Humid shared volume on Panoramica*21

Visualcontainer launchs its new Panoramica project with the selection CAMBIAMENTI DI STATO curated by Alessandra Arnò: ten works of which my video Humid Shared Volume (2021) is part of.

“A look at the videographic production of 2021 offers a varied overview of the experiments that artists have put in place ideally to change status, cross a threshold or simply make a transition. This need to go beyond, to explore other scenarios or to transfigure oneself into something else, becomes a practice implemented through technology, self-awareness or the computational world. The territories recounted in this selection are zones of passage, projections of our mind, places of memory or everyday spaces emptied of conscious presence, which then become soft membranes to be crossed. This selection of video art has highlighted recurring thoughts, practices and reflections on such a particular historical moment, which for the first time unites both authors and viewers.”

Giardino d’inverno

I am very happy to contribute to Giardino D’Inverno handbook in the section dedicated to ANIMALS, Animals of which we are only one of many manifestations.

Artists Rebecca Agnes and Vera Pravda, in collaboration with Viafarini, are involving curators, artists and researchers into this Giardino D’Inverno//Winter Garden project: a handbook of possible shared practices – to try to answer the question: what can I do about environmental issues?

image: drawing by Ruben P.

Typp // Conversation

Our huge baby has finally arrived!

TYPP ADMA Edition: Conversation

Head Editor : Marnie Slater

Editorial Board: Caroline Dumalin, Kim Gorus, Ward Heirwegh, Zeynep Kubat, Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, Marnie Slater, Petra Van Brabandt

Design: Ward Heirwegh

Contributors: Anne Marie Sampaio, Anna Housiada, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Tunde Toth, Lucy Engelman, Felipe Muhr, Alicia Jeannin, Kaat Vandoren, Risk Hazekamp, Agata Jastrzabek, Paz Ortuzar, Simona Da Pozzo


Vapori / Opary / Vapores / Dampen / Vapeurs / Ατμοί / Vapours

Exhibition on Visualcontainertv from APRIL 21st until JUNE 1st 2021

Artists: Alicia Jeannin, Lucy Cordes Engelman, Agata Jastrząbek Filarowska, Risk Hazekamp, Simona Da Pozzo, Paz Ortúzar, Felipe Muhr & Diego Muhr, Kaat Van Doren, Anna Housiada, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello.

Vapori is an exhibition that brings together a group of artists and designers engaged in research art processes related to a wide range of socio-political contexts. The works have been thought and executed, having as a common substrate the collective digital meetings and coffees that the group had between October 2020 and April 2021. A blog fed and collected the exchanges, and it is a trace of the process:

“3… 2… 1… Contact.Being with, talking to, feeling close to, sharing with, comparing between, teasing about, feeling in a circle of safety, in a flow of practices. A group by chance. Not a manifesto, not a technique, not a common vision or ideology: just a subtle ongoing exercise of inclusion and respect, curiosity and critical analysis, doubt and enthusiasm. Chatters and hugs to be recovered, to be simulated, to be resurrected. How to mend the distance, how to nurture practices, thoughts, desires and caring with…? This digital exhibition is the cause and effect of maintaining contact between a group of artists. We have developed strategies of tele-presence, tele-sharing, tele-vision, and tele-exhibition. The works were created during a digital relational process that began in October 2020. Our blog collects the input and leftovers we carried both individually and together to create connections and reflections on our research during our virtual cafés together. Some of the artists conjured up a video, some supported the others in the process of making.”

La gita digitale

A digital workshop on Hacking Monument research form an Anthropological perspective with Simona Da Pozzo and Valentina Mutti.

Talking and looking at hacked monuments around the world, monuments in Milan and in Naples.

Twelve on ROots & routes

Giulia Grechi and Salvo Lombardo curated the n°35 edition of Roots&Routes titled Anche le statue muoiono (January 2021). I’ve contributed with a text and a video under the title “Twelve. There is no age, no place, no time to become a slave”. The work is a digital hack of Montanelli monument in Milan.

Thank to all the people that decided to take a stand against that patriarchal and colonial landmark.

image credit: Twelve-year-old Susanna photographed by her father using an evanescent effect

tips to make sense of them

Exhibition @ VisualcontainerTv From the 2nd of July to the 2nd of August 2020

Artist: Marcio Carvalho (PT/DE) – Simona Da Pozzo (IT/NL) – Sophie Ernst (NL/Uk) – Kiluanji Kia Henda (AO/PT) – Sara Vanagt (BE)

Hacking Monuments. Tips to make sense of them is an exhibition i curated in the frame of my Hacking Monuments Public Program for Triennale Milano in 2020. This project has been realized in collaboration with VisualcontainerTV.

Tips to male sense of them explores the phenomena of hacking monuments, by hacking and weaving multilayered connections between monuments, denizens, activists and artists. Since ’70s, several artists have been dealing with the legacy of the power by interrupting the narrative flux of monuments. Denizens and activists join this practice to speak out. All these actors transform the monuments in a space of socio-political dialogue, as we can all testify these days. Besides the artistic and activist intervention, the research focuses on the performative act of confronting the claim of the permanence of the monument; the ritual act of re-coding the appearance of the monument, and, with it, its power to inform the reality. Some hackers use monuments as mannequins:  the monument supports an object that is the real protagonist and signifier of the action. The object dresses the monument, which becomes interchangeable. Some other hackers act in a way I call “monument specific”: interventions that only make sense with that very object, in that very context.

The exhibition Hacking Monuments. Tips to make sense of them presents: Marcio Carvalho (Lisbona/Berlino), Simona Da Pozzo (Napoli/Rotterdam), Sophie Ernst (Rotterdam/Wakefield), Kiluanji Kia Henda (Luanda/Lisbona) e Sara Vanagt (Bruxelles), working with monuments in a performative way. This performative essence of the interventions is translated in two ways. One sees the action as a ritual where a reciprocal redefinition between the monumental object and the artist happens; a ritual of the transformation of the reality. In another one, the artist uses the monument as a body voicing issues and communities.