Cose Cosmiche   [show/hide text]

Cose Cosmiche is a project curated by Helga Franza and Silvia Hell between 2010 and 2012. Artists, researchers and scientists were invited to an open discussion the aim of which was to explore the common ground between art and science. The project consisted of three editions and it was hosted in Artra Gallery in Milan.

COSE COSMICHE #1. The nature of exchange: making ideas and people collide at high speed and temperature.

At Cose Cosmiche#1 artists and scientists were invited to deliver presentations on space, time, energy, matter and/or void. Conversation draft was my contribution to it. It was an intervention that stemmed from the idea of communication and that I (re)presented by making available a number of frisbees to be used at the gallery space.

Frisbees are fascinating objects. I like the lines they draw between two points.
For this intervention I thought many of them thrown at once would illustrate some of the concepts at the core of the project such as exchange, negotiation, speed and collision - between ideas, objects, and people.

COSE COSMICHE #2. Intermezzo. Wanting to see the invisible. Finding the exchange.

After attempting to describe a certain kind of ‘movement’ in Cose Cosmiche#1, here I wanted to establish a ‘site’ where other dimensions could be imagined.
I wanted to find some sort of paralellism between the movement of the stars in the galaxies and the movement of people in the gallery space.
The idea that heat might affect the inner movement of the galaxies made me test the effects of heat on human movement within the gallery space.

The work that emerged from this site specific event was called The chaos of the stars makes my head ache, should I leave this place?. It consisted of an arrangement of furniture, food and kitchen-ware.
The heat –a gas stove- was used for cooking. The event finished when my ingredients ran out.
The whole situation was recorded with a video-camera hanging from the ceiling. It gave me a bird’s-eye view of the movements of the boiling food and the people around the heat source and the food that was eventually offered. This situation triggered other incidental movements and arrangements like, for example, a group of friends clustering to talk, etc.

COSE COSMICHE #3. Arrivals and departures. The 10 dimensions plus 1.

For this third stage of Cose Cosmiche I worked in collaboration with astronomer Arianna Cortesi. Taking as a starting point the footage from the previous edition we looked for correspondences / coincidences between the movement in elliptical galaxies (which form part of her research) and the navigation I had documented in the gallery space during Cose Cosmiche #2.
Using short strips of insulation tape I indicated the position of certain stars from a telescopic graphic representation of a galaxy given to me by Ariana. The colours of the X’s indicated the speeds at which the stars were travelling in an elliptical galaxy. Then I projected the video from Cose Cosmiche #2 onto the wall of the gallery over this. It is within this situation that Arianna presented her research on the subject.
This work was called Navigation Proves - a performance that tested and presented a situation for encounter. Here Arianna’s presentation became a performance, the languages of science (body, verbal, visual, etc) were sublimated into a moment that blurred any boundaries that might exist between what contributed to the moment’s emergence.

More info about Cose Cosmiche at :
http://cosecosmiche.wordpress.com/

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Cose Cosmiche is supported by Artra Gallery and Arthur Cravan Foundation



Conversation draft COSE COSMICHE#1

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