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

Basilisco (how to run on water)
Franco Ariaudo

basilisco

Basilisco (o come correre sull’acqua)
Basilisk (or how to run on water)
Василиск (или как бегать по воде)

The book is the very basis for a broader discussion about the challenges of transforming anything that appears impossible to accomplish by human beings into something feasible, just by shifting the point of view. It is a guide/vademecum with instructions concerning the challenge to run on the water from different perspectives and multidisciplinary fields. A detailed discussion on several levels to analyze the theme of the project from different points of view: when, how and in what way is the image of walking on water in different religions used and expressed at the theological level? What animal species are able to perform this action and in which particular conditions are they forced to do it? What are the physical forces put in place and what are the prerequisites that would allow a person to run on water? And so on.

Texts by:

Cristiano Ghibaudo (business coach), Riccardo Mangione (project manager), Daniele Sciannandrone (phisicist), Gianni Magrin (theologian), Massimo Delfino e Marco Isaia (herpetologist and paleontologist)

Illustration by: Franco Ariaudo Graphic design by: Friends Make Books (Torino) Viaindustriae publishing e Colli publishing platform Risograph

digital and offset softcover illustrated 144 pages, 300 copies, Italian/English/Russian size: 14x21cm,2018

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SPORTIFICATION
Eurovisions, Performativity and Playgrounds

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SPORTIFICATION is a long term research and a set of cultural actions based on several archives about “historical” Eureopean TV casts or Eurovisions (Games without frontiers/Jeux Sans Frontieres/Spiel Onhe Grenzen). Sportification/società, agonismi e giochi senza frontiere (Sportification / eurovisions, performativity and playgrounds), analyzes, with an interdisciplinary approach, the issue of agonism in the public and game in contemporary cities/societies. Sportification  is an inter-disciplinary research focused on analyzing the subject of sport, of agon and of game nowadays. The basis of the work is a critical-comparative and sociological analysis dictated by a wide archive of images and videos of the famous tv-show Giochi Senza Frontiere / Jeux Sans Frontieres / Spiel Onhe Grenzen / It’s a Knockout, which constitues a master guide and a “true” archeology of the competitive action from the times of picturesque villages, to Eurovision, passing through the postpolitical era of European Community. The project deals both with the utopia of a playful society and with the social musculature leading to “sportification” of the collective body and to politicization of sport. It includes several text-contributions: David Robbins, Cesare Pietroiusti, Alexander Skidan (Chto Delat), Luisa Perlo, Claudio Cravero, Cecilia Casorati, Sven Luttiken, Valentin Torrens, Fabio Cafagna, Krzysztof Gutfrański, Gunnar Schmidt, Boris Nieslony, Tom Marioni, The Bureau of Melodramatic Research, Elena Volpato, Denis Isaia, Lisa Le Feuvre, Myriam Laplante, Armin Linke, Gianni Magrin. In the book you will find memorabilia, games, masquerade with critical contributions of experts and researchers on the connection between art, sport and society, european and community policies.


by Franco Ariaudo, Luca Pucci
edited by Emanuele De Donno
Graphic design Federico Antonini
Published by Viaindustriae publishing with Colli publishing platform
Printed by Grafiche CMF, Foligno (PG), Italy
offset, printed in 1 color (black), 3 colors (RYB), 4 colors (CMYK)
edition of 800 copies
17 x 24 cm (softcover)
600 pages (color & b/w ill.)
price 30€ BUY NOW

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Franco Ariaudo

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Franco Ariaudo (b. Cuneo, 1979) lives and works in Turin, Italy. Ariaudo’s transdisciplinary research draws on anthropology, sociology, ritualism, sport and leisure. On a formal level, Ariaudo constructs mechanical and sculptural devices, and engages in performances, video and installations that, by virtue of small perceptual variances, tend to disturb the habitual gaze of the spectator. His work highlights and features “the play of forces at play”- that tension between contrasting movements and energies that leads to a specific subject becoming an object of contention (between tradition and modernity, power and submission). His recent exhibitions include Mirror Project#5 (Turin); Les sentiers battus sont pleins de fictions endormies (Cuneo); De arte gymnastica (Turin); The Pitcher (Rome); Convulsion Ltd. : further thoughts from new associates (Bucharest)Franco Ariaudo is member of Progetto Diogene (Turin) since 2011 and in 2013 he was artist in residence at Khoj, International Artist Association, New Delhi, India via of Resò network.


WORKS

Why Did You Doubt, Screenprint on Fedrigoni Splendorlux Metal silver 250 gsm, ed. of 5, 2019.

Why Did You Doubt, Screenprint on Fedrigoni Splendorlux Metal silver 250 gsm, ed. of 5, 2019.

Water Shoes, Ed. of 2, Dx-Sx, mixed media, 2019

Water Shoes, Ed. of 2, Dx-Sx, mixed media, 2019

PETER Mt 14:31, 2019, steel, alloy, wood, water, hydro pump.

PETER Mt 14:31, 2019, steel, alloy, wood, water, hydro pump.

Water Shoes, Ed. of 2, Dx-Sx, mixed media, 2019

Water Shoes, Ed. of 2, Dx-Sx, mixed media, 2019

Water Shoes, Ed. of 2, Dx-Sx, mixed media, 2019

Water Shoes, Ed. of 2, Dx-Sx, mixed media, 2019

Water Shoes, Ed. of 2, Dx-Sx, mixed media, 2019

Water Shoes, Ed. of 2, Dx-Sx, mixed media, 2019

Pitcher Grips, Ed of 3, digital print, framed, 29 x 42 each, 2015

Pitcher Grips, Ed of 3, digital print, framed, 29 x 42 each, 2015MDF wood, 20 x 28 x 13 cm, 2015.

Untitled, mdf wood, 28 x 20 x 13 cm. 2015.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised act 1, lambda print, 70 x 100 cm, ed. 1/5, 2015.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised act 1, lambda print, 70 x 100 cm, ed. 1/5, 2015.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised act 2, lambda print, 70 x 100 cm, ed. 1/5, 2015.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised act 2, lambda print, 70 x 100 cm, ed. 1/5, 2015. 

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised act 3, lambda print, 70 x 100 cm, ed. 1/5, 2015.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised act 3, lambda print, 70 x 100 cm, ed. 1/5, 2015.

Franco Ariaudo | 23.11 – 10.12.2015
The Pitcher

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COLLI independent art gallery presents the exhibition The Pitcher by Franco Ariaudo, second project room of the program dedicated to emerging artists. The program is linked with a series of residences aimed to establish a relationship with the city, understood as a cultural and research territory. Since several years Franco Ariaudo explores the life of the images between aggression and sport. For this study-exhibition curated by Fabio Cafagna, the artist chooses to show the common physical root (material, corporeal) of only apparently different actions. On one hand are arranged the extreme gestures of struggle and rebellion, the heroism and brutality of those who fight, on the other the portly poses of the athlete, that special gesture,  accurately decoded, that is the socially accepted residue (and welcome) of ancient games and archaic bullying. For the occasion is published a small book dedicated to the theme of the launch, with stories of pitchers from Mirone to ours days.

The Pitcher is part of a wider research entitled Sportification, communities, competitiveness and games without borders, which the outcomes, result of three years of studies, will be presented in form of publication for the exhibition, with specific contributions of different curators and scholars of competitiveness in the recreational-social european space.


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