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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

Performa 09 - WHITE NOISE III: Pandora's Sound Box curated by Lara Pan


Dates:
Mon Nov 02, 2009 00:00 - Sun Nov 01, 2009

WHITE NOISE III: Pandora's Sound Box
Performa 09

November 2 - 22, 2009
Opening: Monday, November 2 from 7 - 9 pm

Curated by Lara Pan


WHITE BOX PROJECTS:

Nov 2-8 Django Hernandez: President's Secrets

Nov 8-12 Davide Bertocchi: Exhaust

Nov 12-15 Roberts Lazzarini: Rats

Nov 16-22 An impromptu event by Olaf Breuning

Special Performances:

Michael Aerts and Vadim Vosters, Refence, Nov 2 at 5pm

WHITE BOX is pleased to present WHITE NOISE III: Pandora's Sound Box for PERFORMA 09 opening on Monday, November 2nd and on view through November 22nd. PERFORMA 09 is the third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance.

Pandora's Sound Box is an interactive multimedia exhibition conceived to destabilize and reactivate our vision of the current global political landscape through performance, sound, video and site-specific installations. The exhibition demonstrate a kind of experiment of associative imagination by which the viewer may explore other dimensions of Pabst's controversial 1929 film Pandora's Box, which exposed and explored the fear of female sexuality. Although considered thirty years ahead of its time, Pandora's Box was banned by Hitler upon its release and classified as "degenerate art." Pandora's Sound Box deals with the identification of fear in contemporary society, i.e. fear of war, terrorism, immigration, and the media, as conveyed through the strong material presence of sound. The exhibition in the main gallery space features work by Pierre Bismuth, Agnieszka Kurant, Matthieu Laurette, Oswaldo Macia, and Carlo Zanni. WHITE BOX PROJECTS space will feature special changing installations by Django Hernandez, Davide Bertocchi, Robert Lazzarini, and Olaf Breuning. Special performances by Michael Aerts and Vadim Vosters, as well as Tanja Ostojic will take place as part of the exhibition.

Pierre Bismuth's The Bruce Nauman Project is a new installation, which draws a futuristic scenario of the fate of art. Following the legacy of the avant-gardes whose artistic research was profoundly anchored in the exaltation of modern life, The Bruce Nauman Project captures the present in its most contemporary forms and transforms it into a blueprint for the future.

Agnieszka Kurant's Future Anterior (2008) is an edition of the New York Times from the year 2020, as predicted by a professional clairvoyant who collaborates regularly with Interpol, police and governments. His forecasts were developed into an issue of the New York Times with articles written by NYT journalists and other ghostwriters. In reproducing the exact parameters of the New York Times from a bar code to advertisements, it is printed with disappearing heat-sensitive ink, which becomes completely invisible above 26 C and returns to black when it is cooled down.
As a result , the newspaper appears and disappears depending on the weather conditions, the temperature of the room or the warming touch of human hands. The piece draws on the existence of the elements of the future in the present. What is now completely fictitious will partly become true in 2020.

Since his first Apparition on Tournez Manege (1993), Matthieu Laurette has been developing an ongoing series of what he calls 'Apparitions' on TV and in the media. (In French, the word apparition means both 'apparition' and 'appearances'). ForPandora's Sound Box, Laurette will develop a new performative series of Apparitions, airing on various American national TV channels from October 27 through November 1st, and continuously on the Video Box in White Box's exterior window. For the opening on November 2nd, Matthieu Laurette will conceive a site-specific related performative event.

Oswaldo Macia's sound installation Darfur (2006) evokes a proverb from Darfur region: "The dog barks, but it makes no difference to the camel - we are the dogs, the world is the camel." Arranged in 12 channels, the piece is composed by a selection of two hundred different barking and yelping recordings made in a Cagliari compound of abandoned mongrel dogs. The analogy between the Darfur proverb, the abandoned mongrel dogs, and the deaf camel brings out a poignant sense of harsh severity, illustrating a world that refuses to listen or to act against the suffering of others.

Carlo Zanni's The Fifth Day is the second installment of a trilogy inspired by the Three Days of the Condor by Sidney Pollack. This work is a sequence of ten networked pictures depicting a taxi ride in Alexandria, Egypt.

Tanja Ostojic's delegated performance Misplaced Woman portrays activities from everyday life, signifying a displacement common among transients, migrants and disaster refugees as well as the itinerant artist traveling the world to earn her living.

Michael Aerts and Vadim Vosters perform Refence, a fencing confrontation between the artists, claiming a new position in the art of fencing between fencing as a sport, theater fencing, spectacle fencing and modern academic fencing known as mensur. The performance examines the boundaries of four work related values/dichotomies in our society (power/distance, uncertainty/avoidance, masculinity/femininity and individualism/collectivism). The artists are masked in their nonverbal confrontation, resulting in a kind of visual dance.

Django Hernandez' President's Secrets (2006) incorporates found record players, coffee tables and lamps with recorded texts and sound. Upside down lamps project transcriptions of secret presidential phone conversations.

Davide Bertocchi's Exhaust (2009) is a montage of several short You Tube video extracts taken from amateur videos recording sound tests of car exhaust pipe. These cars are shot as they are without tuning. Amongst the footage of car exhaust pipes, the artist includes a model called "Bertocchi Mufflers". This pseudo-biographical element is revealed through a completely useless and self-referential action which is a recurring aspect of the artist's work. The roar of an engine, as a polluting and rather expensive action, refers to the dissipation of energy and to its existential dimension.

Rats is a new work by artist Robert Lazzarini. The installation presents us with a sparsely lit quasi-apartment space. Referencing one of the most common phobias, musophobia (fear of mice and rats), Rats situates itself between formal mediation and physical response. It combines stereotypical notions of rats - disease, plague, fear - with perceptual dislocation.

For the last week of Pandora's Sound Box, White Box is please to host an exclusive impromptu event by Olaf Breuning in WHITE BOX PROJECTS space.

This exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of Deweer Gallery, Galerie Pamme-Vogelsang, Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Alexander Bonin Gallery, Federico Luger, Premio Terna, COMA and Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Special thanks to Assistant Curator Julija Cistiakova, Jee Won Kim and Tae Hyung Park of Jee Won Kim Architect / GI Design Studio, Riad Miah / Parsons, White Box Interns: Jennifer Soh and Zenas Hutchinson.


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

-------------
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