La vita della mente/The Life of the Mind at the Istituto Svizzero, Rome

Edgars Gluhovs, Officer Material, 2017
Digital prints, 42cm x 32cm
Image Courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

The collective exhibition entitled The life of the Mind, curated by Giuliana Benassi, was set up in an osmotic relationship with the Studio Roma Inscape Rooms project. The artists involved – Italians and fellows at the institute, namely, Pauline Beaudemont, Alessandro Cicoria, Michela de Mattei, Federica Di Carlo, Antonio Fiorentino, Genuardi/Ruta, Edgars Gluhovs, Nelly Haliti, Marta Mancini, Simone Pappalardo and Marion Tampon-Lajarriette – presented brand-new works or works that were reinterpreted to help investigate the aspects of the mind, touching on different chords and cross-cutting connections.

The exhibition title of The Life of the Mind, literally purloined from Hannah Arendt’s last – and unfinished – book, alludes to the life of thought for a proposal to interpret the works on display according to themes that have to do with the dimension and functioning of the mind: from memory to visionary components, language, scientific intuition, the relationship between appearance and semblance, the metaphorical operation of the mind, stream of consciousness and the dreamlike dimension: all related to the thinking self. While Arendt’s work tackles this subject from a philosophical standpoint and examines three macro-areas – thinking, willing and judging – it starts off with a specific question: What do we “do” when we think? Where are we when we are with ourselves, in which space and time are we moving? In general, this subject is resolved in terms of freedom, always leaving the gap between thought and its “representation” open. In the attempt to narrate this possible narrow opening between mind and image, between thought and language, through the works of these artists – all of whom different in language, research and provenance – in some ways the exhibition continued to unfold and move “as fast as thought” (Homer), oriented by a multiple approach to interpretation and delivered to the visitor with the utmost freedom. The exhibition route extended through the garden of the Villa Maraini and then continued through the other spaces at the institute, from the annexe to the underground area of the Sala Elvetica. Embarking on a conceptual journey, the visitor moved from an airy environment to arrive at the deepest underground part of the institute, almost as a metaphorical representation of the transition from the conscious to the unconscious parts of the mind.

Here NERO presents the documentation of the exhibition held from the 23-25 June 2017 at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome.

 

Installation view: La vita della mente, June 2017, Istituto Svizzero di Roma
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Nelly Haliti & Leo Hofmann, Remembering 1973, 2017
Video loop 3′
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Installation view: La vita della mente, June 2017, Istituto Svizzero di Roma
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Installation view: La vita della mente, June 2017, Istituto Svizzero di Roma
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Alessandro Cicoria, Volume, 2015
Photographic film, plants, wood, powder, snails, scotch tape, 50x1400cm
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Alessandro Cicoria, Volume, 2015
Photographic film, plants, wood, powder, snails, scotch tape, 50x1400cm
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Nelly Haliti, Italic sequence III, 2017
Oil on canvas, 45 x 60 cm
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Marta Mancini, Untitled, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, 180×140 cm
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Federica Di Carlo, Untitled/ L’insostenibile leggerezza dell’essere, 2017,
Plexiglas sheets and clamps
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Federica Di Carlo, Untitled/ L’insostenibile leggerezza dell’essere, 2017,
Plexiglas sheets and clamps
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Michela de Mattei, Estee Lauder- How to speak like president, video 2’02 (2015)
Estee Lauder – Adapting, video 4’03 (2016)
Estee Lauder – The fear of mistakes, video 3’57 (2016)
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Michela de Mattei, Estee Lauder- How to speak like president, video 2’02 (2015)
Estee Lauder – Adapting, video 4’03 (2016)
Estee Lauder – The fear of mistakes, video 3’57 (2016)
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Marion Tampon-Lajarrette, Maschere, 2017,
Dyptch, prints on alluminium, 85x85cm
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Genuardi/Ruta, Brillamento X9, 2017
Environmental dimensions
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Genuardi/Ruta, Brillamento X9, 2017
Environmental dimensions
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Genuardi/Ruta, Brillamento X9, 2017
Environmental dimensions
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Pauline Baudemont, Incubation, 2017
Video installation, soundscape by Egon Thuile
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Antonio Fiorentino, Opusimago (Il Giardino delle rimembranze), 2017
Metal salts, vegetal elements, glass, variable dimensions
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Antonio Fiorentino, Opusimago (Il Giardino delle rimembranze), 2017
Metal salts, vegetal elements, glass, variable dimensions
Image courtesy: Simon d’Exéa

 

Simone Pappalardo, Più nel bosco non andremo?, 2017
Sound installations – performance
(in collaboration with Dehors/Audela; Elisa Turco Liveri and Salvatore Insana)
Image courtesy: Davide Sacco

 

Simone Pappalardo, Più nel bosco non andremo?, 2017
Sound installations – performance
(in collaboration with Dehors/Audela; Elisa Turco Liveri and Salvatore Insana)
Image courtesy: Davide Sacco

 

Simone Pappalardo, Più nel bosco non andremo?, 2017
Sound installations – performance
(in collaboration with Dehors/Audela; Elisa Turco Liveri and Salvatore Insana)
Image courtesy: Davide Sacco