Press preview: 14 December at 12.00
Inauguration: 14 December at 18.30
Open to the public: 15 December 2017 - 26 December 2017
MACRO Testaccio, Pavilion 9B
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4 - Rome
From the 15th to the 26th December 2017 the MACRO Testaccio in Roma will host the exhibition "Io sono qui!" ("I am here") produced by M'AMA ART, from an idea by Alessia Montani, curated by Lorenzo Bruni.
The exhibition, promoted by Roma Capitale, and the Department of Cultural Growth - the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of the City of Rome, is divided into two sections - one section dedicated to the installations of seven artists: Mario Airò, Ulla von Brandenburg, Donna Huanca, Runo Lagomarsino, Ahmet .güt, Antonis Pittas and Patrick Tuttofuoco; and another section with works by fourteen artists: Maria Thereza Alves, Paolo Parisi, Kamen Stoyanov, Marco Raparelli, Matteo Negri, Giuliana Cunéaz, Yorgos Stamkopoulos, Giulio Rigoni, Chicco Margaroli, Paola Romano, Vincenzo Marsiglia, Camilla Ancilotto, Marianna Masciolini, Savini & Vainio.
"Io sono qui!" investigates the theme of communication, through tangible and intangible infrastructure: "me and the world" in the digital world. Broadband technology, that allows us to transmit a huge quantity of data very rapidly, has become an essential factor in economic, cultural and social growth. The technological innovation of tangible infrastructure as well as the data transmitted through the broadband network, improves the operative efficiency of companies in all fields of society: Security, Justice, Finance, and Public Administration, and which, through the digitalization of services, makes systems more efficient, to the benefit of all citizens.
The exhibition focusses also on the current need to be aware of the place from where we speak to the world, without losing ourselves, trying to affirm our existence only through hits on a "post". The seven installations, which introduce the project, immediately remind the spectator that the enormous power they have of being wherever they want thanks to smartphone Apps cannot be disassociated from the awareness of their physical context and the environment in which they acting. The aim of this is to reflect on what is behind the current changes that have led us recently to identify new priorities in the pyramid of needs of human beings. Whilst historically the primary need was to hunt for food, the secondary need that has appeared today - according to extensive surveys - is that of the wireless connection. What is even more surprising, however, is that in first place we now find the need for a battery charger.
The inauguration of the exhibition, on Thursday 14th December, will be preceded at 15.30 by a round table IO SONO QUI! Diritto e nuovi mezzi di comunicazione, "materiali e immateriali" (I AM HERE! Rights and new means of communication, "tangible and intangible") held in the Aula Magna of the Architecture Faculty of the Roma Tre University (within the MACRO complex, ex Mattatoio, in front of Pavilion 9B). The participants will be experts in the technological innovation of tangible infrastructure (highways, railways, tunnels, broadband) and intangible infrastructure (payment systems, invoicing, identity registration, etc.) with a focus on the so-called digital governments, communication through social networks and the digital divide. The Round Table, to be introduced by Alessia Montani, will be presided over by the scientist Francesco Fedi (Honorary Member of the European Academy), who will also give a talk on the subject of: "Communication: past, present and future". The speakers will be: Roberto Basso (President of Consip), The use of IT technologies and innovative tools at the service of the Public Administration; Stefano Granati (President of Anas International Enterprise), Innovative Technologies in Road Networks; Barbara Carfagna (RAI), Digital Governments; Stefano Quintarelli (politician, IT expert), Intangible infrastructures; Hisham El Sheriff (Minister of Local Development in Egypt), Technological innovations in the tangible and intangible infrastructure in Egypt; Alberto Fiz (art critic and curator), Contemporary art and enterprise innovation: a possible bond?; Riccardo Maria Monti (President of Italfer S.p.A.) Technology and the sustainability of the railway system; Gabriele Pasquini (Presidency of the Council of Ministers), The implementation of the guidelines for the regulation of services of public utility. Vincenzo Pozzi (engineer) The Mont Blanc tunnel. The reconstruction after the fire in March 1999. The round table will finish with a brief Question and Answer session on the digital divide.
The works on display in the exhibition "Io sono qui" ("I am here") make us reflect on the importance of tangible and digital communication, focussing in particular on the physical place from which we use it and on possible reasons why we use it, which go beyond those of a simple "fact-finding voyeurism". This is the main characteristic of the various creative works on show in the exhibition, that led to the title "Io sono qui!". This statement refers to the awareness that the observer must have of his or her responsibility to interact with information in order not to fall victim to the hypothetical "system", that they themselves are helping to feed.
