Fondazione Merz

MASBEDO. Todestriebe

4 October 2014 – 11 January 2015


curated by Olga Gambari

The project by Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni) is based on the theme of lack of communication and involving different languages, topics, and subjects both in terms of creativity and city venues. The event also coincides with the release of the duo’s first long feature film “The Lack” presented at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in the section Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days).

The project revolves around the exhibition at the Fondazione featuring 9 video works, some of which are site specific while others span the last ten years of the artists’ production. It has been conceived as a single installation site connecting all the works and taking up the entire exhibition space to transform it into an immersive environment, into which visitors can dive as they journey through the exhibited works.

The duo’s work provides the backdrop to several reflections and investigations that explore Art’s relationship with theatre, cinema, literature, music, dance, as well as Art’s visionary quality and ability to represent nature and the human condition.

Powerful yet refined, Masbedo’s visual imagery owes much to art history and the ongoing search for the total work of art, as a natural aspiration and the ideal realization of artistic production.

The interaction with the figure and work of Mario Merz will be central to the exhibition. The artists chose the video Lumaca, shot by Gerry Schum in 1970. Showing Merz drawing a spiral onto a glass screen in front of him, the video dates back to the dawn of video art history itself and almost unintentionally represents a work of video art, while condensing Merz’s thought into a single gesture.

Having envisioned a collective work, Masbedo invited a group of International video artists (among which Lin de Mol, Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, Rä Di Martino, Jan Fabre, Shaun Gladwell, Sigalit Landau, Marzia Migliora, Damir Ocko, Nicolas Provost, Catherine Sullivan) to reflect both on this historic video and on the very identity of video art by each presenting a work that is a personal mark, a reflection, a note. All the works together ultimately form a spiral-shaped installation, a sequence of videos as fragments of a dialogue.

The project also involves other important city institutions that have collaborated with the Fondazione to create more events to further explore the artists’ work.
In October, the National Museum of Cinema in Turin will host the premiere of the film “The Lack” at the Cinema Massimo and an afternoon screening of some of their videos.
On September 22, 23 and 24, the Scuola Holden together with the Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti di Torino will host a workshop held by Masbedo on the practice and the conceptual and creative aspects of video in contemporary art.

Main sponsors: In Between Art Film, Snaporazverein, Viglietta Matteo S.p.a, Sammlung Wemhöner

Con il supporto di: Fondazione CRT, Collezione Massimo Antichi, Nomas Foundation