The tireless one acceleration of production processes and technological development, growth complexity of systems (biological, communicative and beyond) and excessive Crowd of text and image information puts Western contemporaneity in a state of permanent revolution. Being in the eye of the storm, surrounded by constant mutations, can be overwhelming. So how do you orient yourself? in a present that is already the future? Try to answer the question Urs Stahel with the review Vertigo – video scenarios of rapid changeshosted at the MAST Foundation in Bologna, from February 10 to June 30, 2024.
Observe the present with the video art exhibition at MAST in Bologna
The exhibition brings together 34 video works by artists of international caliber, some of which stand out Richard Mosse, Cao Fei, Wang Bing and Eva and Franco Mattes, to name just a few. “Data shows that over 40% of the European population is moving towards completely avoiding traditional media. We like to leave writing and arithmetic to the machine. Written communication is now obsolete or reduced to just a few lines. Reading, thinking and memory are destined to become weaker.” explains the curator Urs Stahel. “The result is that today we are dealing with constantly evolving parameters whose scale, speed and quality are so enormous that we can neither understand them nor react appropriately.”. As an antidote to this confusion, the exhibition project – divided into 6 thematic sections – systematically organizes the chaos of the present. And this without making the mistake of simplifying the complexity that characterizes it.
“Vertigo – video scenarios of rapid change”: the video art exhibition at MAST in Bologna
We start by analyzing the mutation of Manufacturing processes Capitalists, with works like 15 hours (2017) by Wang Bing, a live film documenting the 15 hours of labor spent by workers at a garment factory in China's Zhejiang Province. We then turn to the other side of production: the trade and that distribution. Here we find Soul overdrive (2023) by Stefan Panhans and Andrea Winkler, Who thinks about it? Delivery economybut also Asia One (2018) by Cao Fei, located in Amazon warehouses. The chapter is dedicated to the so-called “Social contract“ examines the contradictions of the rules we are used to, while another chapter is the one in the variation of Behave human. In this section we follow a young manager, protagonist of The rise (2017) by Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, frantically (and symbolically) climbing to the top floor of a skyscraper, only to eventually discover that someone else has already reached the top. The changes in the methods are then discussed communication through social media and beyond, and finally a section focuses on the (sometimes permanent) change ofEnvironment naturally that surrounds us: in this context, the monumental two-channel immersive installation Broken ghost (2022) by Richard Mosse It allows the viewer to imagine themselves in the Amazon forest that has been brutally destroyed by humans.
Bologna// from February 10 to June 30, 2024
Vertigo – video scenarios of rapid changes
Via Speranza 42, Bologna
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