Im-materiality and identity

Simposium

 

Paolo Icaro, Unfinished, 1977. Courtesy the artist

 

IM-MATERIALITY AND IDENTITY 

13.01.2017 /14.01. 2017 –  Venaria Reale, Turin

 

A seminar open to the public focused on the relationship between the materiality – and immateriality – of the artwork and its identity processes.

In this perspective, the seminar invited artists, art historians and philosophers together with restorers to reflect broadly on the relationships between artistic practices and materials in the framework of their transitions from tangible supports towards their digital crumbling.

The series of meetings intended to reflect on the relationship between materiality (or immateriality) and its cultural meanings and seeks to address the issue by opening the discussion to a team of stakeholders invited to testify on the subject according to their own personal experiences and researches.

From the selection of raw material to its organization, processing and presentation in the space until the complete de-materialization of the moving image, the question about materiality is often and still an important clue to understanding the motivations and consequent possible meanings of the work itself.

What the raw material tells us about form and symbolic meanings?

How and to what extent a restorer negotiates the relationship with the artist when materiality is altered? When and how this calls into question the identity of the work itself?

How the materials are symptom of a cultural affiliation to which the community as we address – and thus we protect? How that transformation of state of matter (solid towards digital distribution) can be a tale of a different art history and social identity?

On the first day the artist Piero Gilardi intervenes, the son of a fresco restorer, who describes what it means to restore something that has no physicality. Gilardi cites Robert Morris Box’s work with the Sound of its Own Making (1961), and states that a possible restoration could reduce the work to a simple document that reports its operation. It is in this idea of ​​naturalness that the very acceptance of the cyclical nature of things lies. What Gilardi proposes is a different idea of ​​both temporality and restoration; his nature rugs, in their original intentions, had to be actually used as carpets, the artist accepted the wear and tear of the work and in doing so made it alive.

The flow of time and energy flows are the subject of the practice of the second artist to intervene, Italo Zuffi. In his work Zuffi emphasizes what could be called “entropic passages”, composed of open works, both in the acceptance of temporal becoming and in their reception. Emphasizing energy changes, Zuffi follows Lavoisier’s famous axiom based on which nothing is destroyed and nothing is created but everything is transformed. Reconnecting therefore to the restoration, his works are unrestorable precisely because they are devices that circulate energy translating it into other ways and other worlds, dematerializing forms that are not completed.

In the practices of three young artists, as many different approaches to restoration can be found: in the works of Lupo Borgonovo there is an archaeological nostalgia for worn and discarded objects. Alberto Tadiello, artist who works with sound and with installation, accepts instead that the temporal destiny of the work is delimited, letting time act and transform it. Similarly Hilario Isola, close to the categories of the ephemeral and of perception, states that one must follow the identity and destiny of the work; when the materiality is more aleatory, it is the public that becomes co-author and the role of the restoration changes accordingly.

As part of the activities of the classroom the seminar is conceived as a place where the contributions of different speakers on the suggested theme put into question the very mode of transmission of knowledge and forms of “lecture” as a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artistic practice.

The seminar is thus open to students of any undergraduate degree and disciplinary matters, as well as the interested public. Lessons and meetings are intended to encourage discussion and direct exchange between teachers and students, fostering a unique working plan in the class.

The seminary has been produced with “Centro di Conservazione e Restauro della Venaria Reale” thanks to collaboration of Sara Abram, development and fundraising manager,  and under the presidency of Stefano Trucco.


 

 

SPEAKERS:

Piero Gilardi , Italo Zuffi, Ben Vickers, Andrea Pinotti, Diego Marcon ,Lupo Borgonovo, Giulia Bruno – studio Armin Linke, Martina Angelotti, Marco Scotini, Antonio Rava, Barbara Ferriani.

Lectures and talks will take place inside the laboratories of the Centre where the project Handle with careby the video artists MASBEDO is installed.

Diary

PAST

07.11.2019

Book launch and Artists talk today, 6pm @ICA Milano

(Im-)materiality and identity in contemporary art – a step into the relationship between restoration on display and contemporary art with MASBEDO, Martina Angelotti, Marco Belfiore, Diego Marcon.
06.06.2019

100 Piper. Short history of Piper Torino in 100 fragments by Ra di Martino

Film screening and talk with the artist. The event is part of Fo.To. Fotografi a Torino program.

Cinema Massimo, Sala 2 – Torino, H. 18.30

03.04.2019

Things that Death Cannot Destroy – A performance and an open classroom with Linda Fregni Nagler

The project is part of FOG – Triennale Performing Arts, Miart, Milano Artweek.

Teatro dell’Arte, Triennale Milano, H- 10.00 – 22.00

10.10.2018

What’s next? A Round table about art and education after Manifesta 12 Palermo

In collaboration with Manifesta 12 Collateral Events, the classroom organized a round table about the aftermath of art and education in Palermo with Sara Kamalvand (Hydrocity http://www.hydrocity.ca/), Valentina Sansone (Magazzino Brancaccio www.magazzinobrancaccio.org ), Evelina de Castro (Palazzo Abatellis), Laura Barreca (Museo Civico di Castelbuono http://www.museocivico.eu/), Maria Rosa Sossai (www.alagroup.org)  e Roberto Albergoni (Director Fondazione Manifesta 12 Palermo www.manifestapalermo.org) and Paola Nicolin.

