FASTER THAN CHRIST | FRANCO ARIAUDO
curated by Sergey Kantsendal

Faster than Christ (training session #1), digital print, edition of 10, 2019.

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

With the Eyes of the Earth
Markus Karstiess

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Markus Karstiess, Claudio Abate, Roberth Smithson, With the Eyes of the Earth, Colli publishing platform, 500 copies, 38.5 x 28, 2018, produced for the exhibition With the Eyes of the Earth, 2018, Roma.

49 years ago Robert Smithson made his first earthwork Asphalt Rundown in October 1969 in an abandoned quarry near Rome with Galleria L’Attico. This publication brings together rare and previously unpublished material from the Archivio Claudio Abate  and Fabio Sargentini (Galleria L’Attico) documenting the iconic flow and the exhibition Smithson realized inside Galleria L’Attico, as well as sculptures and video works from Markus Karstiess who made a dig for the remains of the asphalt in 2014.

In the exhibition With the Eyes of the Earth, conceived by Markus Karstiess, the artist practices what in some places might be called artistic research. That is to say, rather, Markus Karstiess is following through in a personal quest in this exhibition, into what remains of Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown (1969), located in Rome. Karstiess finds himself in the combined role of artist-curator. This already provides a glimpse into the complex nature of his artistic oeuvre, a lens to the exhibition itself, which in turn consists of diverse visible and invisible individual components.

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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)
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17 x 24 cm (softcover)
600 pages (color & b/w ill.)
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YES YES YES Alternative Press
'66-'77, From Provo To Punk

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The ultimate compendium of counterculture press in the United States and the Netherlands during the heady decades of the 1960s and ’70s, this volume is the definition of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. From underground pornography, free love, anti-establishment anarchism, and Provo, to anti-war protests, spiritual empowerment, the Black Panthers, and women’s liberation, it’s all here. Page after page of magazine covers, articles, advertisements, and clippings encapsulate the era when academia revolted, gays marched in the streets, and hippies wondered if Jesus got high, too.

Zines: Aloha, American Avatar, Avatar, Bauls, Berkeley Barb, Berkeley Tribe, Big Muddy Gazette,  Countdowm, East Village The Other, Fapto, Fire!, Freedom News, Friends, Gay, Gay Power, Gay Scene, Gay Sunshine, Georgia Straight, Good Times, Haight Ashbury Eye, Haight Ashbury Free Press, Haight Ashbury Love Street, Haight Ashbury Maverick, Haight Ashbury Tribune, Harbinger, Helix, Hitweek, Idiot International, Iets, Insekten Sekte, Juche, Kabouter Krant, Kaleidoscope, King Kong International, Kiss, Klaas Krant, Liberated Guardian, Los Angeles Free Press, Mondo Beat, Muhammad Speaks,  Nola Express, Old Mole, Open City, Oracle Los Angeles, Oracle San Francisco, Other Scenes, Peninsula Observer, Pic up, Pleasure, Provo, Quicksilver Times, Rampage, Rat, Real Free Press, Re Nudo, Rising Up Angry, Royal World Countdown, San Francisco Ball, San Francisco Express Times, Screw, Search & Destroy, Sette Aprile, Sniffin’ Glue, Southern Free Press, Spy-in, Styng, Suck, The Bird, The Black Dwarf, The Black Panther, The International Times, The New York Review of Sex, The Oracle, The Seed, Virginity, Washington Free Press, Witte Krant.


Curated by Amedeo Martegani and Emanuele Dedonno
Graphic Design: Dallas, Milano.
Published by Viaindustriae publishing/A+Mbookstore with Colli publishing platform
Printed by Grafiche C.M.F Foligno, (PG), Italy
Edition of 1000 copies, 1° edition
23 x 31 cm (softcover)
512 pages (color & b/w ill.)
price 50€
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