Publications

Salvatore Arancio
Wonders of the Volcano

Wonders of the Volcano is the first artist’s book by Salvatore Arancio, published by NERO
in collaboration with Federica Schiavo Gallery.

Wonders of the Volcano is a faithful reconstruction of a Victorian era book that is part of Arancio’s
own collection and the source of some of his etchings. The original volume, printed in London
presumably in the second half of the 19th century, was written by Ascott R. Hope and comprises 11
original illustrations in black and white.  Salvatore Arancio has re-elaborated the book’s original
images, altering their scientific and documentary function, and added 8 plates to the final section
of the volume. The text from the first edition has instead been reprinted in its entirety, and the
book’s material and typographic characteristics are identical to the original.
The volume by Ascott R. Hope is an impassioned piece of research into the naturalistic wonders
of volcanoes and of the geo-telluric phenomena related to them. The inexact geology of the late
19th century mixes here with landscape descriptions so ingenuous that they transform the underlying
romanticism into loose and enthusiastic popular adventure literature. The most impressive natural
phenomena – registered at that time not only in Italy, but also throughout Europe, South America,
in the Indian east and across the entire Mediterranean basin – are described with all the
imprecision of a vague science. In this book, the inductive method overlaps with the deductive,
making space for oral testimonies, fairytales and superstitions, all philologically inventoried.
It is not by chance that Salvatore Arancio has chosen to work within a context that is
“science-fictional” avant la lettre. The ambiguous alterations that the artist has brought to the
original images do not merely evidence the book’s original nature, but, decontextualizing it,
reinvent an inexistent past that oscillates between mythology and fantasy.
Such a rehabilitation of the past bears a twofold temporal valence: it looks back in order to go forward.
Indeed, by means of this enigmatic booklet, Arancio reverses the very direction at the heart of the
concept of innovation – scientific innovation, if we look strictly to the contents of the book; artistic,
if we consider the entire conceptual operation – evidencing an “innovative” past on the one hand,
and on the other a future that never occurred. And it is precisely into this temporal fissure, tinged with
nostalgia, that Arancio drops his hypnagogic, unconscious and apocalyptic imaginary, letting it
fluctuate in a spatiotemporal field that belongs neither to the present, nor to the future, nor to our past.

Wonders of the Volcano is accompanied by an insert containing a critical essay by Michael Wilson,
editor and freelance critic, and a text on the relation between mythology and geo-telluric
phenomena written by Luigi Piccardi, Researcher at the C.N.R. – Institute of Geosciences
and Earth Resources, Florence.

Wonders of the Volcano is printed in a limited edition of 600 copies, together with an edition of 20
multiples composed of a wooden box containing the book and an original photoengraving by
the artist. Format: 16,5 X 21,5 cm.

Format: 10,5 x 16,5 cm.
Pages: 144
Language: Eng
Edition of 600 copies
Year: 2011

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo

Produced by Federica Schiavo Gallery

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Elisabetta Benassi
All I Remember

Conceived as an artist’s book as well as a work of art, All I remember, is a collection of 477
backs of photos retrieved from the archives of the most important daily newspapers in the
world, collected and photographed by the artist over the last three years. Elisabetta Benassi
has selected the most significant photos of the 20th century in a backwards route through
personal and collective memories. Each page of the book corresponds to a single photo back
characterized by a data sheet with the dates, the photographers’ names and an objective
description of that which is represented in the image, as is usually done in image filing
systems. The result is an original history of our past, made of written images, of memorable
moments of the history of the 20th century.

Format: 16,5 X 21,5 cm.
Pages: 484
Language: Ita /Eng
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2011

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo
Photographer: Elisabetta Benassi

Produced by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin
in collaboration with Magazzino, Rome

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Giulia Piscitelli
Rischi Minori

The catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition by Giulia Piscitelli Rischi Minori,
January 25 – April 2, 2011 at Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea.

The catalogue includes a special project by Giulia Piscitelli and two critical texts by Stefano
Chiodi and Salvatore Lacagnina. This is the first monograph dedicated to Giulia Piscitelli.

Curated by Stefano Chiodi

Texts: Stefano Chiodi, Salvatore Lacagnina.

