Nico Vascellari, Scholomance at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Somewhere in the heart of the mountains in Transylvania there was a school where all the secrets of nature, the language of animals and all imaginable magic spells and charms were taught by the devil in person. Ten scholars were allowed to enter, only nine were released to return. The name of the school was Scholomance. Emily Gerard “Transylvanian Superstitions,” 1885
Scholomance is a sculpture of variable dimensions and forms. Created combining industrial elements with aluminium casted pieces collected by the artist in the forest. The sculpture creates spaces where the artist will invite other personalities to perform alongside him investigating “secrets of nature, the language of animals and all imaginable magic spells.” All the images and sounds generated during the happenings will be documented by camera and audio recorders installed directly on the sculpture. All the documentations will remain as part of the sculpture and will be played both visually and audibly within the space of the sculpture. Scholomance is conceived as an organism and as such, it grows, it modifies, it lives and it dies at the same time.
On March 23rd 2017 the performance at Palais De Tokyo will include actions by Carlos Casas, Mark of the Devil, Silvia Costa, Michèle Lamy, Ninos Du Brasil, Ghédalia Tazartès, Nico Vascellari and contribution of Ash/Nargaroth, Delfina Delettrez, Franck Audoux and Valerie Chartrain.
Co-curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto and Vittoria Matarrese.
Thursday 23rd March, 7pm