Faster Than Christ | Franco Ariaudo
curated by Sergey Kantsendal

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The project Faster than Christ by Franco Ariaudo is inserted in the wider investigation that he artist has conducted on some scenarios of the possible and on the influence that they can have on our perception of the reality or on that we assume to be possible. Through a series of sketches and actions developed since the 2017 during a residence in the island of Biruchiy, dipped in the suggestive landscape of the Azov sea, the project has initially taken the form of a book, Basilisk or How to run on water, that has explored under multidisciplinary points of view the practice of the run on water and its motivational potentialities in front of the challenges that the human being must face.

The project from COLLI independent art gallery is an extension of this research in the format of show that, in its plastic-sculptural evolution, acquires further senses and meanings. Beginning from a (re) teo-philosophical reading that the act of walk on water occupies in the western symbology and imagination, the project gets away from biblical topic toward other domains, closer to more actual anthropological and socio-cultural worries. Which are the necessary ideal conditions for facing the challenge of the run on water? Which are the physical and spiritual strengths that must be implemented, and which are the prerequisites that would allow a person to run on water? And above all, how can we change our point of view on the reality and start to imagine something impossible as possible?

The space of the gallery becomes a training centre that stage a series of tecno-gymnastic prototypes, that act as potential tools to reach this apparently impossible objective. From the installation PETER Mt14:31, a tapis roulant that desecrate the run on water, depriving it of its extraordinary nature, to the footwears that melt the theological lexicon with the mass production promotional one. The sublime fuses with today’s sport aesthetic, in a playful and ironic gesture of appropriation and hybridization. Like, for example, the poster with the representation of Jesus and the evocative writing Why did you doubt?.  Starting from a para-scientific register, the project Faster than Christ lays the foundations for the theory and the practice of the run on water, in which the notion of the magic and of the miraculous cohabits with a competitive and pragmatic vision, reflecting some contradictions of the contemporary society. Result of multiples suggestions and visions drawn by the natural world and by the science, the show proposes a radical perspective change on the topic, moving the point of view from the utopic to the dystopic that pull us toward a redefinition of the same notion of impossible and of its perceptive limits, in front of the numerous technological and social transformations that we are going through.

The show is accompanied by the artist book Basilisk, edited by COLLI gallery, Viaindustriae publishing with the graphic project of Friends Make Books. The typeface shown by the works in the exhibition is “Sporty”, by Alessio Di Ellena.

The exhibition is accompanied by the artist book “Basilisco”, edited by Colli independent art gallery, Viaindustriae publishing, with the graphic project by Friends make books. More info: https://www.colli-independent.com/store/products/basilisco-how-to-run-on-water1.-Water-Shoes,-(exhibition-view,-ground-floor)2.-Water-Shoes,-2019,-mixed-media,-sculptures-in-edition-of-2-each.-(dx-sx)3.-Water-Shoes-(exhibition-view),-2019,-mixed-media4.-Faster-than-Christ-(wall-graphics),-Typeface-for-the-project-(Sporty-by-Alessio-D'Ellena)5.-PETER-Mt-14_31,-Water-Shoes-(exhibition-view,-ground-floor)7.-PETER-Mt-14_31,-(exhibition-view,-ground-floor),-2019,-steel,-aluminuim,-wood,-water,-pump8.-Faster-than-Christ-(exhibition-view,-underground-floor)-89.-Table_display-various-object-related-to-Faster-than-Christ-project20190302_153903Franco-Ariaudo_from-Faster-than-Christ-project-(training-session-#3)_2017_ph-Andrey-Lobov

Batia Suter & Katinka Bock |16.12-17.3.17
Flava - Solo annacquato

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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.


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Dexter Sinister |14.06 – 30.07.2017
Meet the Tetracono

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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.


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Armin Linke | 17.12 – 14.03.2017
Jeux Sans Frontierès

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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.


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