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BIO
Carlo Zanni was born in La Spezia (Italy) in 1975. Since the early 2000's his practice involves the use of Internet data to create time based social consciousness experiences investigating our life. He lives far from the worldliness of the art world while showing and screening his projects in venues worldwide including: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; Tent, Rotterdam; MAXXI, Rome; P.S.1, New York; Borusan Center, Istanbul; ACAF Space, Alexandria; PERFORMA 09, NY; ICA, London; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Science Museum, London.
He founded "People From Mars" http://www.PeopleFromMars.org to experiment new distribution models for video art and new media projects.
http://www.zanni.org
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EVENT

CARLO ZANNI: Flying False Colors


Dates:
Mon Oct 12, 2009 00:00 - Mon Oct 12, 2009

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The Chelsea Art Museum is proud to announce the debut of Carlo Zanni’s installation Flying False Colors (The Sixth Day). Presented by The Project Room for New Media at CAM from October 1 to October 31, this multimedia project loosely refers to the 1975 espionage film Three Days of the Condor, directed by Sydney Pollack, which was one of the first films to suggest a link between covert US military operations and the control of oil production in the Middle East.

Like many of Zanni’s past projects, Flying False Colors relies on the fluctuations of live digital information to affect the outcome of his artwork. Flying False Colors consists of a flag set in a wind-generating base that Zanni has programmed to blow at particular speeds and in certain directions based on online data streams that correlate to the number of oil barrels requested by a particular country and the current weather in that country’s capital. The flag is a replica of the universal Ecology Flag that was designed in 1969 and depicts the Greek symbol of Theta, which derives from thanatos, meaning death. However, Zanni’s flag is fabricated with a pigment that will flake off over time as it is blown, leaving a pure white flag by the end of the exhibition.

In an accompanying essay by New York-based writer Lyra Kilston, she writes: “At work in this project is a strategy Zanni frequently invokes: the pairing of “mere” numbers to their real life implications. This juxtaposition underscores the tension between a distanced and abstemious mathematics on one hand, and the messy, human reality it strains to enumerate.”

Flying False Colors (The Sixth Day) will travel to Marselleria, Milan, opening 26th November 2009

The Chelsea Art Museum
Carlo Zanni- Flying False Colors (The Sixth Day)
2-31 Ocotber 2009
556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 6pm
Thursday 11am to 8pm
closed Sunday and Monday
http://www.chelseaartmuseum.org

Carlo Zanni was born in La Spezia [Italy] in 1975. He exhibits internationally. Recent shows and screenings include: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009), Sandroni.Rey Gallery, Los Angeles (2009), MAXXI Museum, Rome (2007, 2006); New Museum, New York (2005); Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, New York (2005); Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2009, 2004); CCA Glasgow (2003); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2001). ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts in London held his first retrospective in October 2005 and published the book "Vitalogy". He participates in PERFORMA 09 at White Box. http://www.zanni.org

The Project Room for New Media and Performing Arts (theprojectroom.org) was initiated in 2003 by Nina Colosi at Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. It is an incubator of new ideas, showcasing groundbreaking concepts in all art mediums, and the intersection of the arts through technology. Over 350 international emerging and established artists have been presented in exhibitions, performing arts, symposiums, meet-the-artist programs, and workshops. The innovative public art project, Streaming Museum (streamingmuseum.org) was launched in January 2008.

Special thanks to: Gallery Annarumma404 Naples-Milan - http://www.annarumma404.com

Above images: courtesy of the artist and Collection Il Giardino Dei Lauri - http://www.ilgiardinodeilauri.it/

In collaboration with Marsell - http://www.marsell.it
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DISCUSSION

Solo show at CAM, New York


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The Chelsea Art Museum is proud to announce the debut of Carlo Zanni’s installation Flying False Colors (The Sixth Day). Presented by The Project Room for New Media at CAM from October 1 to October 31, this multimedia project loosely refers to the 1975 espionage film Three Days of the Condor, directed by Sydney Pollack, which was one of the first films to suggest a link between covert US military operations and the control of oil production in the Middle East.

