Colli Independent Art Gallery presents Flava – Solo annacquato, a project “in two” made by the German artist Katinka Bock and the Swiss-Dutch Batia Suter. The exhibition is the result of research on the “fluvial area” of Tevere, and more generally on the relationship between the water and the city of Rome, which becomes liquid iconography inside the artist’s book edited by Roma Publication (Amsterdam). The show will present the intervention of the two artists who will co-habitate the gallery’ spaces. The relationship between the water and the city is exhibited in multiples declinations. In Suter’s works the numerous images try to describe the water from a superficial only to go into depth later on. The associative method goes through the use of preexistent images to built a new narration, which allows the artist to describe the Tevere and its iconography by means of his different stratification. History and images are connected through a continuous rhythm, scanned by sensorial and conceptual references. For Suter a work never begins with a detail; instead through the use of various images her work is tries to define personal encyclopedia. On the other hand, Bock’s work intervenes especially inside the space’s context. The use of water becomes a “physical passage.” Its course, through a series of plumbings, constitutes a programmed path in which the water would not able to flow without the support offered by the sculpture. Showing and hiding are predominant aspects. The plumbing’s structure – usually hidden – becomes the protagonist that reveals the exchange between the water and the solid matter. The pipes in iron and the floor in concrete are connected thanks to the hole in the centre of the flooring, that transforms the gallery’s basement in a fountain. Water thus becomes a metaphor of time and the presence of the people moving inside the space, coming in and out.
The catalogue/artist’s book is produced by Colli publishing platform in collaboration with Roma publications and Viaindustriae publishing.
In 1965, Italian artist and designer Bruno Munari released the Tetracono with an event and exhibition at the Danese Milano showroom, inviting spectators to “. . . meet the Tetracono” as if it was a person. Instead Tetracono is a multiple product, an austere 15-cm black steel cube housing four aluminum cones, each painted half-red and half-green, designed to spin at four distinct speeds on an 18-minute cycle. Its function is to “show forms while they are in the process of becoming.” Developed from a 6-month fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, this setup features a rotating installation of 4 posters upstairs and a refreshed inventory of specific design titles in the bookshop downstairs, together with a short background video. Limited edition silkscreen posters announce the future exhibition project by Dexter Sinister at the beginning of 2018 in the COLLI independent space.
The Italian-German artist presents a photographic project based on the television show Games Without Frontiers. Special attention is paid to the 1995 TV episode that took place in Castello Sforzesco in Milan: an architecturally monumental scenery, a backdrop enriched with ephemeral sets for the sports challenge broadcast in “Eurovision”. The photographic series by Armin Linke conceived for the space at Colli’s will be accompanied by 12 photographs from the Media Linien archive, part of a larger project on the work of the architect Hans Hollein and originally commissioned by the MAK Museum in Vienna and Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach. The archive focuses on the architectural complex projected by Hollein in Munich for the 1972 Olympic Games. Media Linien is part of a larger research based on “architecture, sports and society”.
The exhibition is the last of a series of shows hosted by Colli on Sportication, community, competitions and games without frontiers, a research project dealing with social and recreative spaces during the European Community crisis. Two editorial formats have been produced for this occasion: Media Linien, a limited edition portfolio/multiple by Armin Linke, edited exclusively for the gallery, and the book Sporti cation, published by Viaindustriae with Colli Publishing Platform, that will be launched during the exhibition, that will last until February 11th, 2017. Downstairs, the fourth Project Book presents Federico Antonini’s ASMR Library. Antonini reconstructs and traces the recent approaches to books through ASMR videos, with a particular interest in “tactile” representations uploaded on video-sharing platforms. ASMR Library introduces a totally altered format with new unmediated concepts of sensorial perception.