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    VAI AL PROGETTO

    Curated by Claudia Santeroni



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    The Blank Conversation is a project dedicated to under 35 artists and it has been developed in two years, in 2014 and 2015, respectively dedicated to Italian and foreign artists.
    For this project, the artists will spend a short time in Bergamo, as guests at The Blank Residence. During their stay, the artists are able to know the most important cultural realities of Bergamo and they can interface with The Blank staff.
    Their residence is recorded with photographies and the whole collected material is then published in a small bilingual publication, that testimony the experience and the research of the involved artists.

    TB Hospitality
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    VAI AL PROGETTO

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    The Blank Hospitality offers to all art lovers, creative and cultural workers the opportunity to experience a very special staying in Bergamo thanks to a hospitality service offered by residence The Blank. The Residence is located in Via Quarenghi 50, two minutes far from the train station and the central Via XX Settembre.

    The Blank is a Cultural Association made up of people involved in contemporary art and, on request, it is able to offer operators, curators and artists in order to discover the city as never before. A skilled team will plan the best itinerary in line with cultural interests of each person.

    The Blank Hospitality is part of Art in Network, in partnership with the association That’s Contemporary, developed within the project fUNDER35 of Fondazione Cariplo.

    For information
    info@theblankresidency.it

     

    WHAT'S ON
    NEWSLETTER JULY 2020 | VIOLET DENNISON
    NEWSLETTER JULY 2020 | VIOLET DENNISON
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    Violet Dennison
    Chapter Four: Disappointment
    2019
    Installation view, Kunstverein Freiburg
    Courtesy of Kunstverein Freiburg and the artist
    Photo credit: Marc Doradzillo

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH VIOLET DENNISON

    The sculpture “Disappointment Epilogue” (2019) is an open vessel. Its knotted structure has been created by translating my memoir into a binary code. The sculpture functions as both a cipher and the actualization of the artist. It is a liberated notion of body where the copy exists as aura.

    Beyond the sculpture is the work “Divination 2” (2019). This piece transmits encrypted audio, via data-over-sound technology, through a network of iPhone Loudspeakers. The content of the audio is a divination of the artist life by a spiritual medium.

    NOEL MCKENNA
    NEWSLETTER JUNE 2020
    NOEL MCKENNA
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    Noel McKenna
    Road by Sea
    2019
    Oil on plywood
    42 x 44 cm
    Courtesy the artist and
    mother’s tankstation Dublin | London

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH NOEL MCKENNA

    The painting is about where the land meets the sea which as a location lends itself to drama but not always. In Road by Sea the sea is flat, road is empty. I enjoy looking at the sea, but do not enjoy being in or on it that much.
    The painting went through many stages, alterations, a sail boat was once on the horizon, a directional sign on the road and a bicycle rider once on the road.

    VEIT LAURENT KURZ
    NEWSLETTER MAY 2020
    VEIT LAURENT KURZ

    Chernobyl “Lava” – stream called “Elephant Foot”
    1990
    Source: Khlopin Radium Institute

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH VEIT LAURENT KURZ

    Ghosts

    The ghosts I see are of a different Nature.

    Its not the imprint of a passed away spirit

    Of human or animal

    Its the gathering of particles

    into Invisible shapes and bodies.

    Those bodies find life through my thoughts

    They come of a sudden

    and leave when they decide.

    I am told they are inventions

    But they are logic

    Universal logic.

    I feel their traces, existents of various kind.

    I communicate through my fear,

    And Protect myself through repetition.

    At the beginning the ghosts were nostalgic

    until they morphed into nature

    Turned into milk, mushroom or dairy

    they abandoned those

    and turned into universal matter

    molecules of each kind

    New ghosts were created

    and met with fear

    MAYA ZACK
    NEWSLETTER APRIL 2020
    MAYA ZACK

    Maya Zack
    Black and White Rule
    HD video, 17:45 min
    2011
    Courtesy the artist and
    Marie-Laure Fleisch Gallery, Brussels

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MAYA ZACK

    The video Black and White Rule by Artist Maya Zack is the 2nd part of her Memory-Trilogy. It deals with the human attempt to impose order and form onto reality through training and discipline procedures.
    On an oversized chess-board two poodle dogs submit to the orders of their trainer while through the use of a Camera-Obscura their actions are being monitored and registered by a clerk in her office located alongside the chess-board. At a certain moment the orderly routine is disrupted…
    Black and White Rule is a visual experience and a homage to the art of drawing.

    DAFNA MAIMON
    NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020
    DAFNA MAIMON

    Dafna Maimon
    Video still and dialogue from “Indigestibles: And Then There’s Today / Can Us Hear Us”
    4K Video and immersive installation
    2020
    Courtesy of the artist

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH DAFNA MAIMON

    The protagonist is watching a nonstop report on the death of the last orangutan. She is also upset about having had to get up twice from the couch to answer the phone, both times to her mother calling by accident. Her fridge is stocked full with processed meats that she devours all day with no pause, while her intestines send up S.O.S. burps containing the following urgent messages:

    us don’t understand us? do us understand us?
    can us hear us?
    uh, us.. let us tell us.. that, us like us..
    hello? hi. hi?
    can us stop us?