Format: 19 X 27 cm.
Pages: 80
Language: Ita /Eng
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2011

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo
Photographer: Gilda Aloisi
Translators: Theresa Davis

Produced by Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea, Rome

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Nora Schultz
avere luogo

The catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition by Nora Schultz avere luogo,
October 12 – December 31, 2010 at Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea.

The final section of the catalogue is a special project carried out by the artist in collaboration
with NERO. The 32 pages are part of a selection of over 2,000 70 x 100 cm test sheets
originating from the Marchesi printing houses, used for the print machines’ start-up. The
layouts of the books to be produced are printed on these sheets, one on top of another. This
gives rise to a series of palimpsests, characterized by a stratification of levels which, randomly
overlapped, create abstract images of an almost sculptural physicality. Given that this special
project is composed of recycled material, each one of these catalogues, in a limited edition of
1,000 copies, is unique and original.

The catalogue includes includes a special project by Nora Schultz too.

Texts:  Barbara Buchmaier, Adrienne Drake, Nora Schultz, Josef Strau.

Format: 19 X 27 cm.
Pages: 112
Language: Ita /Eng
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2011

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo
Photographer: Gilda Aloisi
Translators: Aurelia Di Meo, NTL, Lina Protopapa

Produced by Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea, Rome

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VV.AA.
A Performance Cycle. Archiving, gathering, exhibiting, recounting, remembering, loving,
desiring, ordering, mapping.

The book stems from the project Archiving, gathering, exhibiting, recounting, remembering,
loving, desiring, ordering, mapping. A performance cycle
, which analysed collecting as a
cultural practice through the work of artists that make use of the archive and of the collection
in their practice. Four performances by artists Patrizio Di Massimo, Ryan Gander, Pierre
Leguillon, Tris Vonna-Michell, were commissioned by Nomas Foundation and hosted by the
Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.

The publication is organised as an abécédaire ordered around the nine words enclosed in the
title. The four artists developed a contribution reflecting on a chosen word, thus addressing in
a different media the issues that were central in their work for the performance cycle. In addition
to this, the book also includes three essays selected among those which have been crucial in
structuring the understanding of the archive/the collection vis a vis Nomas Founation’s programme.

Curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni

Contributions:  Giorgio Agamben, Adrian Rifkin, Mieke Bal, Patrizio Di Massimo, Pierre
Leguillon, Ryan Gander, Tris Vonna-Michell.

Format: 15 X 21 cm.
Pages: 144
Language: Ita /Eng
Edition of 700 copies
Year: 2011

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo
Photographer: Altrospazio, Karolina Szewszyk
Translators: Pavle Mamula, Marilena Randa, Francesco Ventrella

Produced by Nomas Foundation, Rome

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Nico Vascellari
Blonde

Conceived both as a book and an artwork, Blonde by Nico Vascellari is a collection of images from
one of the artist’s personal archives: a selection of 200 press clippings titled “Blonde”. Each press
clipping has been reproduced in its own original format on 90 gsm glossy paper, as ripped and
collected by the artist over the last ten years. The whole collection, printed on unbound single
sheets, is packaged in a black cardboard box, silkscreened and individually numbered.

The pages of this publication derive for the most part from fashion magazines. The iconographic
theme of “the blonde” is represented obsessively. The sequence of the images is random, as is the
selection of press clippings. This archive reflects the artist’s personal fetish for the image, in this
case of blondes and their collective representation.

The special signed and numbered edition of 33 multiples includes an original unique work produced
by the artist. Each piece is a collage composed by cutouts of blonde wigs from the original press
clippings of Nico Vascellari’s “Blonde” archive.

Format: 24 x 31 x 10 cm.
Pages: 200 unfolded pages printed offset in 4 colors
Black paper box, printed silkscreen 2 colors.
Printed on Glossy Sappi Magno, 90 gr.
Year: 2011

First edition of 500 numbered copies.
Special signed and numbered edition of 33 multiples, including an original work.

Published by NERO

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Elisabetta Benassi

All I remember

All I remember was published on the occasion of the Elisabetta Benassi exhibition All I Remember at
Galleria Magazzino, Rome, May 11 – 31 July 2010.

Texts: Roberto Cavasola, Andrea Cortellessa e Cloe Piccoli.

