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Désolé

Cassata Drone Expanded Archive

Via Malta 21, 90133, Palermo (Piazza Cassa di Risparmio), Italy

 

 

 Show by g. olmo stuppia

with an intervention by Alterazioni Video

curated by Izabela Anna Moren and Giuseppina Vara

 

Opening: 15.12.2018 upon invitation only: press@cassatadrone.org 

Dates: 16.12.2018 to 10.01.2019

Via Malta 21, 90133, Palermo, Italy

 

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Press Release

 

Cassata Drone Expanded Archive presents Désolé, an exhibition by g. olmo stuppia with an intervention by Alterazioni Video in Palermo, in the penthouse of a historic building in Via Malta 21. The installation is the second exhibition of the research project Cassata Drone which has been investigating Sicily’s geopolitical situation with its strong connotation to the militarisation of the island for more than a year. Recently presented at MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, the nomadic archive is a reality in construction that is continuously enriched with contents and images from the direct exploration of the territory, ongoing theoretical studies, organised workshops (last La Sughereta – The Cork Oak, conducted by Andrea Masu) and the involvement of artists, scholars and researchers.

The installation, curated by Izabela Anna Moren and Giuseppina Vara, gives life to a performative environment where sound, light, video, photography and geological matter are directed towards the investigation of the sculptural medium, exploring its composite morphology able to absorb elements and energies into vibrant physical form. Borrowing Rosalind Krauss’ concept of an “expanded sculpture”, the research embodies a critical perspective on the institutional system of art. In her seminal essay “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” (1979) the prominent art historian argues for a possible redefinition of the identity of sculpture in light of the violation of established boundaries between disciplines and artistic practices, pushing the expansion of these limits towards their multiple and inexhaustible declinations. Désolé speaks of complex systems of inclusion and exclusion that determine cumbersome presences in the intimacy of a place, a community, an artist.

Starting from this reflection, g. olmo stuppia rethinks the archive of the international project Cassata Drone through the language of sculpture, configured here as the result of a long research process and “situationist” exploration of the areas adjacent to the Naval Air Station Sigonella. Native lava stones function as poetic reflection devices for vibrating frequencies that condense the mechanical sound whirr imposed by the presence of drones. Remaining unseen, these fatal devices relentlessly fly over the burnt volcanic earth, further amplifying the desolation of a state under perennial control embedded in the black matter penetrating the porosities.

The reverberation of the sound sculptures by g. olmo stuppia echoes the luminous rhythm of the works by Alterazioni Video, made in Lecce with the master craftsmen of Luminarie Torquato Parisi and installed here at Cassata Drone’s penthouse in a special room that pays homage to architect Carlo Scarpa, thus transforming it into a real “symphonic sculpture”. The frequencies of small modified solar panels, lamps and other light sources are converted into sound and manipulated live like traditional oscillators. A product of this direct relationship between frequencies and an immersive environment with raw, exquisitely analog sound, the space is transformed into a site-specific installation that envelops the audience and immerses the viewer in an unexpected universe of lights and sounds.

Firmly situating Désolé within the wider frame of the project, Cassata Drone Expanded Archive presents its first storybook, a contextual resource referencing the perennial nature of Cassata Drone’s incubating design themes: Cassata Siciliana as a metaphor for colonial stratification and UCAVs (unmanned combative aerial vehicles) as a ferocious reality of the Sicilian landscape. First portable edition followed by a larger catalog with unpublished materials by:
Analogique Studio, Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Alexander Darkish, Carmelo Lucchesi, Ignazio Mortellaro, Raqs Media Collective, Giovanni Rendina, Mariella Rossi, Ilenia Vecchio, Katiuscia Pompili, Sasvatii Santamaria, Clairefontaine, Giuseppina Vara, Izabela Anna Moren, Bruno Camargo.

Un ringraziamento speciale:

Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Barbara Cammarata, Chiara Bordin, Desideria Burgio, Stefano Cagol, Dario Calogero, Rosa Cascone, Marco Casella, Claire Fontaine, Sara Cusolich, Fabio D’Alessandro, Andrea Di Gangi, Elena Filipovic, Maziar Firouzi, Cristina Giuffrè, Alessandro Grasso, Joie Iacono, Sergey Kanstedal, Ignazio Bucalo, Carmelo Lucchesi, Linus Luetcke, Roman Maruhn, Andrea Masu, Riccardo Napoli, Silvia Pirrotta, Vito Planeta, Vito Planeta Jr, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Raqs Media Collective, Giovanni Rendina, Maria Teresa Scarabello, Heidi Sciacchitano, Simona Squadrito, Giuseppina Varsalona, Marta Vianello, Marco Zifaro.

 

project organized by
Cassata Drone Expanded Archive

in collaboration with
Planeta Winery

Sonos Produzioni

under the patronage of
Goethe-Institut Palermo

press office
SLP Studio – Sofia Li Pira

designer
Callum Stephenson

photography
Alessandro Sambini

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Main Partner:
Goethe Institut Italien, Palermo.
https://www.goethe.de/ins/it/it/sta/pal.html

Wine: Planeta Winery

Sound: Sonos Srl, Palermo

Other Partners of Cassata Drone: Assessorato alla cultura, Palermo, Palermo Capitale della Cultura 2018, Anno Europeo del Patrimonio 2018, Comune di Palermo, Innogy Cultural Stiftung, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Università IUAV di Venezia Arti Visive, Scuola di Architettura di Siracusa, Scuola Politecnica di Palermo, Accademia di Belle Arti di Catania, OCA Norway, Federculture, JoyRent among others.

Un ringraziamento speciale:

Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Barbara Cammarata, Chiara Bordin, Desideria Burgio, Stefano Cagol, Dario Calogero, Rosa Cascone, Marco Casella, Claire Fontaine, Sara Cusolich, Fabio D’Alessandro, Andrea Di Gangi, Elena Filipovic, Maziar Firouzi, Cristina Giuffrè, Alessandro Grasso, Joie Iacono, Sergey Kanstedal, Ignazio Bucalo, Carmelo Lucchesi, Linus Luetcke, Roman Maruhn, Andrea Masu, Riccardo Napoli, Silvia Pirrotta, Vito Planeta, Vito Planeta Jr, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Raqs Media Collective, Giovanni Rendina, Maria Teresa Scarabello, Heidi Sciacchitano, Simona Squadrito, Giuseppina Varsalona, Marta Vianello, Marco Zifaro.

 

progetto organizzato da
Cassata Drone Expanded Archive

in collaborazione con
Planeta Winery

Sonos Produzioni

con il patrocinio di
Goethe-Institut Palermo

ufficio stampa
SLP Studio – Sofia Li Pira

design:
Callum Stephenson

fotografo
Alessandro Sambini