We’re closed, come closer.
Close ( ) stems from the need to reflect and react to the emotional, existential and cultural closure we are experiencing in this particular historical moment. It is the desire to approach, to look inside, to linger as a physical and ideological stance.
We are convinced* that the work of art needs a present gaze, and that instances of sharing from below can activate new ways of thinking about art and its practices in this time that seems to us suspended. Parsec invites you to come closer, to go beyond the closure, looking through a crack that becomes a glimmer and the possibility of bringing out what should remain hidden.
Close ( ) is the title of a series of exhibitions visible exclusively through a crack in Parsec’s shutter. It is a rethinking, based on the decrees concerning the suspension of cultural activities, of some works that should have been part of the public program 2020. The artists’ installations will be the starting point for a series of reflections and critical discussions online, in the form of insights made available to the public, with which we hope to continue the discussion as soon as possible in presence.
Each work that will be part of the Close ( ) project will therefore be a way to collect images, thoughts and suggestions that open up new directions.
Articolazione n.2 / ISIDE CALCAGNILE 2020
The installation created by Iside Calcagnile is in conversation with the performer who lives there and finds in it a protective space. The surface of the white parallelepiped is moved by the oblique shadows of the branches, which thus become part of the rhythm of the word, evoking its heterogeneity and unpredictability; at the same time the space becomes devoid of centrality, a reason for endless research. From the emptiness of this absence seems to come the voice of Francesca Eleonora Capizzi, who interprets a text she composed, followed by the shadows.
The voice questions itself about the possibility of a communication that never integrates, never centred, never direct: the branches become the symbol of a communicative schizophrenia that can be grasped only in portions, signs, rhizomes, so that the word comes out of the body without a precise direction or goal. If the performance begins with the monologue, one then comes to realise that it is no longer clear what it has become, who or what it has crossed, from where it was born, what kind of relationship it has activated and towards which direction, object or movement.
Iside Calcagnile (Bologna, 1993) graduated in 2016 in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and in 2019 he obtained a second level diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, a path that leads his research towards an ecological approach to the various processes of knowledge. Iside works with different media, from painting on paper and wood to writing and installation. Her practice takes shape from the thoughts of epistemologist Gregory Bateson and philosophers including Deleuze, Guattari, Agamben and Ponge. His works isolate different elements to give rise to a new physiology, reducing complex bodies into fragments to rediscover their course or an undeclared peculiarity. In most cases each component of the work, often represented by recovered materials, enjoys the properties of the neighbouring elements with which it establishes a relationship, opening up to the possibility of encounter.