Visiting Venice Biennale is hard work, but the ludicrous moments pay it all. One of these moments is given by Sara Lucas, in the British Pavilion. At the entrance we’re greeted by a giant yellow resin penis, standing on an antropomorphic figure, then the joke goes one with some plasters of the lower part of female bodies smoking cigarettes with their holes.
This is provocative for sure, but not enough to be offensive. The pavilion is furnished with desks and chairs (Ready-Made references?) and a supply of SPAM (the British pop-art has SPAM, not Campbell soup).
The resin sculputes are crawling on the ground looking like long tailed pets
All these non independent elments recreating a ghost of a domestic enviroment inhabited by the smoking plasters and by the resin humanoids with the standing penises. The resin sculputes are crawling on the ground looking like long tailed pets, suggesting that everyday life is a crowd of freudian displays.
Ultra Space presents Sašo Sedlaček _ Friendly Strategies of Resistance, an open lecture that will take place at 17.00 on the 16th of May at Casa Cavazzini
(Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea Via Cavour, 14 – 33100 Udine).
Before going to an artist’s talk an in-depth research is needed. In order to ask some questions it’s also better to visit his site or to read some proper art review. We will present a quick visual summary of the latest work of Sašo Sedlaček just to get into the state of mind for the lecture.
The talk should be about his production of the last 10 years, which will be presented in SuperTrash (cured by Domenico Quaranta) at Spazio Ultra.
Jobless Avatars (The Real Curriculum), 2014
Presented at Transmediale 2014 in Berlin, it’s a series of job interviews of old text-to-speach avatars. The avatars talk sincerely – they cannot lie as we do online – about their true nature, like lying habits or their strong character in order to sell themselves desperately.
The Big Switch Off (2012)
Once in a while we’re forced by some technologic revolution to change our devices, causing the production of a certain amount of waste we’re not free to decide what to use -. Talking about technology, the waste is not recyclable, some of it might be reused. This work might encourage to gain consciousness about consumerism consequences.
The Ex (2010)
Dolce Far Niente (2014)
The result of the European crisis made more and more rich people poor. These pieces of chocolate are confusing, we usually eat bunnies or Santas, but these have the shape of people who got invisible.
Beggar Robot was made to help poor people to get inside the buildings they were not allowed in without being there. It’s also possible to download the instructions to produce one from old computers.
For sure all Sašo Sedlaček’s works are strong statements – or at least well placed question marks –
For sure all Sašo Sedlaček’s works are strong statements – or at least well placed question marks – against today society and economic establishment. Our technologic habits, the abundance and the waste are the first aspects to be questioned, developing the need for new technologic paradigms.
Sašo Sedlaček (born in 1974) is an artist from Ljubljana and his art focuses on the problems of mass consumption, waste and technology. His work is strongly inspired by DIY and local social issues, criticizing the new common sense. For the full list of awards, exhibitions, collections and residences se the artist’s CV
Details on the project via:
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission
Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana and Link Art Center, Brescia
In partnership with: Ultra, Udine
Graphic Design: eflux studio, Udine
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana
Thanks: Casa Cavazzini – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Udine
We’re talking about the IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia – higher institute of architecture of Venice) and it’s the last public University in Italy teaching design, fashion, acting and visual arts; the courses are helded by some of the most important artist in Italy who defined the aestetics of pretty much everything we’re looking at (some name-dropping here: Liliana Moro, Mario Airo, Guido Guidi, Luca Trevisani etc.).
IUAV it’s the last public University in Italy teaching design, fashion, acting and visual arts
This istitution is now having a bad time regarding the lack of income and, as non economists, this is just being presented as an unclear situation with the tag “technical problems” on it. These problems are not new to Italian and some European universities, but in this case the Academic Senate of IUAV just ignored the situation, in hope that in the end all the chickens would come home to roost. Anyway the chickens never do that and the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop doing everything at all: the students have been told that a lot of their courses won’t be held anymore due to “technical problems”.
At this point the students came up with something: Movimento IUAV, a movement of students, professors and employees.
At this point the students came up with something: Movimento IUAV
They gathered the attention of the world and teached the Accademic Senate a sense of responsibility. After this small mediatic storm the Accademic Senate had to convene on March the 18th and deliberate about the cancellation of the courses, but the General Director was ill. They called again the meeting on March the 30th, but then the Dean was sick. That seemed a mockery to the students that responded with strong statements.
The meeting was postponed to today, April the 13th, and Movimento IUAV wanted to be sure of this decision to happen. The students, professors and employees standed outside the council room, two of them read a letter in front of the Senate in order to state the requests of the movement. After some hours the Academic Senate opted for the continuation of all the courses of art, design, fashion and acting.
After some hours the Academic Senate opted for the continuation of all the courses of art, design, fashion and acting.
A non destructive decision is an encouraging sign, but it has to be followed by a lot of constructive actions. Let’s wait and see.