Galleria Regionale della Sicilia Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo, H. 18.30

12.01.2018

Materiality versus Image. (Im-)materiality and identity in contemporary art

Book publication curated by the classroom and Paola Nicolin entirely dedicated to the theme of image care and restoration. Authors: Sara Abram, Martina Angelotti, Laura Barreca, Marco Belfiore, Lupo Borgonovo, Giulia Bruno, Laura Cherubini, Barbara Ferriani, Piero Gilardi, Paolo Icaro, Hilario Isola, Diego Marcon, Paola Nicolin, Andrea Pinotti, Laura Papotti, Alessandro Rabotini, Iolanda Ratti, Antonio Rava, Alberto Tadiello, Sergio Toffetti, Stefano Trucco, Italo Zuffi.

Link

05.11.2017

Piper. Learning at the discotheque

Discoinferno

12.30–2pm Le déjeuner sur l’herbe – Round table with Piper protagonists
 Pietro Derossi, Graziella Gay, Piero Gilardi, Clino Castelli, Tommaso Trini 
with Luca Cerizza, Maria Teresa Roberto and Fulvio Ferrari
2 –2.30pm Film screening: Rä di Martino on Piper
3–4pm Dialogue – Gino Viliani with Francesco Arena and Paolo Icaro
4 –4.30pm Film screening: Mephobia by Mika Gustafson (Sweden, 2017) (winner, section “Irregular Lovers”, Lovers Film Festival)
4.30–5.30pm Dialogue – Philip Corner with Massimo Torrigiani
5.30–8pm Campari | Djset Notte italiana by ZERO

04.11.2017

Piper. Learning at the discotheque

You are my own.
Art, dance and identity

12.30–1.30pm 
Dialogue – Dora García with Jacqueline de Jong ed Esther Ferrer
1.30–2pm Superbudda sound intermission
2– 3pm Interview – Corrado Levi with Dafne Boggeri and Giovanna Silva
3 –3.30pm Superbudda sound intermission
3.30–4.30pm
 Dialogue – Maria Grazia Chiuri with Maria Luisa Frisa
5 –6pm Workshop – Michele Rizzo with Simone Frangi
6pm Awarding – Campari Art Prize
6.30–8
pm Dialogue – Roberto D’Agostino with Michela Moro and Emanuele Piccardo

03.11.2017

Piper. Learning at the discotheque @Artissima 2017

Space is the place.
Sound, image and architecture

12.30–1.30pm
 Meet the artists – Cally Spooner with Eva Fabbris and Charlotte Laubard
1.30–2pm Superbudda sound intermission
2–3pm Dialogue – Mario Garcia Torres with Francesco Manacorda
3 –3.30pm Superbudda sound intermission
3.30–4.30pm
 Interview – Tony Oursler with Tom Eccles
5 –6pm Lecture: “Piper and beyond”, Pietro Derossi. Q&A with Catharine Rossi and Maria Cristina Didero
6pm Campari | Superbudda sound intermission
6.30 –7.30p
m Concert – Guido Costa on “Le stelle di Mario Schifano”
02.11.2017

Piper. Learning at the discotheque @Artissima 2017

Openclassroom

6–7pm Interview – Hans Ulrich Obrist with Kamasi Washington (in collaboration with OGR and Club to Club)
7.30pm Campari | Open classroom with Seb Patane
8.30pm Superbudda sound intermission

31.10.2017

The Classroom #5 Seb Patane @Artissima 2017

27.03.2017

Piero Golia, Diego Perrone on Chris Burden

Exhibition
Via Cesare Correnti 14
Milan
24.03.2017

Piero Golia, Diego Perrone on Chris Burden

Classroom, Via Cesare Correnti 14
Milan
15.01.2017

Masbedo, Handle with care

Talk
Guided tour of the exhibition with the artists
H.12, La Venaria Reale and 
Centro Conservazione 
Turin
14.01.2017

(Im-)materiality and indentity.

Lectures, talks and readings on art and its materials
Classroom with Paolo Icaro, Andrea Pinotti, Giulia Bruno, Sergio Toffetti, Martina Angelotti, Ben Vickers, Laura Barreca, Diego Marcon, Marco Belfiore, Barbara Ferriani, Jolanda Ratti.
H. 11-19, Centro Conservazione e Restauro
La Venaria Reale
Turin

13.01.2017

(Im-)materiality and indentity.

Lectures, talks and readings on art and its materials
Classroom with Piero Gilardi, Marco Scotini, Italo Zuffi, Hilario Isola, Lupo Borgonovo, Alberto Tadiello, Antonio Rava.
H. 11-19, Centro Conservazione e Restauro
La Venaria Reale
Turin

28.10.2016

Masbedo, Handle with care

28 October - 15 January 2017
Exhibition, La Venaria Reale and 
Centro Conservazione e Restauro 
Turin
24.10.2016

Eike Schmidt

Talk
H. 18.30, Sala d'Arme Palazzo Vecchio
Florence
23.10.2016

Luisa Mensi in conversation with Masbedo

Talk
H. 16.30, Sala d'Arme Palazzo Vecchio
Florence
22.10.2016

Masbedo, Handle with care

22-24 October
Exhibition and classroom
H. 14-20 
Sala d'Arme Palazzo Vecchio 
Florence
10.10.2016

Psychic Diary. Analysis of a Contemporary Art Exhibition

Book publication written by Masbedo and Paola Nicolin. The book is a collection of intimate writings elaborated during a year spent working with th artist preparing the exhibition project the classroom. Masbedo, Handle with care, Reggia di Venaria, Torino.

www.quodlibet.it

17.04.2016

Adelita Husni-Bey

Talk
H. 19, La Triennale di Milano
Milan

11.04.2016

Adelita Husni-Bey

11-18 April 2016
Exhibition and classroom
H. 14-24, Bocconi University
Milan

08.04.2016

Adelita Husni-Bey

08-11 April 2016
Exhibition
H. 12-20, the classroom
Milan

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