Art and new technologies
AES + F / ALLEGORIA SACRA
The video installation represents a modern Purgatory where Afro-Muslims, Asian businessmen, black Catholic priests, skinheads, waiters and families treated as moving sculptures as if the space-time itself were plastic.
Between sharp irony and visionary poetry, the Russian collective AES+F’s Allegoria Sacra builds a pop universe that overturns the perception of reality, while narrating the present and its near future in a provocative manner. It reflects the global social-cultural situation which is as yet not manifest but hanging in the air. They force the audience to sense and conceive of the present ahead of time.
JEAN MICHEL BRUYÈRE/LFKS WITH MATTHEW MCGINITY, DELPHINE VARAS AND THIERRY ARREDONDO / LA DISPERSION DU FILS
(2008 – 2017)
La Dispersion du Fils concerns the tragedy of Actaeon, the hunter transformed into a stag by Diana and chased down and devoured by his own hounds. It is, therefore, a work about metamorphosis and transcendence, sacrifice and transgression, chance, error and the pursuit of forbidden knowledge. Designed for display in the 360° Advanced Visualisation and Interaction Environment (AVIE) by Jeffrey Shaw, developed at the iCinema Centre of the University of New South Wales, La Dispersion du Fils takes the form of an immersive voyage through vast, living three-dimensional structures constructed entirely from audio-visual elements found in the film archives of the LFKs – over 600 individual films and soundtracks.
Generated in real-time, the artwork neither repeats nor ends. Any single moment is both unique and guaranteed to never occur again, and of all the possible paths La Dispersion du Fils might take, almost all will never be seen at all.
DUMB TYPE / MEMORANDUM OR VOYAGE
Presented for the first time at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2014, the MEMORANDUM OR VOYAGE video installation runs through Japanese group Dumb Type’s historical shows (OR from 1997, memorandum from 1999 and Voyage from 2002), revisited by Shiro Takatani.
Not a video proof, but a sensorial installation which gives new strength to a new perceptive experience, combining the Japanese collective’s past visions with contemporary technological tools. It starts with the blurred contours of OR and continues with the translucent silhouettes of memorandum to end with Darwin’s journey transcribed in Voyage, one of the first examples of messages for the future.
IVANA FRANKE / INSTANTS OF VISIBILITY
Instants of Visibility is a hypnotic constellation made of hundreds ‘fireflies’ slowly but continuously moving forward until disappearing in the dark central area and then retreats backwards towards the walls of the room.
Filtered by two large-scale tulle’s cylinders hanged by the ceiling, light diffuses in the form of floating points. These points render on each sheet of fabric, one rotating clockwise and the other one counterclockwise, creating a three-dimensional grid in perpetual motion.
GRANULAR-SYNTHESIS (KURT HENTSCHLÄGER, ULF LANGHEINRICH) / <360> NEW CREATION IN 3D
Originally shown in 2D on 15 screens in a circle, <360> is a new creation in 3D for the AVIE (Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment). It is a media architecture capable of enveloping the audience in an audio-visual surround landscape. Spectators are invited to enter a cylindrical space and immerse themselves in an abstract drama of animated light, colour and sound.
Ideas informing the work reflect on the nature of energy and transformation, meditation and sacred symmetry. Light and sound waves, oscillating, modulating, resonating patterns are the predominant means of the dramaturgy.
ROBERT HENKE / PHOSPHOR -site specific-
Phosphor is a site specific installation, created by the German artist Robert Henke to use ultraviolet light in painting temporary landscapes on a layer of phosphorous dust on the museum floor.
Operating on the concepts of ‘erosion’ and ‘mutation’, the installation changes its behaviour and visual appearance during the exhibition period. Each trace of light leaves a mark on a virtual mountain range, like water slowly washing out deep canyons.
2 FOCUS ON MOVIES AND DOCUFILMS
FONDAZIONE GIULIANI / BIENNALE DE L’IMAGE EN MOUVEMENT: GENEVE TO ROME
The Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement (BIM, Biennale of Moving Images), of the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, provides a platform for art and ideas aiming to make sense of the extraordinary profusion of images that has progressively invaded all aspects of contemporary art.Andrea Bellini selected 12 videos, all produced in 2016, presented
Andrea Bellini selected 12 videos, all produced in 2016, presented in Rome for the first time at Palazzo delle Esposizioni for the eighth edition of Digitalife.
NOMAS FOUNDATION / KIZART – VIDEO ART FOR KIDS
A selection of videos explaining contemporary art to children. Families and children can access visual languages, learn how to build cognitive relations, intuitively translate the wealth associated with growth, stimulate the imagination, cultivate trust, and educate themselves about happiness.
The project, created by Raffaella Frascarelli, involves museums, foundations, collectors, art historians, curators, publishers, national and international public and private institutions.