Alessandro Di Pietro “Felix” at Marsèlleria, Milan

Tomb Writer ( solve et coagula ) / detail, 2016
Photo credits Andrea Piunti Studio. Courtesy the artist.


Marsèlleria presents Felix, the last chapter of a four-episodes series by Alessandro Di Pietro, developed since 2016 through an exhibitions series corresponding to the prequel – Tomb Writer (solve et coagula) (Bergamo, 2016), the appearance of the protagonist – Downgrade Vampire (Milan, 2016), and the entry of its “psychological switch” or “ghost” – Towards Orion – stories from the backseat (Paris, 2017). Started during the residency at American Academy in Rome, where it was part, until March 25, of the exhibition The Tesseract, this last episode is accomplished though an intervention exclusively designed for the spaces of Marsèlleria.

“The enemy emerging here is not a nemesis of the main character, it moves on a parallel channel, without identifying with a negative projection of the ‘good.’ The space looks like being designed by someone who has been loved too much and, as a consequence, sees in the time and energy conservation technology not a mechanism but an object to be admired ” says Alessandro Di Pietro.

“Felix – the writing that the character places on this technology – is probably his name, or maybe just a way of life where the love for the world is not taken seriously: his action wants perhaps to modify the process of an event that already took place or maybe a try to ‘cheat,’ not the natural flow of history but the sociological principle of the ‘self-fullfilling prophecy’ by William Thomas Merton or its science-fiction application in the ‘paradox of predestination’ or, better still, the infinity of the self inside the multiverses of the animated series Rick and Morty.”

The four episodes follow a simple grammatical structure working on the design of the spaces and proto-narrative installations and developing “nameless” characters. The figure of the “nameless” is here directly attributable to the concept of monstrosity. “Nameless” is a being which is not subject to a normative process of cataloguing and classification. The monsters, according to the opinion of the scientist Isidore Geoffrey De Saint Hilaire, do not exist outside the scientific system of their time, but prove to be extremely long-lived and also continually updating from a linguistic point of view, because they are declared as still not studied and not classified physical entities.

The spaces design becomes for Alessandro Di Pietro an act of identification in his research object, the character itself. Its physical, social and political features glimpse and are then crystallized in the space planning to create an empathic and possible relationship with the observer, distracting him/her from the fiction.

The end goal is to understand how to still be able to produce Monsters, inside the limits of images and things.

AKA Felix.

The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Giovanna Manzotti.

On the occasion of the non-profit spaces special night opening of Miart 2018, on Saturday April 14th, from 7 to 12 pm, the exhibition will feature a special sound activation by Enrico Boccioletti.


From the exhibition Towards Orion: Stories from the backseat at La Plage, Parigi, 2017
Alessandro Di Pietro, Real mirror, 2017
Photo credits Aurélien Mole. Courtesy the artist and La Plage.


Alessandro Di Pietro, The Self-fulfilling Owen Prophecy, 2018, performance at 5 Mostre, American Academy in Rome 
Courtesy the artist. Photo Credit Altrospazio


DOWNGRADE VAMPIRE, Installation view (detail) at Futurdome, Milano, 2016


Alessandro Di Pietro, Felix, 2018
ph. Sara Scanderebech – Marsèlleria


Alessandro Di Pietro
Opening 28 March 2018, 7–9pm
29 March–4 May 2018

Art Night Non Profit Space | Sound Activation with Enrico Boccioletti
14 April 2018, 7–12 pm

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