BECOMING THE SKIN OF THE SNAKE

The snake changes its skin: its dry skin can be seen as an objet trouvé, as an empathic tool for relating to others and to the environment.

On 22 February, at SuperOtium, we will explore through our guests the different ways in which the artists’ research relates to video, both as a tool and as a work.

The round table is intended as a meeting point between the people present, their artistic practices and the use of video in their research: a space to engage in reflections that will evolve throughout the evening in face-to-face conversations.

The projection will present works that dialogue with the video-trouvé as a tool to look at one’s own research through the eyes of others: a topical subject to explore how human interaction and the perception of reality continuously slip within the interfaces of the screen.

The 9 works by the young artists were created in 2021 and 2022 as part of the VVV-R residency: they interacted within a digital environment consisting of a blog, a webinar platform, digital and physical archives, and a streaming platform.

18:00 Round table: the conversations will focus on the relationship between artistic research and video support in the practice of the artists present at the meeting. The round table will have an informal approach and is open to the public. Language: Italian and English

guests: Damp Collective, Evelyn Yulin Zhou, Roxy in the Box, Lisa Moro, Annabel Miller, Guido Accampa, Clara Begliardi Ghidini, Tilly Collins.

19:30 Screening: Becoming the Skin of the Snake + Digital Glue

Artistsə: Amie Dodgson, Evelyn Yulin Zhou, Lisa Moro, Annabel Miller, Clara Begliardi Ghidini, Dasha Konovalova, Eve Williams, Tilly Collins, Eleanor Banfield.

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VVV-R, Visualcontainer Vegapunk Videoart Residency, is a project curated by Alessandra Arnò, Visualcontainer, and Simona Da Pozzo, Vegapunk. The 2021 and 2022 editions of the residency were supported by Arts University Bournemouth.

Visualcontainer is the platform dedicated to the research, curation and dissemination of video art and new media works, founded in Italy in 2008. VisualcontainerTV: online platform dedicated to international video art.

SuperOtium is an art-residency space for contemporary cultures, which through a residency programme for artists, designers, curators and researchers, aims to support a different narrative of the city.

vapori

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: admacoffee.tumblr.com.

“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.”

Digital Glue

It’s online Digital Glue exhibition, on VisualcontainertTv until march 18th

DIGITAL GLUE

ON VISUALCONTAINERTV FROM FEBRUARY 18TH TO MARCH 18TH

curated by Alessandra Arnò and Simona Da Pozzo

Artists: Eleanor Banfield | Clara Begliardi Ghidini | Tilly Collins | Dasha Konovalova | Eve Williams

Partners: Visualcontainer TV | Vegapunk | Arts University Bournemouth

The exhibition presents five artists exploring the practice of the video-trouvé as a tool to look at one’s own research through the eyes of others: a core topic to face nowadays where human interaction and perception of reality is continuously glitching within screen interfaces.

The exhibition borns in the frame of VVV Residency: a virtual space for critical reflection on the online video flux where five artists have been invited to browse and critically analyze free video libraries and online archives to merge the personal research with a pre-existing collective imaginary.

The video works can be considered as a result of digital conversation. Conversations and editing that glues together artists’ personal practice to the web, via the exchange with the other artist in residency and the curators – in an open process that has been documented and nourished by the blog https://vvvres.blogspot.com/. The blog is a kind of shared diary of images, videos and references enlightening the visual link between the researches and the final video works.

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.