NERO is glad to present Labics: STRUCTURES. Published in conjunction with the exhibition curated by Luca Molinari and held at Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome, the book collects a series of images of the installation consisting of 50 architectural models realized by the studio Labics between 2014 and 2015. (more...)
Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by Phil Collins takes you on a hypnotic trip into the heart of the city of Glasgow and beyond
Opening tomorrow 9 July 2015 at 5:30pm, is the film project Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins conjuring up a vision of Glasgow from the perspective of institutions that describe the scope of human experience and define us as social beings. (more...)
The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, opening September 2015, announces venues, schools, and first international participants
The School of Kyiv announced venues and schools in a press conference in the House of Cinema (Kyiv) on June 24. The biennial will be taking place in Kyiv and a number of European cities from 8 September until 1 November 2015. (more...)
Call for Artistic Interventions and Papers for Future Rhythms: Symposium on Educational Strategies via Art
“In the 20th Century Carl Jung famously wrote that ‘mankind is in search of a soul,’ yet in the 21st Century we are arguably in search also of our body and of our minds, subject as we are to the runaway train of rationalism, which has reduced all things in nature to numerical values [...] This is the sum achievement of our knowledge, which has created an unknowing and uncaring financial machine, the whims of which can cause havoc in the form of wars and environmental devastation. (more...)
Creative Time Summit – the Leading Conference Devoted to Exploring the Intersection of Art and Social Justice – at the Biennale di Venezia in August 2015
At the invitation of Okwui Enwezor, artistic director of the 56th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia All the World's Futures, the 2015 Creative Time Summit—the world's largest international conference on art and social change—will participate in this year's exhibition. (more...)
Atopolis: a group exhibition with works by Francis Alÿs, Jack Whitten, Thomas Hirschorn, El Anatsui, Jef Geys and more – Presented by WIELS in Mons
This contemporary art exhibition, organized by Wiels in collaboration with Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture – will present a group of artists interested in the phenomena of circulation, diaspora and cultural dislocation. (more...)
NERO is glad to present King Leopold Soliloquy by Elisabetta Benassi. The artist’s book by Benassi is a faithful reproduction of the original pamphlet edited by Mark Twain and published for the first time by The P. R. Warren Co. in Boston in 1905. (more...)
my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught by Phil Collins
NERO is glad to present my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught by British artist Phil Collins. The edition is composed of a double 12” album which collects 13 tracks by international artists. Neatly set in a silkscreened gatefold sleeve, the LP comes with a booklet featuring original texts by Mark Fisher and Florian Schneider and transcriptions of some of the original telephone conversations. (more...)
Invited to work with the hypothesis of Openings Out to Reality, a research initiated in 2012 by Istituto Svizzero di Roma on the relationship between art, institutions and society, artist Tobias Kaspar has proposed a personal project and invited the artist and conceptual photographer, Fred Lonidier. The outcome of this collaboration are two exhibitions: THE STREET (Est1863) by Tobias Kaspar, and Strike by Fred Lonidier, which open on Friday 5 June at Villa Maraini. (more...)
SPACE IS THE PLACE 2014, BASEL
Fabio, please select any 50 from this sequence and destroy the others. Thank you! Hope to meet you again soon. Stuart x
(Photocopy of a message from Stuart Middleton, included in the book)
SPACE IS THE PLACE 2014, BASEL is made up of xerox reproductions that come from the original drawings created by various artists invited by Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti and Fabio Marco Pirovino. The artists were asked to draw by hand the same subject fifty times and the reproductions were displayed in a top floor apartment in Basel open to the public. For one night, on June 20th, 2014, people were able to build their own fanzine by selecting, editing, and recopying the copies using a xerox machine installed in the middle of the space. Instead of the original drawings, the reproductions were shown as the only trace of the initial works, functioning simultaneously as matrices for open pages of books to come.
In these matrices, we no longer find the optimistic, fideistic dimension of the twentieth century, which relied on the possibility of finding absolute instruments in order to reconstruct the world. Rather, we find the craftsman’s patience of someone who knows they need to rely on constant, generous work in order to have a chance of changing the quality of at least a minimal portion of reality.
(Beyond creativity, Luca Molinari)
Tableau, Table, Tavolo
…On the table the platter is a mass of goup, it does not look in the least bit appetizing but more disgusting and foul. In the center surrounded by a desaturated palette of puke greens and pale ocher hues is a single eye with a blue iris, staring up appallingly at the hungry mouths above. A child perversely begins to poke the eye several times with his index finger. He makes a sound like beep, beep, beep as he presses his finger on the black pupil…
Nero su bianco
A tall solitary man dressed in black – African American artist Terry Adkins, a former fellow at the American Academy in Rome – stands, whistling, slowly enveloped by clouds of smoke; his figure fades to a barely visible silhouette and then disappears altogether.
(Nero su bianco, Peter Benson Miller)
A provocative interrogation of race and identity in contemporary Italy envisioned by visual artists, scholars and writers from Africa, Europe and the United States exploring new forms of subjectivity and agency shaped by history, immigration and integration, the legacy of colonialism and persistent stereotypes.
King Leopold Soliloquy
Throws down pamphlets which he has been reading. Excitedly combs his flowing spread of whiskers with his fingers; pounds the table with his fists; lets off brisk volleys of unsanctified language at brief intervals, repentantly drooping his head, between volleys, and kissing Louis XI crucifix hanging from his neck, accompanying the kisses with mumbled apologies; presently rises, flushed and perspiring, and walks the floor, gesticulating.
(King Leopold’s Soliloquy
my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught
B: Well, I wanted to call you for your birthday, but then I had no money and, you know, but today I found a phone booth where I can call for free.
A: I see. So, and what is the news with you?
B: Me? Oh, not much…Just living, you know. Just living.
(Excerpt from Telephone conversation #48)
In 2013 at the GULLIVER center in Cologne, Phil Collins installed a phone booth with a free line that anyone could use for unlimited local and international calls on the agreement that the conversations would be recorded and anonymised. The selected material was posted to a group of international musicians, serving as the starting point for original new songs presented as 7” vinyl records in specially designed listening booths which overlooked the city’s central station.