Like many of Zanni’s past projects, Flying False Colors relies on the fluctuations of live digital information to affect the outcome of his artwork. Flying False Colors consists of a flag set in a wind-generating base that Zanni has programmed to blow at particular speeds and in certain directions based on online data streams that correlate to the number of oil barrels requested by a particular country and the current weather in that country’s capital. The flag is a replica of the universal Ecology Flag that was designed in 1969 and depicts the Greek symbol of Theta, which derives from thanatos, meaning death. However, Zanni’s flag is fabricated with a pigment that will flake off over time as it is blown, leaving a pure white flag by the end of the exhibition.

In an accompanying essay by New York-based writer Lyra Kilston, she writes: “At work in this project is a strategy Zanni frequently invokes: the pairing of “mere” numbers to their real life implications. This juxtaposition underscores the tension between a distanced and abstemious mathematics on one hand, and the messy, human reality it strains to enumerate.”

Flying False Colors (The Sixth Day) will travel to Marselleria, Milan, opening 26th November 2009

The Chelsea Art Museum
Carlo Zanni- Flying False Colors (The Sixth Day)
2-31 Ocotber 2009
556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 6pm
Thursday 11am to 8pm
closed Sunday and Monday
http://www.chelseaartmuseum.org

Carlo Zanni was born in La Spezia [Italy] in 1975. He exhibits internationally. Recent shows and screenings include: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009), Sandroni.Rey Gallery, Los Angeles (2009), MAXXI Museum, Rome (2007, 2006); New Museum, New York (2005); Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, New York (2005); Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2009, 2004); CCA Glasgow (2003); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2001). ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts in London held his first retrospective in October 2005 and published the book "Vitalogy". He participates in PERFORMA 09 at White Box. http://www.zanni.org

The Project Room for New Media and Performing Arts (theprojectroom.org) was initiated in 2003 by Nina Colosi at Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. It is an incubator of new ideas, showcasing groundbreaking concepts in all art mediums, and the intersection of the arts through technology. Over 350 international emerging and established artists have been presented in exhibitions, performing arts, symposiums, meet-the-artist programs, and workshops. The innovative public art project, Streaming Museum (streamingmuseum.org) was launched in January 2008.

Special thanks to: Gallery Annarumma404 Naples-Milan - http://www.annarumma404.com

Above images: courtesy of the artist and Collection Il Giardino Dei Lauri - http://www.ilgiardinodeilauri.it/

In collaboration with Marsell - http://www.marsell.it
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DISCUSSION

New Project Launch


This is the new Carlo Zanni's project:

- The Fifth Day -

http://www.the5fifthday.com

(click the 5 eagles when fully loaded - speakers ON)

Produced by
Carlo Zanni http://www.zanni.org/
Multipistes http://www.multipistes.org/
Beam Me Up http://www.beam-me.net/

"The Fifth Day" is a sequence of ten pictures showing a taxi ride, edited as a slide show on music by Kazimir Boyle. These photos, taken in Alexandria, are ever changing networked stills because linked to critical data describing the political and cultural status of Egypt. Here, Egypt works as a metaphor to investigate topical subjects for the so called "Middle East" aiming for a comparison with the audience's birth/living country. Data, retrieved from the Internet and transforming the aesthetics of the photos, can be: the Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament (photo #2), the Corruption Perceptions (CPI) (photo #4), the Literacy rates in adult female and male (ages 15 and above) (photo #7), just to name a few. "The Fifth Day" is the second installment of a trilogy inspired by the "Three Days of The Condor" by Sidney Pollack and is launched on the occasion of Multipistes and Beam Me Up in a show held at the Meneer de Wit in Amsterdam in January 2009.

