VIR Viafarini-in-residence presents the outcomes of the researches enacted by the artists Anna Franceschini, Fiorucci Art Trust scholarship, Riccardo Giacconi, selected through the Open Call A Socially engaged Art and Amande In, nominated by Futura (Prague).
VIR Viafarini-in-residence thanks to the precious contribution of PaBAAC part of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, that actively supports the international exchange project, Fondazione Cariplo, and also thanks to Gemmo spa, Viafarini’s institutional partner, ACACIA - Associazione Amici Arte Contemporanea, and Fiorucci Art Trust.
“During the night, on desert streets, those little groups of men crouched to the dazzle of welder machines and the voices that resound and then suddenly fade away, are characterized by a secret air like the one of those who make secret plans in the night, that have to be ignored by those who live in the daylight.”
It's about Light and Death is a project dedicated to Joseph Plateau (1801- 1883) who became blind, for us to see more. Sometimes there are men disposed to give up the execution of their perceptive functions in favour of visionary experiences. To do this, they take their mind off the daily fabric in order to render the ipnotic exaggeration of real phenomena. It may happen to invent the phenakistoscope and to verify the spacial extension of soap bubbles, or to find, in the night, “a background noise softer than the silence”. The consequent disfunction of soul may be liken to the detached retina as a consequence of the extended exposition of the eye to the sunlight. A necessary condition to approach this event is maybe the possibility to cut off, up to pulling the fluid abstraction embedded in things, in order to think to a formal coexistence on different levels of tangible. An implicit potential to stop and move images that sometimes run away; a mechanism that is a party to the existent and to the resilient transfigures the common use of the reality to become animation, hologram, 3D explosive, up to participate to a concrete, illusory and luminescent Star Wars in Maciachini. After the last image at disposal, other ones will arrive regenerated from an eye that doesn’t seem affected from the sign of use.
Gianluca Concialdi and Nicoletta De Rosa
"Simone Pianetti was an italian murder. On the single morning of 13 July 1914, Pianetti killed seven people who, one way or another, ruined his life and reputation. Among them there were figures of power, such as the town clerk, the parson and the doctor. Soon after the killings, Pianetti left his village (Camerata Cornello, near Bergamo, northern Italy) and fled to the Alps. Also due to the beginning of World War I, he was never arrested and his body was never found. During the opening of the exhibition for the end of the residency period, we will perform “Il Vendicatore”, the play that the puppeteer Giacomo Onofrio staged regularly till the middle of the 90’s, inspired to the story of Pianetti. During the residency we also worked on a series of fake “fogli volanti” on the Pianetti massacre, (‘broadsides’ – single sheets of paper printed on one side, often with a ballad, rhyme, news and sometimes with woodcut illustrations, sold by steet storytellers during the first decades of the XX Century). Our focus was the unfaithful and fickle reinterpretation of this kind of traditional prints."
Riccardo Giacconi and Andrea Morbio