle versioni per orchestra), il numero di ripetizioni per ogni segno (minimo 3) e le modalità di sviluppo di ogni brano, così che ad oggi si tratta forse dell’opera di Stockhausen più eseguita, ma anche più mistificata. La versione per pianoforte di Massimiliano Viel cerca, pur nel rispetto delle strutture compositive originarie, una prospettiva che partendo dalle diverse versioni realizzate dallo stesso Stockhausen interagisca con esse in un dialogo musicale e spirituale.

Per maggiori informazioni sul concerto si prega di cliccare qui.

Per maggiori informazioni su Massimiliano Viel si prega di cliccare qui.

Ivana Adaime Makac at Le Bel Ordinaire art contemporain, Pau.

Ivana Adaime Makac, Le Banquet (2008-2017). Pedestal, fruits, flowers, vegetables, locusts or crickets; variable dimensions. Photos: Marc Dommage, Ivan Binet and Ivana Adaime-Makac.

Ivana Adaime Makac‘s ongoing work Le Banquet will be featured in the group show Enchanter le réel, curated by Claire Lambert at Le Bel Ordinaire art contemporain, Pau, from September 13 through November 18, 2017.

The exhibition explores how the imaginary architecture oscillates between pure fiction and utopia. The artists are invited to reflect on how, as human beings, we both inhabit and are inhabited by the habitat.

In Le Banquet, Adaime Makac reverts the process by inviting insects to taste sculptures and structures composed of fruits, flowers, vegetables and different types of food.

Artists: Ivana Adaime Makac, Michel Blazy, Alain Bublex, Benedetto Bufalino, Frédéric Chaubin, Filip Dujardin, Nicolas Floc’h, Yona Friedman, Taro Izumi, Béranger Laymond, Marine Pages and Peter Wüthrich.

For more information on the exhibition please click here.

For more information on Ivana Adaime Makac and Le Banquet please click here.

Anja Puntari’s project Kit Flowknow will be presented on October 13 in Venice.

Gabriele Di Matteo, Questo quadro forse Vi aiuterà a vedere meglio, 1994. Olio su tela, 129 x 70 cm.

Anja Puntari’s project Kit Flowknow  will be presented on October 13 in Venice.

During the last five years, Anja Puntari has extended her artistic research to the field of business, especially business coaching. In the context of this aspect of her investigation, she developed Flowknow, a methodology that uses the artistic approach and artworks for facilitating business coaching; and the Flowknow Cards are tools to apply this approach.

For the Flowknow Cards of Emotions, produced by Performant in collaboration with ECCENTRIC Art & Research, Puntari invited eleven artists from ECCENTRIC: Ivana Adaime Makac, Camilla Alberti, Tomislav Brajnović, Sarah Ciracì, Gabriele Di Matteo, Federico Luger,  Brian Montuori, Anja Puntari, Axel Straschnoy e Massimiliano Viel ; and one invited artist, Teresa Capasso, to feature 3 to 6 images of their works in the cards. The images have been selected by Gabriela Galati together with the artists, and the whole Kit includes also a dictionary of competences (from a previous deck of cards), a glossary of the emotions of this deck, and a catalogue with all the works and images featured on the cards.

The project will be presented on October 13 at Tese dei Soppalchi dell’Arsenale, Venezia.

Per maggiori informazioni su Flowknow e la presentazione si prega di cliccare qui.

Per maggiori informazioni su Anja Puntari si prega di cliccare qui.

Minority Report: Camilla Alberti’s work will presented on September 28th at Spazio22, Milan.

Camilla Alberti, Landscape 7 (2016). Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.

ECCENTRIC Art & Research is pleased to present Camilla Alberti’s work Landscape (2016-17) as part of the section Minority Report.

Landscape will be presented on September 28th at Spazio22 Window Project and will remain on view during the duration of the exhibition.
In Landscape, Alberti investigates through painting form and matter that conform the Earth. The series starts from the isolation of a detail in a picture landscape, which is then reworked through study drawings that simplify the form. Then, the artist uses painting to redefine neat shapes that create a sharp contrast with the flat surface of the monochrome background.

For more information on Camilla Alberti and Minority Report please click here.

Opening September 28th, 7pm, Spazio22, viale Sabotino 22-20135, Milano, www.spazio22.com