Formato: 29,7 X 42 cm.
Pagine: 36
Language: Ita /Eng
Edition of 500 copies
Year: 2010

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo
Photographer: Vincenzo Micarelli
Translator: Theresa Davis

Produced by Magazzino, Rome

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VV/AA
Journal A3

Journal A3 is the result of the workshop organized by 2009-2010 members of the Istituto Svizzero di
Roma, on the occasion of The Swiss Cube #2, 11.01 – 10.04.2010. The catalogue included a CD with
5 audio tracks.

A project by Salvatore Lacagnina.

Partecipants: Tina Asmussen, Matthieu Bernhardt, Camilla Colombi, Gregoire Extermann, Michelle
Grob, Angela Marzullo, Esteban Pagés, Henri de Riedmatten, Walter Schönholzer, Simone Voegtle,
John Weisweile.

Texts: Tina Asmussen, Camilla Colombi, Gregoire Extermann, Salvatore Lacagnina, Esteban Pagés,
Simone Voegtle.

Formato: 29,7 X 42 cm.
Pagine: 36
Language: Ita /Eng
Edition of 300 copies
Year: 2010

Published by NERO
Edited by Esteban Pagés, Henri de Riedmatten and Simone Voegtle
Editorial: Lorenzo Gigotti and Simone Voegtle
Translation: Elena Catuogno, Karmen Simic
Design: Esteban Pagés and Simone Voegtle
Design Supervisor: Francesco de Figueiredo
Photos: Camilla Colombi, Michele Grob, Angela Marzullo, Esteban Pagés
Special Thanks to Valentina Sansone

Commissioned by Istituto Svizzero di Roma

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Mutiny seemed a Probability

Catalogue published on the occasion of the collective exhibition Mutiny seemed a Probability curated
by Adrienne Drake at Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea, Rome.

Artists: Micol Assaël, Cyprien Gaillard, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Henrik Håkansson, Mona
Hatoum, Leslie Hewitt, Graham Hudson, Alicja Kwade, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Jorge Peris,
Manfred Pernice, Alessandro Piangiamore, Marco Raparelli, Gedi Sibony, Nedko Solakov, Oscar
Tuazon, Jeff Wall.

Texts: Adrienne Drake, Antonio Galdo, Mazzino Montinari, Oscar Tuazon.

Curated by Adrienne Drake
Format: 19 x 27 cm
Pages: 64
Language: Ita /Eng
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2010

Published by NERO
Design: Wolfgang Berkowski
Translation: Tijana Mamula
Editing: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Catalogue series design: Francesco de Figueiredo

Commissioned by Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea

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George Brecht
Fluxus Biennial # 02

Catalogue published in occasion of the solo exhibition of George Brecht as part of Fluxus Biennial
at Auditorium, Rome.

Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva
Format: 16 x 22 cm
Pages: 80
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2010

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo

Commissioned by Auditorium Parco della Musica

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Rainforest
# 01 – Peaking Lights

Zine published in occasion of the performance of Peaking Lights at Dal Verme, Rome.

Curated by Francesco de Figueiredo and Valerio Mattioli
Format: 9 x 15 cm
Pages: 16
Edition of 50 copies
Year: 2010

Designed by Produzioni NERO and RawRaw

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Caterina Nelli
Forgetmenot

Artist book published in occasion of the group exhibition La Danse Macabre at Nomas
Foundation, Rome.
All the images in the book are part of a series of photographs shot between 2007 and 2010.

Format: 13,5 x 21 cm
Pages: 64
Edition of  300 copies
Year: 2010

Published by NERO
Curated by Caterina Nelli

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George Maciunas
Fluxus Biennial # 01

Catalogue published in occasion of the solo exhibition of George Maciunas as part of Fluxus Biennial
at Auditorium, Rome.

Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva
Format: 16 x 22 cm
Pages: 80
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2010

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo

Commissioned by Auditorium Parco della Musica

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Nicola Pecoraro
Flat Happening

Artist book published in occasion of the exhibition Roommates: GoldieChiari – Nicola Pecoraro at
MACRO, Rome.
40 photo prints collected in a booklet.

Curated by Luca Lo Pinto
Format: 10 x 13 cm
Pages: 40
Edition of 40 copies
Year: 2009

Published by Produzioni NERO
Commissioned by MACRO

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Nina Beier and Marie Lund
The Testimony, Les Sabots, The Making of Difference, The Complete Works
Nomas Notes Series

Catalogue published in occasion of the solo exhibition of Nina Beier and Marie Lund at Nomas
Foundation, Rome.

