“BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS”

IG VIDEO CAPSULES AS A PREAMBLE TO 2021

FROM THE GREEK ΚΡΊΝΩ (KRÍNŌ, “TO SEPARATE, DIVIDE” AND BY EXTENSION “TO PICK OUT, CHOOSE, DECIDE, JUDGE”), THE TERM “CRISIS” UNDERWENT A PROCESS OF SEMANTIC DRAINING AND CULTURAL TRANSLITERATION. IN COMMON LANGUAGE IT INDEED ACQUIRED A NEGATIVE MEANING, MOSTLY REFERRING TO THE WORSENING OF A SITUATION OR THE UNFORTUNATE ALTERATION OF THE ‘STATUS QUO.’ HOWEVER, ITS ETYMOLOGY IMPLIES A MORE ELABORATE INTERPRETATION: A “CRISIS” WOULD ACTUALLY IDENTIFY WITH A FISSURE IN THE LINEAR DEVELOPING OF TIME, A MOMENT OF TRANSITION BETWEEN A ‘BEFORE’ AND ‘AFTER’, REQUIRING OF A CONSCIOUS ACT OF JUDGMENT AND EVALUATION. IN FACT, NO CHARACTER IN GREEK TRAGEDY WOULD HAVE GROWN, IF THEY WEREN’T FACED WITH A CHOICE (OR A “CRISIS”).

 

NEVERTHELESS, THE POSSIBILITY OF CHOOSING ALWAYS COMES WITH PRIVILEGE, AND PRIVILEGE IS NOT A UNIVERSAL CONDITION. THE CRISIS WE ARE EXPERIENCING SHOOK THE “PLANETARY BODY” (FRANCO “BIFO” BERARDI, 2020), WHILE IT EXPOSED SOME ALREADY EXISTING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND AFFECTIVE FRAGILITIES, POINTING TO THE FAILURE OF THE SYSTEM AS WE KNOW IT. WHILE THE VIRUS INSINUATED THE COLLECTIVE ORGANISM OF A POST CAPITALIST SOCIETY, IT IMPOSED A SUDDEN STASIS TO THE SCHIZOPHRENIC AND HYPER-CONNECTED FUNCTIONING OF ITS METABOLISM. AS A CONSEQUENCE, THIS SUDDEN INTERRUPTION OPENED UP THE SPACE TO ANALYSE THE VULNERABLE BODY OF CARE AND THAT OF INSTITUTIONS, MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR THOSE IN POWER TO CHOOSE

WHETHER OR NOT TO PERPETRATE THE INFECTION.

 

MEANWHILE, THE ART WORLD IS NOT EXEMPT FROM THIS CONJUNCTURE. ALREADY IN CONVALESCENCE FOR SOME TIME, IT IS NOW CONFRONTED WITH MULTIPLE CHOICES REGARDING THE HECTIC DYNAMICS OF A GLOBALISED MARKET; THE UNSUSTAINABLE PACE OF OVERSEES EVENTS; THE ALMOST TOTAL ABSENCE OF SOCIAL PROTECTION SCHEMES FOR ARTISTS AND ART WORKERS; THE DIGITISATION CHALLENGE. THEY SAY WE HAVE TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH THE VIRUS. YET MAYBE IT IS TIME TO COLLECTIVELY DECIDE AND STRIVE FOR ITS EXTIRPATION.

 

WITH A SERIES OF VIDEO CAPSULES BRINGING TOGETHER THE COLLABORATORS OF A PROJECT THAT WAS MEANT TO BE INAUGURATED IN 2020, “BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS” – IG VIDEO CAPSULES AS A PREAMBLE TO 2021 PLANTS THE SEEDS FOR A WIDER CONVERSATION ON THE STATE OF THE ART, THE FUTURE WE CAN COLLECTIVELY ENVISION, AND THE LANGUAGE WE WISH TO DEPLOY TO NARRATE AND IMAGINE THE ‘AFTER’.

 

THE SECTION WILL FEATURE THE PARTICIPATION OF SVEVA D’ANTONIO (COLLEZIONE TAURISANO),

CAROLINA CIUTI (INDEPENDENT CURATOR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, LOOP BARCELONA), JÉRÔME PANTALACCI (DIRECTOR, ART-O-RAMA), APPARATUS 22 (TRANSDISCIPLINARY ART COLLECTIVE), AND SOME OF THE GALLERIES THAT WERE MEANT TO ATTEND ART-O-RAMA THIS SUMMER.

 

“BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS” is the title of the Collezione Taurisano Acquisition Award x Art-o-rama, as devised by the transdisciplinary art collective Apparatus 22. It refers to the Award as a ray of sun that nurtures young practices, claiming for the construction of a more supportive environment for the arts.