Про проєкт
22 жовтня у резиденції Radius відбулося відкриття міжнародного проєкту BIOMEGA Multiverso (Мультивсесвіт Біомега) італійського митця Косімо Венеціано (Cosimo Veneziano) під кураторством Лізи Парола (Lisa Parola)
Художник, у співробітництві з лабораторією «Брейн Лаб» (Brain Lab.) факультету нейронаук міланського університету IULM («Міжнародний університет лінгвістики і комунікації»), протягом трьох років вивчав застосування біотехнологій в сільськогосподарському виробництві з метою дослідити їхній вплив на вибір споживачів при купівлі продуктів.
Разом з творами, які народилися в рамках проекту BIOMEGA Multiverso (Мультивсесвіт Біомега) і виставлялися у чисельних італійських установах (а зрештою будуть придбані Музеєм сучасної фотографії в Мілані (MUFOCO), художник представляє цикл робіт «Сноркелінг» (Snorkelling): виконані в техніці трафаретного друку, вони об'єднані назвою популярного водного спорту. Ця назва – алюзія на споглядання морських глибин, які ніколи не бувають прозорими. Так само непрозорими є й пам'ятники – їхня історія та пов'язана з ними пам'ять. Непрозорість пам'ятників – гаряча тема останніх місяців – є предметом дослідження Косімо Венеціано.
Проєкт здійснюється за підтримки мистецької фундації «Сарді», Турин (Fondazione Sardi per l'Arte, Torino) і координується організацією «Артеко», Турин (Arteco, Torino) у співробітництві з низкою інституцій.

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Sul progetto
In mostra nella Project Room, BIOMEGA Multiverso dell'artista italiano Cosimo Veneziano, a cura di Lisa Parola, è parte del progetto BIOMEGA iniziato nel 2018 da un'idea dell'artista e proseguito in una seconda fase promossa dalla Fondazione Sardi per l'Arte (Torino), coordinata da Arteco (Torino) in collaborazione con una serie di partner istituzionali, grazie al sostegno della Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e per il Turismo nell'ambito della settima edizione del programma Italian Council (2019), volto ad azioni di promozione e diffusione nazionale e internazionale dell'arte contemporanea italiana.
L'artista, in collaborazione con il Brain Lab. Dipartimento di Neuroscienze dell'Università IULM di Milano, ha realizzato, in tre anni di studio, un lavoro transdisciplinare sull'uso delle biotecnologie in ambito agroalimentare, per riflettere sulle procedure di acquisto dei consumatori, oggetto di studio del neuromarketing. Partendo da queste indagini, Veneziano ha realizzato BIOMEGA Multiverso, un'installazione che si concentra sul movimento dello sguardo composta da serigrafie e ricami su tessuto.
L'intero lavoro riflette perciò sulla percezione visiva, con l'obiettivo di indurre il visitatore a interrogarsi su quanto essa possa influire sulle nostre scelte quotidiane.
Per sottolineare questo aspetto, ogni fase del progetto, affianca al lavoro centrale, altre opere che si propongono di ampliare l'idea di osservazione con tutte le complessità e ambiguità che questo semplice atto comporta. La presentazione di BIOMEGA Multiverso a Kiev è stata per l'artista una scelta specifica in quanto la terra ucraina è ancora oggi considerata tra le più fertili, potendo coprire il fabbisogno alimentare ben oltre la sua popolazione; per questo nel gergo popolare è definita "il granaio d'Europa", con tutti gli aspetti geopolitici che questa posizione porta con sé.
Per la mostra che conclude il progetto - in collaborazione con la M17 Foundation, la residenza Radius e l'Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Kiev - l'artista ha voluto presentare una nuova serie di lavori che si intrecciano con il progetto originale e rimandano nuovamente a un'idea fluida e complessa dell'atto di osservare.
