DE_ZER Vol. 1
The DEberlusconiZER is proud to announce DE_ZER Vol. 1,
the first of a series of exhibitions in which some contemporary artists
will be invited to give a new meaning to the informational space
"liberated" from the unwieldy presence of the Italian Prime Minister.
Every show will include three works by three different artists and will
last ten days, in an unprecedented adaptation of the codes of street art
and public art to the online environment.
From April 26 to May 4, 2011, three works will alternate randomly into this public space: Pussy, by Claudia Rossini; Lavorare stanca, by Alterazioni Video; and Open Internet, by Aram Bartholl.
Claudia Rossini (1986) lives and works in Venezia, where she
studied Visual Arts at the IUAV / Faculty of Arts and Design. Pussy
replaces Berlusconi with a content even more present and pervasive
online: the picture of a cute cat. Tender and ambiguous at the same time
(because of the sexual implications of the title), the cute cat is also
a symbol of sharing and freedom of expression in online environments:
censor our cats, and we will revolt. Cute cats are thus the emblems of
the openness evoked by the German artist Aram Bartholl (1972), whose
work is often concerned with the internet and its participative culture.
Bartholl's Open Internet is a place where anonymous masses of people
share and manipulate any kind of content, sharing an acute sense of
freedom and the will to resist against anything that could interrupt
this continuous flow of images, texts and informations.
The Italian collective Alterazioni Video, founded in Milan in
2004 and including Paololuca Barbieri Marchi, Alberto Caffarelli, Matteo
Erenbourg, Andrea Masu and Giacomo Porfiri, belongs to the same
horizon. For years, Alterazioni Video has been contributing to this
ongoing process of collective manipulation of images. Lavorare stanca is
the picture, appropriated and manipulated, of a pair of gauntlets,
whose fingers seem to have been adapted to a new anathomy, consequence
of the thousands of accidents at work that happen into general
The DEberlusconiZER is a web tool that replaces the images and
words related to the Italian Prime Minister. The software subverts the
media machine created by one of the most controversial figures in
Italian politics by reclaiming the space devoted to him and using it for
The DEberlusconiZER is a project by Elisa Giardina Papa, Fabrizio Giardina Papa, Giovanni Salerno and Floriano Lapolla.
The artists have been selected and invited by art critic Domenico Quaranta.
Italian on-line newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano DEberlusconiZED with Pussy, by Claudia Rossini
Italian on-line newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano DEberlusconiZED with Lavorare Stanca, by Alterazioni Video
New York Times DEberlusconiZED with Open Internet, by Aram Bartholl