Riccardo Benassi: Techno Casa, 2013
Courtesy the artist
Riccardo Benassi: Techno Casa
MILAN • Marsèlleria • Ongoing
|For the Milan stage of the project Techno Casa, at Marsèlleria, Riccardo Benassi has created a site-specific environmental installation whose throbbing core is a cycle of ten films called Attachments. The film's sound—a spine rather than a soundtrack—fills the void left by the visual and spatial interventions created ad hoc, thus fostering an emotional relationship with the hosting architecture.|
The entire project is the artist's reflection on how the use of new technologies—smartphones in particular—completely alter our relationship with everydayness, and it can be seen like a sort of attempt to define the practical possibilities for a "neo neo realism" that must come to terms with a total redefining of the very notion of reality itself.
In following this idea, the architecture seems transformed into a system of presentation and display, thinned out to the two-dimensional reality of a TV screen. Thus the interventions conceived for the spaces at Marsèlleria may be seen as a method of reactivating the architecture itself.
The films—lasting about 15 minutes each—are called Attachments because they all stem from the introductory video, Techno Casa an introduction to.
Each Attachment of Techno Casa is a black and white film shot with a smartphone upon which a "news television" red band hosts a story, questioned at times by some surprising color animations in animation graphics and 3D.
The first five Attachments were produced by Xing for the second edition of Live Arts Week and presented at MAMbo in Bologna.
The remaining five Attachments were produced by the Gallerie d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Ferrara for Art Fall 13, curated by Maria Luisa Pacelli.
Riccardo Benassi was born in Italy in 1982, lives and works in Berlin. He has exhibited in numerous institutions in Italy and abroad, including recently MAMbo - Bologna, MACRO - Rome, Museo Marino Marini - Florence, Diapason Gallery - NYC. He recently published Letters from the Passenger Seat with No One at the Wheel, Briefly, Ballare, Attimi Fondamentali and co-edited the series Doormats for Errant Bodies Press. He teaches Sound Design at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bergamo, Italy.
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