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V.A.
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.

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LABICS
Labics: STRUCTURES


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)

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CHARLES MAYTON
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…

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V.A.
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.

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ELISABETTA BENASSI
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

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PHIL COLLINS
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.

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