FASTER THAN CHRIST | FRANCO ARIAUDO
01.03.2019 - 18.05.2019

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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. LINK TO THE BOOK

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BASILISCO (how to run on water)
FRANCO ARIAUDO

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Basilisco (o come correre sull’acqua)
Basilisk (or how to run on water)
Василиск (или как бегать по воде)
Franco Ariaudo, Viaindustriae publishing e Colli publishing platform risograph and digital print and offset softcover illustrated 144 pages, 300 copies, Italian/English/Russian , 21 x 14 cm, 2018. GO TO SHOP
Basilisco/Basilisk/Василиск (or how to run on water) è un’indagine sulla capacità potenziale dell’essere umano di correre sull’acqua, sviluppata a Biryuchyi Island (Ucraina), Torino e Roma tra il 2017 e il 2019. Per raggiungere questo obiettivo apparentemente impossibile, il progetto ha affrontato una serie di prove e difficoltà, ognuna delle quali ha fornito risultati preziosi per ulteriori sviluppi, nel tentativo di eseguire un atto apparentemente impossibile.
Basilisco/Basilisk/Василиск (or how to run on water) is an investigation into the potential of a human’s ability to run on water, developed on Biryuchyi Island (Ukraine), Turin and Rome between 2017 and 2019. To achieve this seemingly impossible goal, the project faced a series of trials and difficulties, each one providing valuable results for further stages, in an attempt to execute an apparently impossible act.

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SPORTIFICATION
EUROVISION PERFORMATIVITY AND PLAYGROUNDS

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Franco Ariaudo, Luca Pucci, Emanuele De Donno, 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.) BUY NOW
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.

FRANCO ARIAUDO

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

PETER MT 14:31, 2019. STELL , ALLOY, WOOD, WATER, HYDRO PUMP,

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

WATER SHOES, 2019. EDITION OF 2, MIXED MEDIA.

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

WATER SHOES, 2019. EDITION OF 2, MIXED MEDIA.

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

WATER SHOES, 2019. EDITION OF 2, MIXED MEDIA.

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

WHY DID YOU DOUBT, 2019. EDITION OF5, SCREENPRINT ON FEDRIGONI SPLENDORLUX METAL SILVER 250 GSM.

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

PITCHER GRIPS, 2015. EDITION OF 3, DIGITAL PRINT, FRAMED 29 X 42 EACH, MDF WOOD

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, 2015. EDITION OF 5 LAMBDA PRINT, 70 X 100 CM.

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED ACT 2, 2015. EDITION OF 5 LAMBDA PRINT, 70 X 100 CM.

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED ACT 3, 2015. EDITION OF 5 LAMBDA PRINT, 70 X 100 CM.

FRANCO ARIAUDO – THE PITCHER
23.112015 - 10.12.2015

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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. SPORTIFICATION BOOK

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