FINAL EXHIBITION OF BERLIN ART EXCHANGE 2016
Artistic synergy between Art Aia – Creatives \ In \ Residence and
the Institut für Alles Mögliche
Sunday 3rd July // 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Art-spaces Kanzlei and Zentrale, Schererstraße 9-11, 13347 Berlin
CARLO DE MEO
What are the boundaries of the mind? What is the state of the neutral mind, considering it something that extends to the whole body and not only coincides with the brain?
How do we think, memorize and conceive the world itself? Where does the image come from?
The intent of this Berlin Art Exchange is to deepen the mechanisms of action of our mind, naturally taking into account the influence of how techno-logos, inter-net, space of memory work on our minds and bodies. We are still wondering how they are able to transform the characteristics of our own nature, reformulating our modality to approach every aspect of life in a hybrid shape.
This hybrid and transparent space, as the production of the artists, is placed in anywhere Café Point. The latter, since its inception, continues to be the meeting point where different cultures, cult and sensitivities meet each other for an appointment, a simple “ hi” or the beginning of a new path.
“Maybe a coffee is what serves as a link, between subjects, allowing us to live in society, to be together, but since social relations are always ambiguous, since my thoughts divide as much as unite, and my words unite by what they express and isolate by what they omit, since my wide gulf separates my subjective certainty of myself, from the objective truth others have of me …”
(from 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle by Jean-Luc Godard, 1967).
There are many legends about the origin of coffee. The best known says that a shepherd named Kaldi led to graze goats in Ethiopia. One day they met a coffee plant and began to eat the berries and to chew the leaves. Once the night came, instead of sleeping, the goats began to wander with energy and liveliness never expressed before. Seeing this, the shepherd toasted the plant seeds such as those eaten by his flock, then milled them and made an infusion, getting the coffee.
The collective imagination of the artists in exhibition is contaminated with images, narratives, stories, listening, embedded memories or imaginary sensations. This Multi Kulti Café is the personal legend, the filter of their memory, the grain subjected to new and personal re-workings, in a suspension that is not a break but wants to be the trace of a dialogue.
We are an ongoing elaboration of past memories that we project into the future. Memory is a trace of a more or less recent past, which we store in our bodily experiences and what for various reasons we forgive or remove. At this neuro-scientific level, the hypothalamus is the seat of long- term memory, in which we impress our reminiscences, from where the man starts to construct reality creating new images and making them eternal. Fundamentally, there are two types of memory: an implicit (unconscious) one – emotional and automatic – and an explicit one, that we activate through a voluntary and conscious act. In the first case, it is a real intelligence of the body, which, without manifestations, emerges in the ways of doing, choosing, talking, moving on. This is the memory where the artists obtain from.
From this point, Franco Losvizzero‘s research begins with the aim at revealing the primal instincts, our hidden darkness, freeing the man from his mechanisms, reworking the practice of transcendental meditation, to which he was introduced since his childhood.
Adéla Součková, Czech artist, proceeds by written graphic symbols and stick figures to represent, following instinct, images and thoughts that appear to her mind, as in a web page, where several inputs coexist. It’s a thrust in rocky drawing, re-thought through virtual language.
Matteo Giuntini, as well, proceeds to give shapes to his ancestral and uncensored thoughts, creating some super-heroes without a story. The sincerity and mastery in capturing the essence constitute his original production, without masks or shadows, speaking to everyone silently.
Carlo De Meo, wandering, finds material that expresses in a re-use that is not recovery, but re-connotation of the elements in a chameleonic extension crossing the surrounding space.
The fluids faces of Chloé Louise Smith’s female portraits, her primitive graphic signs and her African nickname (Naku), are the natural path of a coffee bean, which is diluted together to all those possible and improbable human figures that we usually run into in a Café.
One of the most beautiful and meaningful old age myths is that one of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus, which means darkness, makes a soul’s journey into the underworld to seek his beloved Eurydice. It is the rationality that goes to rethink the original creativity. Orpheus, turning back to Eurydice, with no trusting in her, has been condemned for the eternity, and stuck into a tension between the Apollonian and the Dionysian one, between the order of ratio and an intuitive knowledge.
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The Institut für Alles Mögliche
The Institut für Alles Mögliche is an artistic project that, by using experimental means, sets about questioning, scrutinising and probing the institutionalisation and presentation of contemporary art. To this end project spaces are opened, events developed and various artistic practices tried out. These, mostly playful experiments deal with interrogations of the ‘art space’, the operatings of the ‘project space’ and ‘exhibiting’ often in an ironic manner.
The central concept is to develop spaces of possibility in which exchange and experiences can take place and space for artistic activity can come in to being. The project can be understood as an organism, as an artistic attempt to find niches and to implant a non-commercial program into the commercial structure of the municipal sphere. It is intended to formulate a notion, a proposal, an approach on how artistic collaborations, collective learning and cohabitation can be constructed. The project tries to create an alternative, which opposes the economic utilisation of art, the artistic pressure to produce and increasing standardisation.
Projects that are realized within the Institut are non–commercial and not market-orientated. We place great value on artistic practices and forms of expression that take place beyond art fairs and galleries. During our deliberately short events – the majority no longer than three days – experimental set-ups, unfinished concepts and playful approaches can be tried out and realised. The creations and projects that come in to being through these processes can work out uncannily but also fail spectacularly.
Director: Stefan Riebel // www.i-a-m.tk
Art Aia – Creatives \ In \ Residence
Art Aia- Creatives/ In/ Residence is a cultural center, a creative residency, located inside a farm in the Friulian countryside of Northern Italy, near the town of Sesto al Reghena in the province of Pordenone. Its aims are the cultural research and the artistic experimentation in the area, the circulation of information, the promotion of art and culture at a local and international level. Art Aia pursues exclusively cultural and artistic activities, guided by the idea that art can help to overcome the limitations and barriers place to communication still today, which in a way reduce imagination and creativity. For this reason, Art Aia is strongly committed to the promotion of exchange and collaboration between individual artists and groups of various nationalities and backgrounds. The Centre organizes and hosts different types of activities : the artists may reside at Art Aia during periods of study and work, develop new projects, create performances or audiovisual work, attend courses, seminars and workshops on different techniques, present their work within Festivals and exhibitions and carry out activities aimed to the development of their artistic skills and creative process. Art Aia is also an ecology center, immersed in the nature of the Friulan territory, where it is possible to get familiar with sustainable agriculture and innovative practices of eco-therapy. Over the past five years, one of the main activity of Art Aia has been the higher education, with courses taught by international artists, and the center is also willing to enlarge the proposals of projects to the various fields in a logic of resilience. Several groups have also been hosted in the structure to carry out creative residencies, aimed at the preparation of new art projects. The spirit of Art Aia is to develop creativity, understood as a cultural resource and potential for growth, within a natural setting where it is possible to establish a new relationship between humanity, art and nature.