Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano
The Project Room 2018 cycle, explains curator Flavio Arensi, will be organized "in three times and three themes. Proust's Room is a pretext to watch the events of society, of man, of his world, with the sounds, the absences and the presences of the past as well as of the future. Three acts, three events involving as many artistic cues, reflections on the role of sculpture in this historical moment".
April-May 2018 Donato Piccolo, Act I. The man who learns (The absence) The unpublished project proposed by Donato Piccolo puts at the center of the scene an intelligent robotic sculpture that learns from visitors and observers. The mechanisms of artificial intelligence allow the work to move recording the reactions of the public and, on these, to set the consequent actions. The work learns and acts autonomously and defines the first act of the trilogy, namely "the human absence", while the memory of a creative humanity remains alive.
September-October 2018 Roberto Pugliese, Act II. Still-life Concerto (Intermezzo) Roberto Pugliese's Still Life Concerto intends to examine new research points on sound-related phenomena, on the analysis of the processes that the human psyche uses to differentiate structures of natural origin from artificial ones (both acoustic and visual), on the relationship between man and technology and the relationship between art and technology. This second act is intermediate and combines with sound the preceding artistic stage to the next one. Sound as a human element that returns to fill the empty spaces.
November-December 2018 Roberto Fanari, Act III. Be there (The presence) For the third and last act, Roberto Fanari works on the architecture of the room, decorated throughout its perimeter with an architectural iron structure. It reconstructs in summary a hall of festivals of the old villas and houses. In this essential place, the mirrors reflect the image of the visitor, the only moment in which we have the concrete perception of being: being in that space and in that time. The protagonist returns to be the human being in flesh and blood. The installation is accompanied by a reworking of 18th century music by the young composer Francesco Fugazza.
Donato Piccolo, Reversible carpet and irreversible geyser, 2012 iron, aluminum, steel, fog machine, timer, electronic system, speakers, microphone cox, 12 × 1,30 m
Courtesy Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels
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