Ephemeral Art in Unexpected Places
The exposition of the CorpusTrip project, which premiered in an old palace in Rome and was displayed for a few hours.
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Roberto Bosco reporting from Barcelona, April 28, 2011
The large black and white portraits are hung up like laundry in the galleries of an old Roman palace celebrated for lending its scenery to various neo-realist films. The exposition, organized by the Mondrian Suite gallery, will last only one night, which heightens curiosity and interest. This is the debut of CorpusTrip, a project by the photographer Luca Donnini, who has decided to unite 65 portraits he took from 2007-2010 for an itinerant and extemporaneous exhibit. With his van fill of images, he will cover about 10,000 kilometers of European roads over the next two months, mounting the exhibition for one night only, and never in a traditional art gallery, in the twenty cities where he originally took the pictures. After passing through Barcelona and Madrid, he will continue through Bordeaux, Paris, London, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Prague, and Ljubljana, among other cities.
For all the dates and places, you will have to visit the web site and blog, where the adventure will be related in real time. “In museums and galleries, artwork is waiting for someone to come in and see it, and the spectator already knows he’s going to see. I want to create unexpected situations where the people encounter the pieces by accident as well,” Donnini explained. “We want people to help us find sites and get involved with this exhibit – this happening, which will never last more than a night. After that, the works will be abandoned to fate,” adds the photographer, who works with an analog Rolleiflex. This is not the first time that Donnini has left the assembly of an exhibit to the public. To wit, his pieces have a double life: the imagines made in the dark room or painted by the artist’s hand are destined for the art market, while the blue back copies are used for projects like CorpusTrip, which the filmmaker Alessio Maximilian will document and convert into a movie.
Speed shows, lightning exhibitions, are multiplying. Domenico Quaranta, who was commissar of the digital art section in the last ArcoMadrid fair, has just finished one in a Barcelona cybercafe sponsored by the “Guerrilla Communication” brand Influencers.
For the rapid Raise your flag exposition, which lasted only a couple hours, Quaranta rented all of a cybercafe’s computers and in their windows loaded works created on the Internet, “a radical environment where we can realize projects and experiments that would be impossible in other formats, based on the creation of relationships, where art converts into a dialogue, an interchange, a collective manipulation of images, data, archives, and myth,” he expounded.
The formula was created by the German artist Aram Bartholl, author of the Speed Show Manifesto, in which he explained that the idea came from “revisiting the Net.art phenomenon now that social networks have displayed their full power and have converted into a part of daily life for hundreds of millions of people.”
Although lightning exhibitions were first created with and for online works – including live performances, which were retransmitted through preinstalled communication programs for teleconferences or video chat – they have rapidly diffused from northern Europe throughout the world, finding support among artists of diverse disciplines and in different versions: from those who open their studios for a night to those who modify and corrupt public spaces with works that pass through like meteorites.