Camilla Alberti, Stakeholders Dialogue, 2018. Maquette for the Swamp School, Biennale di Architettura di Venezia 2018.
The Swamp Pavilion è un’idea di Nomeda e Gediminas Urbonas, artisti, educatori e fondatori di Urbonas Studio.
Il duo ha ideato il progetto dello Swamp Pavilion per la XVI Edizione della Biennale di Architettura di Venezia. Attraverso il contributo di studiosi e artisti ci si interrogherà sul Commonism (On Cohabitation), ovvero sul significato del vivere comune nella società moderna in un laboratorio- piattaforma di sperimentazione e ricerca sul futuro del vivere.
Il progetto prevede la partecipazione degli studenti di diverse e prestigiose università internazionali, tra cui NABA oltre al MIT dove Gediminas Urbonas è direttore del programma in Art, Culture and Technology. Saranno presenti, inoltre, lo IUAV di Venezia, la Royal Academy di Anversa, la Princeton University, la FHNW di Basilea e la University of Fine Arts di Amburgo.
Il 25 settembre, all’interno del Padiglione Lituano, si terranno dei workshop guidati dagli Urbonas con la partecipazione di 13 studenti del Biennio di Arti Visive e Studi Curatoriali di NABA : Camilla Alberti, Marco Antelmi, Valentina Avanzini, Matteo Canetta, Simona Cioce, Laura Colantonio, Benedetta Dosa, Clarissa Falco, Carlo Gambirasio, Chiara Lupi, Letizia Mari, Matteo Messina, Tommaso Pagani.
Seguirà una lecture tenuta da Marco Scotini, Direttore Dipartimento Arti Visive e Studi Curatoriali e da Andris Brinkmanis, Course Leader BA in Painting and Visual Arts di NABA.
PROGRAMMA DEL 25 SETTEMBRE, 2018
Evocation of the Swamp di Nomeda e Gediminas Urbonas, artisti e curatori (Lituania/US)
–Swamp Pedagogy. A manual for the drift, presentato da Letizia Mari, Matteo Canetta
– The anti-sinking workshop. Utopian solutions from below, un progetto di Carlo Gambirasio, in collaborazione con Irene Angenica, Alice Staro, Andrea Biffi e Galleria Ikona, Galleria Artespaziotempo, Venezia.
– Ants Soundscape, presentazione dell’installazione sonora di Chiara Lupi in collaborazione con Giorgio Berti e Dario Sposini
– Food for Commons, Food for Life, workshop di Valentina Avanzini, Laura Colantonio, Benedetta Dosa, Clarissa Falco
14.00 – 16.00 .
-Drum System, presentazione di Marco Antelmi
-Stakeholders dialogue. Human and Plants, presentazione di Camilla Alberti e Simona Cioce
-Marco Polo Returns through Suez, presentazione di Matteo Messina in collaborazione con Tommaso Pagani e Chiara Lupi
16:00 – 17.00
The desert in common. In praise of a Nomad Science, lecture di Marco Scotini and Andris Brinkmanis, curators NABA
The Swamp School, a cura di Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas
24-29 Settembre, 2018
Luogo : Giardino Bianco Art Space
Castello, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1814, 30122 Venezia , Italy
Camilla Alberti, De L’esprit Des Lois, 2018. Veduta dell’installazione presso Walden Milano.
Il progetto analizza la dimensione relazionale che s’instaura in un habitat tra due organismi differenti.
Lo spazio di Walden è regolato dalla convivenza stretta di umani e piante. I primi dominano lo spazio del café con il loro passaggio, mentre le piante lo abitano e attraverso questo loro risiedere modificano il luogo agendo direttamente sulla composizione dell’aria. Le piante, pertanto, conquistano l’habitat nella sfera dell’invisibile.
De L’esprit Des Lois crea una struttura composta da due basi scultoree che collegano le piante all’interno dello spazio permettendo loro di seguire il proprio sviluppo.
La definizione di un nuovo Habitat instaura una forma di coesistenza alla pari per entrambe le specie e ogni modificazione avviene secondo una concatenazione di leggi definite dalla convivenza stessa.
Il lavoro è presentato nel contesto del progetto NABA Occupy Walden
a cura di Leonardo Caffo
con gli studenti di Studi Curatoriali della NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
coordinamento grafico Chiara Onestini
Sponsor Waiting Posthuman Studio, BRUMI
coordinamento progetti Clarissa Greta Gibella
dall’8 giugno al 30 luglio 2018
più di 40 progetti tra installazioni, eventi, talk, arte, design
party 22 giugno dalle ore 20
via Vetere 14
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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.
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,
curated by Gabriela Galati
Opening May 30th, 6.30pm
May 30th – July 27 2018
Or by appointment
The Plant Swap by SEEDS
Saturday June 23rd, 4-8pm
aA29 Project Room Milan
Piazza Caiazzo 3
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.
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Camilla Alberti, Landscape 7 (2016). Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.
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.
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Opening September 28th, 7pm, Spazio22, viale Sabotino 22-20135, Milano, www.spazio22.com
Camilla Alberti, Landscape 7 (2016). Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.
After receiving her high school diploma, she 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 is about to obtain her BA. She also collaborates with an art critic since then.
Minority Report, is a section dedicated to showcasing young, talented and promising artists. Artists who despite of being at the very beginning of their careers already evidence great potential: A glimpse of, and a bet on the future.
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