Vicino alle opere, scaturite nell'ambito di BIOMEGA Multiverso presentate in diverse istituzioni italiane, che saranno acquisite dal MUFOCO Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea (Milano), l'artista affianca Snorkelling che, partendo dallo sguardo, propone una serie di serigrafie che nel titolo rimandano direttamente a uno sport acquatico che permette l'osservazione mai limpida dei fondali marini. In questo caso l'opacità dello sguardo è legata al monumento, alla sua storia e alla sua memoria. Tema di grande attualità in questi mesi, l'idea di indagare l'opacità del monumento è oggetto della ricerca di Cosimo Veneziano da tempo ed è riproposta qui a seguito di un sopralluogo presso il Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese a Roma nel 2018. Le nuove opere presentate per la prima volta a Kiev rimandano infatti al lavoro dello scultore Pietro Canonica che 1912 realizzò un monumento a Nikolaj Nikolaevič Romanov installato a piazza Manejnaja a S. Pietroburgo e distrutto nel 1917 e si presentano in una serie di serigrafie nelle quali l'immagine dei monumenti è in parte velata e nascosta da stratificazioni di pigmento rosso e giallo.
Partendo nuovamente da cosa si osserva e come questo atto influenza il nostro modo di leggere la Storia, l'artista torna a interrogare il contesto. Come in BIOMEGA Multiverso, anche in Snorkelling Cosimo Veneziano ha lavorato sull'importanza dell'azione dello sguardo quando si posa su un oggetto sollevando, in questo caso, un interrogativo importante sull'idea di rimozione della storia legata a monumenti e statue, e sulle nuove forme di occultamento e di negazione.
About the Project
This is a continuation of BIOMEGA project and the First Project was elaborated and presented by the artist in 2018, whereas its second stage is supported by Sardi Art Foundation, Turin (Fondazione Sardi per l'Arte, Torino) and coordinated by Arteco from Turin (Arteco, Torino) in cooperation with a number of institutions. The project's implementation was promoted with the support on the part of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity (Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea) at the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e per il Turismo) within the framework of the seventh release of the programme Italian Council, 2019 (Italian Council), aimed at promoting and disseminating contemporary Italian art in Italy and abroad. In collaboration with Brain Lab from the Faculty of Neuroscience at the Milan IULM University (the IULM University of Languages and Communication), the artist spent three years studying the application of biotechnology in agricultural production to investigate its impact on the consumers' choice when buying products. In particular, the artist was dealing with the issues that are usually faced by the neuromarketing. However, this time the study is interdisciplinary in its nature, and based on its results, Veneziano implemented BIOMEGA Multiverso (Biomega Multiverse) project – an installation that using the screen-printing technique and embroidery on fabric, reveals the geometry of the [consumer] sentiment's movement.
This piece of work represents an attempt to understand the "logic" behind visual perception: it makes the viewer think about how powerful the influence of visual perception is on our choices in everyday life.
With each subsequent stage of the project, all newly introduced objects would be placed around the main, central work, reinforcing its ideological message: how complex and ambiguous is a seemingly simple act of contemplation.
Kyiv became yet another venue of the BIOMEGA Multiverso exhibition and it is not by coincidence: the artist chose it precisely because Ukrainian black soils enjoy the reputation of being the most fertile and being able to feed not only Ukrainians. It is no wonder that in many countries, Ukraine is called the "European granary", with all geopolitical consequences arising out of the name.
In collaboration with the art residence Radius and the M17 Centre for Contemporary Art (The M17 Foundation), the Italian Institute of Culture in Kyiv, the artist has prepared a new series of works for the final exhibition of the project, which, closely intertwining with the original project, emphasize on fluidity, temporality and complexity of the act of contemplation.
Along with the works created as part of the BIOMEGA Multiverso (BIOMEGA Multiverse) project and exhibited in numerous Italian institutions (they will be eventually purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Milan (MUFOCO)), the artist presents a series of works called Snorkelling: made in screen-printing technique, they are united by the name of a popular water sport. The name is an allusion to contemplation of the sea depths, which are never transparent. Monuments are never transparent either, just like their history and memories associated with them. The non-transparency of monuments, which has been a hot topic for continuous discussion throughout the last few months, is a long-standing theme for Cosimo Veneziano's research, and a fresh impetus was given to it in this new project after a visit to the Pietro Canonica Museum in Villa Borghese in Rome in 2018. These new works are exhibited in Kyiv for the first time and are a reference to the artistic heritage of the sculptor Pietro Canonica, the author of the 1912 monument to Nikolai Nikolayevich Romanov, which had been erected on Manezhnaya Square in St. Petersburg and destroyed in 1917.
Snorkelling is a series of works in the screen-printing technique with the images of monuments partially hidden behind the layers of red and yellow paint.
