From 18 May 2022 to 18 May 2022
Castello di Rivoli offers a dense digital program. Specially designed to be enjoyed through the Museum’s web channels, the proposed appointments are part of ESPRESSIONI CON FRAZIONI. The unpublished online versions of a series of conversations between the curators of the exhibition and the artists that took place in the museum on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition are made available here. The Director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the Chief Curator and Curator of the Collections, Marcella Beccaria and the Curator, Marianna Vecellio talk to the artists in this new digital program. Artists include: AntiGonna and Nikita Kadan, Beeple (Michael Winkelmann), Richard Bell, Anna Boghiguian, Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo, Enrico David, Irene Dionisio, Bracha L. Ettinger, Agnieszka Kurant, Julie Mehretu, Marianna Simnett.
AntiGonna (1986, Vinnytsia) and Nikita Kadan (Kiev, 1982) collaborated on the short film Lucid Skin, 2019, whose protagonist is an artist who rethinks his identity by resorting to self-harm as a way to punish his own “masculinity”. The work is presented as part of the exhibition of filmic works and moving images by contemporary artists from Ukraine A Letter From The Front, whose title recalls the iconic Soviet painting of 1947 by Aleksandr Laktionov (Rostov-on-Don, 1910 – Moscow, 1972).
Beeple (Michael Winkelmann) (Fond du Lac, 1981) talks about his NFT (non-fungible token) works and how they represent a new era of digital art, as they use blockchain technology, with which the artist also created the work HUMAN ONE, 2021, present in the exhibition ESPRESSIONI CON FRAZIONI.
Richard Bell (Charlesville, 1953) began his production in the eighties of the last century: through his practice, the artist intends to carry out an operation of liberation that rejects the limiting concept of “aboriginal art” associated with the colonial heritage, opening up instead to a more inclusive idea of contemporary art.
Anna Boghiguian (Cairo, 1946) captures the contradictions and discomfort of the contemporary human being. Her paintings and drawings amalgamate figuration and handwritten texts, transforming themselves into a single body capable of touching the senses. Boghiguian’s art pushes the observer to an empathic dimension with the world and its events, both tragic and comic.
During the conversation, Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo (Lugo, 1981; Livorno, 1974), artists, performers and philosophers, analyze their first installation Pick Pocket’s Paradise, 2022, conceived specifically for the Museum and centered on ideas of solitudes and communities, present bodies and memories of bodies now absent. The work was conceived as a place where nettles grow. The installation includes wallpaper inspired by a photograph by Frank Hallam, En Masse, Sunners Seen from Pier 45, 1982.
In his conversation, the London-based Italian artist Enrico David (Ancona, 1966) recounts the work specially conceived for ESPRESSIONI CON FRAZIONI, Trenches to Reason, 2021. The large sculptural installation is a collage of materials that expresses the search for a metamorphosis between states of matter and narrates the precarious condition typical of the present.
Irene Dionisio presents the work Mondo nuovo, 2022, a multi-channel video installation developed with Artificial Intelligence that shows infinite combinations of images related to the concept of Eden. The rhythm of the images is marked by Il grande mistero, 2022, a sound installation obtained from the sonification process of the Higgs boson. In their relationship, the two works present the impact of technology and its relationship with the imagination.
In his artistic practice, the artist, philosopher and psychoanalyst Bracha L. Ettinger (Tel Aviv, 1948) emphasizes the properties of the art of healing and healing the individual and society. Ettinger has her roots in her autobiographical past, in particular in the history of parents who survived the Holocaust, analyzing the concepts of trauma, oblivion, feminine and “matrixial” gaze, of the space of the unconscious and the transition from the invisible to the visible.
In the conversation, Agnieszka Kurant (Lòdz, 1978) reflects on collective intelligence, especially within the digitized world. The artist analyzes the transformations of the human being and the possible future of work and creativity in our age.
Julie Mehretu (Addis Ababa, 1970) talks about painting and the importance of abstract art today. Known for her layered paintings that combine contemporary references with architecture and urban planning, the artist uses photographic images referable to the collective imagination.
Using a variety of expressive media including film, sculpture, drawing, music and performance, Marianna Simnett‘s (London, 1986) surrealist-inspired installations speak of vulnerability, autonomy, control, pain, metamorphosis and care and explore the interconnectedness of living and non-living beings.
The conversations flow into the digital platform of the Cosmo Digitale museum, curated by Giulia Colletti. Launched in February 2019 in the difficult pandemic period, Cosmo Digitale is the virtual headquarters of the Castello di Rivoli. In contrast, and unlike most museums, Digital Cosmo puts the contemplation and experience of real works of art designed for online use at the center of its program. The Digital Cosmos also offers numerous opportunities for discursive insights, lessons and conferences. The Digital Cosmos does not replace a visit to the Museum, nor the uniqueness of the intense physical and emotional encounter that can only be experienced in real spaces and with the body of the works or performances, but adds dimensions and experiences connected to the evolutions in progress and to the new relational models that belong to the human beings of the present.