Curated by Cecilia Canziani & Ilaria Gianni
Format: 16 x 22,5 cm
Pages: 48
Edition of  800 copies
Year: 2009

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo

Commissioned by Nomas Foundation

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Renato Mambor
Mai Note Burrose

Catalogue published in occasion of the solo exhibition of Renato Mambor at Auditorium, Rome.

Format: 16 x 22 cm
Pages: 48
Edition of 700 copies
Year: 2009

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo

Commissioned by Auditorium Parco della Musica

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Else Leirvik
I Never Step Under The Arch
Nomas Notes Series

Catalogue published in occasion of the solo exhibition of Else Leirvik at Nomas Foundation,
Rome.

Curated by Cecilia Canziani & Ilaria Gianni
Format: 16 x 22,5 cm
Pages: 48
Edition of  800 copies
Year: 2009

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo

Commissioned by Nomas Foundation

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VV/AA
Donne di Roma

Catalogue published in occasion of the group exhibition Donne di Roma at Auditorium, Rome.

Curated by Giuseppe Cerasa
Format: 24 x 22 cm
Pages: 140
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2009

Published and designed by Produzioni NERO
Commissioned by Auditorium Parco della Musica

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Christopher O’Leary
Future & Dust

Catalogue published in occasion of the solo exhibition of Christopher O’Leary as part of Multiverse >
Directions for the worldat ALI, Rome.

Curated by Dobrila Denegri
Format: 15 x 21 cm
Pages: 48
Edition of 500 copies
Year: 2009

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo

Commissionated by A.L.I. – Arts Learning Institute, Rome

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VV/AA
(NO) VACANCY

Catalogue published in occasion of the group exhibition (No) Vacancy at Maze Gallery, Turin.

Curated by Luca Lo Pinto
Format: 30 x 42 cm
Pages: 8
Edition of 200 copies
Year: 2009

Published and designed by Produzioni NERO
Commissioned by Maze Gallery

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Saluti da Roma

Saluti da Roma is published on the occasion of Hot Desking, a collaboration between Manifesta and
Curatorlab/Konstfack, as part of the exhibition The Rest of Now curated by Raqs Media Collective in
Bolzano, 2008.

Contributors: Moira Ricci, Nicola Pecoraro, Carsten Nicolai, Carola Bonfili, Bruno Dorella, Tim
Davis, Alexandre Singh, Andrea Salvino, Valerio Bindi, Vincenzo Sparagna, Olaf Nicolai, Pablo Leon
de la Barra, Il Duka, Stefania Galegati, Luca Vitone, Stefano Chiodi, Cesare Pietroiusti, Teresa Macrì,
Jean-Baptiste Ganne, Massimo Grimaldi.

Format: 14 x 9 cm
Pages: 48
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2008

Edited, published and designed by Produzioni NERO
Commissioned by Manifesta 7

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Tomas Saraceno
Iridescent Planet

Catalogue published in occasion of the solo exhibition of Tomas Saraceno Multiverse > Directions
for the world at ALI, Rome.

Curated by Dobrila Denegri
Format: 21 x 29,7 cm
Pages: 48
Edition of 500 copies
Year: 2008

Published by NERO
Editor: Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Designer: Francesco de Figueiredo

Commissioned by A.L.I. – Arts Learning Institute, Rome

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Marjetica Potrc
Fragmented Book

Catalogue published in occasion of the Advanced Course in Visual Arts, Antonio Ratti Foundation, Como.
Texts by: Marjetica Potrc, Cesare Pietroiusti, Roberto Pinto, Anna Daneri, Annie Ratti.

Format: 16,5 x 23,5 cm
Pages: 84
Edition of 1.000 copies
Year: 2006

Published and designed by Produzioni NERO
Commissioned by Antonio Ratti Foundation

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Terre Thaemlitz
The Crisis of Post-Spectacle “Live” Contemporary Ambient Performance (Or… Why I Can’t
Get Paid to DJ A-structural Audio)

Author: Terre Thaemlitz
Format: 14 x 10 cm
Pages: 32
Edition of 100 copies
Year: 2006

Published by Produzioni NERO

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