Invoking the object of contemplation, remembering how much the act of contemplation affects our comprehending of the History, the artist returns, again, to studying the context. Similarly to BIOMEGA Multiverso, in Snorkelling, Cosimo Veneziano emphasizes the importance of how an eye is cast on an object. Broaching upon a painful theme of the history's destruction, which is revealed to us by monuments and sculptures… Exploring new ways of hiding history and new forms of its rejection…
Lisa Parola (the curator)
Cosimo Veneziano (Moncalieri, 1983) lives and works in Turin, where he founded, along with other co-founders, the international residence Project Diogenes (Progetto Diogene) in 2007. The artist's activities are characterized by a wide range of intensive researches and workshops, and are associated with hard working in the archives. The main theme is the evolution/development of sculpture and painting, and the influence of the places that inspired the artists to create their relevant works.
As to the artist's personal exhibitions, the following are worth mentioning:
- "Break the window and steal the fragments!", AlbumArte, Rome, 2018 (Rompi la finestra e ruba i frammenti!, AlbumArte, Roma, 2018);
- "The Oil", Ettore Fico Museum, Turin, 2016 (Petrolio, MEF - Museo Ettore Fico, Torino, 2016);
- "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way", Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin, 2014 (Verso occidente l'impero dirige il suo corso, Galleria Alberto Peola, Torino, 2014);
- "Monochrome", Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2015 (Monochrome, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, 2015);
- "Smugglers copied a precious sculpture. A place for doubts", Cali, Colombia, 2013; Los contrabandistas copiaron una escultura de mucho valor, Lugar a Dudas, Cali (Colombia), 2013;
- "Cathedral", supported by DOCVA, Milan, 2013 (Cattedrale, Care of DOCVA, Milano, 2013);
- "The Epoch of Sad Passions", Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art, Tirana, 2011 (L'epoca delle passioni tristi, Tirana Institute for Contemporary Art, Tirana, 2011).
Radius is a non-profit research organization in the field of contemporary three-dimensional art. Radius space is focused on an intercultural dialogue. Thus, its main structure consists of an open residence and exhibition space enabling the artists to live, work and present their researches concurrently.
The main idea of the space is to ensure that an artist is able to look for new forms of artistic expression in a close dialogue with the cultural environment of Kyiv and Ukraine as a whole. It is a venue for reproduction and representation of alternative artistic solutions, which is primarily intended for studying new roles and forms of contemporary three-dimensional art.
ART RESIDENCY
RADIUS
RADIUS is a non-profit organization engaged in researching contemporary three-dimensional art.
Alternative artistic solutions are embodied and represented here with the aim to discover new roles and forms of contemporary sculpture.
Artists are encouraged to join a professional discussion dedicated to volume, to analyse the traditional heritage in this field as well as the way and status of transformation of this heritage into modernity. They are also invited to offer new visions of volume and space as such, to try to describe the new media allowing us today to look at understandable concepts from different angles.
The Radius space is focused on inter-cultural dialogue, that is why the main components of its structure are the open residency and exhibition space which create conditions where artists can live, work and present their research concurrently.
The main idea of the space is to enable artists to search for new forms of artistic expression in close dialogue with the cultural environment of Kyiv and Ukraine as a whole. The residency program includes the following: introduction to the capital city and other cities of Ukraine, their artistic life, active involvement of participants in the program by visiting exhibitions and creative spaces. The residency program provides for open discussions, workshops, creative meetings, lectures, movie screenings, in other words – all forms of communication that can facilitate the establishment of cultural dialogue between the participants.
Participants: professional artists and art experts.
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"When I was doing the sculpture Out of my hands, I was thinking that it looks like a sponge stone. This is something in a middle between things which are alive and which are not alive. As a sponge».
When Paolo works with the shape, he references to geological things. The colour of rock, the material for sculptures, reminds of the biological, of something that comes from body. Paolo wants to move geological shape to a biological nature. His aim is to move one to another, exactly to make this movement.
The questions Paolo raises in his project are about the idea of what is alive and what is not. He wants to research the consciousness of being alive and of being ourselves.
These are the questions that the humans make to themselves because they are 'finished' — they were born and they will die. The humans are the animals as many other animals are the animals, but still the humans have an ability to understand what and who they are. The only thing the humans are unable to realize is infinity — they don't have enough skills.
Paolo is raising the question of control that the humans think they have over themselves. He wants to step out the Renaissance tradition of human-to-God relations and to make us protagonists of our lives."
Paolo Peroni
New roles and forms of contemporary sculpture
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