A series of artists have began to investigate their surroundings. An inquiry about landscape turns into an inquiry about man, examined by a more elevated and delicate point of view. A man that looks for a shelter in the beauty of the landscape and, at the same time, destroys it. A man upset about the tension between city and countryside, both of them necessary but also more and more distant dimensions. How does the person inhabit? What is his approach to nature?
Divided into two pavilions, the artworks vary from installations, sound, video and interactive forms creating a variegated whole. Carlos Franklin is ironical about the urban congestion drama in a video that from a documentary form turns into an almost abstract animation; Aurelien Vernhes-Lermusiaux uses the public movement mapping to cast its shadows to the old ruins of the island of Hashima, bringing them back to life and to memory; Marco Maria Giuseppe Scifo and Hans Op De Beeck create dreamlike landscapes made of clouds and silence. In the second section the interaction between the organisms and the environment is explored: Donato Piccolo creates on a small scale some fascinating airy phenomenons depending from the noises in the room, Roberto Pugliese turns the atmospheric contextual events into sound and Quiet Ensemble makes the contact of the hornets with several intermittent bulbs an acoustic scenery.
Exploring the landscape means looking at the person in conjunction with the other and the environment, it meas confront him with the track he left and his natural global context, that cherishes his life and death taking back every person and every construction. The territory, the only enduring material and, contemporaneously, everybody’s pure subjective and cultural structure. Here, the mental evanescence and the physical variability of the Landscape are perfectly rendered by the contemporary art branch that is based on new technologies, and that crossed the border to the creative fields thanks to their increasingly application in the everyday processes. The result is an artistic enhanced reality, closer and closer to the complicated stratification and interconnection that surrounds the person.
Digitalife confirmed to be one of the very few events especially dedicated to interactive art – a field that in Italy struggles to become popular even in the most up-to-date areas, whereas abroad it is already the issue of some important exhibitions, firstly Red Never Follows’ features at Saatchi Gallery in London during the Summer of 2013. A fundamental support for the exhibition realization comes from the partnership with Le Fresnoy – Studio National, an important French institution for the education of young digital artists who are focused on the use of emerging technologies, from which comes Anri Sala, who represents France at the Venice Biennale 2013.
The show analyzes the boundaries of the inner and artistic reality, becoming a warning to not be satisfied with the beauty that it’s possible to absorb, but to seek, to analyze and to preserve this beauty.