Zzz. Narcomantic replayed and echoed from the NERO hq

30 November 2012

Hypnomachia is the name of the sound event which has been taking place for the past five years at Raum, Bologna, outpost and laboratory of Xing, an independent network, founded in 2000, committed to the production, realization and promotion of various multidisciplinary projects, many of which stand out for a special attention in confronting the issues related to the reception of the arts as autonomous languages.



This year marks the fifth edition of the long sound event, which has been assigned to American sound and visual artist John Duncan and Swiss visual artist Ursula Scherrer. The two will be presenting Narcomantic, an immersive concert with multi-projections. Thanks to the participation of video artist Ursula Scherrer, Narcomantic proposes for the first time an audio-visual modulation which has been experimented during Sogno d’Insonnia, a workshop on sound and dream manipulation held by John Duncan at the Ratti Foundation in February 2012.
Narcomantic intends to subvert the limits of an area of semi-conscience, situated between insomnia and hypnosis, and opens a gateway at that limit where somnambulism and other channelings  tend to phase the night into an intermediate space. Stimuli which oscillate between pure noise and a calm, soothing music, hissing sounds, high frequencies, and also verbal suggestions, whispered words. A sound environment which at times leans towards hyper-stimulation, in a strange alternation between tension and oneiric imagination.


Openings Out to Reality – Units beyond measure. A currency for San Lorenzo

Openings out to reality continues along the series of actions in reality begun with the Solidarity Actions done in collaboration with 7th Berlin Biennial, which raised  issues regarding the role of art and artists inside concrete reality.
Various subjects —artists, scholars, people  engaged in practices of various natures- have been invited to identify cases, to activate a process in precise places, with the aim of creating visible effects. In other words, the idea is to test the potential of art and to make it available for everyday life: to open out to a reality that to an ever greater extent goes beyond  the narrative capacities of our time.


Visionary Biographies

Installation view

Seboo Migone and Luca Padroni bring to the canvas revelations and memories, visions somewhere between the figurative and abstract, a dream-like intimacy in the tale of two artistic identities: visionary biographies.
In Seboo Migone’s work, stories and characters acquire a pictorial consistency. His art reflects the seduction of nature’s opposites and of the human condition. (more…)

Pennacchio Argentato – At 03:30 A.M. on the night of June 5, 1992

Pennacchio Argentato, July 30, 2012, 2012, silkscreen on methacrylate, 202 x 70 x 45 cm


The revisitation of an industrial process is behind the new project by Pennacchio Argentato, collective founded in Naples in 2001.
A series of sculptures in transparent methacrylate, realized through the termoforming technique, is presented as a set of empty, free-standing and life-size cases. (more…)

Armin Linke

Armin Linke, Carlo Mollino, Slittovia del Lago Nero 1947, Sauze d’Oulx Italy, photo printing on aluminum with wood frame, 50 x 60 cm, Courtesy: Galleria Vistamare e l’artista


The Armin Linke and Kuehn Malvezzi exhibition at the Vistamare gallery in Pescara is inspired by a project at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Carlo Mollino Maniera Moderna, which was curated by Armin Linke and Wilfred Kuehn and realised in collaboration with the Kuehn Malvezzi studio. Whilst in the Munich exhibition the architects and artist explored and presented the multi-faceted work of Carlo Mollino (who moved between architecture, design, photography and writing  to express the concepts and strategies of an extremely contemporary approach to architecture), in Pescara the point of view is reversed. (more…)