a project by Meris Angioletti
with the participation of Paola Nicolin e Giulia Ceriani
Rather than an art work, Meris Angioletti focuses on a method of investigation: she calls it Paradigma Indiziario (Circumstantial Paradigm) that is the specific procedure of the detective, the doctor, the psychoanalyst or the historian. Angioletti’s works forces us to adopt the attitude of the hunter searching for her prey, the traces, stories, apparently meaningless objects that it leaves behind which – once connected – slowly reveal their mysteries. The charm of her projects lies in her particular skill in bringing us through different fields of knowledge: from historical investigations to neurosciences, from mnemotechnics to mesmerisation, showing us the ancestral (and almost prehistoric) nature of the human mind and our need to join together the pieces and follow our noses, whatever our field of investigation.
“Yes, I am attached to a methodology close to the scientific experiment, even though I am also interested in mixing it with less analytical elements. A Roman artist Sergio Lombardo, founder of the magazine “Psicologia Dell’Arte” in the late 70s, comes to mind. He describes two ways of approaching the mind: the first is to use it in a spontaneous way, taking the patient’s role; the other is to observe it, recognizing the symptoms, describing it as a psychiatrist or a scientist would do. This investigation helped me to understand better my interest in the human psyche, is devices and behaviour: its skills in creating connections and associations of ideas, going back and forwards in time, producing projections, translating information, which I try to re-translate and organise in a project, even modifying the results of experiments. I’m not just referring to the placebo effect, but also the effect of having expectations, such as those of an observer involved in a scientific experiment which may modify the results. Some medical research, in fact, is carried out in situations in which neither the observer nor the observed knows what pharmaceutical is being tested. I believe that art works are subject to similar kinds of interaction“.
Fuori Luogo 2010 |Out Of Place 2010
“The other side of avantgarde”
Thirty years after “L’altra metà dell’avanguardia” (“The other side of avantgarde”) – the exhibition curated by Lea Vergine in 1980, which first highlighted the work of women artists in the twentieth century, a milestone in the rethinking of modern and contemporary art – FuoriLuogo|OutOfPlace presents a series of encounters with a generation of contemporary women artists in their thirties and early fourties with the aim of presenting the work of this younger generation and their reflections with regard to their research and the art system within which they work.
The underlying theme connecting the seven artists’ work will be the relation between art and knowledge. This year’s FuoriLuogo intends to research the variety of interests and starting points, the processes and procedures that these artists have put into practice , the specific spheres of knowledge relevant for each artist and the very particular observation points or perspectives that those special interests imply.
The seven artists’ projects – with different modalities, sensibilities and attitudes – confront the more complex aspects of knowledge: from psychology to anthropology, from history to neuroscience, from cognitive science to epistemology. Our aim is, on the one hand, to build an interdisciplinary discussion in which artists could meet speakers from different fields of study verging on the areas their own research has touched on; and on the other, to guide the audience along a complex and exciting pathway of contemporary artistic reasoning. The motive is not to rebuild a poetic vision ‘common’ to ‘the other half of the universe’, but to better comprehend the differing perspectives on the complex world of knowledge and its definitions which fascinate and dominate the work of this generation caught in a precarious equilibrium between artistic creation and the complex universe of intellectual discovery.
The fourth edition of FuoriLuogo|OutOfPlace – series of meetings organized by Connecting Cultures from April to November 2010 – deals with contemporary themes observed through an interdisciplinary approach with the collaboration of artists, thinkers, philosophers and critics.