An event of screenings and live performances curated by Felice Moramarco
Diffracta navigates the spasmatic process of production and circulation of images in the age of the total technological mediation.
Images proliferate everywhere: machines taking pictures, machines generating images, surveillance cameras, web cameras, tv screens, smart screens, touch screens, digital images entering reality and reality being shaped by the digital, virtual reality and actual reality becoming indistinguishable. Overwhelming streams of images constantly flow before our eyes, hyperstimulating our vision with a plethora of signals. The circulation of images has escaped the control of humans. For millennia humans have constituted their communities according to the image they constructed of the cosmos and of themselves. Civilisations were founded on coherent processes of representation of reality, and grounded on ordered systems of symbols and images. This is now no longer possible. Reality is distorted and diffracted through multiple lenses. Processes of representation have been automated and have become hypertrophic, thus bursting into a chaotic storm of images that scatters fragmented replicas of reality.
A new aesthetic paradigm is thus needed. A paradigm which, rather than being constructed as a coherent symbolic order, emerges as a complex constellation of heterogeneous elements.
Alexandra Anikina, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Rachel Cheung, Rosie Gibbens, Anna Mikkola, Mati Jhurry, Rebecca Salvadori, Monica Tolia, Flavie Audi & Samantha Lee, Lea Collet & Marios Stamatis.
6th June, 7.30 – 11 pm
Total Refreshment Centre
2 Foulden Rd, London N16 7UR
Supported by Goldsmith University of London
Design Art Basel
13-16 June 2018
EC Lab | Opening Reception 13th March | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
23 Heddon Street – W1B 4BQ London
The new project the gallery has been working on since the beginning of this year, the EC Lab. The aim is to promote and encourage experimentation and creativity in the new generations of artists and designers. Elisabetta believes that across the fields of art and design it is significant to support the visions of young visual artists and designers and the Lab will encourage them to express cultural languages of our time through the creation of limited edition wearable art pieces. Challenging traditional aesthetic and proposing different use of materials, they bring fresh approaches to the medium and shape fascinating pieces filled with symbolic content.
Flavie Audi, artist, and Noor Fares, jewellery designer, collaborated to create a jewellery collection named Superlunary. This collection fuses Flavie’s exploration into the symbiosis of the synthetic and the natural with Noor’s minimal aesthetic, creating pieces that echo lunar bodies transfixed in a seemingly eternal fluidity that hover between the realm of the real and the synthesised. The fluid geometry of the pieces are created through different processes: hand carved stone requiring high levels of craftsmanship inlaid with artificial and natural gems, synthetic resin that swallows natural stones to form ethereal clouds and silver with resin moulded by a 3D printer. These materials together form an ambiguous juxtaposition through which the lines between the two are blurred. This duality invites the viewer to consider the relative merits of each material. In an era of technological innovation that has seen the creation of flawless, synthetic diamonds, undetectable by man or machine, the work questions the values and authenticity inherent within these materials.
Closing event: 8th March
Performance: 7 & 8 pm
Show opens daily 12-6pm
65 Decima street, SE1 4QR, London
‘True Beauty’ Tales of Research and Imagination
Stedelijk Museum Breda, The Netherlands.
3rd March – 19th August2018
The face of science is constantly changing. Recent scientific areas of research, discoveries and technologies has led to a flood of new images. Although they sometimes resemble what we know, the stories these images tell can often be a mystery. Many images stand out for their beauty. Perhaps the makers want to make apparent that truth and beauty are still connected.
On the other hand, artists and designers create new images through scientific research. Their interests might lie in techniques and methodologies, or they might place their focus on the aesthetics and meaning of the images themselves. History has shown that the relationship between scientific and artistic imagination, between scientific and artistic beauty, has always been a source of inspiration.
The exhibition gives an overview of some of the most beautiful scientific images from the 21st century. Photography, video, and animations will explore the themes of man & nature and space & matter with artworks by Flavie Audi, Franck Bragigand, Herbert Franke, Jan-Maarten Luursema, James Pricer, and Mels van Zutphen.
True Beauty is the pilot to a series of three biennial exhibitions that explore science, fine art, and image culture.