“BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS”

IG VIDEO CAPSULES AS A PREAMBLE TO 2121

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’.

CAROLINA CIUTI (CURATOR OF BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS - THE COLLEZIONETAURISANO ACQUISITION AWARD; CO-FOUNDER, CRIB; ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, LOOP BARCELONA); SVEVA D’ANTONIO  (COLLECTOR, COLLEZIONE TAURISANO); JÉRÔME PANTALACCI (DIRECTOR, ART-O-RAMA MARSEILLE); ISABELLA RITTER (FAIR COMMITTEE, ART-O-RAMA MARSEILLE; CO-DIRECTOR,LAMBDALAMBDALAMBDA, PRISHTINA); TIAGO DE ABREU PINTO (INDEPENDENT CURATOR AND RESPONSIBLE OF THE PROJECT "THE VOICE OF THE COLLECTOR" FOR ART-O-RAMA MARSEILLE)

[ART WORKERS ITALIA] (AN INFORMAL, AUTONOMOUS, AND NON-PARTISAN GROUP OF CONTEMPORARY ART WORKERS FORMED IN RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC)

APPARATUS 22 (TRANSDISCIPLINARY ART COLLECTIVE AND AUTHORS OF THE GRAPHIC INCARNATION AND CONCEPT BEHIND BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS)

 

“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.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU ANOTHER SMALL COLLABORATION WITH DID WITH ART-O-RAMA THIS YEAR, AS PART OF THE COLLATERAL PROJECTS TO THEIR IMMATERIAL SALON. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD THE OCCASION TO HAVE WITH TIAGO DE ABREU PINTO FOR THE SECTION “THE VOICE OF THE COLLECTOR”. IF YOU WISH TO LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW, ALONGSIDE OTHER VERY INTERESTING CONTRIBUTIONS, PLEASE VISIT: https://art-o-rama.fr/the-voice-of-the-collector/

 

 

BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS 2021

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IS NOT THE FUTURE, BUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO

“BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS”

IG video capsules as a preamble to 2021

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