    MARCELLO MALOBERTI
    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020
    MARCELLO MALOBERTI
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    Marcello Maloberti
    SE PERDO ME TROVO TE /
    IF I LOSE ME I FIND YOU
    Martellate, 2020
    courtesy the Artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MARCELLO MALOBERTI

    MY WORK COMES FROM A SCARE

    CHRISTINE SUN KIM
    NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2020
    CHRISTINE SUN KIM
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    Christine Sun Kim
    Three variations of “See Zero”
    2018
    Charcoal and oil pastel on paper
    125×125 cm each
    Photo credit: 2019 White Space Beijing and Yang Wei

     

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH CHRISTINE SUN KIM

    Since American Sign Language (ASL) does not have a written component like most other languages, we use English words as loan words (loosely known as “deaf English”) to express some signed visual concepts as written text via email or on social media.
    “See Zero” could mean three things: “I see nothing,” “I can’t see a thing,” and “There’s nothing to see here.”

    ADELAIDE CIONI
    NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2019
    ADELAIDE CIONI
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    Adelaide Cioni
    Pink Punk Piece
    2018
    Fabric, costumes for Pink Punk Performance
    Courtesy the artist and P420, Bologna

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH ADELAIDE CIONI

    To dress up as naked
    I had to dress first
    To ask myself what is it that I cover when I slip into jeans and t-shirt.
    Then to undress once,
    to think again about the pink of the flesh
    as of something fake,
    a convention, a cliché.
    It can be true or false nobody cares.
    I wondered what pink is.
    I thought first of all it is to be exposed.
    Maybe indecent, certainly vulnerable.
    What a joyful color though, what sea of bliss.
    To be in the skin. Maybe then, shame is in sex.
    It’s in red it’s in black. These are the violent colors.
    Here you really fight. You suffer. You are ferocious.
    Immediately after that, shyness.
    We’re all naked under our clothes.
    Sometimes we are naked on top of them.

    EVA & FRANCO MATTES
    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2019
    EVA & FRANCO MATTES
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    Eva and Franco Mattes
    Personal Photographs, September 2009
    2019
    Cable tray, ethernet cables, digital images, Raspberry Pi single-board computers, micro SD cards, USB flash drives, custom software
    Dimensions variable
    Exhibition view, Team Gallery
    Photo credits: Jeff McLane

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH EVA AND FRANCO MATTES

    #!/bin/sh

    echo “Beginning photo sync…”

    #if [ “$(hostname)”==”rpa.local” ]; then
    #echo “$(hostname -s)”
    if [ “$(hostname -s)” = “rpa” ]; then
    recipient_host=”rpb.local”
    #recipient_host=”10.0.0.49″ #rpb
    #recipient_host=”rpb”
    echo “Sending photos to “$recipient_host”…”
    else
    recipient_host=”rpa.local”
    #recipient_host=”10.0.0.1″ #rpa
    #recipient_host=”rpa”
    echo “Sending photos to “$recipient_host”…”
    fi

    usb_drive_name=”$(ls /media/pi/ | head -n 1)”
    #usb_drive_name_escaped=”(command printf ‘%q’ $usb_drive_name)”
    #usb_drive_name_escaped=${$usb_drive_name// /\ }
    #usb_drive_name_escaped=${usb_drive_name// /_}

    echo “Using USB drive:” $usb_drive_name

    sender_path=/media/pi/$usb_drive_name/sending

    recipient_path=/media/pi/$usb_drive_name/receiving

    echo “Sending files in:” $sender_path
    echo “Sending files to:” $recipient_host:$recipient_path

    rsync –progress -a –recursive –ignore-times $sender_path/. pi@$recipient_host:$recipient_path

    echo “Fin.”

    GENESIS BELANGER
    NEWSLETTER JULY 2019
    GENESIS BELANGER
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    Genesis Belanger
    coins for the ferryman
    2019
    Porcelain and stoneware
    Size variable
    Courtesy the artist and Francois Ghebaly Gallery,
    Los Angeles CA
    Photo credits: Pauline Shapiro

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH GENESIS BELANGER

    There seems to be a gulf between how little we understand what motivates our actions. Originally, I was fascinated by this unknowing and how it was – almost – weaponized against us by the advertising industry. More recently I have noticed how this inner disconnect affects us in a more intimate context: how we grieve. Loss is an inevitable part of life, yet we are so obsessed with living we have very little support for it culturally. This disincentivizes a present tense understanding of how we are affected by our grief. We mourn many things – a death being paramount – but the gravity of an ultimate loss does not negate the pain of lesser losses. We all mourn the big and small absences. It is time to pull all these messy feelings into the known.

    © THE BLANK 2020
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