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Collective exhibition, 8 May â€“ 29 September 2013, and international symposium, 8 May, at PAV (Via Giordano Bruno 31, Torino, Italy)
On Tuesday, 7 May 2013, at 6.30 pm, the PAV will open the collective exhibitionÂ Internaturalism, curated by Claudio Cravero. The exhibition aims to investigate some of the research and practice of the branch of contemporary art generally known as â€œecological artâ€ or â€œBioartâ€, demonstrating the links and connections to current ecological debates. The works of art on show inÂ Internaturalismassume an essential role as vehicles of social understanding of the world around us, and succeed in constructing concrete meaning from often abstract issues related to the environment and ecological drift (from loss of biodiversity to pollution and global warming). Emerging from the works of the sixteen artists in the exhibition are visions and narratives of nature that coincide with the concept of â€œinternaturalismâ€, namely the capacity to imagine a hybrid between the different meanings of nature, understood not only as the common good of humanity but of all living beings.
Among the works on display isÂ Perpetual Amazonia, an environmental video installation by Lucy + Jorge Orta. Commissioned in 2010 by the Natural History Museum in London, it is the narration through images and prose of an expedition undertaken in the Peruvian rainforest. The study of nature is also explored from an ethological point of view in the work of Henrik HÃ¥kansson, through a video-documentary that examines the behaviour of insects and birds.Â Addressing similar themes areÂ 108, Luana Perilliâ€™s living installation that consists of a domestic scene featuring everyday objects and a colony of ants;Â Colombaia mobileÂ (Mobile Pigeon Coop) by Filippo Leonardi, a housing structure that connects two spaces through the use of carrier pigeons and, finally, Laurent Le Deuffâ€™s sculpture in the park which is based on the underground tunnels drawn by moles. The relationship between man and nature with regard to the common cellular and organic matrix that combines living beings and the environment is also explored in the exhibition, for example in the interactive installationÂ Bio-acquaÂ by Piero Gilardi or in the biological processes analyzed in a mining cave by Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna. Through Brigitte de Malauâ€™s ritual performance and the work on seeds waste by Norma Jeane,Â InternaturalismÂ also explores the land and the nutritional habits connected to it. Last but not least, some of the works in the exhibition intend to trigger an awareness of the typical behaviour of theÂ homo consumer, actions aimed at the commodification of nature and of the profits related to so-called bio trade (as in the workÂ New AlliancesÂ by CAE|Critical Art Ensemble and in the light installationÂ Shelf-lifeÂ by Uli Westphal). A series of cultural reflections on the theme of language completes the exhibition. In this regard, the results of the workshopÂ Segni dâ€™incontroÂ (Signs of meeting) conducted by Nja Mahdaoui and Agostino Ferrari are presented, as well asÂ Mixture of PlantsÂ by Gabriella Ciancimino. Cianciminoâ€™s work is installed in the courtyard and consists of a sound apparatus through which a conversation between the artist and Christian Berg, scientific head of the Botanical Gardens of Graz, is heard.
As part of the exhibition, theÂ Educational and Training departmentÂ of the PAV, curated by Orietta Brombin, will hostÂ Rerum Naturae, a programme on the role of man in relation to natural phenomena;Â Cultivating SignsÂ which addresses the issues of exchange and relationships andDelicatessen, or edible matter as an artistic medium. In terms of training for adult audiences, onFriday, 31 May, Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June, Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna will leadÂ Workshop_33 / Back and Forward_Colonization_02, a collective and immersive activity based on housing and work as methods to explore a place.
On Wednesday 8 May, from 10 Am to 6 Pm, at the Casa del Teatro Ragazzi, the PAV will host a symposium entitledÂ Internaturalism, dedicated to debates around the theme of nature. The conference will analyse the theme of nature from multiple perspectives (aesthetic, ethical, anthropological and artistic). For more details about the symposium:Â click here to download the PDF file.
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