PDF with more info, Hi-Res Images and Poster, available in the PRESS section (homepage, bottom menu on the right)

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A beautiful article by Giulia Simi just appeared on DigiMag #41 (Italian only, english version available from March)
http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1353

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

CZ

EVENT

The Fifth Day


Dates:
Fri Feb 06, 2009 00:00 - Fri Feb 06, 2009

This is the new Carlo Zanni's project:

- The Fifth Day -

http://www.the5fifthday.com

(click the 5 eagles when fully loaded - speakers ON)

Produced by
Carlo Zanni http://www.zanni.org/
Multipistes http://www.multipistes.org/
Beam Me Up http://www.beam-me.net/

"The Fifth Day" is a sequence of ten pictures showing a taxi ride, edited as a slide show on music by Kazimir Boyle. These photos, taken in Alexandria, are ever changing networked stills because linked to critical data describing the political and cultural status of Egypt. Here, Egypt works as a metaphor to investigate topical subjects for the so called "Middle East" aiming for a comparison with the audience's birth/living country. Data, retrieved from the Internet and transforming the aesthetics of the photos, can be: the Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament (photo #2), the Corruption Perceptions (CPI) (photo #4), the Literacy rates in adult female and male (ages 15 and above) (photo #7), just to name a few. "The Fifth Day" is the second installment of a trilogy inspired by the "Three Days of The Condor" by Sidney Pollack and is launched on the occasion of Multipistes and Beam Me Up in a show held at the Meneer de Wit in Amsterdam in January 2009.

PDF with more info, Hi-Res Images and Poster, available in the PRESS section (homepage, bottom menu on the right)

image

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A beautiful article by Giulia Simi just appeared on DigiMag #41 (Italian only, english version available from March)
http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1353

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

CZ


EVENT

Carlo Zanni - Solo Show at Sandroni.Rey, Los Angeles


Dates:
Sat Jan 24, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jan 19, 2009

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Carlo Zanni
My Temporary Visiting Position from the Sunset Terrace Bar
January 22 - February 18, 2009

Opening Saturday 24th 6-8pm

Sandroni Rey is pleased to present My Temporary Visiting Position From The Sunset Terrace Bar, an exhibition in the Container project space by Carlo Zanni. This is Carlo Zanni’s first exhibition with Sandroni Rey, organized by Julia Fryett and Michele Thursz.
Carlo Zanni (La Spezia, 1975) is an Italian born artist living between Milan and New York. His work is focused on the intersection of computation and representation fusing old and new media to shape landscapes and portraits often confronting themes of real time/real life; fiction/information. Zanni's practice finds its minimalist roots in Sol Lewitt’s artist statement, "The idea becomes a machine that makes the art”, which he translates into a contemporary adaptation, "The idea becomes the code that renders the art.”

Shown in the Container is an archive of My Temporary Visiting Position from the Sunset Terrace Bar. Set in the city of Ahlen, Germany, the project imitates an amateur’s film of the landscape framed at sunset. The work confronts themes such as exile, migration and border control and is enhanced by a poem by the esteemed author Ghada Samman and music by Gotan Project and Gabriel Yared. While the city strip is prerecorded, the sky is captured in real time from a webcam shooting Naples, Italy at sunset. Zanni exposes a new dimension in cinematic production by the use of generative information, DATA CINEMA, using narrative structures and the use of live data feedback gathered from the Internet to create time based social consciousness experiences. The entire project may be viewed at http://www.fromthesunsetterrace.com, where visitors choose upon two ways to experience the work: a live mode, available only in a specific time frame during the sunset in Naples or browsing through the archive where a time accelerated HD version of the movie is rendered every day and archived online.

Carlo Zanni has shown worldwide in galleries and museums including: MAXXI Museum, Rome (2007, 2006); New Museum, New York (2005); Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, New York (2005); Chelsea Museum, New York (2004); CCA Glasgow (2003); Analix Forever Gallery, Geneve (2003, 2002); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2001).
ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art in London held his first retrospective in October 2005 and published the book "Vitalogy".

More: http://www.zanni.org