Breathing as a Revolutionary Message
Curated by SACI Instructor, Pietro Gaglianò
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: 9am-11pm
Cortile della Dogana, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence – ITALY
6pm talk: the curator and the artists present the project
Studio++ presents Breathing as a Revolutionary Message, a site specific work for the public spaces in the Palazzo Vecchio. The project explores the relationship between intimacy and the public, challenging one’s perception of urban space.
During the summer, artists recorded 80 short 30-second videos of Florentines doing something very simple: breathing. A megaphone was used to amplify the sound. The videos were shot in meaningful places in the historic center, such as Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and San Lorenzo, as well as in other areas of the city, from the university campus at Novoli to Gavinana, the Cure, and Varlungo. The videos show people holding megaphones in their hands and breathing inside them, turning a common action into a message about what is really basic: the need for clean air.
On September 23rd, all day long, collected “breaths” will be shown on seven video screens placed in Palazzo Vecchio’s Cortile della Dogana. These same screens are usually used for internal communication with the public. For the event, they will be used to transform a personal gesture into a public form of communication.
Research for the project began at the MIT Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) program in Boston. By using Breathing as a Revolutionary Message as a field of discussion with artists and intellectuals, Studio ++ has been promoting a dialogue within public space, with socially engaged art and artists acting in a role to define today’s shared values. The project will be developed further in other European cities.
Studio ++ is an art group composed of Fabio Ciaravella (b.1982), Umberto Daina (b.1979) and Vincenzo Fiore (b.1981). Their research focuses on the formulation of a method of analysis and representation of reality in a close symbiotic connection with the concepts of the ‘relationship of limit’ and ‘postponed time’. Recently, they had the following solo shows: Come un quadrado nel mare, the project wall at the Galleria Francesco Pantaleone, Palermo, 2014; 1+t Gam, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Palermo, 2013; Display, Museo Marino Marini, Firenze, 2010, Italian Wave, Artissima 15, Torino, 2008; they also took part in many others group exhibitions in institutional spaces and research projects in Italy and abroad.
Project promoted by Il Vivaio del Malcantone ad supported by Estate Fiorentina 2014