DESTE’s Project Space on the island of Hydra was established in 2009 in the island’s former Slaughterhouse, a mysterious yet evocative site that provides a hyper-charged, unusual exhibition environment. While the space has been recently restored and renovated, it still holds the features and traits of the past, preserving the original elements of its old identity. Since 2009, the space is assigned every summer to a different artist, who is invited to stage a site-specific exhibition.
This year, DESTE is pleased to present Black Mirror by American artist Doug Aitken. Black Mirror explores the story of a nomadic individual, set in a modern wilderness: a geography constructed of calls, electronic messages, and virtual documents superimposed over the physical world.
It is a portrait of people who are the products of a world that has lost track of information and is saturated with change. The characters move in shorthand, they communicate in quick pulses, they travel long distances for short meetings. They depart quickly.
June 17 – June 24, 2011
Motelsalieri – Via Giovanni Lanza, 162, Rome
Opening friday 17 June, h. 7pm
Tomorrow at Motel Salieri, Rome, there will be the opening of a Temporary Bookshop by OMMU – in collaboration with NERO – where over than 100 titles will be presented from their extensive catalogue of magazines, monographs, exhibition catalogues, zines and artist books.
OMMU is an Athens-based agency which focuses on the distribution of art publications. Founded and curated by Marina Legaki and Tasos Gaintatzis, the OMMU catalogue includes a wide variety of projects on paper, specializing on independent and self-published products.
For the occasion Rainforest presents a live-set of the FAMILY UNDERGROUND (Sara Czerny and Nicolas Kauffmann). They come from Copenaghen, and play electronics/guitar/vocals/heavy drones; they published vinyl, tapes and cds for Woodsist, Not Not Fun, American Tapes, Secret Eye, and the italian Holidays Records. ”a great example of claustrophobic wormhole style” – David Keenan – The Wire.
Here is a text by Thomas Hirschhorn, written in the occasion of his work for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennial. We are publishing this piece because we believe, like the artist, that this work transports the visitor beyond the boundaries of the personal, of the academic, of the circumstantial. This huge installation can be beautiful and dreamy and nevertheless sustain the weight of reality.
CRYSTAL OF RESISTANCE
Crystal of Resistance is the title of my work for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennial. Through my work Crystal of Resistance I want to question. First: Can my work create a new term of art? Second: Can my work develop a ‘Critical corpus’? Third: Can my work engage – beyond the art audience – a ‘Non-exclusive Public’? I want to answer each of these questions, these goals and these self-demanding ambitions – with my work and in my work.
I believe that art is universal, I believe that art is autonomous, I believe that art can provoke a dialogue or a confrontation – one-to-one – and I believe that art can include every human being. When I write ‘believe’, I’m doing it not because I think or know it, not because I can prove it – but because – in art – it’s a matter of believing.
With Crystal of Resistance I want to produce a work that is irresistible. This can only happen if I succeed in creating a work out of my innermost self, without confusing – as it is usually done – the inner self and ‘the personal’. I can only reach the universal if I risk conflict with my inner self. ‘The personal’ doesn’t interest me because it’s not resistant in itself, it is always an explanation – if not an excuse. My work can only have effect if it has the capacity of transgressing the boundaries of the ‘personal’, of the academic, of the imaginary, of the circumstantial, of the context and of the contemplation. With Crystal of Resistance I want to cut a window, a door, an opening or simply a hole, into reality. That is the breakthrough that leads and carries everything along.
June 16 – h. 21.30
h. 23.00 - Dj set curated by Costantino della Gherardesca
Spazio Concept – Via Forcella 7/13? – Milan
Performance event organized by:
RM-ED/L | META-SOUND
Curated directed by Pietro Riparbelli
In collaboration with Inlandempire Project
An ensemble composed by four artists; each artist develops a sound composition focusing on the concept of Silence (the absolute zero from John Cage theories).
The sound sources will be performed live by the artists in real time and directed by Pietro Riparbelli in order to create a sound event that will be directly linked with a visual background loop courtesy of the artist Massimo Bartolini.
LIVE STREAMING WEBCAST
BACKGROUND VISUAL LOOP:
CURATOR AND SOUND DIRECTION:
DJ SET A CURATED BY:
Costantino della Gherardesca
June 2 – December 31, 2011
Palazzo Grassi, Venice
The exhibition The World Belongs to You offers the public the chance to explore the world of artists from different origins, inviting them to reflect upon the vertiginous rhythm of change in a modern world characterised by nomadism, internationalism and hybridisation.
Taking its lead from Francois Pinault’s forward thinking approach to collecting, the exhibition embraces multiple fields of knowledge in order to offer a new way of understanding contemporary society. Originating from the four corners of the world – from China to South Africa, France to Italy, Japan to Iraq, the USA to Russia – the 40 presented artists all approach the upheavals of our world from different individual perspectives, illustrating the tensions but also the hopes that result from them.