December 13, 19.00 – 21.00
BOMBA 41 - Via dell’Oca, 41 – Rome
Bird Man is a legendary character of Rome. He plays a weird, mystic and natural music on the streets and nobody knows who he is and where he comes from. After the successful opening in October, Bomba 41 will present his live. Take a look at this video
November 26, 2011 – February 11, 2012
Thomas Brambilla - Via Casalino 25 - Bergamo
Brendan Lynch has been pursuing an essence in the flags of idiocy that brand the stereotypically un-aesthetic substrata in our contemporary society.
In this exhibition, he does not focus on any particular beauty or aesthetic power in the abstracted materials associated with such generalized groups as deadheads, construction workers and high school students. Rather, he channels the mechanism of distraction, straying entirely from any sort of focus at all, in an almost accidental exploration ultimately deemed worthy. In his ability to capitalize on this habitual auto-piloting of compulsive action through his physical art making, Lynch is able to distill the metaphor of the inactive thinker into crude, comedic and dioramic truths.
The cliché and irony in the vignette of Isaac Newton under the apple tree deviates not far from Lynch’s translation of the generic acid trip as the tie-dyed envelope for the most mass-produced human replica – the mannequin. The ever-cheapening structure of the Jansport backpack achieves a compelling presence in rewound stupidity. Filled with every student’s classic abstract conception of his or her bag’s burdensome contents —pure concrete and shards of broken glass – they are sprinkled with the cheapest of all allusions to aesthetic potential and the metaphor for all vapidity: glitter.
November 25, 2011 – January 15, 2012
Contemporary Art Centre – Vokieciu 2 - Vilnius
Raimundas Malašauskas’ Photo Finish is made up from at least six elements – a book, several curated days, a radio program, a chair, a hologram exhibition and Vilnius Sling, a new cocktail authored by Jody Monteith.
The recipe for Vilnius Sling was devised through several synesthetic translations – its name first appeared in a book by Jason Dodge, letters then turned into colors, colors transformed into flavors and flavors gradually merged into an exclusive drink to be savored for the first time on the opening night.
And then there’s the hologram. In 1982, Peter Ustinov’s theater play Photo Finish was staged in Vilnius with several actors simultaneously playing one character (Sam) at different stages of his life. A group of actors from that 1982 production (Antanas Šurna, Arunas Storpirštis, Gerardas Žalenas, Elvyra Žebertaviciute, Kristina Andrejauskaite) were invited to the hologramic space recently orchestrated by Raimundas Malašauskas with various shapes and visions and several works by Fia Backström, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Elena Narbutait? and Rosalind Nashashibi.
The holograms will sit on a custom-made chair co-produced by Gediminas G. Akstinas, Liudvikas Buklys, Antanas Gerlikas and Jurgis Paškevicius.
November 24, 2011 – January 21, 2012
ZERO… - via Tadino 20 - Milan
Thema Thessalonica, 2005
A trip to Greece as a cue to share the daily life of a shepherd. An arcadia. The dream of an ascention.
November 2011 Playlist, 2011
November 2011 Playlist, is the reproduction of a playlist composed of 20 musical tracks, with 10 minute intervals of silence. This playlist functions as a personal memo in order to remember particular days, places or people.
BROKEN CIRCLE, 2011
‘… its a circle and the missing part is broken of and this glas is been put inside the neon… so this way the neon is more about its matter and concept and not about what you can make with neons letters and other function things…’
When doubt turns into destiny, 1993 – 2011
The work When doubt turns into destiny that in terms of its medium (video) seems somewhat atypical for Navid, nonetheless functions as a kind of nexus. In the video we see the artist in various outdoor locations in Berlin at night. He is moving extremely slowly, and very cautiously, as if performing a very deliberate, cartoonesque slow-motion version of himself. The performative act is executed in public non-places (streets, yards, back alleys) that happen to be equipped with light motion sensors -Navid is trying to move so slowly as not to be ‘discovered’ by the lights. When the lights happen to switch on, he freezes his position. In this simple, straighforward intervention in an everyday situation, Navid illustrates his position as an artist: he continuously finds himself moving between two states, a beforeand-after, a cause-and-effect, a dark and light. It is he who is causing a change, a rupture, a sudden shift in the order of things, by trying to be slower than the light, in order to be faster than it.
Minor Maestrani, 2007
Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Come on, come all! Minor Maestrani has come to town.
December 3, 2011
More info on dissonanze.it
DISSLAB is a new music format created by Giorgio Mortari, founder and director of Dissonanze, the leading electronic music festival in Italy. DISSLAB arises as a direct emanation, a cell created for the specific purpose of promoting the audiovisual research, experimentation and sound production of immersive environments. It represents a more intimate dimension of research, the one that characterized the early editions of the festival.
This Saturday sees the first appointment of this new format, with legendary artists such as Carter Tutti (Chris Carter and Cosey Fanny Tutti, former Throbbing Gristle) and Ryoji Ikeda, plus other younger musicians like Vaghe Stelle + Lorenzo Senni and Furtherset – some of the most interesting artist on the today Italian scene – plus Tristan Perich, Egyptrixx, Stay+ and Untold.
As Herzog wrote in the final credits of the The Wild Blue Yonder: “we thank NASA for its sense of poetry”.