text by Luigi Fassi
«I believe a book can restructure its readers' perception. Books restructure our perception of time, landscape, people, urban space, moving, our mortality, institutions, language and so on. We writers work, it can be said, on the form of our readers' senses […] It may sound ridiculous, but I feel like saying: Italians, I urge you to describe».
From the outset, the video pieces by Hiraki Sawa (Ishikawa, Japan 1977, lives and works in London) have been characterised by a complex alchemy of elements from private worlds into which traces of contemporary events bleed. To do this the artist has adopted a digital format that blends artificial chiaroscuro effects and the depth of field blur of old photographs.More information
Austrian nationals Marwan Abado, Peter Rosmanith, and Franz Hautzinger were invited to perform in Jerusalem as part of the 2003 12th Jerusalem Festival -Songs of Freedom concert series organized by Yabous Productions.More information
The work of Magnus Thierfelder is an exercise in visual synthesis, where the recognizable aspect and familiarity of the objects presented tends to degrade into a realm of mystery, and it dawns on you that you are losing your sense of orientation.
In common with lots of artists of his generation, the starting point for the work of Magnus Thierfelder is the everyday object, whose ambiguous semantic value he spotlights by morphologically manipulating details and proportions until a new, paradoxically effective quality is returned to them.
The centrepiece of the one-man show of work by Thorsten Kirchhoff is Overdrive, an 8 min short film by the artist. This, his latest film, is a sort of beefed-up trailer for a full-length version to be made by the artist and Jacopo Chessa, from Turin. Together they have written the treatment from which this condensed version has been produced.
The story makes you think of a sci-fi version of Kafka's The Trial, or a James Bond spy story written by Camus, in a world populated more by cars than by people.
Alberto Peola Gallery presents the first one-man shown in Italy of work byAndisheh Avini, an American artist of Iranian extraction.
Born and raised in New York, Avini has remained closely attached to his Persian roots. He reads and writes Farsi, and travelled to Iran many times during his infancy and childhood. A recurrent theme in his work is the idea of identity and lack of identity, which stems from his personal standpoint where he embraces two often diverging cultures, Persian and American.
20 May 1976, Montreal - Final preparations for the Summer Olympics were underway when a plume of smoke rose above the Ile Sainte-Hélène. The United States pavilion, a twenty-storey geodesic dome built by Buckminster Fuller for Expo 67, had caught fire during repairs to the metal truss-work that underlay the dome's outer skin.
The entire acrylic shell was gone within half an hour, the metal structure reduced to one more ruin among the abandoned national pavilions that populated the island. Nine years prior, the site had served as a global playground, virtually insuring the city's bid to host the 1976 Summer Games.