The exhibition has one section of installations, introduced by the work of the artist of Greek origin, Antonis Pittas, who displays two large rubber hands placed on an enlargement of the latest model of the iPhone.This reminds us that the hands on the iPhone are empty instruments if they are not led by the individual person with a conscience, opening a particular reflection on the theme of identity at the time of "fake news" and the impossibility of historicizing facts in the current " expanded present ". This perspective is also explored in the three installations by Patrick Tuttofuoco, who creates an alienating vis-à-vis between ceramic portraits of faces of Roman antiquity and the bubbly images printed on PVC of the the most prominent protagonists of the hi-tech world; but also by Donna Huanca, who responds to this with new contemporary rituals evoked by means of mannequins / instruments or bodies / simulacra in the midst of a white sand lake. At the same time, other works, such as that by Mario Airò - a horizon formed by photographs of landscapes crossed and characterized by laser projections - reflect on the relationship between the mental and physical landscape, between space crossed and that projected. The same approach has led Ulla Von Brandeburg to present her new video installation on the theme of overcoming the intimate-collective limit represented by a curtain closing, which continues to fade and reappear in an infinite loop. In addition, whilst Ahmet Ogüt highlights contemporary strategies to investigate the issue of belonging, in the video installation linked to the peaceful protest movement, Occupy Wall Street, born in 2011, Runo Lagomarsino analyzes the legacy of colonialism and cultural policies linked to the creation of new paradises and old powers, through the Dia-projection presented in the 2015 edition of the Venice Biennale.
The second part of the exhibition, on the other hand, sees artists of different generations dealing with the theme of the subject of art and what can transform an instrument of knowledge and communication into a work of art, such as the works of Rebecca Moccia, Matteo Negri, Yorgos Stamkopoulos. Here we can mention the black cube that contains cell phones with the screen hidden by black paint and pine needles by Chicco Margaroli, and Andrea Carlotto, who reminds us that the real technical gap historically arises from those who had access to electric lights, while the prints by Paolo Parisi reflect on how the process of reproducing books was the great revolution of society from 1700 onwards, creating a special new link between text and images. Or also the works of Giulio Rigoni that lead us to think about the meaning of community and that of an ideal city; the majestic work of Paola Romano makes us reflect, in general, on the conditions of our planet, as well as the wunderkammer of Giuliana Cunéaz that relates virtual reality (a video installation in 3D) with the physical reality (miniature sculptures modeled in white pearly clay) through a synergistic dialogue aimed at investigating the deep and mysterious heart of matter.
The work of Vincenzo Marsiglia, on the other hand, creates a hypnotic device - mirrors, geometric grids and an iPad - with which he leads us to think about the tradition of kinetic painting and the new way of thinking about the digital window. Savini & Vanio allow us to dwell on the relationship between individual and globalization. Maria Thereza Alves, using the history of plants native to Rome, makes us reflect on the concept of a stranger from different points of view. The influences of the internet are investigated in the video by Kamen Stoyanov that explores the differences and similarities of perception of a journey in the era of Google Maps. The multifaceted combinations of the work of Camilla Ancilotto invite the viewer into a creative interaction. The concept of tangible and intangible networks is represented through an unprecedented physical structure in steel and resin by Marianna Masciolini, allowing the spectator literally to go across it, passing and connecting the two sections of the exhibition entitled "Io sono qui!".
Book - catalogue
A book - catalogue will be produced including the contributions of the speakers from the conference and the round table. Naturally the artworks will be the main protagonists of the book containing a collection of images of the works presented by the artists.
The well-established format of M'AMA.ART is that of proposing contemporary art exhibitions in order to stimulate public opinion on the most recent rights issues, such as the right to renewable energy; the right to food security; the right to intercultural dialogue. With this objective, Alessia Montani, lawyer and founder of M'AMA.ART, has promoted previous exhibitions such as: "Transparency. Art for renewable energy", hosted by the MACRO Museum of Rome and the MADRE Museum of Naples, on the theme of environmental protection. "M.eating", on the right to food, presented during the Istanbul Biennial (Chamane Museum) and subsequently at the Dakar biennial; as well as "Red Dangerous" at the "Casa delle Letterature" in Rome, on the relationship between the individual and society.
INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC
MACRO Testaccio Pavilion 9B
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4 - Roma
Opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 14.00-20.00 (the ticket office closes 30 minutes earlier)
Entrance ticket: non-residents 6,00 € , residents 5,00 €
Reduced ticket: non-residents 5,00 € , residents 4,00 €
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